What are Ingredients in the Biontech-Pfizer Vaccine? – Virus 33

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Wild plant at our backyard


About 1 million American, especially seniors (above 75 years old) and medical workers relate to Coronavirus have been shot of covid 19 vaccine.


We might wonder what are ingredient of Covid 19 vaccine, Pfizer – Biontech? Based on several sources, here are inside of vaccine:


1) Active ingredient called mRNA

- mRNA stimulates human cells to produce spike protein, similar protein on the surface of Coronavirus

- immune system then create antibodies in respond. We will have immunity to protect our body from Coronavirus infection.


2) Lipid

- this ingredient is like fat, not soluble in water

- Lipid to encapsulate and protect mRNA with “bubble.” Hence, the mRNA is not easily destroyed.

- there are four kinds of lipid in the vaccine, they are: ALC- 0315; ALC- 0159; 1,2- distearoyl- sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine; and Cholesterol.


Autumn leaves colors


3) Sugar

- sucrose is needed to block nanoparticles in the vaccine from clumping up when stored at minus 70 (-70) degree Celcius in the refrigerator.


4) Salts

- to make vaccine to be accepted by human body’s environment.

- four type of salts in the Covid 19 vaccine: “potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate and sodium chloride.”


You might know about “conspiracy theory” of microchip or robot in the Biontech-Pfizer vaccine.


Yes, lipid in the vaccine is nanoparticles because of their tiny size. It is not microchip or robot or micro computer. “Nanoparticles are lipid droplets, the fatty molecular.” 

Why Canadian Geese Honking Mournfully? - Gardening and Hobby 16

Monday, December 28, 2020

Fig 01- Flock of Canadian geese in city garden


The number of Canadian geese is fluctuate from seasons to seasons, quite abundance at Fall and Winter compared to other seasons.


It is because there are two types of geese in the lakes of our city garden:

- permanent geese (local geese), stay forever in the garden.

- migratory geese, just for temporary visits.


The migratory geese came from Canada or Northern America about October, and they stay during winter season every year. Their number much more than local geese.


Our city garden actually locate in the urban areas that might attract the geese to come and stay a while.


Urban areas have several advantages such as:

- abundance of food

- less natural predators


What animals are natural predators of Canadian geese?


Fig 02- Three of Canadian geese


Plenty of natural predators of Canadian geese include their eggs, some of them are:

- coyotes

- raccoon

- skunks

- bobcats

- foxes

- eagles

- crows


Fig 03- Geese and white swan are swimming together


Now, the question: Why Canadian Geese Honking Mournfully?


Based on several observations that the geese are “very emotional” critter. Why they honking mournfully, it is because:

- they loss their mate

- their eggs are stolen.


Sadly, they could out from flocks, and lonely honking mournfully. They may have aggressive behavior.

Late Harvest of Satsuma Orange in the Yard - Food Variety 7

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Fig 01- A ripe Satsuma orange


We have just one tree of Satsuma orange, harvest time was between October to November each year.


Due to uncertain weather, the harvest quite late and bad compared to previous years.


However, in many places, Satsuma seasons are between October to early December, and we may see plenty of them sold in the groceries around December.


Farmers sold their Satsuma oranges between December to January both in the farmer markets, and occasionally in the farm.


Prices are varies between groceries and farmer markets:

- about US$ 2 per pound (½ kg) in groceries

- we saw US$ 1 per pound in some farmer markets

- less than USS 1 per pound in the farm.


Fig 02- Some fruits hang on the branches.


Our Satsuma tree produced less and less fruit since few years ago. The main concern is diseases. We called as a “white spot” diseases.


Fig 03- Two fruits of Satsuma


Several other “well known” diseases may infect Satsuma orange trees are:

1) Bacterial diseases

- one kind of bacteria may cause leaves to curl, dry up and then drop. This bacteria infects tree in the winter and spring seasons.


2) Mandarin Rind Disorder

- I saw brown and sunken areas on the fruit skin, look like fungi diseases. Yes, it occurs during heavy rain time of Fall season.


3) Botrytis Diseases

- This is fungi diseases. I always see white or gray spores on the leaves. They appeared when tree is bearing “baby” fruits, before rain seasons (before Autumn).


Finally, have you tasted Satsuma orange?

When Will Kids Get a Covid 19 Vaccine? - Virus 32

Sunday, December 20, 2020

 

Santa and snowman, illustration only


People in UK and USA have been vaccinated, then followed by other countries soon. Unfortunately, there is age limit for current covid 19 vaccines.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of USA recommended Pfizer – BioNTech vaccine for certain ages only, especially for people of 16 years old and over.


The main reasons that the vaccine are safe and effective for this group (adult age) so far. The question then:


When Will children Get Covid 19 Vaccine?


To answer this question, the kid must follow the clinical trials first in order to find out:

- the right doses

- vaccine effectiveness on kids

- the safe doses.

- the level of immune responses


White Rooster at back yard


It is important for children to get vaccine, because their number is above 20% of population, and like adults, they may get sick of corona virus as well.


The data revealed that more than 1.1 millions kids have been infected by Sars Covid 2 virus in the USA.


There is sense of urgency to start vaccine trial for children. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Anthony S. Fauci mentioned the trial will likely on January, 2021.


3,000 kids with ages range from 12 to 18 years old are planned to involve in the vaccine testing. Two possible vaccines are:

- Pfizer – Biontech vaccines

- Moderna vaccine


Hope, we know the result soon, no later than end of 2021. 

The Christmas Light Decoration in Neighborhood - Gardening and Hobby 15

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Fig 01- Light decoration in front of a house


Some of our neighbors make Christmas light decoration every years. But, it seems not that many compared to previous years.


Pandemic has changed a lot of things. Many neighbors have no light decoration, and even there is no gathering or less celebration for such as Halloween, thanksgiving and might be Christmas celebration in this year.


At previous years, the favorite images of Christmas lights and decorations:

- Christmas tree lights

- light balls

- animals (deer and dogs)

- light on the fences and roofs


We love to walk around to look at near by light displays, and drive by car to watch all light decoration of our more than 100 houses of neighborhood.


Some senior citizens with their grand kids and cute pets seem enjoy by walking to look the decorations and light displays.


Fig 02- Such a beautiful display


Sure, we have favorite homes. Exciting with their owners beautiful works to provide nice Christmas lights. 


Fig 03- A dog and lights in front of a house


In our city, there is a particular neighborhood with 75% houses are decorated with Christmas lights. Few neighborhoods, about 50%, have their houses lit up.


Last year, a small town about 20 mile from our house, has bonfires. I think that it was exciting and fun to look.


Do you love with Christmas lights and decoration?


Merry Christmas everyone.

What is the Meaning of no Antibiotics Rotisserie Chicken? - Microorganisms 1

Monday, December 14, 2020

The sign of no antibiotic product


I just aware that there are following signs in groceries recently:

- antibiotics free meat

- no steroids or hormone

- no artificial ingredients

- antibiotic free eggs, chicken or pork

- no antibiotics ever


In case of “antibiotics free,” the simple meaning that animals are raised without injected with antibiotics in the farm.


Then, what is important of antibiotics free animals for consumers?


Yes, antibiotics are injected into animals body to treat them from illness, especially microorganisms relate diseases.


Unfortunately, these antibiotics settle in the tissues of animals. Humans who consume meats will ingest the drugs accidentally.


Antibiotics Free Rotisserie Chicken in the groceries


The effect is harmful to consumers health, could cause antibiotic resistances. If one day we need antibiotics to treat illness due to such as bacteria, our body may not respond to the antibiotics.


Bacteria may evolve to survive against antibiotics, make our suffer from illness, and diseases spreading easily.


Examples of bacteria and antibiotics relationship, just to have an idea:

- Staphylococcus aureus bacteria resists to antibiotic called methicillin.

- Enterococcus sp survives against antibiotic, vancomycin.

- Enterococcus bacteria resist to antibiotic called vancomycin.

- Mycobacterium tuberculosis fight to multi antibiotics.


Hope, we are aware that our foods may contain antibiotics, and we should avoid to consume it.

Increasing of Abuse and Neglect Cats in the USA - Gardening and Hobby 14

Friday, December 11, 2020

Fig 01- Ranger in the rescue house


One of our neighbors rescues cats which are abused and neglected by households in our areas.


When we visit her, we saw about 10 cats in her rescue house. One of cats called Ranger attracted our attention.


Ranger has been abused and neglected by his owner recently. After treated, trained and fixed, then, Ranger looks very sweet and loves people.


Just to let you know that 74 million cats were abused or neglected in the USA per year. The number are increasing year by year.


The form of abuses faced by cats (for examples only) are:

- beating

- throwing

- mutilation

- drowning.


Fig 02- Ranger is very sweet and lovely cat.


What we said as neglected when we saw the animal owners failed to provide the following things (examples only):

- food

- water

- shelter

- veterinary care


Fig 03- Ranger is happy when touched by people


Abusing cats are higher compared to other animals (pets), even to dogs. 74 millions cats are abused, and 70 millions for dogs.


Based on research findings that cats are tending to be abused when they are going outside.


Thus, cats much more abused by strangers than their owners. The strangers could be mentally ill.


Finally, It is suggested to capture stray cats, contain the cats with cares, and report to relevant authorities. 

Is AstraZeneca Covid 19 Vaccine Suitable for Poor Countries? - Virus 31

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Lemon grass, just for illustration


At previous post, we compare two vaccines, Pfizer – Biontech Vs Moderna (you may read at: Vaccine Efficacy Rate Increases from 90% to 94.5% - Virus 27).


I just make summary of those two vaccines:

1) Pfizer – Biontech vaccines

- efficacy rate is 95% (increasing from previously at 90% rate)

- price US$ 20 per dose

- need specific freezer to store, F minus 94 (C minus 70) degrees.


2) Moderna vaccines

- efficacy rate is 94.5%

- price US$ 38 per dose

- can be stored in the freezer with temperature F minus 4 (C minus 20) degree, “available in the most drug stores or doctor offices.” Not big deal to distribute to “rural areas” in America, Europe, Canada or Australia.


How about with UK vaccine called as AstraZeneca – Oxford vaccine?


Yards in the neighborhood, illustration only


The advantages of “UK vaccine called as AstraZeneca – Oxford” vaccine are:

- very low price, US$ 3 to US$ 4

- can be stored in normal freezer (household refrigerators), available in most parts of developing countries.


The 70% efficacy rate could be increased to 90% by two shots:

- first shot at ½ dose.

- second shot at full dose.


Actually, many industry and devoloping countries ordered AstraZeneca – Oxford vaccine, some of them are:

- USA

- European Union

- UK

- Canada

- Australia

- Japan

- China

- Brazil

- Egypt

- Indonesia


If you could choose, which vaccines do you like?

Special Mailboxes of Letters to Santa in Neighborhood

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Fig 01- Mailbox to Santa in neighborhood


You know about sending letter to Santa, tradition that back to about 100 years ago, 1921 in the USA.


Kids who believe in Santa may send their letter to address such as Santa, Santa Claus, North Pole or any other address they wish.


Letters may be responded “and with small gifts sometimes” by:

- postal employees

- charitable organizations

- corporations

- any citizens who “want to respond to the letters”


What curious me that I just saw several red mailboxes or Santa mailboxes in my neighborhood this time around.


The mailboxes are provided by US Postal Service. It is said that the letters to Santa must be sent before December 15, 2020 with following address:

123 Elf Road

North Pole 88888


Fig 02- Santa and the mailbox, illustration only


The focus of program is to provide relationship between kids and the citizens. These citizens may help kids to realize their wish during holiday times.


Fig 03- Small red mailbox in the corner, illustration only


Surprisingly, millions of letter sent to Santa each year across America. Just to let you know, one state only, the New York postal service received at least a half million (500,000) letters to Santa each year.


Have you ever sent a letter to Santa or responded a letter to a kid? What did you say to Santa or Kid?

Black Market of a Fake Covid 19 Test Result – Virus 30

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Bottles with flowers painting


Many countries require Covid 19 test for passengers to get onboard. It is sound good to prevent spreading of diseases.


The countries imposes test requirement and need negative test certificates include, not limited to:

- France

- Brazil

- Austria

- Cambodia

- Cyprus

- Czech Republic

- Cyprus

- Estonia

- Germany

- Greece

- Iceland


A cat sits nicely on the tree, just for illustration


Unfortunately, this requirement trigger black market to provide fake result without test.


The fake result means “negative” test result. The negative result is conveyed in the digital certificates. Then, this fake certificate is shown to authorities to get permit to travel anywhere.


What is the cost of fake certificate of covid 19 test result?


A piece of fake test result price is varies from places to places, country to country:

- could cost from US$ 180 to US$ 360 at “the Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport,” France.

- cost between US$ 65 (Blackburn) to US$ 196 (Bradford) in England

- between US$ 30 to US 50 in many developing countries


Do you hear about a fake certificate of Covid 19 test results? What do you think?