Random Analytica

Random thoughts, charts, infographics & analysis. Not in that order

Month: June, 2021

25. Mefloquine Dispatches: BUPA, 17th June 2021

It’s taken two years. A mixture of research/tenacity and outright good luck have got me to this point.

I have finally got into the Neurocognitive Program. It had been called the Mending Military Minds Program but in reality it is an attempt to deal with 3rd wave injuries via anti-malarial medications now opened up to other factors like IED’s or percussive injuries.

Outright good luck too. I got into the program because my Psychologist was sharp enough to pick up on an email from Open Arms.

My Open Arms Psychologist is amazing. Open Arms runs the program. I go through the barrier testing with an Open Arms staffer who is great.

Then I get this…

I don’t do private healthcare. I worked in an Operating Theatre for a year. I have witnessed the damage these companies do to hospitals. They are parasites.

At no time was BUPA mentioned throughout the process. To the best of my knowledge BUPA should have nothing to do with this program. If BUPA were running this I wouldn’t have become involved.

Yet they do… Now I’m stuck with another bullshit process and lengthy delays.

Why does BUPA have anything to do with the Neurocognitive Program?

Update (8th July 2021)

Happy to advise that I received an unsolicited follow-up call from Open Arms enquiring about the Neurocognitive Program booking process. They listened to my concerns and will get back to me about a more suitable appointment.

Good result. Thanks Open Arms.

Random Analytica: AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and cases of Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) by Age Group

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has updated its latest safety report with no new deaths reported. Via the TGA. COVID-19 vaccine weekly safety report – 24-06-2021. Summary:

  • The most frequently reported suspected side effects associated with Comirnaty (Pfizer) and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines continue to be events that were seen in the clinical trials, and are commonly experienced with vaccines generally.
  • Five additional cases of blood clots with low blood platelets have been assessed as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) likely to be linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. When assessed using the UK case definition, three were confirmed and two were deemed probable TTS. However, following reassessment of a previously reported case as being unlikely to be TTS, there is only a net increase of four cases. This brings the total number of cases of TTS to 64.
  • We are also monitoring reports of suspected myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with Comirnaty and suspected Guillain-Barre Syndrome following vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. No causal association with either vaccine has been established at this stage.

There have been approximately 4.2-million doses of AstraZeneca administered to 21 June (h/t Jack). On 17 June 2021, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommended that Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine be preferred over the AstraZeneca vaccine for those aged 16–60 years old. To date there have been two TTS deaths linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine meaning you have an approx. 1/2.1-million chance of dying.

Get vaccinated!

Random Analytica: AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and cases of Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) to 13 June 2021

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has updated its latest safety report with no new deaths being reported. Via the TGA. COVID-19 vaccine weekly safety report – 17-06-2021. Summary:

  • The most frequently reported suspected side effects associated with Comirnaty (Pfizer) and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines continue to be events that were seen in the clinical trials, and are commonly experienced with vaccines generally.
  • Twelve additional cases of blood clots with low blood platelets have been assessed as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) likely to be linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. The increase in the number of cases correlates with an increase in the number of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine administered during the reporting period.
  • This brings the total number of confirmed and probable TTS cases in Australia to 60. Seven of the 12 new cases occurred in individuals in aged between 50 and 59 years. When assessed using the United Kingdom (UK) case definition, three cases were confirmed and nine were deemed probable TTS.

No data was available in this report on AstraZeneca vaccines administered (in the previous week 3.3-million doses were confirmed). At the same time the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommended the age to receive a dose be increased from 50 to 60. To date there have been two TTS deaths linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Random Analytica: AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and cases of Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS)

AstraZeneca is in the news this week after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) reported the death of a 52-woman from New South Wales from thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). This is the second fatality linked to the AstraZeneca vaccination roll-out following the death of a 48-year old female in April. As tragic as the deaths are there have been almost 3.3-million doses of AstraZeneca administered (to the 6th June 2021) with just 48-cases of TTS being reported to date. For context it looks like you could expect an adverse reaction resulting in death in 1 in every 1.65-million doses. According to Ian Mackay from Virology Down Under “It’s a real number. A real risk. But a very rare one”.

Random Analytica: From China with Love

I have been blogging for 10-years now. My best year was back in 2014 as I followed the H7N9 outbreak which originated in China. That year I garnered almost 33,000 views of which just 20 came from mainland China. I then took a break from blogging between 2015 – 2018. In late 2019 I started to blog about some of my experiences in the Australian Army. Since then the hits from China have increased from <1% to 16.7% this year while my Hong Kong viewers have disappeared. It is all the more interesting because I only dwell on Twitter (banned in China) and WordPress via social media. I’ve reached out to some experts in the field including Stephen McDonell (via the BBC) who is reporting in Hong Kong tonight from the vigil on the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.