2019-nCoV Makes the case for Vaccination. Get it?
Child Protection is a fundamental responsibility of all adults, says humanitarians. “Vaccination is a key aspect of caring for kids.”
According to The RINJ Foundation, a vocal proponent of early vaccinations for influenza, “The USA Trump government’s cavalier attitude toward child safety (i.e.: bombing schools, school buses in Yemen; creating US concentration camps for migrant kids and molesting refugee children [according to NGO NACLA.org] ) should not sway global values for child protection.”
Michele Francis, a nurse practitioner who has been leading a team of inoculators from the RINJ women’s civil society group in the northern parts of Venezuela, says that “an American-cult subculture of racism, that may have permeated 50% of the US population, has caused a decline in the value of human lives, particularly children, around the world. Then there’s the ‘antivaxxers‘, a crowd of credulous persons who rely on social media’s darker side for their scanty education, who fear hypodermics of medicine.” [ed.: An influenza vaccination pill is ‘in the works’. Maybe that will help.]
She bases this assertion which may seem ‘out there‘ to antivaxers, on what she describes as “a statistical reduction in global vaccinations that has resulted in a fearful number of child deaths from influenza, polio and measles in 2019″.
An interesting note about the United States’ problem getting people vaccinated comes from the pharmacy side of the medical house.
Pharmacist Yvette C. Terrie, BSPharm, RPh says, “Just an estimated 52% of adults in the United States plan to get the influenza vaccine this season, according to new data from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. The top reasons cited for not getting vaccinated were belief that the influenza vaccine doesn’t work (51%), concern about vaccine related AEs (34%), and concern about getting influenza from the vaccine (22%). Pharmacists play a fundamental role in dispelling common concerns about AEs and improving vaccination rates, and they can act as advocates and educators, as well as vaccine administrators.”
WHO top ten threats to health does not include nCoV but does include influenza, says a medical team leader in Venezuela.
This was profound:
“Did you know that AntiVaxxers are more likely to kill you than 2019-nCoV?,” Francis quizzed FPMag.
“The refusal to vaccinate despite availability of free vaccines, threatens to reverse gains made in ending epidemics of vaccine-preventable illness,” she added.
“Vaccination hesitancy is number eight among the top ten threats to human health,” insisted Francis who does public health lectures to small groups waiting their turn for vaccinations in crowded waiting areas in the Amazon Basin.
- Air pollution and climate change. “Wear an N95 mask in cities,” says Francis.
- Non Communicable disease (like diabetes, cancer, heart disease). “Test and treat.”
- Global influenza pandemic. “Get vaccinated as often as twice per year.”
- Fragile and vulnerable settings.
- Antimicrobial resistance. “Take all your medications as prescribed.”
- Ebola and other high-threat pathogens.
- Weak primary health care.
- Vaccine hesitancy (“Educate AntiVaxxers.”)
- HIV/AIDS Test and treat.
“Worry about Influenza more than 2019-nCoV. It is common sense.”
What’s killing my patients, says Nurse Michele Francis in northern Venezuela, is the Flu Virus, not coronavirus. And I am hearing that from my colleagues all around the world.”
Virology Nurse Practitioner to FPMag:“2019-nCoV makes the case for vaccination because it is far less lethal than influenza, yet people are terrified of it and willing to persecute 1.4 billion Chinese rather than seek a vaccine.
“Let’s call the familiar Flu bug the ‘2020-DeathBug’ and all get vaccinated. That could save roughly half a billion lives in 2020.”
“Take a look at the 2019-nCoV. It is very dangerous because all viruses are dangerous to humans,” say the people on the front lines fighting disease.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology led by virologist Dr. Zheng-Li Shi isolated a virus sample from a 49-year-old patient who became symptomatic 23 December 2019. Shi’s team believes that the virus can kill cultured human cells and that it enters them through the same molecular receptor as another coronavirus: the one that causes SARS.
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According to the American society for microbiology, “Receptor recognition by viruses is the first and essential step of viral infections of host cells. It is an important determinant of viral host range and cross-species infection and a primary target for antiviral intervention. Coronaviruses recognize a variety of host receptors, infect many hosts, and are health threats to humans and animals. The receptor-binding S1 subunit of coronavirus spike proteins contains two distinctive domains, the N-terminal domain (S1-NTD) and the C-terminal domain (S1-CTD), both of which can function as receptor-binding domains (RBDs). S1-NTDs and S1-CTDs from three major coronavirus genera recognize at least four protein receptors and three sugar receptors and demonstrate a complex receptor recognition pattern. For example, highly similar coronavirus S1-CTDs within the same genus can recognize different receptors, whereas very different coronavirus S1-CTDs from different genera can recognize the same receptor. Moreover, coronavirus S1- NTDs can recognize either protein or sugar receptors. Structural studies in the past decade have elucidated many of the puzzles associated with coronavirus-receptor interactions. “
Around the world, much work is being done in laboratories to develop:
1) Understanding of the 2019-nCoV
3) A vaccine for 2019-nCoV
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