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Tanzania, despite having more population than Italy, is claiming they've only had 509 Covid cases for the entire pandemic.

Sounds highly unlikely to me.

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Listening to Dr. Gottlieb on CNBC this morning, I heard there’s a small but well-run study out of the UK of brain scans of Covid-19 patients that appears to show the virus causes brain damage. The area affected is the part of the frontal lobe that governs the sense of smell, which explains the temporary loss of smell that some people experience and the rarer cases of permanent loss.

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6 minutes ago, DireWolfSpirit said:

Tanzania, despite having more population than Italy, is claiming they've only had 509 Covid cases for the entire pandemic.

Sounds highly unlikely to me.

Yes, we had talked about this before. The president of Tanzania was a Covid denier, and declared that the country was free of Covid-19, due to prayer. He also dismissed the Covid-19 vaccine, saying that if such a thing were possible there would be vaccines for malaria and other diseases we do not have vaccines for yet. Apparently all kinds of tourists went to Tanzania because the virus trackers showed so few cases. Reports from numerous countries show tourists returning from Tanzania are infected at a rate of about 20%.
 

The president died of complications from Covid-19 earlier this year, as well as a number of members of his cabinet.

Institutions that reported cases of Covid-19 usually retracted their announcements the next day. The Episcopal church reported the deaths of almost 100 nuns and priests, and foreigners reported hospitals being overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients.

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Tanzania was also a pretty popular holiday destination last winter due to their claims of no covid. People apparently bought into that. Instagram was full of influencers promoting “normal” life amongst happy African children

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"Expect the Unexpected From the Delta Variant
There’s no way of knowing how bad things will get in the U.S. In a way, that’s a luxury."
(Paywall -- 3 free articles)

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/06/expect-unexpected-delta-variant/619245/

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....Delta has gotten so much attention because it has the most troubling collection of traits yet: It is markedly more transmissible than Alpha, can sicken a large proportion of people who have had only one dose of a vaccine (though not those who have had two), and may even cause more severe disease. All of this is enough to be a warning, especially as Delta is now responsible for 10 percent of U.S. cases and rising. But as with Alpha, which was also suspected to be more severe, how the variant ends up behaving in the real world will depend on more than its biology. It will also depend on how we—the virus’s hosts—choose to behave, how many more people we vaccinate, and, to some extent, how lucky we get.

All of these factors are likely to have played a role in the Alpha-associated springtime spike in Michigan. According to cellphone mobility data from that period, people in the state had gone back to nearly pre-pandemic levels of movement, says Emily Martin, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan. The Alpha variant also got to Michigan relatively early, and happened to find its way into groups of young people who were not yet eligible to be vaccinated. “It was sort of bad timing,” Martin told me. If Alpha had arrived a little later, or the vaccines a little earlier, then Michigan might have looked more like the rest of the country, where immunization was able to blunt Alpha’s impact. In the race between variants and vaccines elsewhere in the U.S., vaccines won....

....In predicting how variants will behave, much of the world has looked to the U.K., where an excellent and comprehensive genomic-surveillance program has tracked the rise of Alpha and now Delta. Alpha made up 98 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the U.K. at that variant’s peak in March; Delta has since taken over, accounting for almost all new cases. It’s too early to say whether the U.S. will follow the same trajectory. Alpha was responsible for anywhere from 38 to 86 percent of all new U.S. cases last month, depending on the state. Nathan Grubaugh, an epidemiologist at Yale, says this fact suggests the limits of comparing the two countries. “The U.S. is far more heterogeneous than the U.K.,” he told me, with more diversity in viruses and bigger geographic differences in vaccine uptake. When it comes to Delta, he said, “that means some places are going to be impacted harder.” And most likely, those places are going to be the ones where fewer people have been vaccinated....

 

 

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5 hours ago, L'oiseau français said:

Yes, we had talked about this before. The president of Tanzania was a Covid denier, and declared that the country was free of Covid-19, due to prayer. He also dismissed the Covid-19 vaccine, saying that if such a thing were possible there would be vaccines for malaria and other diseases we do not have vaccines for yet. Apparently all kinds of tourists went to Tanzania because the virus trackers showed so few cases. Reports from numerous countries show tourists returning from Tanzania are infected at a rate of about 20%.
 

The president died of complications from Covid-19 earlier this year, as well as a number of members of his cabinet.

Institutions that reported cases of Covid-19 usually retracted their announcements the next day. The Episcopal church reported the deaths of almost 100 nuns and priests, and foreigners reported hospitals being overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients.

Tanzania actually ordered vaccines for the first time yesterday (WSJ, limited clicks). 

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Tanzania has lodged an order for coronavirus vaccines, the country’s presidency said Thursday, after the East African nation’s government spent a year denying the existence of the virus within its borders and becoming a magnet for Covid-19 skeptics from around the globe.

Tanzania’s request for vaccines from the World Health Organization-backed Covax program, which distributes free Covid-19 shots to the world’s poorest countries, follows the death of President John Magufuli in March, when local doctors and church leaders were warning about a surge in infections. His successor and former deputy, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has tentatively instituted more transparency in the handling of the pandemic, opening several Covid-19 testing centers and wearing masks during public appearances. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, DireWolfSpirit said:

Tanzania, despite having more population than Italy, is claiming they've only had 509 Covid cases for the entire pandemic.

Sounds highly unlikely to me.

That's still 509 more cases than Turkmenistan, although don't ask about how many cases of 'unexplained pneumonia' they've had.

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10 hours ago, rotting sea cow said:

I was reading about it now. Derek Lowe has a good write-up about the issue and he seems inclined to believe that the problem lays on an unmodified RNA bases they use, wherever that mean. 

But reading the comments, apparently this is patented process.

but Curevac has other patents that might be useful according to another comment

I also want to remind that many of the highly effective vaccines use a "prefusion stabilized spike protein" that it's apparently more immunogenic. That also sounds like a patented process.

So, indeed. Patents might be hurting the development of vaccines and it's quite an irony that an European product might have been affected when the EU are the most staunch opposing party to the waiving of patents related to vaccines and medicines.

That is very interesting.  Ironic about the patents.  The EU were trying to protect Curevac and Biontech but only 1 of them benefits now.

The fact that the article also mentions that 41% of cases were Alpha isn't a good sign for Curevac, since other vaccines can handle that vaccine.  Although, it is still possible that it did well against that vaccine and did really badly against the other variants.  We'll find out later.  Not a good story either way.

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