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9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
Correction to time of special teleconference, April 1, 2020
CORRECTION: In the notice sent out earlier today, the Pacific time was incorrectly listed as 4 p.m. Since Pacific time remains three hours earlier, that should have been 10 a.m. PST and 1 p.m. EST.
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Join us for special teleconference about the coronavirus Wednesday afternoon with John Whitehead
To follow up on our excellent discussion of the coronavirus last Wednesday, we have a special call this week with author John Whitehead. To accommodate Mr. Whitehead’s schedule, this special call will take place this Wednesday at 1 p.m. EST and 10 a.m. PST at the usual teleconference number. If you can’t make this call, the recording will be posted on Truth and Shadows on the same page where all our recordings and minutes are posted.
Whitehead will be talking about his book Battle Field America: The War on the American People. And in particular, he will discuss his thoughts on how the U.S. Constitution is faring in light of lockdowns and other measures taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Whitehead is a Constitutional attorney and founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His book Battlefield America: The War on the American People is available at http://www.amazon.com.Whitehead can be contacted at email@example.com.
We hope you can join us for this important call. If not, the recording will be posted the same day at http://www.truthandshadows.com/about.
Straight Talk MD
Monday, March 30, 2020
Battelle has had an (unused) method to decontaminate N95 masks aka respirators for years!
Unbelievable. 4 years ago, the FDA gave contractor Battelle half a million dollars to study the use of commercial decontamination equipment, using hydrogen peroxide gas, on N95 masks. Battelle said the method worked in 2016. But we are only just hearing about it, as thousands of healthcare workers get infected due, in part, to lack of these masks. WTF??!!
Battelle received an emergency go-ahead from the FDA over the weekend to deploy its decontamination system for personal protective equipment (PPE), allowing healthcare workers to clean and reuse scarce N95 respirator masks.
The system is currently operating at Battelle’s Ohio facility—capable of processing up to 80,000 masks per machine, per day, within what looks like a large metal shipping container—and has been working to help stretch supplies for the OhioHealth system based in Columbus.
Using concentrated hydrogen peroxide vapor, the filters are gassed for two and a half hours to destroy bacteria, viruses and other contaminants, including the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. According to the company, the system can clean the same N95 mask up to 20 times without degrading its performance.
The FDA had first OK’d the use of the system on Saturday but initially limited its use to 10,000 masks per day, according to Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who called on the agency to unlock the system’s full decontamination capacity. DeWine also said this would have limited Battelle’s plans to deploy machines to the hard-hit New York metro area as well as Washington state and Washington, D.C.
Within hours, and after President Donald Trump also urged the FDA to approve the equipment on Twitter, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn tweeted late Sunday evening that the agency had issued an amended authorization.
Why is the World's Richest County Short of Medical Masks?/ NYT
From the NY Times:
Few in the protective equipment industry are surprised by the shortages, because they’ve been predicted for years. In 2005, the George W. Bush administration called for the coordination of domestic production and stockpiling of protective gear in preparation for pandemic influenza. In 2006, Congress approved funds to add protective gear to a national strategic stockpile — among other things, the stockpile collected 52 million surgical face masks and 104 million N95 respirator masks.
But about 100 million masks in the stockpile were deployed in 2009 in the fight against the H1N1 flu pandemic, and the government never bothered to replace them. This month, Alex Azar, secretary of health and human services, testified that there are only about 40 million masks in the stockpile — around 1 percent of the projected national need.
As the coronavirus began to spread in China early this year, a global shortage of protective equipment began to look inevitable. But by then it was too late for the American government to do much about the problem. Two decades ago, most hospital protective gear was made domestically. But like much of the rest of the apparel and consumer products business, face mask manufacturing has since shifted nearly entirely overseas. “China is a producer of 80 percent of masks worldwide,” Laverdure said.
Hospitals began to run out of masks for the same reason that supermarkets ran out of toilet paper — because their “just-in-time” supply chains, which call for holding as little inventory as possible to meet demand, are built to optimize efficiency, not resiliency.
“You’re talking about a commodity item,” said Michael J. Alkire, president of Premier, a company that purchases medical supplies for hospitals and health systems. In the supply chain, he said, “by definition, there’s not going to be a lot of redundancy, because everyone wants the low cost.”
In January, the brittle supply chain began to crack under pressure. To deal with its own outbreak, China began to restrict exports of protective equipment. Then other countries did as well — Taiwan, Germany, France and India took steps to stop exports of medical equipment. That left American hospitals to seek more and more masks from fewer and fewer producers...
Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D. at 8:30 PM
MARCH 30, 2020
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