EU: ECHR throws fuel on the #coronavirus vaccination fire – backs mandatory jabs for kids

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that democratic governments can make vaccinations obligatory, in a landmark judgement rejecting complaints brought by Czech families penalised for refusing compulsory jabs for their children.

“The… measures could be regarded as being ‘necessary in a democratic society'” the court ruled, saying that the Czech health policy was consistent with the “best interests” of children.

Our opinion: ** Is there an easier or quicker way of antagonising parents in the middle of a global viral pandemic than encouraging mandatory vaccinations? We can’t think of one. Expect severe blowback **

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FIN-796H #coronavirus variant is NOT unique to Finland – has also been found in Nigeria and the UK

The Finnish coronavirus variant FIN-796H, discovered in February, is not unique to Finland, it has also been found in other parts of the world.

THL’s leading expert Carita Savolainen-Kopra says that a strain named the FIN-796H variant has been found in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, among others.

It is not a question of the Finnish variant spreading to other countries, but the virus type also occurs in other parts of the world, i.e. the Finnish variant is not unique domestic, as was widely past reported.

Leading expert Carita Savolainen-Kopra  says that the matter was clarified a few weeks ago by comparing the inherited viruses with international data.

“The entire genomic sequence was made for the transformation in THL. From this it is possible to deduce which line the virus belongs to. Based on international databases, there are finds elsewhere than in Finland.”

YLE.fi report

Editors note: sounds like B.1.525 – to be confirmed…

Finland: #coronavirus variant resembling B.1.351 (South Africa) found in the Turku infection cluster

The virus variant of South Africa has been confirmed as the cause of the coronavirus infections among students in Turku, Finland. However, the transformation observed at Turku University Central Hospital (Tyks) is not identical to the original South African variant, but seems to have transformed further, says the Hospital District of Southwest Finland.

The matter was clarified in laboratory tests performed in Tyks.

“We found that it is probably a modified virus, and the so-called gene sequencing ensured that the virus has several other changes in addition to those characteristic of the South African variant. So far, we don’t know where the variant came from. These will become clear later when the entire genome of the virus is known” says chief physician of molecular microbiology and virology, Tytti Vuorinen, in a press release.

According to Vuorinen, this is possibly a new type of coronavirus variant. This will be confirmed later in so-called whole genome sequencing.

So far, there is no information on whether a similar modified variant has been found in other countries.

So far, it has not been shown that the modified South African coronavirus variant is more severe than usual. The symptoms of those infected have been fairly mild and the patients have not needed hospital treatment, the release says.

According to the hospital district, the finding does not justify changing the current recommendations.

More than 90 infections have been detected in the Turku cluster.

YLE.fi report

 

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EMA: If you have these symptoms after vaccination with AstraZeneca #coronavirus serum seek medical help immediately

“Wheezing, chest or stomach pain, swelling or coldness in an arm or leg, severe headache or worsening or blurred vision after vaccination, persistent bleeding, small multiple bruises, reddish or purplish spots or blisters of blood under the skin” – if you have these symptoms after vaccination against Covid with AstraZeneca serum seek medical help immediately and report that you have recently been vaccinated.

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Finland suspends AstraZeneca #coronavirus vaccinations after two more suspected cases of blood clots

Two suspected blood clots after vaccination in Finland – the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine is temporarily suspended

The Finnish authorities have decided to take a break from vaccinations with AstraZeneca’s corona vaccine – just in case. The reason is that they still want to investigate the vaccine’s connection to unusual blood clots – sinus thrombosis.

Two suspected cases of blood clots after vaccinations have been discovered in Finland.

It has been established that young women have reacted to the vaccine and we do not know why, said Hanna Nohynek, vaccine specialist at the Institute for Health and Welfare, at the authorities’ press conference. It is mainly 20-50-year-old women who have been linked to the possible side effects.

The symptoms detected are very rare. At the moment it is not possible to say whether the disorders in the blood coagulation are related to the vaccination.

YLE.fi report

 

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Finland: The number of #coronavirus infections in children under the age of 10 is growing rapidly

In Finland, the increase in the number of new cases of corona has been about 250 per cent among children under the age of 10, when comparing the situation in the last four weeks (weeks 7–10) with the four weeks in November last year.

The change for all other age groups averaged about 80 percent over the same period.

YLE.FI report

Finland: Had two #coronavirus vaccine doses but was still infected with the South African variant

A South African variant of the virus has been detected in sequencing from one previously reported chain of infection in the Essote area of Finland. Among the cases was one person who had already received both vaccines. Clearly younger people in the chain than in the previous infection chain were hospitalized. This indicates that special care must be taken due to virus variants. In a few days, even a good situation in the surrounding areas may have become very difficult, reminds Director of Health Services at Essote Santeri Seppäl.

Essote.fi report

 

 

Finland Prime Minster Sanna Marin on #coronavirus: “It may be we’ll be in this situation for years to come”

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marinin is concerned about possible new variants of the coronavirus that may be resistant to vaccines.

“I’m worried about what happens next fall or next spring. It may be that this is not even a marathon, but we will be in this situation for years to come,” she told reporters when he went to the board evening school at the Helsinki Estates House on Wednesday afternoon.

Marin said that she had constantly emphasized at EU meetings the need to create a common “emergency procedure” at the borders of EU countries, which would prevent the spread of viral variants in the event of their occurrence. “We need consistent practices across the EU.”

Helsingin Sanomat report

 

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EMA: Anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions should be included in the list of possible side effects of the Astrazeneca vaccine

European Medicines Agency (EMA), the corona vaccine from the manufacturer Astra-Zeneca can cause severe allergic reactions. Anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions should be included in the list of possible side effects of the vaccine citing , the EMA said on Friday, several such cases in the UK.

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High pollen count linked to #coronavirus infection rates

A study has found that high pollen counts, partially affected by air humidity and temperature, contributed to a more than 40 percent increase in coronavirus infection frequency.

Exposure to pollen weakens the immune system’s defence reactions against certain seasonal viruses.

This means that exposure to pollen can impair the body’s ability to fight viruses, according to the University of Turku and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), which issued a joint statement about the study’s findings on Tuesday.

The organisations noted that Finland’s pollen season is about to begin and that people should limit their exposure to it.

“It’s important to pay particular attention to times when pollen concentrations are high. Exposure to pollen should be reduced, for example, by avoiding outdoor activities when pollen concentrations are high or by protecting the respiratory tract,” said Mikhail Sofiev, an FMI research professor who participated in the analysis of the research data.

In most cases, infection frequency increased four days after the peak pollen concentration, which roughly corresponds to the incubation period of the coronavirus.

YLE.FI report

 

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Finland: Around 200 people infected with #coronavirus despite being vaccinated

According to the Finnish National Infectious Diseases Register, approximately 200 people in the country have contracted the COVID-19 virus after being vaccinated.

Hanna Nohynek, chief physician at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) told MTV that it is difficult to determine the exact number of infections, as many of those who were inoculated could have mild symptoms and may be unaware that they have the virus.

Helsinki Times report

 

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Second case of variant Fin-796H confirmed in Finland. Four more #Fin796H infections likely

Vita Laboratories and the University of Helsinki report that the variant Fin-796H has now been found in another patient. Both confirmed infections are related to the same chain of infection.

It is likely that the variant will also be found in four other patients involved in the chain of infection.

The entire genome of the Fin-796H variant has now been determined. According to Vita Laboratories, sequencing studies have confirmed that this is a previously unrecognized variant in the world.

According to the laboratory, Fin-796H differs from all previous variants in at least 15 different places in the genome of the virus. The deviations suggest that the Finland variant is unlikely to have developed in Finland,

The Finnish Covid variant Fin-796H variant has key coronavirus mutation E484K

YLE.FI report (in Finnish)

 

SEE ALSO: FIN-796H #coronavirus variant is NOT unique to Finland

 

 

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#Finland announces three-week #coronavirus lockdown effective March 8th 2021

Restaurants and bars will be closed from 8 to 28 March in regions with an unfavorable epidemiological situation. Senior grades of secondary school, as well as gymnasiums and vocational schools are transferred to distance learning for the same period. Yle News followed a government press conference.

The government announced a three-week lockdown from 8 March due to a worsening coronavirus outbreak.

YLE.FI Full report in Finnish

 

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New Finnish Covid variant Fin-796H variant has key #coronavirus mutation #484K

The New Finnish variant Fin-796H shares with the South African variant the key mutation 484K that has been claimed to be central in the impaired vaccine protection. Furthermore, the Fin-796H variant has mutations in the genomic area coding the N gene.

The variant Fin-796H has genomic features from both the British and South African SARS-CoV-2 variants but is distinct from these and other published variants.

The new variant was detected during the sequence analysis of SARS-CoV-2 spike-gene for clinical samples in the Institute of Biotechnology. The variant has unique features and the combination of S gene mutations is clearly novel, stated by Petri Auvinen , Research Director at the Institute of Biotechnology.

YLE.FI Report

 

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