Italy: WHO retests patient samples from September 2019 that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 RBD-specific antibodies

Samples from a study suggesting the coronavirus was circulating outside China by October 2019 have been retested at the World Health Organization’s request, two scientists who led the Italian research said.  “The WHO asked us if we could share the biological material and if we could re-run the tests in an independent laboratory. We accepted,” Giovanni Apolone, scientific director of one of the lead institutions, the Milan Cancer Institute (INT), said.

The original Italian study was titled “Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the prepandemic period in Italy

From that study: “SARS-CoV-2 RBD-specific antibodies were detected in 111 of 959 (11.6%) individuals, starting from September 2019 (14%), with a cluster of positive cases (>30%) in the second week of February 2020 and the highest number (53.2%) in Lombardy.”

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#Coronavirus was already spreading in #France in late December 2019

 

 

Spain: SARS-CoV-2 #coronavirus found in Barcelona sewage in March 2019

 

Unexpected detection of #SARSCoV2 antibodies in Italy in September 2019

 

 

 

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Italy: Augusta Turiaco, 55yr old music teacher from Messina, died two weeks after AstraZeneca #coronavirus vaccination

55-year-old Augusta Turiaco, from Messina, Sicily, received her COVID jab on 11 March before her condition worsened in the days following her vaccination. The music teacher was keen to receive a jab as she worked with young people and even expressed her joy at getting the dose in a Facebook post, writing “fatto” – the Italian word for “done”.

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See also “Hippocratic Oath” on Wikipedia

It is often said that the exact phrase “First do no harm” (Latin: Primum non nocere) is a part of the original Hippocratic oath. Although the phrase does not appear in the AD 245 version of the oath, similar intentions are vowed by, “I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm”. The phrase primum non nocere is believed to date from the 17th century.

Another equivalent phrase is found in Epidemics, Book I, of the Hippocratic school: “Practice two things in your dealings with disease: either help or do not harm the patient”.

 

Italy: 75yr old Francesca Vizzini dies following AstraZeneca vaccination

“The causes of the death of Francesca Paola Vizzini, 75, who died on Sunday after the 118 doctors had tried in vain to revive her, are all to be clarified. His family presented a complaint to the carabinieri of the Uditore station and the Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation, also arranging an autopsy, which was performed today.

Although the woman, as reported by her relatives, had received the Astrazeneca vaccine last Tuesday at the Fair, the deputy prosecutor Ennio Petrigni and the deputy Claudio Camilleri, who coordinate the investigation, have not yet involved the special task force. regional deputy to study hypothetical links between deaths and vaccines and this precisely because at the moment it is not known exactly what caused the death of the old woman, a fact that will have to be clarified by the autopsy.

The woman, who allegedly suffered from hypertension, had received the Astrazeneca vaccine last Tuesday and allegedly experienced the normal symptoms of fatigue and arm pain expected in these cases. In the evening she would also have a sense of nausea and her sister would have given her something against vomiting. A home cure that would have given its effects.

Subsequently, Vizzini would also have had a fever and, even in this case, she would have been given Tachipirina at home. On Saturday 10th, 118 would have been called for the first time, but the lady would have refused to go to the doctor or to the hospital. During the night she allegedly suffered abdominal pain and when an ambulance was called again on Sunday morning, attempts to revive her had proved futile. ”

Palermotoday.it report

 

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Italy: 26 yr old woman in hospital in Milan after Astrazeneca #coronavirus vaccination

A 26-year-old woman on April 13 was in fact hospitalized in a reserved prognosis at the Milan Polyclinic, after vaccination against Covid with AstraZeneca vaccine.

According to what is learned, the twenty-six year old is hospitalized at the Milan Polyclinic with cerebral thrombosis . The girl, according to the hospital, “is conscious and responds to therapies . She is in conditions considered stable, even if the prognosis remains confidential and is kept under close observation”. The hospitalization at the Milan Polyclinic was necessary because her situation was serious, also for this reason the patient was sent to the Thrombosis Center led by Flora Peyvandi, reference structure.

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Italian study: 66.6% of children of had at least one persisting #coronavirus symptom between 60 & 120 days after infection (13 had one or two symptoms, 7 had three or more)

Twenty out of 30 children (66.6%) assessed between 60 and 120 days after initial COVID-19 had at least one persisting symptom (13 had one or two symptoms, 7 had three or more); 35 of 68 children (27.1%) had at least one symptom 120 days or more after diagnosis (21 had one or two symptoms, 14 had three or more). 29 out of the 68 (42.6%) children assessed >120 days days from diagnosis were still distressed by these symptoms.

Wiley.com: Preliminary Evidence on Long Covid in children

 

 

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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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Emergence of N antigen SARS-CoV-2 genetic variants escaping detection of antigenic #coronavirus tests

While conducting a large validation study on the Abbott Panbio™ COVID-19 Ag test, we noticed that some swab samples failed to generate a positive result in spite of a high viral load in Rt-PCR assays.

Sequencing analysis of viruses showing discordant results in the RT-PCR and antigen assays revealed the presence of multiple disruptive amino-acid substitutions in the N antigen (the viral protein detected in the antigen test) clustered from position 229 to 374 a region known to contain an immunodominant epitope. A relevant fraction of the variants, undetected by the antigen test, contained the mutations A376T coupled to M241I.

Intriguingly we found that virus sequences with this mutation were over-represented in the antigen-test-negative and PCR-positive samples and progressively increased in frequency over time in Veneto, a region of Italy that has aggressively scaled up the utilization of antigen tests, which reached nearly 68% of all the SARS-CoV-2 swab assays performed there. We speculate that mass utilization of antigen assays could create a selection pressure on the target that may favor the spread of undetectable virus variants.

Medrxiv preprint

 

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Italy: #coronavirus lockdown extended for another month but schools REOPEN in red zones

Italy in lockdown for another month

Until April 30th no region or province can return to the yellow zone . There will be only red or orange areas

Kindergartens, elementary and middle school open also in the red zone after Easter.

The ban on movement between regions also extended. It will be possible to cross borders only for “proven needs”- reasons of work, health and urgency,

Bars and restaurants will remain closed – with only take-out and home delivery allowed

The new cases recorded yesterday in Italy were 23,839 with 380 deaths.

IlGiorno.it 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.

Il Giorno report

 

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Sonia Battaglia dead: she went into a coma a few days after the AstraZeneca #coronavirus vaccine

The health conditions of Sonia Battaglia, the 54-year-old hospitalized in intensive care at the hospital of the Sea, have worsened irreversibly until her death today.

The confirmation came, hard as a boulder, from Raffaele Conte, son of Sonia Battaglia: “My mother is dead”, he tells NapoliToday. He doesn’t add anything else. Too much pain. Raffaele hoped until the last that the doctors of the hospital of the sea would be able to rescue his mother from the coma in which she had fallen. After the assessment with neurological criteria, carried out in the hospital, as per protocol, in the afternoon the death of the 54-year-old was confirmed and an autopsy was ordered.

On March 1, Sonia underwent the AstraZeneca vaccine, batch ABV5811 , which was then withdrawn throughout Italy. Initially she had not accused particular problems, but in the following days her condition had gradually worsened. At the moment, no correlation has been proven between the dose administered and the cerebral haemorrhage that hit her, then also followed by a heart attack, but the woman’s family have been asking for the truth for days.

Napolitoday.it report

See also “Sonia Battaglia from Naples in intensive care after an AstraZeneca vaccination batch ABV5811″

 

** RIP Sonia. Our condolences to your family **

Italy: domestic cat diagnosed with B.1.1.7 UK variant of #coronavirus

The laboratories of Experimental zooprophylactic institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta they identified the first case of English variant of Sars-CoV-2 in a cat.

From bibliography the first report at national level. It is a castrated male cat of European breed, eight years, who lives in Novarese in a domestic context.

Full story in Italy24news.com

 

See also: Dog and cat infected with B.1.1.7 in Texas

 

 

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Maria Assunta, Italian journalist suffers from ischemia after AstraZeneca #coronavirus vaccine ABV2856

Maria Assunta underwent her first AstraZeneca vaccination on Wednesday 10 March. In the hours immediately following the administration, she began to experience the first complaints attributable to side effects: high fever up to 39.5, nausea, dizziness and muscle aches, as well as a very strong migraine. Unfortunately, however, the symptoms worsened over the hours. Maria Assunta began to experience more serious effects, such as a sudden stutter, a phenomenon that never occurred in her life.

At that point, the journalist, who serves as a teacher in Bergamo, Italy, immediately went to the emergency room of the Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, where the medical staff gave her first aid. Her blood pressure had risen dangerously, reaching 160 roughly. “When we managed to contact her – writes the local newspaper Casertace.net – she confirmed that unfortunately the dose and AstraZeneca vaccine administered to her belonged exactly to that series, to that lot, the ABV2856. The same one seized in recent days, after the death of the two Sicilian people who had received it a few minutes earlier ”.

Following the episode, Maria Assunta filed a complaint. The doctors diagnosed her with an ischemic episode and the woman is currently hospitalized at the Lombard hospital. The causal link with the intake of the first dose of vaccine obviously has to be demonstrated. Her story is added to that of others who have received a dose belonging to the lot which was then seized throughout Italy. The woman will now undergo an angioresonance to understand if more serious and alarming damage has occurred.

Teleclubitalia.IT report

 

Wikipedia: Ischemia or ischaemia is a restriction in blood supply to tissues, causing a shortage of oxygen that is needed for cellular metabolism (to keep tissue alive).[3] Ischemia is generally caused by problems with blood vessels, with resultant damage to or dysfunction of tissue. It also means local anemia in a given part of a body sometimes resulting from constriction (such as vasoconstriction, thrombosis or embolism). Ischemia comprises not only insufficiency of oxygen, but also reduced availability of nutrients and inadequate removal of metabolic wastes. Ischemia can be partial (poor perfusion) or total.

Michele Quintiero, 62yr Italian traffic cop, dies a few hours after vaccination with Pfizer #coronavirus vaccine

The body of a 62-year-old traffic policeman, Michele Quintiero, was seized by the Lagonegro Prosecutor ( Potenza ) who are now trying to understand what happened in the past few hours .

Around 20.30 yesterday (15th March 2021), Michele Quintiero allegedly suffered a sudden illness that would have caused his death . A few hours earlier, in the Sapri hospital , he had received the Pfizer anti-Covid vaccine .

At present, it is not possible to ascertain whether there is a real correlation between death and dose administration .

The medical director of the hospital in which the agent underwent the vaccine, Prof. Rocco Calabrese , expressed himself in this regard, saying to colleagues Ansa’s : ” We are very sorry for what happened, a causal relationship cannot be demonstrated. with the administration of the vaccine. Among other things, it appears that the patient was suffering from previous pathologies of a metabolic and cardiovascular nature . In addition, for the 62-year-old, as required by the guidelines in the vaccination field, after vaccination, were the 15 minutes of observation respected , during which he did not complain of any disturbance “.

Newsicilia.it report

Stefania Maccioni, 51, Roman teacher, dies after Astrazeneca vaccination with batch ABV5811

After the vaccination – explains her brother Luca – Stefania began to feel bad and have severe headaches, until she was hospitalized in a coma on 7 March at Gemelli where she died on 9 March“. For health professionals, the complaint reads, the death would have occurred “as a result of massive cerebral venous thrombosis”.

Stefania Maccioni , a Roman, 51-year-old literature teacher at the Cerveteri middle school: she was vaccinated on February 25 in Santa Marinella with “production batch ABV5811”, the same initially suspended after death of a professor in Piedmont.

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