LLB(Hons), BSc, RSHDipPHI and specialist in emerging issues.
“I’m still trying to understand how Cabinet could lawfully have got from Medsafe’s Provisional approval with 58 conditions- on 3 Feb 2021, to fully adopting Pfizer’s experimental mRNA injection known as Comirnaty just a week later. Has anyone seen the advice given to Cabinet, who prepared it, or the reasons for their decision?” https://insidegovernment.co.nz/pfizer-vaccine-approved…/
Why is this? Adern has ordered enough vaccines already for 750K Kiwis. So while professing moves to ensure its safety before proceeding, nevertheless she has purchased them anyway.
newshub …. “Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Medsafe group manager Chris James, who will outline the process involved in making sure a vaccine is safe and effective.”
A reminder, it normally takes 10 years to develop a vaccine. _________________________________________________________________________
tvnz… Speaking to media from Northland, Jacinda Arden said the Government was “not in a race to be first, but to ensure safe and timely access to vaccines for all New Zealanders”.
Provisional approval means the vaccine needs to meet certain conditions, and more data needs to be gathered from clinical trials.
“It means we can now begin preparations for the first stage in our vaccination roll-out,” Ardern said.
Pfizer is the first coronavirus vaccine approved for use in New Zealand, and will see border workers and essential staff the first to receive a shot.
Those most at risk of getting Covid-19 will also receive the vaccine first, with the broader population able to be vaccinated from the second half of the year.
“Subject to expected delivery of the first batch of the vaccine, we will start vaccinating first our border workers and the people they live with,” Ardern said.
The vaccine could start arriving in the country from next month. New Zealand has ordered 1.5 million doses, enough for 750,000 people.
The country’s medical regulator, Medsafe, met yesterday for final discussions on the jab before sign-off was sought from a ministerial group.
Following today’s approval, Ministry of Health officials will give advice to the Government to set out who are most suited to receive the vaccine, such as age ranges.
“We expect the first Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines will arrive in New Zealand by the end of the first quarter, but we are making sure everything is in place in case there is an earlier arrival,” Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said.
“Once vaccination of our border workers starts, we expect it to be completed within two to three weeks.”
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said there was a “vigorous assessment process” in coming to the decision.
“This provisional approval is very much the start of a new chapter in our Covid-19 response and I want to reassure New Zealanders we will also be applying the same rigour to all subsequent vaccine applications.
“Vaccination is a key next step in our ongoing response to this virus. It’s also a good point to recognise the incredible amount of work New Zealanders have put in to support our successful response to date.
“There is more work to do, we are not out of the woods yet — but the provisional approval of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine is a significant milestone.”
“It is a controversial artificial sweetener, 951 (L-aspartyl-L-phenylalanine-methyl-ester). It is cheaper and about 200 times sweeter than sugar.
It comprises two amino acids — aspartic acid and phenylalanine, bound together with methanol. Occurring in natural form, these are bound up, but in aspartame they are not, breaking down readily to formaldehyde (accumulative and known to cause cancer), formic acid (venom in ant stings) and DKP (known brain tumour agent).”
It is found in “More than 6000 products worldwide: sugar-free and diet products, eg NutraSweet & Equal packs & sachets, chewing gum, sweets e.g. Mentos, Extra & Smints, some Eta potato chips, Yoplait Diet-Lite & Weightwatchers yoghurts; Jarrah, Weight-watchers, Nestle & Ovaltine drinks; sports drinks; dietary supplements e.g. Redoxon, silver top Berocca, Healtheries products incl. chewable children’s vitamins; 124 medicines incl. 81 for children e.g. Lemsip, Panadol.”
“According to independent (non-industry funded) doctors and researchers, aspartame can cause a range of symptoms ranging from mild and transitory to debilitating and life-threatening, eg headaches, memory loss, vision loss, depression, seizures, coma and cancer. It can worsen or mimic the symptoms of such diseases and conditions as MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It interacts with drugs & MSG, and induces carbohydrate cravings (= weight gain). The methanol in aspartame affects the dopamine system of the brain causing addiction. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is classified as a severe metabolic poison and narcotic.”
Aspartame in 81 children’s medicines
“The controversial additive aspartame is contained in 81 medicines which may be used by children and young people. Green MP Sue Kedgley said that the New Zealand Minister of Health has confirmed Medsafe has approved a total of 124 medicines which contain aspartame.
Ms Kedgley stated: “There should be a requirement that the word ‘aspartame’ appear prominently on the label, along with a warning statement that it has been linked to a range of adverse reactions.” Ms Kedgley is also calling on Medsafe to put pressure on pharmaceutical companies to reformulate their products, and in the meantime ensure medicines containing aspartame are clearly labelled with a warning so parents are aware of its presence and potential for side effects.
Aspartame is not always clearly identified on many labels, because in New Zealand medicines and dietary supplements do not have to be labelled with their ingredients. We therefore reproduce a list of the brandnames. Not all the medicines in a particular brand will contain aspartame – look for ‘sugar-free’, also ‘chewable’ and ‘effervescent’. One reason why manufacturers use aspartame in so many products is because it is cheaper than sugar, as well as being addictive. (For a full list of the 81 medicines containing aspartame, see below.) If you are not sure whether a medicine you are giving your child contains aspartame, ask the pharmacist….”
Some of the items on the list:
Anti-inflammatory Lozenges – Menthol and Eucalyptus Flavour Lozenge Amcal