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Police in China bust fake Covid-19 vaccine operation, more than 80 people arrested

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Police in China busted a fake Covid-19 vaccine operation, arresting more than 80 people and seizing more than 3,000 doses of the fake vaccine, which were actually just syringes filled with saline solution.

The state news agency Xinhua says the bust was part of a law enforcement operation to crackdown on vaccine-related crimes. Police in various provinces including Beijing, Shanghai and the eastern province of Shandong were involved.

Apparently, the saline solution “vaccines” have been going around since September. All fake doses have been tracked down, according to Xinhua. The newspaper Global Times, which is backed by the Chinese government, said the fake vaccines may have been planned to be shipped overseas.

SOURCE: Reuters

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    John is My Biggest Fan

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    The Chinese are probably the most unscrupulous people in the World.

    China is the land of fakery.

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      Toby Andrews

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      I disagree. The Thais are.

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        John is My Biggest Fan

        Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:29 am

        Noted. But having lived and worked in both Thailand and China, I would say the Chinese edge it.

        When the virus broke out and face masks were in short supply, Chinese people were found to be collecting used face masks and then repacking them for sale.

        let’s not forget the gutter oil – that’s oil scooped out of the sewer system, reheated and then canned for resale.

        On top of that, there is a fake version of virtually everything in China.

        Oh yes, and occasionally they sell their babies too.

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        Truth B Told

        Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 12:32 am

        China has complete automobile lines that are blatant rip offs of major brands. Have you never even shopped on Lazada? Do you really think those new Nike shoes are originals at 319 baht? That crap is made in China not Thailand.

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    Flushing Johnny Is-san

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    As if Thailand isn’t!? Thailand markets the Chinese fakery…does that count?

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    The Chinese have a long and horrendous history of faulty vaccines. Back in 2018 there was a huge outcry after it was discovered some one million doses of baby vaccines were faulty by multiple manufacturers, many of which had been used on children. Only a year before there was an issue with hundreds of thousands of faulty flu vaccines. There are lots more examples, those are just the recent ones. Anyone who has dealt in China know Chinese companies have no issue at all sacrificing safety in pursuit of Yuan. And that’s with their own people, no doubt they care even less when it comes to foreigners.

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      Leo Z

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 6:22 am

      Correct. On several online Chinese media there is an entire section on “vaccine scandal”. The Chinese themselves don’t trust Chinese vaccines.

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    Me

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:25 am

    And Thailand want to purchase and use their vaccine….. what it is so difficult to understand that China does not care even about is own people so how they would care about the others?

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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38 people died during Myanmar’s anti-coup protests yesterday in what the United Nations is calling the “bloodiest day” in the country since the February 1 military takeover. UN special envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener said the death toll is “shocking” and that the situation in the Southeast Asian country could lead to a “real war.”

Since last month’s coup, more than 50 people have died while many others have been wounded in protests against military rule. Witnesses say police and soldiers have opened fire with little warning. In a virtual briefing, the UN envoy said experts believe the Burmese police are using 9mm sub-machine guns to fire shots at civilians.

“I saw today very disturbing video clips. One was police beating a volunteer medical crew. They were not armed… Another video clip showed a protester was taken away from police and they shot him from very near, maybe one metre. He didn’t resist his arrest and it seems he died on the street.”

Burmese troops seized power of the civilian government last month, citing what they say was a fraudulent election, although the election commission said the vote was fair. A number of civilian politicians were arrested including democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had won the November election for state counsellor in a landslide.

Christine says more than 1,200 people are now under detention and many do not know where their loved ones are.

SOURCE: UN News | Aljazeera

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Muay Thai added to European Games 2023

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Thailand’s national sport Muay Thai has been added to the European Games 2023, set to be held in Poland. While Asia has been leading the sport for decades, many recent Muay Thai champions are from Europe, according to Sakchye Tapsuwan, president of the International Federation of Muaythai Associations, the governing body for the sport.

“Europe has grown in strength, evidenced at the last two World Championships, where the overall winners were teams from Europe.”

Held by the European Olympic Commission, the European Games is considered a staging post to the Olympics. Thousands of elite athletes from 50 participating nations have the opportunity to compete in one of the 15 sports. Now Muay Thai, an ancient martial art dating back 1,000 years with ties to centuries-old traditions, is included on the list.

The format of the European Games is in line with the Olympic Movement standards for gender equality. The categories are equal for men and women with 7 male and female divisions and 2 coed teams. Creating equal opportunities for men and women fighters is a “vision” both the federation and the European Olympic Committee share, according to director of the federation, Charissa Tynan.

“For IFMA, gender equality is not about ticking the box, it is about ensuring that women and men have the same opportunities to shine together on one stage as one family.”

SOURCES: IFMA | EOC

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Japan asks China to stop anal Covid-19 tests after travellers report “psychological distress”

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After complaints that China’s anal swab Covid-19 test caused “psychological distress,” Japan has asked China to stop using the new, much more invasive method of testing on Japanese citizens entering the country.

For the anal test, reportedly done on some travellers entering China from overseas, a 3 to 5 centimetre long cotton swab is inserted into the anus and gently rotated to collect the sample. While it’s unclear exactly how many people have gone through the procedure, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato says some Japanese citizens have reported mental discomfort after the test.

“Some Japanese reported to our embassy in China that they received anal swab tests, which caused great psychological pain.”

The Japanese government made a request through the embassy in Beijing to stop using the anal swab test on Japanese citizens. Katsunobu says China has not yet responded to the request.

China started using the anal swab test in January. The anal tests are controversial with many experts backing the oral test as the most efficient way to detect a coronavirus infection.

SOURCE: BBC

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