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« on: November 17, 2021, 03:33:56 PM »
Chinese medicine Lianhua Qingwen not approved for COVID-19: HSA
Johannes Tjendro | 17 Nov 2021

SINGAPORE: Chinese medicine Lianhua Qingwen is not approved for the treatment of COVID-19 symptoms, said the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) on Wednesday (Nov 17), adding that such claims are disallowed.

In an advisory, HSA said it is aware of claims circulating on social media and in Telegram chat groups that Lianhua Qingwen products can be used to prevent or treat COVID-19.

"Some Lianhua Qingwen products are listed as Chinese proprietary medicines in Singapore for the relief of cold and flu symptoms. HSA approved them based on the documented uses of the ingredients present in the products," said the authority.

"To date, there is no scientific evidence from randomised clinical trials to show that any herbal product, including Lianhua Qingwen products, can be used to prevent or treat COVID-19."

All herbal products for common cold and flu should only be used to manage symptoms such as headache, runny or blocked nose, sore throat and cough, said HSA.

"We strongly advise members of the public not to fall prey to unsubstantiated claims or spread unfounded rumours that herbal products can be used to prevent or treat COVID-19," it added.

Before any product that claims to treat COVID-19 can be supplied in Singapore, it must first be submitted to HSA for scientific evidence assessment and registration.

The scientific evidence should come from controlled clinical studies that show the product is safe and effective against COVID-19.

"Dealers and sellers are reminded not to make any false or misleading claims that the products they are selling can prevent, protect against or treat diseases such as COVID-19," said HSA.

Such an offence carries a punishment of up to two years in jail, a fine of up to S$5,000, or both.

Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/covid-19-lianhua-qingwen-chinese-medicine-not-approved-hsa-2319406

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Re: COVID-19 related
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2021, 03:49:06 PM »
Related to LianHua QingWen 连花清瘟

1. GMS from @SGCovidDiscussions "SG Covid La Kopi" Telegram Group

Source: https://t.me/SGCovidDiscussions/19270

Dated 10 May 2021:


About Goh Meng Seng and his falsehood: "Corrections and Clarifications Regarding Falsehoods on COVID-19 Vaccination", https://www.gov.sg/article/factually150421



2. Admin from @sgcovidifxsurvivors "SG Covid Infection Survivor" Telegram group

Source: https://t.me/sgcovidifxsurvivors/9638

Dated: 22 October 2021:




3. Admin from @SGChattyParents "SG Chatty Parents" Telegram group

Source: https://t.me/SGChattyParents/16678

Dated: 30 October 2021:

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2021, 05:11:13 PM »
From Ministry of Health Facebook page:

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is aware of a Facebook post by Mr Goh Meng Seng, who noted that MOH had sponsored a study on the efficacy of Lianhua Qingwen in treating mild COVID-19 infections, which was supposed to run from July 2020 to February 2021, and asked why the findings of that study have not been published yet.

Mr Goh Meng Seng’s post is incorrect. MOH had indeed offered to sponsor the study mentioned by Mr Goh Meng Seng, under a TCM research grant. However, the Principal Investigator for the study later withdrew her application. She cited inability to secure a suitable study site as the reason for the withdrawal.  

To date, a few randomised control clinical trials (RCTs) on Lianhua Qingwen have been conducted, only in China. The numbers of patients in these RCTs were not large enough, as such there is no conclusive scientific evidence to show Lianhua Qingwen can be used to prevent or treat COVID-19 in Singapore.
Mr Goh Meng Seng has accused the Government of lying; this is a serious, baseless accusation. We reserve the right to take further action if Mr Goh Meng Seng persists with this unjustified claim.

We strongly advise members of the public to consult a doctor for management of COVID-19, and to avoid speculating and/or spreading misinformation, which may cause public alarm, and to refer to credible sources of information instead. Please visit www.moh.gov.sg for the latest information on COVID-19. For information regarding consumer safety, please visit www.hsa.gov.sg.

For HSA’s full advisory on Lianhua Qingwen, please see: https://www.hsa.gov.sg/announcements/news/advisorycovid-lianhuaqingwen

For more clarifications on falsehoods: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/general/clarifications


Source: https://www.facebook.com/sghealthministry/posts/267731942048903

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2021, 09:13:50 PM »
ISSUANCE OF CORRECTION DIRECTION UNDER THE PROTECTION FROM ONLINE FALSEHOODS AND MANIPULATION ACT ON FALSEHOODS ON COVID-19 VACCINES

1. There are false and misleading statements about COVID-19 vaccines contained in a blog post by Cheah Kit Sun titled ‘Do Not Participate In A Society that Rejects You’, published on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 on various online locations, which was shared by Goh Meng Seng on Facebook (20 October 2021). It is important to correct these falsehoods, especially given the on-going vaccine booster exercise.

2. The Minister for Health has instructed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Office to issue Correction Directions to Cheah Kit Sun and Goh Meng Seng for spreading those falsehoods. Cheah and Goh are required to publish the correction notices as specified by POFMA Office for each webpage and social media post containing the falsehoods.

Corrections and clarifications on falsehoods regarding content about COVID-19 vaccines in a blog post by Cheah Kit Sun

3. In particular, the blog post misleads people into thinking that the COVID vaccines are the most dangerous developed recently as they have caused a substantially higher rate of death and serious injury compared to all other vaccines over the last 10 years.

4. These claims are false. COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Singapore are safe. They have been assessed to be safe and effective internationally by reputable health and scientific agencies, and in Singapore by both the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination (EC19V). As of 31 October 2021, the serious adverse event incidence rate reported by healthcare professionals to HSA is 0.006% of total doses administered. Thus far, no deaths have been attributed to the COVID-19 vaccines. The benefits of receiving COVID-19 vaccines continue to far outweigh the risks of vaccination.  

5. The United States’ Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)[1] data do not support the claim that COVID-19 vaccines have caused a substantially higher rate of serious injury and death.

6. First, COVID-19 vaccines have been given to a very large proportion of the US population in 2021, while the other vaccines have been given to substantially fewer individuals in any given year. Thus, it is misleading to compare the absolute number of reported adverse events and deaths for COVID-19 and non-COVID vaccines.

7. Second, there is much higher surveillance and awareness of adverse event reporting for COVID-19 vaccines, compared with other vaccines.

8. Third, any member of the public may report adverse events and deaths to the VAERS system, regardless whether it is caused by vaccines or other factors. The reports are not required to be verified. They often lack details and sometimes contain errors. No proof is required that the adverse event or death was caused by the vaccine. And adverse events need not be serious; they include mild side effects such as rash/cold/headaches.

9. The post has been written to falsely exaggerate the dangers of COVID-19 vaccines, and to discourage people from taking them. If people believe these falsehoods, there could be serious health consequences for those who then remain unvaccinated. As stated earlier, the evidence so far is that serious adverse events have been reported in only 0.006% of total doses administered.

10. For facts of the case, please refer to the Factually article “Corrections and  Clarifications regarding content about COVID-19 vaccines in a blog post by Cheah Kit Sun at https://www.gov.sg/article/factually291121”.

11. MOH advises the public not to speculate and/or spread misinformation which  may cause public alarm, and to refer to credible sources of information instead. Please visit www.moh.gov.sg for the latest information on COVID-19 and COVID-19  vaccinations. For vaccine SAE statistics, please refer to HSA and its Safety Updates111110 published monthly.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH
29 NOVEMBER 2021

Reference:

[1] The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Source: https://www.pofmaoffice.gov.sg/files/media-releases/pofma-pr-pofma-29Nov2021-01.pdf
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Re: COVID-19 related
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2021, 04:32:43 PM »
Corrections and Clarifications on falsehoods regarding content about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant in Facebook posts by Goh Meng Seng
Misleading information about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant
Published on 03 Dec 2021

A video posted by Goh Meng Seng on 27 November 2021 on various online locations on Facebook contained false and egregious claims about the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. In particular, there is currently no basis to conclude that:

(i) The COVID-19 and HIV viruses could combine and become another air-borne virus; and

(ii) Omicron is vaccine-resistant, and vaccines are totally useless against it.

Here are the facts.

Fact #1: The COVID-19 and HIV viruses cannot combine and become another virus which has the characteristics of the HIV and COVID-19 viruses.

Genetic recombination (that is, the exchange of genetic information) of viruses is known to occur only in genetically related viruses. The HIV and SARS-CoV-2 viruses are not related, and it is implausible in biological terms that these viruses can undergo genetic recombination. To date, there is also no scientific evidence that such a recombination between HIV and SARS-CoV-2 has occurred, contrary to Goh’s assertion.

Fact #2: The COVID-19 and HIV viruses cannot combine in a fully vaccinated patient to become an airborne HIV virus which is vaccine resistant.

The claim that HIV might become transmissible by droplets in the air is also unfounded. Viruses simply do not change drastically enough to take on vastly different properties.  HIV is transmitted via bodily fluids, e.g., blood, semen, or vaginal secretions, and will remain to be so.

Fact #3: The Omicron variant is not a combination of the HIV and COVID-19 viruses.


There is simply no scientific evidence to make that claim.

Fact #4: There is no evidence to suggest that the currently available COVID-19 vaccines are totally useless against the Omicron variant.

Studies are ongoing, and there is currently insufficient data on how the Omicron variant affects vaccine effectiveness. Most scientists believe that existing vaccines will retain some effectiveness against the Omicron variant, but protection may be less due to the large number of mutations in the Omicron variant.

We advise members of the public not to speculate and/or spread misinformation which may cause public alarm, and to refer to credible sources of information instead. Please visit www.moh.gov.sg for the latest information on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Source: https://www.gov.sg/article/factually031221

Reference: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=265498778931647
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