Thursday, October 15, 2009

[Canada]: Swine flu research gets $2.4M shot in the arm:

[SVC COMMENT: Note how a noble maxim is turned upside-down by Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. David Butler-Jones. Instead of “first, do no harm” properly invoked as a caution against using untested, uninsurable, toxin-containing VACCINE, the maxim is instead used to threaten those who would wisely avoid the dangerous vaccine and opt instead to take their chances with the virus itself, which authorities are still acknowledging is relatively mild.]

"There's an old edict in medicine which is: 'first, do no harm.' So being immunized is really key. And immunization is the safest, most effective, most cost-effective measure in modern medicine.

"My goal is to have 100 per cent of Canadians (vaccinated)," the federal minister told reporters at the lab. "We're very fortunate as Canadians to be able to have that choice."
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[Canada]: Swine flu research gets $2.4M shot in the arm:
OCTOBER 13, 2009

Medical researchers trying to answer some of the mysteries about the H1N1 virus got a funding boost from the federal government Wednesday worth $2.4 million.

Through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, five new projects will be funded over the next two years and work on them is beginning "immediately," according to Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.

"Research tells us critical information about the shape and the direction of this pandemic," she said while making the announcement at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

The H1N1 pandemic virus is a novel strain that had never been seen before it appeared in the spring and quickly spread around the world.

Because it was new, experts couldn't predict how it would behave and pandemic preparedness plans had to be adjusted as more was learned about the illness.

The majority of cases in Canada have turned out to be mild — the virus has been linked to 79 deaths — but more than 1,500 people have required hospitalization and close to 300 of those patients were in intensive care units.


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