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Supreme Court On Plea Seeking Investigation On Deaths Allegedly Linked To Vaccination

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The Supreme Court on Friday required to be served on the office of the SG the plea seeking directions to Centre to follow up, record and advertise instances of death occurring within 30 days of immunisation, filed in the face of “growing deaths and adverse effects after COVID vaccinations”

Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, for the petitioner, told the bench headed by Justice D. Y. Chandrachud, “There were 900 reported deaths across the country, linked to the vaccine, at the time this petition was filed. Healthy people going for vaccination, collapsing and dying.”

Justice Chandrachud noted, “It may not be attributable to the vaccine, the vaccine not be the actual cause. What is the correlation? The vaccination does not control deaths for reasons aliunde.”

“Maybe. But we must have a monitoring system which will record this. Also, these deaths have to be investigated- why did he die? was there a clot in the heart? aclot in the brain, he has to be taken for checking”, submitted Mr. Gonsalves.
He continued to indicate the 2015 central government ‘Adverse Effect After Immunisation’ Guidelines- the ‘Surveillance and Response’ Operational Guidelines, which, submitted, contained a mandate to the 10s of 1000s of healthworkers, such as Asha and Aanganwaadi workers to check on and follow-up with the village etc where vaccination has been applied for a specific period after which a clearance was granted. He indicated that there was a special protocol stipulated for a apost-mortem where there was a death on account of a clot etc post the immunisation.

He submitted that these guidelines have now been revised in 2020 which only provides for a “passive surveillance”, relying only on the complaint of the person concerned or the family affected.

“That is why there is this unbelievable number of official deaths in the India, of only 2 or 3!”, he pressed

At this, Justice Chandrachud remarked, “You cannot say ‘unbelievable’. We have to look at the countervailing benefits of vaccination! We cannot send a message that there is some problem with the vaccination. The WHO has spoken in favour of vaccines, countries across the world are doing it! We cannot just cast doubt on it.”

“Also, the revised guidelines also provide another channel for tracking ‘serious and minor AEFI’. They require ‘monthly progress reports’ through the ‘peripheral health staff’ which would be including Asha workers”, continued the judge.

“The WHO is telling all countries that there should be of active surveillance- data collection system through a designated staff visiting the area, follow-up for 1 year, to monitor any ‘vaccine-associated enhanced disease’…but it is not being done in the country. The approach here is of passive surveillance- to wait for the person or family to complain! There are 9000 deaths in the country which should be investigated! Doctors throughout the country have asked the government for data!”
“We cannot say we have not formulated guidelines for AEFI in India; we do have a system. There are always bound to be dissenters, but we can’t fashion our policy as per them. We have to see. the good of the nation as a whole! The world was in throes of an unprecedented pandemic the likes of which we have not seen in our life! It is of the highest national importance that we vaccinate! We cannot cast a doubt on it! In hindsight, there will always be other studies, 5 or 10 years down the lane. But we cannot afford the price of laxity, of not vaccinating! We have to keep the people safe and reduce fatality!”, reflected Justice Chandrachud.

“There will always be other points of view. But when you have guidelines, why should the court interfere at this crucial stage of vaccination? Every country in the world, including those with substantial populations, have multiple vaccines! Look at the developed world- the US!”, observed the judge.

“I hear it being said in the courts that we cannot allow vaccine hesitancy. But all other countries are doing active surveillance! India alone has jettisoned it!”, urged Mr. Gonsalves

After conferring with each other, the bench said that ” we have a few things in our minds”. The bench then allowed Mr. Gonsalves to serve a copy of the plea on the office of the SG, listing the matter after 2 weeks.

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Tensions run high as Swiss vote on Covid vaccine certificate law | Switzerland

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People in Switzerland are voting on a Covid vaccine certificate law, after a campaign characterised by unprecedented levels of hostility in a country renowned for its culture of compromise.

As in much of Europe, Switzerland has seen growing anger over restrictions aimed at reining in the pandemic, and pressure to get vaccinated.

But in a country where there are referendums every few months in a climate of civility and measured debate, the soaring tensions around the vote have come as a shock. Police increased security around several politicians who have faced a flood of insults and death threats.

The polls close at noon (11am GMT) on Sunday, with the results expected within the following hours as the vast majority vote by mail before polling day.

Voters are deciding whether to approve amendments to the Covid law which, among other things, provide the legal basis for a Covid certificate that says if a person has been vaccinated or has recovered from the virus.

Opponents say the certificate, which has been required since September for access to restaurants and other indoor spaces and activities, is creating an “apartheid” system.

Final opinion polls showed about two-thirds of the voters supported the Covid laws.

Police blocked the square in front of the seat of government and parliament in Bern on Sunday, anticipating protests after the result.

Observers have warned that the vote could exacerbate tensions, and even spark a violent backlash among the anti-vaccine crowd if results do not go in their favour.

During the campaign, fences were erected around the buildings to protect them during anti-vax demonstrations.

They were often led by the “Freiheitstrychler” or “Freedom ringers” – men dressed in white shirts embroidered with edelweiss flowers and with two large cowbells suspended from a yoke resting on their shoulders.

Some of the demonstrations have led to violent clashes with police, who have used rubber bullets and teargas to rein in the crowds.

The referendum comes as the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, first detected in southern Africa and classified as a variant of concern, has rattled countries and markets around the world.

It is the second time in less than six months that the Swiss have been called on to vote on the government’s response to the pandemic. In June, 60% of voters approved prolonging national measures.

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James Austin Johnson is already the best ‘SNL’ Trump [POLL RESULTS]

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James Austin Johnson only just joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” this fall, but he’s already made a big impression. The comedian not only played President Joe Biden in the opening sketch of the season but he’s also portrayed the former president, Donald Trump, to rave reviews. After decades of Trump impersonations on the late-night sketch series, fans have voiced their overwhelming support for the most recent one.

Johnson collected the vast majority of votes in our “best ‘SNL’ Trump” poll results, with a whopping 61% of the vote. The actor has only played him twice on “SNL,” though he has cultivated his impression of Trump for many years through viral videos. In a distant second place, Alec Baldwin collected 22% of the vote. Baldwin played Trump through his turbulent presidency and even won an Emmy for his performance in 2017, with additional nominations in 2018 and 2021.

Darrell Hammond came in third place at 10%, despite playing him for the longest period of time. Phil Hartman, the original Trump impressionist for “SNL,” placed in fourth at 3% of the vote. Johnson, Baldwin, Hammond and Hartman are the best-known Trump portrayers on the show, with all others playing the businessman in an episode or two.

Among that smaller group, Jason Sudeikis received 1% of the vote (though he won our “best ‘SNL’ Biden” poll), followed by Leslie Jones and Vanessa Bayer at 0.5%. Taran Killam, who actually played him in three episodes, and John Cena failed to collect a single vote in the poll.

Considering Trump has left office, it is likely that we will see less of Johnson’s impression on “SNL,” though they have already found a way to integrate him into multiple Judge Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) cold opens.

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Covid-19: Decision on resumption of international flights to be reviewed, MHA says | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Centre’s decision on the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passengers service will be reviewed as per evolving global scenario, MHA spokesperson said on Sunday.
This was discussed during an urgent meeting that was called by the home secretary earlier in the day in view of the possible threat that the new Covid variant of concern ‘Omicron’, can pose to the nation.

Various experts were part of the meeting, including Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, D Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific adviser to Prime Minister, senior officers from health, civil aviation and other ministries.

Here’s what other things were discussed during the meet-
* Overall global situation in wake of the Omicron virus was comprehensively reviewed.
* Various preventive measures in place and to be further strengthened were discussed.
* Genomic surveillance for variants to be further strengthened and intensified.
* Airport health officials (APHOs) and port health officials (PHOs) to be sensitized for strict supervision of testing protocol at airports/ ports.
* Closer watch on the emerging pandemic situations within the country will be maintained.

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