New Covid Omicron ‘variant’ first detected in fully vaccinated individuals

“The leadership of some countries is finding scapegoats to deal with what is a worldwide problem,” the minister said. It has now become obvious that the vaccines do not work and that so-called “boosters” will be made mandatory.

Passport-holders from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi are now banned from entering the EU.

It’s the usual narrative of ‘breakthrough cases’ meaning that vaccines do not work as advertised

The new Omicron variant was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on 24 November. A South African ministerial advisory committee member Prof Ian Sanne suggested that these were merely “breakthrough” cases and that the effectiveness of jabs were no different in other countries.

“In terms of vaccine effectivity, there is an indication of an increase of percentage of cases identified that are indeed due to breakthrough infections, within groups that have been previously vaccinated. This rate is higher than it was previously. But we have every indication that the vaccines are still effective in preventing severe disease and/or complications.” As is seen all over the world, the infection rate is currently 4:1 in favor of the vaccinated.

The four individuals infected with the new strain had been fully vaccinated, according to an official statement from the Botswana government. And those who had had close contact with these individuals “have no Covid-19 symptoms and have tested negative for Covid-19”.

‘Storm in a teacup’

The chairwoman of the South African Medical Association Dr Angelique Coetzee said it was too early to assess the impact of the B.1.1.529 variant. She described the reaction from the EU, US, UK and Canada as “a storm in a teacup” and the travel restrictions as “hasty”.

Coetzee told BBC News: “We think it is a premature decision that has been taken, I think it is a hasty decision. So far what we have seen is very mild cases. [I’m] not sure why we are all up in arms.

“We know there are a lot of mutations but no-one can tell us at this stage if it means something, or if it is just going to fade away. We just don’t know,” she added. South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor agreed that a flight ban “seems to have been rushed”.

The ‘variant’ coincides with the need to sell booster shots

Just days ago, the EU had recommended that its member states allow the Corona certificate to expire nine months after the second jab. According to a press release, more than 650 million digital Covid certificates have now been issued in the EU. The communication coincides with the news of the “new strain”.

The Commission is now proposing to focus more on a “person-to-person” approach to travel measures and recommended setting a standard recognition period for a health pass of nine months from the first vaccination. The EU Commission explained the recommended time limit of nine months as follows:

“The 9-month period takes into account the guidelines of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) for the use of booster doses from the sixth month and provides an additional period of three months to ensure that national vaccination campaigns are adjusted and citizens have access to booster doses.”

EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said this was decided because of booster vaccinations, which, according to Reynders, are essential for combating the virus. A unified agreement on this proposal is therefore “of crucial importance for the coming months and the protection of the free movement of citizens”.

Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, claimed in a press release that, according to her assessment, there were still too many people who were not “protected”. She said the EU urgently needed “to achieve significantly higher vaccination rates” as well as to “strengthen our immunity through booster vaccinations”.

Scaremongering continues as citizens reject draconian measures

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo told a press conference that this new strain heralded the arrival of “Covid-21” in an effort to sow panic. “You could say that this is Covid-21 instead of Covid-19: it is three times more infectious than the original virus,” De Croo said. Belgian scientists have confirmed that the variant originated in Botswana.

His fear mongering comments should be seen against the backdrop of growing revolt against his administration’s health measures. Just days ago, tens of thousands of protesters descended on Belgium’s capital Brussels to reject anti-Covid measures. The protest left three police officers and one demonstrator injured.

The uprising came just hours after Germany looked set to follow Austria’s example in making the shots compulsory.

Mass demonstrations against arbitrary restrictions have taken place in Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Italy, Northern Ireland, Australia and the Netherlands, days after Dutch police opened fire on anti-health-pass protesters.

‘Could offend students’: Canada school board cancels book club event with Yazidi Nobel laureate

New Delhi: Over three months after the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) began its crackdown on European children’s literature and destroyed 5,000 books for being “offensive” to indigenous people, the body has again sparked an uproar for having withdrawn its support for a book club event with Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, fearing it could “offend” Muslim students.

The event was supposed to carry discussion on two books in presence of their authors — Marie Henein’s ‘Nothing But the Truth: A Memoir‘ and Nadia Murad’s ‘The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State‘.

The board said it has withdrawn support to hold the October event with Henein, the daughter of Egyptian immigrants and one of Canada’s most prominent lawyers, because her book was “problematic” as she “defended” former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi when he was accused of sexual assault.

For Murad’s event, which was to be held in February 2022, the board said the book written by her could “promote Islamophobia” and “offend” their Muslim students.

Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist, was 19 when she was taken as a sex slave in 2014 by the Islamic State militants who invaded her village in northern Iraq.

In another explanation from the board, TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird told The Globe and Mail, “There seems to have been a misunderstanding because the ‘fairness’ department does not review and approve books for book clubs”. He also explained that “the two books were nevertheless examined by the members of the council, as is the practice, in order to decide or not their distribution to the pupils”.

What writers say

Started by Tanya Lee, four years ago in 2017, the book club “A Room of Your Own”, invites young girls aged 13 to 18, from various secondary schools and allows them to read a book and then discuss it virtually with the author.

Speaking about the board’s decision, Lee told Helen Fisher, the superintendent of the school, responsible for informing Lee of the board’s decision, “This is what the Islamic State means. It is a terrorist organization. It has nothing to do with ordinary Muslims. The Toronto school board should be aware of the difference”.

Following this, Fisher sent her a copy of the board’s policy on selecting equitable, culturally relevant, and responsive reading materials.

This is the first time the board has ever rejected an event organised by her book club, Lee said.

Henein has expressed her disappointment with the board’s decision to disallow students from participating in the event. She wrote, “There are words to describe that kind of attitude. Misunderstanding is not one of them”.

Filipino megachurch founder forced girls and young women into sex, telling them it was ‘God’s will,’ feds say

(CN) — U.S. authorities have charged Apollo Quiboloy, the charismatic leader of the Philippines-based megachurch the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name and eight other church officials on suspicion of running a sex trafficking ring.

According to the just unsealed indictment issued Nov. 10, Quiboloy and at least two other church administrators recruited young women “typically between the ages of 12 and 25” to serve as “pastorals,” preparing meals for, cleaning and massaging Quiboloy. The church leaders also forced pastorals to have sex with Quiboloy in an activity they dubbed “night duty.” Some of the women who performed “night duty” were under 18 and did so “under the threat of physical and verbal abuse and eternal damnation.” Those who hesitated were told they “had the devil in them.”

Quiboloy and other church administrators told the pastorals “that performing night duty was ‘God’s will’ and a privilege, as well as a necessary demonstration of the pastoral’s commitment to give her body to defendant Quiboloy as ‘The Appointed Son of God,'” according to the indictment. Pastorals who satisfied Quiboloy were rewarded with money, use of a cellphone, rides on private jets and trips to Disneyland.

According to the indictment, Quiboloy told one victim “that the sex acts were in the Father’s will and that the Father was happy over what the Son was doing.” It charges Quiboloy with having sex with 15-year-old in 2002, a 17-year-old in 2005 and 14-year-old in 2011. In Los Angeles, after seeing one of his victims speaking to another man, he hit and slapped her, then ordered her to go solicit money on behalf of the church.

The new indictment builds on charges issued last year, in which three church leaders in the United States were arrested for bringing members into the country illegally, taking away their passports and pressing them into service soliciting money for a church-run nonprofit. Church workers in the U.S. arranged at least 82 sham marriages to buttress the workers’ immigration status. These “full-time miracle workers,” as they were known, fundraised for the church “nearly every day, year-round, working very long hours, and often sleeping in cars overnight,” according to the new indictment.

The workers told people they were raising money for impoverished Filipino children. In actually, the money went to fund church operations, as well as the church officials’ “lavish lifestyle.”

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ claims to have 6 million members in roughly 200 countries. It owns property throughout the U.S., including offices and residences in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Hawaii. It owns a television station, two newspapers and 17 radio stations throughout the Philippines. It is currently constructing the KJC King Dome in Davao City, which at 75,000 seats will make it the largest indoor-seating arena in the world.

The 71-year-old Quiboloy, founder of the church, is reportedly good friends with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. A major contributor to Duterte’s 2016 campaign, Quilboloy even lent the then-candidate his private jet. He has called himself “the appointed son of God” and “the owner of the universe.”

Authorities arrested three of newly charged defendants Thursday in Los Angeles and Hawaii; three had been charged in the original indictment. The other three, including Quiboloy live in Davao City, the third most populous city in the Philippines.

The 42 charges leveled at the nine defendants include sex trafficking, trafficking with respect to forced labor, money laundering, bulk cash smuggling and various conspiracy charges. The sex trafficking conspiracy charge carries a statutory maximum of life in federal prison.

Emails send to the church and its nonprofit requesting an interview went unanswered as of press time.