A sad event was celebrated in the USA: the other day the death toll from the virus COVID-19 Americans, as reported, exceeded 500 thousand people. On this occasion, President D. Biden hosted a mourning evening at the White House with a minute of silence, memorial candles and half-deflated stars and stripes at federal offices.
The media were full of comments on this topic, in which the blame for the failures “in the fight against the pandemic” was placed on former President Donald Trump. The chief US infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Frauchi, says “it was bad.” There are signs of hope, he said, but “One should not relax; various options await us, including a possible relapse of the pandemic “…
At the same time, the official data on mortality from covid do not go beyond the average annual statistics. For example, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 198,081 people died from the coronavirus from late January to early October 2020. Against the background of the total number of deaths in 2020, there was no increase in the average annual mortality rates.
Not everyone likes such statistics; attempts are being made to refute it. The meaning of the denials boils down to the fact that the authorities cite underestimated data so as not to stir up panic in society.
Meanwhile, a number of specialists have questions. For example, why did American, and after them foreign virologists, rely on a vaccine, and not on medicines? The answer to this question is given by the former leader of the Left Party faction in the Bundestag, Sara Wagenknecht.
Medicines have several benefits, she says. First, their development and testing time is much shorter than that of a vaccine. Secondly, they are prescribed on the basis of the disease and are not used for mass prevention. Third, their action can be regulated in different dosages and is more flexible than vaccination.
However, from the point of view of pharmaceutical companies, all medicines suffer from a significant drawback, says S. Wagenknecht: they are not needed in gigantic quantities and do not bring the pharmaceutical giants the same profits as vaccines. And given the endless mutation of covid viruses, these vaccines are turning into a gold mine.
Debate over the extent of covid infection in the US coincides with an article in The Guardian UN Secretary General A. Guterres “Pandemic of human rights violations”.
A. Guterres writes that a blow has been struck on the activity of human rights defenders, attacks on journalists are increasing, freedom of speech is being stifled, censorship of the media, surveillance of activists is increasing, and all this far exceeds the necessary measures to combat the virus. The latest report Human Rights Watch indicates that 83 states used the “pandemic” announcement to combat freedom of speech. First of all, Guterres blames the PRC, which introduced censorship online, control over information at the stage of its preparation, arrests of activists. Police robots in the PRC warn passers-by if they are not wearing masks, check their temperature and their settings. At the same time, China tightly controls the spread of data on the “pandemic”.
Guterres believes that governments around the world are failing in their responsibility to guarantee health and are only making life difficult for the poor. From his point of view, the idea of equitable and fair vaccination in all countries has failed. According to WHO, more than 128 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed to 109 countries. And 130 countries, home to 2.5 billion people, have not received a single dose of the vaccine.
The consequences of restrictions on economic activity are severe. After years of successfully fighting poverty, 124 million people in the world have again dropped below the poverty line, which, according to World Bank standards, is defined as $ 1.9 a day.
The impact on education has been disastrous. About 1.6 billion children have dropped out of school.
Dunja Mijatovic, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, also speaks of the catastrophic consequences for human rights in connection with the panic raised by reports of a “pandemic”. The “pandemic,” she said, has hit human rights as hard as the 9/11 attacks and the global financial crisis of 2008, and perhaps more. Governments are now provided with an excuse to restrict civil rights and impose emergencies.
“I’m not afraid to say that we are at a crossroads. The direction that we take today will determine what type of society future generations will have. This choice will show whether we will expand our freedoms or abandon them; will we develop democracy and inspire people or will we oust them from our lives “, – said Dunya Mijatovich.
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