Wednesday 20th of January 2021

rising methane, sponsorships and hot air...

PQ mag

The rush to immunise populations against Covid-19 could lead to the rollout of a vaccine that is not very effective and risk worsening the pandemic, leading scientists have said.

Politicians and commercial companies are competing to be the first to license a vaccine, but experts say the world would be better served by waiting until comprehensive results showed at least 30-50% effectiveness.

Ministers announced on Friday that the UK would take emergency powers to push any vaccine through the regulatory processes with unprecedented speed before the end of the year. Donald Trump wants to be able to announce the US has a vaccine before tthe presidential election on 3 November.

A vaccine is vital to stopping the pandemic, but Prof Sir Richard Peto of Oxford University and an adviser to the World Health Organization, said the first vaccine would be bought and used all over the world even if it had low efficacy.

Even if it protected only a minority of the population, it would be regarded as the standard by which later vaccines would be measured. That could even lead to inferior vaccines being approved, because they would not have to show that they were any better.


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Clive Palmer and his companies have pumped more than $80,000 into his spoiler political party during the past three weeks – including paying coal company staff to support his anti-Labor campaign at the Queensland election.

Liberal National party sources have told Guardian Australia a deal is already done for the LNP opposition to receive preference flows from Palmer’s United Australia party, which has launched a pre-election advertising blitz of yellow billboards telling voters to “give Labor the boot”.


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Should I have mentioned bushfires in the cover at top? 

rising methane...





Note the change in concentration of isotope C13 versus main C12 shows that the rise of methane is ACCELERATING. Lucky, the radicals OH (say H2O minus an H) in the atmosphere soon destroy the methane but not fast enough... The origin of the extra methane has been tentatively attributed to cultivation and husbandry or cattle...(Agriculture is thought to be responsible for over half of all anthropogenic CH4 emissions and may have contributed to the rise in CH4 since 2007.)


Source: Science Magazine


Hot air from politicians does not help either (read from top.)

the worse of the worst...



On the weekend, the Weekend Australian had an article on the worst Prime Minister of Australia, Billy McMahon... But this was then, before the worse of the worst came along after Billy. This was of course Tony Abbott whom The Australian loved. Though he leaked information like an asparagus juice-saturated kidney, Billy McMahon did not try to touch much the government levers and let things coast along gently... According to the times, Billy was a slippery character not because he was shifty, but because he used so much lather, lotions and creams on his skin...


The next worse of the worst, even worse than Tony Abbott who was worse than McMahon, could be Scott Morrison who seems convinced of his godly mission to burn more coal...


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pause in testing...

Trials of an Oxford University coronavirus vaccine have been put on hold after a participant experienced a serious adverse reaction.

Australia has ordered doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was expected to be rolled out in 2021, if trials proved successful.

National deputy chief medical officer Nick Coatsworth said the delay did not necessarily mean the vaccine deal was dead, but the adverse reaction needed to be investigated.

Dr Coatsworth said he was not worried about the trial being put on hold and praised the transparency of those testing the vaccine.

“I’m going to wait to see exactly what the adverse reaction was and whether they attribute it to the vaccine,” he told Nine on Wednesday.

The company said in a statement on Tuesday its “standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow review of safety data”.

AstraZeneca didn’t reveal any information about the possible side effect except to call it “a potentially unexplained illness”.

News site STAT first reported the pause in testing, saying the possible side effect occurred in Britain.


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