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7 Things That Used To Be “Crazy Conspiracy Theories” Until 2020 Happened

7 Things That Used To Be "Crazy Conspiracy Theories" Until 2020 Happened

Tyler Durden

Mon, 11/23/2020 – 20:00

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

Remember back in the old days of, say, 2019, when anyone who talke

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7 Things That Used To Be "Crazy Conspiracy Theories" Until 2020 Happened Tyler Durden Mon, 11/23/2020 - 20:00

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

Remember back in the old days of, say, 2019, when anyone who talked about microchip implants, Americans being forced to show travel papers, and re-education camps was thought to be a crazy conspiracy theorist? And then 2020 rolled around and voila! It turns out those conspiracy theories weren’t so “crazy” after all.

And I’m not just talking about the government releasing info about UFOs.

We’re living in a time when someone will attempt to beat the crap out of you, burn your house down, or even kill you if you voted for the “wrong” presidential candidate. We’re being subjected to curfews, our movement is restricted, and our businesses have been forcibly shut down. One day, people will look back on this as the year that everything changed – or depending on how Americans respond to the mandates – the year we finally said enough.

Here are seven things that were considered crazy conspiracy theories…until now, when they’re becoming far too real.

#1) Universal Basic Income

Did you ever really think we’d live in a country where the government would tell private business owners when and how they could operate? Where workers would be told, “You can no longer go to work for your own good?”

Well, welcome to 2020.

22 million jobs were lost and only 42% of those were recovered by last August, when the country began to reopen. Millions of the lost jobs were permanent losses, as businesses across the country fold under the weight of the restrictions that either don’t allow them to operate or the money problems of their former customers.

“It’s clear that the pandemic is doing some fundamental damage to the job market,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics. “A lot of the jobs lost aren’t coming back any time soon. The idea that the economy is going to snap back to where it was before the pandemic is clearly not going to happen.”

…More than 10 million Americans are currently categorized as temporarily out of work. But historically, nearly 30% of people who tell the Labor Department that they are temporarily unemployed never get their job back, said Heidi Shierholz, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank.

“Even though we don’t know if the historical record will hold in this case, it’s an extremely valid concern that not all of those people are going to get called back,” she said.

People who are counting on businesses reopening their doors may be surprised to find that a temporary loss has become permanent one, said Zandi. (source)

Of the businesses that have closed, many will never reopen. Most harshly affected were small businesses.

About 60% of businesses that have closed during the coronavirus pandemic will never reopen, and restaurants have suffered the most, according to new data from Yelp. (source)

So we have not only people who became unemployed, but we also have business owners who’ve lost everything. As we go into the second round of lockdowns across the United States, it’s not a stretch of the imagination to think that some of the small businesses that have thus far managed to stay afloat will succumb to the economic effects of these mandates…taking with them even more jobs and plunging even more people into poverty.

Poverty is a vicious cycle and one seemingly small thing can suck those who are struggling into a vortex of fees and penalties from which emerging seems impossible. I’ve written about my own experiences with poverty here. The concern is that even fewer people will recover financially after this round of government mandates, leaving even more Americans broke, hungry, and homeless.

But don’t worry – the government is here to help and I mean that in the President Reagan threatening kind of way. They provided a “stimulus” check to everyone in America, gave such huge unemployment money to people that they made more staying home than they did going to work, and went so much deeper into debt that the number is simply unfathomable.

In effect, they paid people not to work. And it isn’t the fault of those people in most cases – the government forced their places of employment to close unless it was considered “essential.”

And that sounds a whole lot like Universal Basic Income. Or as I like to call it, modern feudalism.

Quite a few people are ready to give up their freedom so that someone else can take care of them.

They don’t think they’re giving up freedom. They’re convinced that they are embracing a smart, fair system that eliminates poverty. The greed, entitlement, and lack of ambition that seems inherent in many people today will have them slipping on the yoke of servitude willingly.

They feel like they deserve a living just for drawing breath. As Gawker’s headline reads, “A Universal Basic Income Is the Utopia We Deserve.”

The idea of a universal basic income for all citizens has been catching on all over the world. Is it too crazy to believe in? We spoke to the author of a new book on the ins, outs, and utopian dreams of making basic income a reality.

The basic income movement got a significant boost this week when the charity GiveDirectly announced that it will be pursuing a ten-year, $30 million pilot project giving a select group of Kenyan villagers a basic income and studying its effects. As an anti-poverty solution, universal basic income appeals to impoverished people in Africa, relatively well-off Scandinavians, and Americans automated out of their jobs alike. (source)

Sure, money for nothing sounds great on the surface.

But what would the real result of a Universal Basic Income be?

Feudalism. Serfdom. Enslavement.

UBI would fast-track us back to the feudalism of the Middle Ages. Sure, we’d be living in slick, modern micro-efficiencies instead of shacks. We’d have some kind of modern job instead of raising sheep for the lord of the manor.

But, in the end, we wouldn’t actually own anything because private property would be abolished for all but the ruling class. We’d no longer have the ability to get ahead in life. Our courses would be set for us and veering off of those courses would be harshly discouraged.

People will be completely dependent on the government and ruling class for every necessity: food, shelter, water, clothing. What better way to assert control than to make compliance necessary for survival? (source)

With this second round of lockdowns how many more jobs will go permanently down the tubes? What are all those people going to do for food? For rent? The government is going to give them money. And we can’t even argue, really, because everyone knows someone who has lost a job they had for decades and who can’t find other work.

They might call it something else, but Universal Basic Income is coming. And it’s coming soon.

#2) Travel Papers

Don’t be ridiculous. We’ll never have to show our “papers” to travel freely in the United States.

Doh.

Not until a COVID pandemic with all its subsidiary restrictions occurred. Back in March, days after I warned about the first lockdown, I wrote:

For everyone who thought the article about the Lockdown of America was a “hysterical overstatement” and that they could still do whatever they wanted because it wasn’t really being enforced, what are you thinking now that “travel papers” are being handed out? To me, this sounds like the lockdowns I wrote of yesterday were just the first incremental step toward a society that nobody hopes to see.

Yesterday, readers sent me photos of “travel papers” provided to them by employers so they could get to and from work. These are employees who work in industries like healthcare, pharmacies, and foodservice, as well as those who work in the production, transport, and sales of essential supplies.

One reader wrote, “We were told to show these if we got stopped on the way to or from work and that if the authorities gave us any trouble, to not argue and just go back home.”

Papers that people sent were from Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Kansas, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, Oregon, Florida, Louisiana, and Ohio. Industries mentioned in the papers were trucking, grocery stores, medical clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, city transit workers, railroads, food production plants, pharmacies, gas stations, stores like Target and Walmart, and automotive repair facilities.

Most people were given their papers on Friday or Saturday and told they’d need them to get to and from work starting the week ahead. (source)

You can see some of the papers that people sent me here.

#3) Mandatory GPS tracking of humans

“Don’t be silly. Nobody is actually tracking you with your phone. You’re not Jason Bourne.”

Whoops. 2020 proved that was a lie when they rolled out contact tracing apps to make sure you didn’t breathe the same air as somebody who got a positive COVID test.

Not only do sick or potentially sick people need to worry about being phoned or questioned by contact tracers, but there’s also a whole new world of dystopian technology being rapidly developed.

Apple and Google formed a partnership to develop a phone app with the potential to monitor one-third of the world’s population. The Australian government has developed an app called COVIDSafe to “protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus.”

In fact, all sorts of potentially invasive new technology tools are springing up to “fight COVID.” Some use AI to detect signs of COVID and the Department of Defense is deploying thermal imaging to detect signs of COVID.

These things won’t just go away when the pandemic is over. If they’re in use for a year or two years – however long this virus is with us – chances are, they’re here to stay. (source)

So…if you have a smartphone, rest assured, at some point you’re probably going to have an app like this forcibly installed during one of those relentless updates. Of course, they’ll say that the app is just the framework and you have to enable it for it to work. Oh, wait, they already said that. After installing “the framework.”

#4) Cashless societies

Somehow, the United States ran out of change.

There were no coins to be had…anywhere…for a while. Bloomberg reported in August:

As if a deep recession and a never-ending pandemic wasn’t enough, the U.S. now faces another crisis: a coin shortage. Thanks to the lockdowns, fewer coins are in circulation, leaving businesses unable to make change when customers hand over paper money. (source)

This had a lot of people concerned, especially since Venezuela used COVID to push citizens toward a cashless society. Here in the United States, the “change shortage” was so extensive is caused many stores to give you your change on a store loyalty card or invite you to donate that change to some cause. A true cashless society would allow significant control over our day to day lives. See this article for some of the totalitarian ways it would affect us.

#5) Microchips

Darpa got involved early on, touting it as a way to “save” us all from COVID. Robert Wheeler wrote:

But governments aren’t having to market the chip as a method to track, trace, and control their populations. Instead, they are marketing the chip as a way to track and detect COVID and other coronaviruses. Clearly, this is a much easier sell to a public literally terrorized by their governments and mainstream media outlets for the last six months.

Raul Diego details the creation and coming rollout of the new biochip in his article, “A DARPA-Funded Implantable Microchip to Detect COVID-19 Could Hit Markets By 2021,” where he writes,

The most significant scientific discovery since gravity has been hiding in plain sight for nearly a decade and its destructive potential to humanity is so enormous that the biggest war machine on the planet immediately deployed its vast resources to possess and control it, financing its research and development through agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and HHS’ BARDA.

The revolutionary breakthrough came to a Canadian scientist named Derek Rossi in 2010 purely by accident. The now-retired Harvard professor claimed in an interview with the National Post that he found a way to “reprogram” the molecules that carry the genetic instructions for cell development in the human body, not to mention all biological lifeforms.

These molecules are called ‘messenger ribonucleic acid’ or mRNA and the newfound ability to rewrite those instructions to produce any kind of cell within a biological organism has radically changed the course of Western medicine and science, even if no one has really noticed yet. As Rossi, himself, puts it: “The real important discovery here was you could now use mRNA, and if you got it into the cells, then you could get the mRNA to express any protein in the cells, and this was the big thing.” (Source)

The microchip talk died down but the fact it as even a discussion and topic of COVID research should be troubling. Anyway, after the initial microchip hubbub, the push got redirected toward our next conspiracy theory.

#6) Mandatory vaccines

Remember back when nobody thought that adults would ever be forced to take vaccines except for “crazy conspiracy theorists?”  Well, that day is coming sooner than many people expect.

A much-heralded COVID vaccine could be rolled out in a matter of days. Pfizer and BioNTech have both concluded Phase 3 of rushing their jabs to market. There are still many, many questions.

The return to many of our old familiar ways will take time, and how much time remains unclear. The answers await more research into the vaccines, how they can be distributed and how many people are willing to get them.

“A vaccine won’t be available immediately for everybody,” says Arthur Reingold, a professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley…

…“It probably will take four to six months,” he says. “What that says to me is that people will have to keep wearing masks at least until spring. We won’t be in a magically different situation by February or March. I don’t see how that can possibly happen.”

Equally important are the unknowns about the vaccines themselves. Scientists still don’t know how long vaccine-induced protection will last, for example, or whether inoculations can block actual infection, or only prevent the onset of disease. If the latter turns out to be the case, meaning the vaccines keep us from getting sick, but not infected, we still could be infectious to others. Until we know, don’t toss those masks into the trash…

…Andrew Badley, an immunovirologist who chairs Mayo Clinic’s covid-19 task force, says the return of any normal activities depends on numerous factors, including how many people get vaccinated.

“The only possibility that life will return to normal by summer is if the majority of the population receives the vaccines by then and the early efficacy data is borne out in ongoing studies,” he says. He adds, however: “I think it is unlikely we will be able to vaccinate the majority of the population by then.” (source)

And how will they make sure that “the majority” of the population gets the vaccines? It’ll start out easy – there are tons of people who will gladly roll up their sleeves to get a vaccination that was rushed to market with no testing on the long-term effects. And then, the rest of us will be coerced by being unable to go to work, to a concert, to school, or into a public building without proof we’ve been vaccinated.

YOU WALK TOWARD the arena, ready for a big game, tickets in hand. But what you see is a long line wrapping around the corner of the building and a bottleneck at the entrance as people search their pockets and purses for a small piece of paper. To be cleared to enter, you’ll also need that document—proof that you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccination.

This is the future as some experts see it: a world in which you’ll need to show you’ve been inoculated against the novel coronavirus to attend a sports game, get a manicure, go to work, or hop on a train.

“We’re not going to get to the point where the vaccine police break down your door to vaccinate you,” says Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University’s School of Medicine. But he and several other health policy experts envision vaccine mandates could be instituted and enforced by local governments or employers—similar to the current vaccine requirements for school-age children, military personnel, and hospital workers…

…The mandates can be directed toward customers, as well. Just as business owners can bar shoeless and shirtless clients from entering their restaurants, salons, arenas, and stores, they can legally keep people out for any number of reasons, “as long as they’re not running afoul of any antidiscrimination laws,” says Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a professor of health and vaccine law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, some experts think states will require targeted industries to enforce vaccine mandates for their employees, especially those we’ve come to know as “essential workers.”

“Grocery store workers get exposed to a lot of people, but also have the chance to infect a lot of people because of the nature of their work and the fact that virtually everybody needs to buy food,” says Carmel Shachar, executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Hospitality industry workers—those who work in restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, for example—could also see similar mandates.

“It’s in an employer’s interest to make sure that their workplace is protected and that you can’t infect your colleagues,” Shachar says. “Having a widely accessible vaccine gets a lot of employers out of having to control their clients’ behavior.” And with a vaccinated workforce, “you don’t need to worry if the people you’re serving at the restaurant have COVID-19.”

Even the general public could be incentivized to get vaccinated. “Oddly enough, the best way to impose a mandate is to reward people with more freedom if they follow that mandate,” Caplan says. For example, with proof of inoculation, you would be able to attend a sporting event “as a reward for doing the right thing,” he says. “And I can imagine people saying, If you want to go to my restaurant, my bowling alley, or my tattoo parlor, then I want to see a vaccine certificate, too.”

Booster shots could also be required, depending on the efficacy of future vaccines.  (source)

Doesn’t it just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside how all these experts are planning to force an unwilling populace to accept an untested vaccine? It’s all for our own good, you know.

#7) Re-education camps

Remember how we all used to joke about being put into FEMA camps? Well…..

Finally, for those of us who believed these conspiracy theories were conspiracy facts all along – oh – and for Trump voters – there’s the discussion about how to re-educate us so we can rejoin society.

In a Twitter thread run amok, we saw the dark side of some “well-educated” Democrats who were sincerely trying to figure out how to redeem those of us who did not vote for Joe Biden.

Of course, he doesn’t really mean re-education camps. Of course not.

And Laura found she bit off a bit more than she intended to chew. So of course she blamed non-Americans. (Probably those darned Russians, right?)

Welcome to my inbox for the past 8 years, Laura. Every time I have posted a pro-gun, pro-self-defense article, I’ve been barraged with “creative” rape threats with a vast variety of implements and violent threats by the “peaceful” left. People have wished my children dead in a school shooting. So cry me a river, Laura, if your “thoughtful discussion” of putting me and people like me into anti-cult deprogramming in a gulag put you in an unpleasant position.

Trust me, you get used to it. Heck, you might even begin to understand why I’m a gun owner.

Is it just me or has 2020 been like reading every “crazy conspiracy” rabbit hole on the internet while dropping acid? Except you can’t come down from the trip because it’s all actually happening.

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Avricore Health Signs Master Agreement to Pilot HEALTHTAB™ Platform For Diabetes Management in Select Shoppers Drug Mart® Pharmacies

Avricore Health (AVCR) announces that patients will soon have access to its innovative point-of-care blood screening and health-data management platform, HealthTab™…

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VANCOUVER, BC – (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)  June 3, 2021 Avricore Health Inc. (TSXV: AVCR, OTC: AVCRF) (“Avricore Health” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce patients will soon have access to its innovative point-of-care blood screening and health-data management platform, HealthTab™, at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations. Through this pilot program, patients will have greater access to earlier diabetes detection and preventative screening services for at-risk individuals. Ultimately, the objective is to reduce the negative health impacts and support those living with diabetes achieve higher quality-of-life.

The program, as per the Master Agreement Statement of Work, will launch in eleven Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Ontario with HealthTab™-integrated Afinion2™ analyzers by Abbott Diagnostics to refine workflow and engagement approaches.  Pharmacists will test patients’ average blood sugar (HbA1C) and lipids with results reported via the cloud-based HealthTab™ system. 

“Having accessible, high-quality diagnostics with real-time data reporting and the support of a trusted Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist is a powerful combination in the battle against chronic disease in Canada,” said Hector Bremner, CEO of Avricore Health. “This initiative is a major step forward for our mission to deliver the most accessible early disease detection and management platform in the country.”

The program’s initial focus is to screen patients at-risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular conditions and to support those already diagnosed by a physician to better manage their conditions for higher quality of life.

“Our purpose is to help Canadians live life well and that means providing the tools and services they need to successfully manage their overall health. Lowering barriers to health information and getting more support from a qualified health professional, like one of our pharmacists, are important steps forward in mitigating disease impacts and increasing patient quality of life,” said Doug Bryce, VP, Health & Pharmacy Programs and Innovation, Shoppers Drug Mart. “We’re committed to innovations in service because it allows us to better support our customers. The HealthTab™ Diabetes platform will provide our patients living with Diabetes new program options to better manage their conditions.”

This initiative builds off the past success of HealthTab™ used in a government-funded screening program for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Canadian pharmacies.

Learn more at: https://corporate.shoppersdrugmart.ca

 

About HealthTab™ + RASTR

HealthTab™ is a proven point-of-care screening system, designed to support pharmacists evolving role. The system empowers patients to be proactive about their health by directly measuring and monitoring key safety tests and biomarkers of chronic disease. The HealthTabÔ  test is simple, fast, lab-accurate, and requires just a few drops of blood from a finger stick.  Results can be printed in-store or accessed securely online.

As part of this direction for HealthTab™ the Company developed a revolutionary model for utilizing the system’s unique ability to offer real-time evaluations of treated populations and even real-world evaluation clinical trials.

The name for this approach is Rapid Access Safety Test Reporting, or RASTR Network, whereby the network of HealthTab™ systems feedback de-identified data through to electronic health records and data management systems via its API capabilities.  This is the first platform of harmonized analyzers, with fully integrated data-flow, for blood chemistry results to be sent to consumers, their healthcare teams and sponsors; such as researchers, insurance providers and the life-science sector.

The significance of this approach to the market is the enhanced access to screening and early detection of disease, better data for physicians and pharmacists to support their patients, plus new opportunities to conduct research and ensure patient safety.  

And, with the emergence of COVID-19 and its variants, the HealthTab™ + RASTR platform can now directly report results from the Abbott ID Now™, or manually report results from rapid-tests, dramatically reducing the administration time and increasing the accuracy and speed of information sharing.

About Avricore Health Inc.

Avricore Health Inc. is committed to becoming a health innovator and applying technologies at the forefront of science to core health issues at the community pharmacy level. The Company’s goal is to empower consumers, patients and pharmacists with innovative technology, products, services and information to monitor and optimize health. www.avricorehealth.com

 

Contact:

Avricore Health Inc.

Hector Bremner, CEO 604-773-8943

info@avricorehealth.com

www.avricorehealth.com

 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Information in this press release that involves Avricore Health’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Avricore Health generally uses words such as “outlook,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “might,” “remains,” “to be,” “plans,” “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimate,” “future,” “positioned,” “potential,” “project,” “remain,” “scheduled,” “set to,” “subject to,” “upcoming,” and similar expressions to help identify forward-looking statements. In this press release, forward-looking statements include statements regarding: the completion of the placement and the expected timing thereof and the Company’s expected use of proceeds from the placement; the unique features that the HealthTab™ platform offers to pharmacists and patients. Forward-looking statements reflect the then-current expectations, beliefs, assumptions, estimates and forecasts of Avricore Health’s management. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon information available to Avricore Health as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Avricore Health and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations, including without limitation: failure to meet regulatory requirements; changes in the market; potential downturns in economic conditions; and other risk factors described in Avricore’s public filings. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update them publicly to reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances, unless otherwise required to do so by law.

 

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“Next Level Dystopian Sh*t”: Amazon Rolls Out Portable Panic Booth For Warehouse Employees To Collect Themselves

"Next Level Dystopian Sh*t": Amazon Rolls Out Portable Panic Booth For Warehouse Employees To Collect Themselves

After years of reports of Amazon warehouse employees being forced to urinate in bottles, forego medical care, and work through…

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"Next Level Dystopian Sh*t": Amazon Rolls Out Portable Panic Booth For Warehouse Employees To Collect Themselves

After years of reports of Amazon warehouse employees being forced to urinate in bottles, forego medical care, and work through injuries - causing hundreds to launch petitions and revolt, the online retail giant has come up with a solution...

...a special sensory deprivation booth that allows stressed out employees to collect themselves before heading back out to the floor.

Known simply as the “ZenBooth,” the new apparatus, according to a video released by the company on Wednesday, is an “interactive kiosk where you can navigate through a library of mental health and mindful practices to recharge that internal battery.” -daily dot

The "ZenBooth" is part of Amazon's WorkingWell program, which allows employees to "recharge and reenergize" with a series of "physical and mental activities, wellness exercises, and healthy eating support."

The panic booth features a small fan, some plants, and a library of meditation videos. Hopefully it features a toilet too.

(Did we mention most COVID-19 transmission occurs via aerosolized particles hanging in the air, particularly in poorly ventilated spaces?)

As the daily dot notes, the announcement received lots of pushback from Twitter users.

"why not just improve working conditions?" said one user.

"Or you could pay your employees well, not treat them like garbage, and accept unionization," added another.

"This is some next level dystopian shit. Maybe just pay people more and let them have bathroom breaks," read yet another tweet.

At least this is a step up from their now-abandoned, patented 'worker cages.'

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Avricore Health’s CEO Discusses Abbott Diagnostics and Rapid COVID-19 Testing Rollout

Hector Bremner, CEO of Avricore Health Inc. (AVCR:CSE & AVCRF:OTC) Explains How HealthTab works with Abbott’s IDNow for Rapid COVID-19 testing

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The following is an interview with Hector Bremner, CEO of Avricore Health Inc. (AVCR:CSE & AVCRF:OTC)

Avricore Health Inc. (AVCR) has been generating a lot of interest and excitement recently on the news of a partnership with U.S. health giant Abbott Laboratories and sizeable financings. In an exclusive interview, Avricore CEO Hector Bremner explains the upside at the Vancouver-based company.

Corona Stocks: Investors have zeroed in on your relationship with Abbott Diagnostics. Can you explain how you are well positioned to assist in Canada’s COVID-19 response? 

Hector Bremner: For us it is huge. Abbott’s commitment to human health and point of care is by far second to none. Abbott is as equally focused on pharmacy as us and we have been really grateful to their team, we work quite closely right now and we think that relationship is going to mature over this year. Their device offerings have been fantastic and offer us the type of product offerings that we think fit pharmacy, particularly with the Afinion 2 which is the device that this quarter people will read and see a bit about from us. The Afinion 2 is a blood chemistry device, uses a very small sample, it is right there in the pharmacy. The test is conducted right there and it is screening for diabetes, conducting an A1C test and also testing lipids. So we think that the relationship with Abbott has been really tremendous. It is a really powerful partnership. We have this totally unique service that really brings the devices to life. 

Corona Stocks: There was a disclosure that you are meeting with federal health officials along with Abbott and you are together seeking a federal government contract to create a platform using Abbott’s ID Now molecular testing device and Avicore’s HealthTab to test patients for COVID-19. The platform would use Avicore’s software to automatically report results from Abbott’s ID Now, presumably to government health authorities.  Can you share any details on that? 

Hector Bremner: We are actively pursuing conversations at all levels of government as we think HealthTab is missing piece to a truly successful rapid testing program and this is going very well.  And, thankfully in the past few weeks, the focus of the conversation in the media and in government announcements has been moving positively towards rapid testing again. Up until very, very recently rapid testing has been seen as not as important as [getting vaccines]. Now everyone is stepping back and realizing that we are better off using these rapid tests as a way of getting a better line of sight as to what we are actually fighting, and quarantining, containing the virus into areas, really getting on top of it. You can’t fight something when you are in the dark. 

Corona Stocks: What role would you play in this effort?

Hector Bremner: Fundamentally, we are a data generating and reporting platform, so that means using HealthTab to better track test results being done with rapid tests.  There have several stories lately showing that much of the tests purchased by government have not been deployed.  We are also hearing that tests are ending up on the black market.  And, what is used, has created a lot of labor and questions about who and how to report this information to.  So, HealthTab can automate a great deal of the labor and workflow and ensure timely disclosures and increase people’s confidence in these testing programs overall.   

Corona Stocks: More testing will likely mean more cases, correct?

Hector Bremner: Yes, there was even a study this weekend that current estimates are that there are many times more cases than are ever announced at any time due to the lack of testing. We think rapid testing in 2021 and 2022 is going to play a critical role. And going forward for travel, and for certain workplaces and major events, having a real-time rapid reporting system in place to watch for virus outbreaks is something that is going to be part of the 21st century. This isn’t the first major virus outbreak over the last 20 years, it certainly has been the most impactful. We are seeing these viruses mutate very rapidly. The vaccine will get out there but we will be living with virus outbreaks. We have an incredible number of humans on the planet and they are very mobile and traveling all over the place, interacting with each other. The reality is we need to be very, very vigilant and we can’t let this happen again. Testing and real-time reporting is critical to this. 

Rapid testing, and having real-time reporting of [virus outbreaks], and breaking down the silos of communication, which is what HealthTab does, that is going to be critical to maintaining and avoiding future shutdowns.” 

Corona Stocks: COVID-19 made for a crazy year for markets, but is a net positive for Avricore, correct?

Hector Bremner: It certainly opened up a business line that didn’t exist in the sense that viral testing – our platform is really fantastic for rapid response and getting real time eyes on the pandemic. We are still in those conversations and we are very bullish on where they are going. Canada in particular hasn’t been as progressive on the rapid testing front as other jurisdictions. 

This said, we are making great strides in advancing our blood screening of diabetes and heart disease in pharmacy, and this demonstrates that while we can operate and succeed in today’s environment, we are going to excel beyond it. 

Corona Stocks: It also seems given vaccine shortages becoming political dynamite, that governments are very motivated to be seen doing something positive? 

Hector Bremner: I think so. We don’t want to do this again. This is a very costly endeavor and I am confident that the economy is going to rebound very quickly when we reopen and the fundamentals are still strong. But the reality is we got to this situation and after Bird Flu, Swine Flu, all of these outbreaks were contained and we were not vigilant, we were not taking them seriously. We need to ensure the infrastructure is there to monitor and respond quickly. We also need a healthcare approach of proactiveness.  We offer an important tools in these efforts. 

And it’s not just viruses, it’s the big costly killers like diabetes and heart disease that need more screening and monitoring.  These issues are linked, and the expenses and deaths associated with them are avoidable.  That’s our responsibility today, to act now and make tomorrow safer and healthier. 

Corona Stocks: You already have Ontario pharmacy operators endorsing HealthTab, what support do you see coming from the health care industry this year? 

Hector Bremner: Pharmacists recognize that they need to change their scope of practice. The future looks like point of care technology and cognitive services. We provide that platform so they are really leaning in on that. We know the patient has also made that decision. Good examples are 23andMe and Ancestry and health apps. With HealthTab and their community pharmacist, patients can take direct control and don’t have to spend huge amount so time to find out what they can now find out in minutes. They can walk in and learn if they have diabetes or if they already have it work with their pharmacists to manage it better. And the drug companies have already been going towards real-world evaluation and modifying the way they are doing studies to lower studies, which HealthTab facilitates in some really powerful ways.

All the players are making the decisions and right now the process is being adopted. Over the course of this year people are going to see from us that major pharmacy groups are really leaning in on the (HealthTab) system, they are going to be see drug makers and private players like insurance companies really leaning in on using our platform and trying to engage their customers better and also enhance their own operation. 

Corona Stocks: Is there a competitor to HealthTab in the market?

Hector Bremner: Not directly, everybody is sort of adjacent to us. There are a million and one health dashboard apps, as I call them, that seek to be a digital interface for healthcare.  But they are limited in terms of plug-ins and who can connect to them, which reduces their true effectiveness.  There are also B2B enterprise solutions, and there are some device specific solutions, but again we are so successful is that we bring the patient, healthcare team, and researcher together by acting as a middleware, allowing for other technologies to be enhanced by the data we are able to generate and share.  

So, our approach is entirely unique, and while someone else might have something similar, we have solved the shortcomings out there and will win the sector. It’s kind how Facebook overtook Myspace, both may seem similar, but won was just built better and put the focus on the user experience. That is what we are doing with HealthTab. 

Corona Stocks: You are raising a lot of money, $3 million in the last few months. What is the reasoning behind that?

Hector Bremner: When you are running a public company, you are actually running two businesses as the same time. You are running the actual business where you are expected to be a subject matter expert and that is more than enough to fill your day. Then you have the market side of your business which is a whole other universe of activities. We did not want to head into this year, given our very full business development hopper, being split in our focus.

So late last year and into January-February we wanted to make sure we were fully capitalized, we will be debt free at the close of this current round and we will have sufficient capital to roll out what we plan to this year. As much of a dumpster fire that 2020 was, Avricore had a 10X year and we’re going to have another one. We think that we have got a lot of wind at our backs. 

Corona Stocks: With your government background, coming to Avricore a year ago, it seems like the company is much more focused today on delivering the promise of HealthTab and playing a key role in fighting COVID-19. 

Hector Bremner: My career has largely been in strategic communications and turning things around. We were no doubt in a tough situation when I first got involved, however we’ve done the hard work and sacrifices it takes to succeed and today, we are much more focused.  

We fundamentally believe that all the sacrifices, all the hard work, were worth it because HealthTab is just that important. This team has done so much. Roger Seccombe, who developed HealthTab, our CTO, and everybody involved, they have all leaned in and made a lot of sacrifices, especially last year. 

Today, we are getting to a place where other people are starting to now see it too and we are really excited. There are big things to come.

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Ira Rotenberg
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