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    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Save Monarch Butterflies, Mandate Vaccines For Air Travel, and Protect Voting Rights! We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Protect Monarch Butterflies Twice a year, Monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles over a...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said it is an “open question” if the omicron variant of the Chinese coronavirus marks the final wave of the pandemic, making the remark during a virtual appearance at The Davos Agenda event. “It is an open question whether it will be the live virus vaccination that everyone is hoping for,” the White House chief medical adviser said. “I would hope that that’s the case. But that would only be the case if we don’t get another variant that eludes the immune response of the prior variant,” he continued, reiterating that the virus will not be eradicated altogether. “Control means you have it present but it is present at a level that does not disrupt society,” Fauci said. “That’s my definition of what endemicity would mean.” It remains unclear, however, if federal health officials are willing to revert to a state of pre-pandemic normalcy, living with a virus without reintroducing restrictions such as mask and vaccine mandates, which they have been gleefully doing over the past year. “It’s not going to be that you’ll eliminate this disease completely....
    By Damon Darlin | KHN Americans keep hearing that it is important to test frequently for COVID-19 at home. But just try to find an “at-home” rapid COVID test in a store and at a price that makes frequent tests affordable. Testing, as well as mask-wearing, is an important measure if the country ever hopes to beat COVID, restore normal routines and get the economy running efficiently. To get Americans cheaper tests, the federal government now plans to have insurance companies pay for them. The Biden administration announced Jan. 10 that every person with private insurance can get full coverage for eight rapid tests a month. You can either get one without any out-of-pocket expense from retail pharmacies that are part of an insurance company’s network or buy it at any store and get reimbursed by the insurer. Congress said private insurers must cover all COVID testing and any associated medical services when it passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act. The have-insurance-pay-for-it solution has been used frequently through the pandemic. Insurance companies have been told...
    (CNN)As the US nears the start of a third year of the pandemic, many Americans are wondering when the ever-present disruptions Covid-19 has posed will diminish for good. But Dr. Anthony Fauci has cautioned that despite Omicron appearing to have less severe health implications, it's too early to predict whether we're approaching the endemic stage of when a virus becomes more manageable."When you talk about whether or not Omicron -- because it's a highly transmissible, but apparently not as pathogenic, for example, as Delta -- I would hope that that's the case," the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Monday.The Omicron surge hasnt peaked nationwide, and the next few weeks will be tough, US surgeon general says"But that would only be the case if we don't get another variant that eludes the immune response to the prior variant," Fauci told the Davos Agenda, a virtual event being held this week by the World Economic Forum.A disease that is endemic has a constant presence in a population but is not affecting an alarmingly large number of...
    Donald Trump told the crowd at his Arizona rally that White people are being pushed to the “back of the line” for Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics, a claim that relies on a misunderstanding of New York guidelines. “The left is now rationing life-saving therapeutics based on race, discriminating against and denigrating, just denigrating white people to determine who lives and who dies,” Trump said at the rally, adding, “You get it based on race. In fact, in New York state, if you’re White, you have to go to the back of the line to get medical help. If you’re White, you go right to the back of the line.” The former president was basing his claim on a Wall Street Journal op-ed by John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira, which took issue with New York state’s recent guidelines regarding the distribution of monoclonal antibodies and oral antivirals such as Paxlovid. The state’s guidelines are not “race-based,” as Trump alleged during the rally, but based on risk factors, as eligibility to receive oral treatments are authorized for patients who meet certain criteria. The guidelines, based...
    During the Supreme Court’s hearing on the validity of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch directed a question at the attorneys concerning why the U.S. doesn’t have similar mandates for flu vaccines. “We have flu vaccines,” said Gorsuch. “Flu kills, I believe, hundreds of thousands of people every year.” When it was pointed out that this is an order of magnitude off from the real impact of flu, the Supreme Court ushered out a face-saving revised transcript, omitting the “of” so that Gorsuch said “hundreds, thousands” rather than “hundreds of thousands.” That’s not what he said. Even in the audio of this article supposedly debunking the idea that Gorsuch made such a claim, it’s obvious that “hundreds of thousands” is exactly what he said. But apart from Gorsuch’s statement, claims about the deadliness of the flu have been raised by right-wing media and politicians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The truth is that flu kills only a small fraction of the number of people who have died from COVID-19 in each year of the pandemic. However, flu does kill far more people...
    – Flowersandtraveling / Shutterstock.com According to U.S. health officials, more than 95% of new cases of Govit-19 in the United States reflect the Omigron variant. Pfizer’s boss, Albert Borla, announced last Monday that a vaccine aimed at this variant would be ready in March. Effective vaccine against omigran The pharmaceutical company boss said last November that his company was already in the process of targeting and vaccinating Omigran. Today, he announces that the vaccine will be available in March. ” I do not know if it will be needed, I do not know how it will be used, but we are ready. The factory has already started production “, He told the US financial channel CNBC. Read more World’s first: Surgeons transplant a pig’s heart into a human patient Data provided by the United Kingdom demonstrate that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are only 10% effective in preventing symptomatic events of the Omigron variant twenty weeks after the second dose. Mr Bourla explained that his company could develop a vaccine that would be particularly effective against infections because the...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted Thursday that President Joe Biden was “not the most effective messenger” when it came to convincing unvaccinated Americans to take the coronavirus vaccine shot. It was not the first time Psaki had noted that many Americans did not take their health advice from the president — and that some Americans would be inclined to ignore him for political reasons — but she stressed the importance of vaccination in any case. Asked whether the White House had any “evidence” or “sound basis” for believing that Biden could succeed in urging the unvaccinated to change their minds, Psaki said that “more than 80% of the country has gotten at least one dose.” She added: What the president also recognizes is that he’s not always the most effective messenger. Everybody in the country’s not looking for him to tell them what to do. He certainly knows that. What’s most important here is people hearing from local leaders, doctors, people who have different political beliefs out there, conveying clear, accurate information about the effectiveness of these vaccines....
    In spring 2021, as more people got vaccinated against COVID-19, some people who menstruate began to notice their periods were a bit off. Anecdotal stories detailed heavier flows or delayed cycles. People who thought they were postmenopausal and done with bleeding, were bleeding. As the stories trickled through, many researchers began to wonder: Do the COVID-19 vaccines affect menstrual cycles? Or were people just paying more attention to their cycles, as more anecdotal stories surfaced? At the same time, doctors were then fighting misinformation that made it difficult to have conversations around menstrual cycles and the COVID-19 vaccines without giving even more fodder to misinformation around the vaccines and fertility. (Studies continue to show that they don't affect each other). But researchers like Dr. Katharine Lee – a postdoctoral scholar in the public health sciences division at Washington University in St. Louis, who was part of the conversation in April 2021 that Salon reported — credits these conversations to taking science to where it is today. That is to say, we finally have some answers around how the COVID-19...
    A pensioner in India who illegally had 11 Covid-19 jabs in less than a year has threatened to kill himself if police prosecute him.  Brahamdev Mandal has gone into hiding as he bids to avoid charges of misleading the health department. Police are conducting raids to arrest the 84-year-old. The serial-vaxxer was able to sign up for extra jabs by using different people's ID and lying to health officials. On Sunday police showed up at his home in Bihar's Madhepura District and since then his phone had been switched off.   Brahamdev Mandal, 84 (pictured), had 11 Covid-19 vaccines in just 11 months, and even had two within half an hour of each other on the same day Mr. Mandal has asked the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to clear him of the charges. The wife of Mr. Mandal, Nirmala Devi, has accused the police of harassing her and defended her husband. She told TOI that her husband was suffering from various diseases and difficulties to stand or walk, but after the shots he has been cured.   The 84-year-old had the 11 vaccines in just 11...
    Workers transport a shipment of the Cuban Soberana Plus vaccine against the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, to be donated by the Cuban government to Syria, at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, on January 7, 2022.YAMIL LAGE | AFP | Getty Images Cuba has vaccinated a greater percentage of its population against Covid-19 than almost all the world's largest and richest nations. In fact, only the oil-rich United Arab Emirates boasts a stronger vaccination record. The tiny Communist-run Caribbean island has achieved this milestone by producing its own Covid vaccine, even as it struggles to keep supermarket shelves stocked amid a decades-old U.S. trade embargo. "It is an incredible feat," Helen Yaffe, a Cuba expert and lecturer in economic and social history at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, told CNBC via telephone. "Those of us who have studied biotech aren't surprised in that sense, because it has not just come out of the blue. It is the product of a conscious government policy of state investment in the sector, in both public health and in medical science." To date, around...
    "It says there that you are full of—oh, my." Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Nick Rossi, Chief of Staff for the U.S. Republican Whip office After disrespecting military service members for the last few decades, the GOP’s most recent attempt at pretending they give a rat’s ass about Americans is to attack the federal requirement that our United States military personnel all be vaccinated against COVID-19. Military vaccines mandates are one of the oldest requirements of virtually every army in the history of the world because nothing hurts a country’s military more than unchecked disease and viruses. On Jan. 3, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction “blocking the Defense Department from taking action against a group of 35 Navy sailors who had refused to get a coronavirus vaccine.” Judge Reed O’Connor granted the injunction on the grounds that there is a chance that the pandemic did not allow the government to “abrogate” a military member’s “religious liberties.” Of course, the fact that the Department of Defense has administered 17 different vaccines since 1995, and that now, suddenly, everybody is religious about...
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), an outspoken critic of the Biden administration’s handling of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, asked on Monday if the government can mandate a vaccine that is not even effective against the current strain of the virus. “Can government mandate you take a vaccine that is not effective against the current strain?” Paul asked on Twitter, linking to an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, which asserts that it would be “irrational, legally indefensible and contrary to the public interest for government to mandate vaccines absent any evidence that the vaccines are effective in stopping the spread of the pathogen they target” and concludes that is “exactly what’s happening here”: Can government mandate you take a vaccine that is not effective against the current strain? https://t.co/lhQCBzrgtv — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 10, 2022 Indeed, for months, public health officials have changed their tune on the vaccines, suggesting they prevent hospitalization and severe illness rather than transmission, despite the fact that they did not originally sell the vaccines to the general public that way. Even before they...
    ▶ Watch Video: Infectious disease expert on why U.S. needs a different national strategy to fight pandemic London — T-cells generated as part of the body’s natural immune response to the common cold may help protect against serious illness from COVID-19, according to a study carried out in the U.K.  Researchers at Imperial College London told CBS News the findings could help scientists create vaccines that remain more effective against new variants of the coronavirus. Are Omicron symptoms different from other COVID variants? The study, which was peer reviewed and published in the journal “Nature Communications,” began in September 2020 and looked at 52 household contacts of people who had tested positive for COVID-19. It found that 26 people who were exposed to the coronavirus but did not get sick had significantly higher cross-reactive T-cells, generated by previous common colds, than those who did become ill with COVID. Don’t rely on it. “Exploit” it. “The conclusion should not be that if you’ve had a common cold you don’t need to worry about contracting COVID-19,” Professor Aljit Lalvani, one of...
    Public health officials changed their tune on the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines months before the discovery of the omicron variant of the virus, admitting in August that vaccines cannot prevent transmission of the virus — even though President Biden suggested otherwise as recently as December. During an August appearance on CNN’s The Situation Room, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky made it clear — prior to the discovery of the omicron variant — that coronavirus vaccines do not prevent transmission of the virus, despite the fact they were largely sold that way to the American public originally. “But what about all the fully vaccinated people who get the breakthrough infection? Can they pass it on? Could they pass it on to their children? Could they pass the virus on to older people, especially more vulnerable people with underlying health conditions?” host Wolf Blitzer asked during the August 5 segment. “So, yes, they can with the delta variant. And that was the reason that we changed our guidance last Tuesday. Our vaccines are working exceptionally well. They...
    ROME — Pope Francis said Monday that people who opt not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus are acting on “baseless information or poorly documented facts.” In his yearly address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, the pontiff reiterated his belief in the effectiveness of the vaccines, stating that “in those places where an effective vaccination campaign has taken place, the risk of severe repercussions of the disease has decreased.” It is “important to continue the effort to immunize the general population as much as possible,” he declared, which calls for “a manifold commitment on the personal, political and international levels.” “Each of us has a responsibility to care for ourself and our health, and this translates into respect for the health of those around us,” Francis asserted. “Health care is a moral obligation.” People wearing face masks outdoors are seen at a Covid-19 vaccine site in Los Angeles, California, on July 6, 2021 (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images). “Sadly, we are finding increasingly that we live in a world of strong ideological divides,”...
    In this article .COVID19 MRNA PFE Employees in special suits test the procedures for the manufacturing of the messenger RNA (mRNA) for the Covid-19 vaccine in German company BioNTech, in Marburg, Germany on March 29, 2021.Abdulhamid Hosbas | Anadolu Agency | Getty ImagesThe research and development that led to the Covid-19 vaccines have boosted efforts to find a more powerful, longer-lasting flu vaccine, perhaps taking steps towards virologists' holy grail: a one-time, universal flu jab. Scientists at Pfizer and Moderna, the pharmaceutical companies that harnessed a half-century of research into mRNA technology to create Covid vaccines, are using that same know-how in exploring ways to inoculate the masses from the flu. "As demonstrated through the COVID-19 vaccine, mRNA vaccines offer…the potential to manufacture higher potency flu vaccines more rapidly than contemporary flu vaccines," Pirada Suphaphiphat, vice president of viral vaccine research at New York City-based Pfizer, told CNBC by email. "The pandemic allowed us to deliver on the immense scientific opportunity of mRNA." In 2020, the number of flu cases was down precipitously, mostly likely due to Covid restrictions....
    The omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is spreading throughout the U.S. at an incredible pace. As reported by CNBC: The U.S. reported a record number of new Covid cases on Monday, with over one million new infections. A total of 1,082,549 new coronavirus cases were reported on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as the highly infectious omicron variant continues to spread throughout the country. Not all of these infections are due to the omicron variant; as of Dec. 25, the last date that such tallies were available, the delta variant had accounted for about 41% of new cases, with infections attributable to omicron at about 59%. As CNBC notes, the astonishing single-day figure may be due to delayed reporting of cases over the holiday weekend. Nonetheless, as of Jan. 3, the seven-day average of daily new U.S. cases is 480,273, meaning the U.S. has the highest 7-day average of new cases in the world, according to JHU’s rankings. Thankfully, it still appears that omicron is far less lethal than delta, although it spreads far more rapidly....
    (CNN)As the Supreme Court debated federal authority to impose a vaccine requirement on workers, the nine justices could not help but reveal their varying sentiments about the depth of America's Covid-19 pandemic and the value of vaccines. "We know that the best way to prevent spread is for people to get vaccinated," Justice Elena Kagan said, "and to prevent dangerous illness and death is for people to get vaccinated. That is by far the best. The second best is to wear masks." That view was not universally shared. Supreme Court appears poised to block Bidens vaccine and testing rules for businessesJustice Clarence Thomas, a conservative, took a different tack than liberal Kagan regarding the sweeping rule the Occupational Health and Safety Administration seeks to impose. "There's been some talk ... that the vaccinations are efficacious in preventing some degree of infection to others," he said, and observed, "As I remember in the filings ... that younger workers, the 20-year-olds who are unvaccinated are actually safer than the older workers who are vaccinated. So there are obviously some differences."Read MoreRELATED:...
    For the second consecutive day, New York State saw its highest death toll from COVID-19 since the beginning of vaccinations and while things aren't as dire as during the pandemic's peak, cases continue to go up. The state recorded 82,094 new cases of coronavirus and 155 new deaths due to COVID. New York City alone is responsible for 32,799 cases and 586 new hospitalizations. Cases are about six times as high among the unvaccinated as they are among those who've gotten the shot.  However, state data shows that 43 percent of the people being hospitalized with COVID were not specifically hospitalized for COVID. These patients were hospitalized for another reason and then tested positive.  'My administration is hard at work making testing, vaccines, boosters and masks more widely available in to fight this winter surge,' Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement.  New York state recorded 82,094 new cases of coronavirus and 155 new deaths due to COVID Friday Cases continue to rise significantly higher among those who have not taken the COVID-19 vaccine The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is...
    During an interview aired on Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” Vice President Kamala Harris responded to members of the administration’s transition team urging the administration to adopt a new strategy that doesn’t attempt to eliminate the virus, but rather to reduce risk by stating that we can “at the very least, mitigate the harm to the greatest number of people” and the administration will urge people “to do what is necessary for us to get beyond this.” Harris also stated that while the administration welcomes input on how to accomplish their goals, the current approach has resulted in “progress and that that is the trajectory.” Host Judy Woodruff stated, “Six of the prominent public health advisers who were part of the Biden-Harris transition team have today gone public with a plea to the president to adopt an entirely new pandemic strategy geared to what they call the new normal of living with this virus indefinitely, trying to minimize the risk.” Harris responded, “First of all, what we know, without any debate, and I think all of us agree, is that we have...
    (CNN)Former health advisers to President Joe Biden say the US strategy for the Covid-19 pandemic needs to be updated to face a "new normal" of living with the virus, rather than aiming to eliminate it.In three pieces published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Thursday, six former Biden advisers proposed a new plan and detailed strategies for testing, mitigation, vaccines and treatments. "Without a strategic plan for the 'new normal' with endemic COVID-19, more people in the US will unnecessarily experience morbidity and mortality, health inequities will widen, and trillions will be lost from the US economy," wrote Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a former Obama health adviser now with the University of Pennsylvania; Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota; and Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert at Bellevue Hospital Center and at Grossman School of Medicine at New York University. It wont be a pandemic forever. Heres what could be nextAll were appointed to Biden's Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board in 2020.For this new strategy,...
    People wearing protective face masks wait to receive a vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a vaccination centre in Mumbai, India, April 26, 2021.Niharika Kulkarni | Reuters LONDON — New Covid-19 variants are likely to keep on emerging until the whole world is vaccinated against the virus, experts warn, saying that the sharing of vaccines is not just an altruistic act but a pragmatic one. "Until the whole world is vaccinated, not just rich Western countries, I think we are going to remain in danger of new variants coming along and some of those could be more virulent than omicron," Dr. Andrew Freedman, a reader in infectious diseases at Cardiff University Medical School, told CNBC on Thursday. Viruses "tend to become milder" as they evolve, Freedman noted, but he cautioned that this "isn't always the case." "It may well be with future variants that they are even more contagious, they may be milder, but we can't say that with certainty." To date, 58.6% of the world's population has received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, with 9.28...
    World-renowned tennis player Novak Djokovic now finds himself at the center of a diplomatic firestorm as the Australian government keeps him detained at the Melbourne airport due to his vaccination status. On Wednesday, Djokovic arrived at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport after being granted a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open, where he had hoped to earn a “record-breaking 21st Grand Slam,” according to Reuters. The champion was subsequently denied entry into the country when the state of Victoria, where the city of Melbourne is located, said the visa he applied for did not allow for a medical exemption. As of Thursday morning, Djokovic remains stranded at the airport, reportedly alone in a room under armed guard, according to his father, Srdjan. “I have no clue what’s going on. They’ve kept my son in captivity for five hours now,” Srdjan told the Serbian online version of Sputnik. “If they don’t let him go in half an hour, we’ll gather in the streets, this is a battle for everyone.” TURIN, ITALY – NOVEMBER 17: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks out prior to his singles...
    A Utah-based technology company’s founder and chairman who is also a big GOP donor is falsely claiming the highly-effective COVID-19 vaccines are part of a plot by “the Jews” to “euthanize the American people,” while insisting to a local reporter, “Some of my closest friends are Jews.” David Bateman, who founded Entrata, a property management technology company, sent the email title “GENOCIDE” to fellow tech company CEOs and to political leaders including the Governor of Utah. Some subsequently shared it with Fox 13. Bateman has admitted to sending the message, while claiming he “loves” Jewish people. “I write this email knowing that many of you will think I’m crazy after reading it. I believe there is a sadistic effort underway to euthanize the American people. It’s obvious now. It’s undeniable, yet no one is doing anything. Everyone is discounting their own judgment, and dismissing their intuition,” Bateman wrote in his email, Fox 13 reports. The missive gets wildly antisemitic and conspiratorial. READ: DeSantis demands feds allow Florida to buy $1 billion in COVID treatment top donor has invested in “I...
    Even as daily new COVID cases set all-time records and hospitals fill up, epidemiologists have arrived at a perhaps surprising consensus. Yes, the latest Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus is bad. But it could have been a lot worse. Even as cases have surged, deaths haven’t—at least not to the same degree. Omicron is highly transmissible but generally not as severe as some older variants—“lineages” is the scientific term. We got lucky. But that luck might not hold. Many of the same epidemiologists who have breathed a sigh of relief over Omicron’s relatively low death rate are anticipating that the next lineage might be much worse. Fretting over a possible future lineage that combines Omicron’s extreme transmissibility with the severity of, say, the previous Delta lineage, experts are beginning to embrace a new public health strategy that’s getting an early test run in Israel: a four-shot regimen of messenger-RNA vaccine. “I think this will be the strategy going forward,” Edwin Michael, an epidemiologist at the Center for Global Health Infectious Disease Research at the University of South Florida,...
                 The Wilson County Health Department announced that COVID testing would be moved from the Health Department building back to the Fairgrounds. Beginning Tuesday, anyone needing a COVID test may go to the Fairgrounds, but vaccines will still be offered at the Health Department building. The Health Department said that those who need a COVID test can enter the Fairgrounds at James E. Ward Ag Road off of Tennessee Boulevard and follow the signage to the testing site. Testing will be held Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 10:30 AM, excluding holidays. Everyone is allowed to remain in their cars for testing, but can walk up as well. Self-testing kits will be handed out at both the Fairgrounds and the Health Department. The statement noted the self-testing kits were free and easy to use, with a turnaround of 2 – 3 days. The turnaround for testing from the Fairgrounds will also be 2 – 3 days. At-home COVID tests range in price from $15 to over $900. Tests are available at stores and online at Walmart, CVS, and Amazon, though...
    Kirk Cousins, the unvaccinated Minnesota Vikings quarterback, tested positive for coronavirus and missed the team’s last hope for making league playoff Sunday night, a winnable game as the Viking proved earlier this year by handing the Green Bay Packers a rare defeat. Instead, Cousins’ backups were clobbered by Aaron Rogers, also unvaccinated, who cost the Packers an earlier victory by missing a game when he tested positive. Both quarterbacks deserve to be resoundingly booed for failing their teams, their fans, their cities, their sport. And the nation. Vikings fans should be outraged. Cousins apparently cites some religious exemption, yet scour the Bible as one will, one finds nothing requiring selfishness, not to mention the sanctity of an individual body against the general health of the population. Then there’s the subset, of which Rogers is apparently one, who “do their own research.” What is the point of that fruitless exercise? To disprove what the global health community of experts carefully discovered about coronavirus and the efficacy of vaccines, of which those in circulation have proven effective a billion times over? Or...
    A COVID-19 vaccination card holder is handed out at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Larry Flynt's Hustler Club on December 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Ethan Miller | Getty Images If 2021 was the year of vaccine development, 2022 will be a year marked by vaccinations and booster shots, according to a leading expert. "2022 will be the year of vaccination — either primary for people who haven't been vaccinated, or booster vaccinations for those of us who have," said Jerome Kim, director general of the International Vaccine Institute, an independent non-profit devoted to research on vaccines for poor countries. Hopefully, it will also mark the year when anti-Covid drugs will come to the fore, and make treatment more effective, Kim told CNBC's "Street Signs Asia" on Monday. In late December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized two antiviral pills to treat Covid-19 for emergency use, marking a milestone in the battle against the coronavirus that has killed more than 5.4 million people worldwide since emerging in late 2019. Pfizer's Covid oral treatment pill, called Paxlovid, was the...
    Today, a special broadcast: an hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, who just turned 93 years old. Chomsky spoke to Democracy Now! prior to the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but he predicted new variants would emerge. “If you let the virus run rampant in poor countries, everyone understands that mutation is likely, the kind of mutation that led to the Delta variant, now the Delta Plus variant in India, and who knows what will develop,” Chomsky said. This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Today, a special broadcast, an hour with Noam Chomsky. The world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author just turned 93 years old. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh and I recently interviewed Noam as part of Democracy Now!'s 25th anniversary celebration. Noam Chomsky joined us from his home in Tucson, Arizona, where he teaches at the University of Arizona. We asked him about the state of the pandemic and why so many Americans have refused to get vaccinated. NOAM CHOMSKY: It’s overwhelmingly a...
    The head of the World Health Organization has said he is 'confident' that this year will be the end of Covid. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the 'acute' stage of the global pandemic should finish this year, provided countries share vaccines and work together. Speaking at a Covid press briefing on Thursday, Mr Ghebreyesus warned that the Omicron variant was likely to cause a 'tsunami of cases' around the world. But he struck a more positive note in his New Year's Eve message, highlighting the range of tools available to countries that should see cases, hospitalisations and deaths across the world be a thing of the past. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the 'acute' stage of the global pandemic should finish this year, provided countries share vaccines and work together RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next WHO tells wealthy nations 'you can't boost your way out of... Share this article Share WHO tells wealthy nations ‘you can’t boost your way out of the pandemic’ The World Health Organisation has told wealthy countries they 'cannot boost...
    A small team of Texas researchers is being hailed for developing an unpatented Covid-19 vaccine to share with the world without personal profit, with some advocates asking, if they can do it, why can't Big Pharma? Dubbed "the World's Covid vaccine," the inoculation—formally called Cobervax—is an open-source alternative to Big Pharma's patent-protected vaccines. Instead of being produced for profit, this shot could ultimately be manufactured around the world and made cheaply available to all without governmental or private legal retribution. Common Dreams reported this week that Cobervax—developed jointly by Texas Children's Hospital, Houston's Baylor College, and the Indian pharmaceutical company Biological E. Limited—was authorized for emergency use in India amid a surge in infections driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant. Texas Children's Hospital says the new vaccine is at least 90% effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and 80% or more effective against its Delta variant. "We're not trying to make money," Peter Hotez, who led the Texas Children's Hospital team, told The Washington Post. "We just want to see people get vaccinated." \u2018The ambition is to create a low-cost,...
    The face of a mass murderer. As Fox News continues to degrade from propaganda to fascist propaganda to fascist burn-everything-down nihilism, the unfortunate souls at Media Matters for America are tasked with watching much of what the network produces so that it can be fact checked, or at least catalogued, or so that priests can be dispatched to perform the relevant exorcisms. It is grueling work, and anyone who can watch more than 10 Tucker Carlson rants without needing permanent hospitalization is a tougher soul than you or I. As Fox News continues to claim, falsely, that ol' Tucker is not a white nationalism-promoting conspiracy-promoting violence-inciting anti-vaccine anti-safety weaselfaced liar with an actual pandemic body count to his name, Media Matters set out to catalog all of Tucker's mentions of vaccines during the Biden administration. There were 114 episodes of his Fox show that featured a segment about vaccines, reports Media Matters. Of the 114 episodes, Tucker or his guest pushed anti-vaccine claims in 113. During 112 separate shows, either Tucker or his invited sockpuppets promoted conspiracy theories about the available...
    Alex Jones called Donald Trump 'pathetic' and threatened to 'dish all the dirt' now that the former president is more fiercely coming out in favor of Americans getting vaccinated against coronavirus. 'We all wish Trump would do the right thing. And listen, I have the inside baseball on Trump – he doesn't know what's going on,' Jones said on his InfoWars program on Wednesday afternoon. 'I'm not even defending Trump,' he added. 'I'm just saying we need to move on.' 'In fact, maybe – you know what – to get Trump's attention, maybe I should just dish all the dirt,' the fringe far-right media personality said. 'You know what, you know what—I am going to dish it all on Trump next hour.' Jones reiterated that he wishes Trump well and isn't against the former president. 'It's not to hurt Trump,' Jones said of his impending gossip, 'it's so people can know how pathetic he is when you think he is playing 4D chess, going to save you and he's not!' Alex Jones said during his Wednesday InfoWars broadcast that he...
    By Alexandra Ulmer | Reuters Former Republican President Donald Trump’s recent comments touting COVID-19 vaccines as safe and a major achievement of his presidency have roiled extreme anti-vaxers, which include many of his ardent supporters. After months of a relatively low profile on vaccines and no photos of him getting inoculated, Trump on Dec. 19 told former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly during an event in Dallas that he’d received the booster – eliciting some boos from the audience. In an interview with right-wing pundit Candace Owens released two days later, Trump pushed back when Owens suggested the shots were not safe. “Oh no, the vaccine works,” Trump interrupted Owens, who said she was not vaccinated. “The ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine.” While in both cases Trump stressed that he is against Democratic President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates, his comments have stoked rare criticism from anti-vaccine activists and some supporters. The controversy highlights the balancing act Trump might face in a potential 2024 presidential run: He will...
    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones claims that he has “dirt” on Donald Trump, and he’s going to release it all to damage the former president over his pro-Covid vaccine statements. Trump has been drawing renewed media coverage lately between his admission of being triple-vaccinated and his vaccine efficacy defense during his interview with Candace Owens. This has been a source of dismay for some of Trump’s most hardcore supporters on the far right, and Jones recently denounced the former president by saying he’s “either completely ignorant” or “the most evil man who has ever lived.” In his latest show, the InfoWars chief said “we all wish Trump would do the right thing,” but then he claimed to have “the inside baseball on Trump. He doesn’t know what’s going on.” After suggesting “we need to move on” from Trump, Jones suggested that he’ll get Trump’s attention if he decides to “dish all the dirt” he has on the ex-president. “Maybe I should just dish all the dirt. You know what? I am going to dish it all on Trump next hour,”...
    A right-wing radio host who once opened for Donald Trump at his 2018 Las Vegas rally now wants the former president to have an 'intervention' after he urged Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Conspiracy theorist Wayne Allyn Root appeared on Alex Jones' InfoWars earlier this week where he joined a chorus of fellow Trump supporters who are now turning on the Republican leader over his ardent support for vaccines.  'He needs an intervention from a friend, because he's the greatest president of my lifetime, I love him, I will always love him,' Root said on Tuesday. The radio host, who was the Libertarian Party's vice presidential nominee in 2008, went on to say Trump has been 'right on everything except this issue.' 'He's so horribly wrong on this issue, and the best way to put it -- ironically -- is he's dead wrong, 'cause people are dying left and right,' Root continued, claiming they died of the vaccines.  He said Trump's embrace of the jabs amounted to 'political suicide.'  Jones, who also criticized Trump for his heel-turn on getting...
    Appearing Tuesday on CNN’s New Day, Brown University School of Public Health Dean Dr. Ashish Jha said President Joe Biden “dropped the ball” on coronavirus testing. Dr. @ashishkjha applauded the CDCs shortened isolation recommendation but says there is a distinction for the vaccinated and unvaccinated. "When [vaccinated people] have a breakthrough infection, they shed for much shorter period of time. So this is really reasonable for" them pic.twitter.com/73PCH0tNTp — New Day (@NewDay) December 28, 2021 A partial transcript is as follows: KAITLAN COLLINS:  You saw President Biden yesterday acknowledging, pretty bluntly, that they need to do better when it comes to testing because we are seeing this nationwide shortage of those rapid at-home tests. It’s very difficult to just walk into a store and get one. And what we’re hearing from officials like Dr. Fauci is that they believe they’re gonna have this solved by mid-January, in a few weeks. But, how critical is the window that we’re missing right now for testing? DR. ASHISH JHA: Oh, I think it’s incredibly critical, and I cannot believe this is where we are almost...
    Dr. Harvey Risch, professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine, provided his insight on the COVID-19 vaccine, the government’s role in managing the virus and more on a recent episode of "The Will Cain Podcast." WILL CAIN: What is your position on the vaccine? Do you find them effective with a good public health resource tool? Are they part of the picture, but just not should be the complete picture? What's your position on the vaccine? DR. HARVEY RISCH: I think the vaccines are part of the picture. I think there are people who are at high enough risk of COVID – of bad outcomes of COVID –  that they should be evaluating whether the vaccine would be useful, a rational choice for them. I think that wider than that, it's inappropriate, that the vaccines are not universal, that they have a degree of effectiveness for reducing transmission, which is the only government rationale for their usage of a degree of effectiveness that lasts for some months and after that, their effectiveness declines....
    CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner took Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to task on Tuesday for comments he made on Fox News about the safety and effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines. “We all hoped and prayed the vaccines would be 100% effective, 100% safe,” said Johnson on Monday’s Fox News Primetime. “But they’re not. We now know that fully vaccinated individuals can catch Covid, they can transmit Covid. So what’s the point?” After playing a clip of Johnson’s appearance, CNN’s Poppy Harlow asked Reiner for his reaction. “I’d say that he’s so misguided that it makes me wonder whether this is all just an act,” Reiner responded. “And if it is an act, what does that say about what he thinks his constituents want to hear?” In his remarks, Johnson omitted the crucial fact that being vaccinated against Covid-19 greatly reduces one’s risk of dying or requiring hospitalization as a result of having the virus. “The only people dying essentially now from this virus are the unvaccinated,” Reiner continued. “And the vast majority of people being hospitalized in this country are...
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    Sen. Rand Paul blamed Dr. Anthony Fauci for thousands of Covid deaths because he said the White House chief medical advisor pushed vaccines while ignoring therapeutics.  The Kentucky Republican accused Fauci of having a 'bias' toward vaccines that dates back to the AIDS crisis.   'I would venture to say that thousands of people die in our country every month now because [Fauci's] deemphasized the idea that there are therapeutics,' Paul told his father, three-time presidential candidate and former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, on 'Liberty Report' Monday.  The senator also claimed that thousands had died because Fauci did not take into account natural immunity in prioritizing vaccinations.  'Because he's made this mistake of deemphasizing natural immunity, I think thousands of people have lost their lives,' Fauci said. 'For instance, I've already had it [Covid-19] I should be at the end of the line.'  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all people be fully vaccinated regardless of previous infection, as reinfections have been reported. According to a CDC study of residents in Kentucky, those who had Covid-19 and were not...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) claimed former President Donald Trump gave her permission to share a pro-vaccine message on his behalf Monday in a lengthy Twitter thread. “I just got off the phone with my favorite President of all time, Donald J. Trump. We discussed many issues, people, races in ‘22 as well as vaccines and mandates,” the Georgia Republican tweeted. “We discussed #COVID19, how awful the virus from China has been, and how horribly it’s been politicized.” “I have President Trump’s permission to tell you all that he is 100% AGAINST the mandates, but he still encourages everyone to get the vaccine and booster. That is his position,” Greene wrote in a follow-up tweet. “He also said if he was President he would never mandate the vaccines, and no one would be fired.” 2. I have President Trump’s permission to tell you all that he is 100% AGAINST the mandates, but he still encourages everyone to get the vaccine and booster. That is his position. He also said if he was President he would never mandate...
    President Joe Biden's plan to send 1.1 billion doses of the COVID vaccine around the world is in jeopardy because the agency tasked with distributing the medication is running out of money, a new report revealed on Monday.  The U.S. Agency for International Development was allocated $1.6 billion under the American Rescue Plan to share the COVID vaccine world wide - but that funding is nearly gone.  Officials told Politico the agency has either used that money or already earmarked it to help countries prepare to receive and distribute the doses.  Biden announced in September the United States was doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he set the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year.  The US has already distributed 350,293,700 doses worldwide, according to the State Department. The US distributes the medication through COVAX, the U.N.-backed program to vaccinate the world.  President Joe Biden's plan to send 1.1 billion doses of the COVID vaccine around the world is in jeopardy The US has already distributed...
    But do they? Left-wing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow sure didn't think so earlier this year when she was celebrating the vaccines during the March 29 episode of her show. "Instead of the virus being able to hop from person to person to person, potentially mutating and becoming more virulent and drug-resistant along the way, now we know that the vaccines work well enough that the virus stops with every vaccinated person," Maddow asserted, echoing the understanding most people had at the time of vaccines and how they work. "A vaccinated person gets exposed to the virus, the virus does not infect them," she continued. "The virus cannot then use that person to go anywhere else. It cannot use a vaccinated person as a host to go get more people." "That means the vaccines will get us to the end of this, if we just go fast enough to get the whole population," Maddow added. Interestingly, Maddow's bit wasn't censored by social media or lambasted by the big brains in mainstream...
    (CNN)Preparing for the next pandemic should be, in some ways, easy. We know the factors that contribute to the emergence of new biological threats -- interactions between animals, humans and the environment, exacerbated by climate change, globalization and the evolution of viruses. Rebecca KatzDevi Sridhar We know, too, that there are gaps in our existing public health and healthcare systems around the world, as well as challenges governing information sharing, intellectual property rights, supply chain logistics and manufacturing capacity. And we know that the scientific community, when appropriately resourced, can rapidly develop drugs and vaccines. What is required now is harnessing the political will, while it still exists, and the finances to strengthen preparedness and response for the next biological threat. Read More With the emergence of Omicron, we are reminded that some of our global systems have improved, while some of the systems we would have hoped were already in place almost two years in -- like universal screening at borders, ubiquitous rapid diagnostic tests, and equitable vaccine distribution -- seem to indicate struggle at every turn. Vaccines,...
    President BidenJoe BidenThe 10 races that will decide the Senate majority Bidens: Desmond Tutu's legacy will 'echo throughout the ages' Media love bad news; you don't have to MORE's chief medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci on lack of tests during holiday season: 'We've got to do better' Fauci on domestic air travel mandate: Anything to get people more vaccinated 'would be welcome' Fauci says he was 'stunned' by boos from Trump supporters over booster revelation MORE on Monday appeared to accuse former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe 10 races that will decide the Senate majority How American conservatives normalize anti-Semitism VP dilemma: The establishment or the base? MORE of "poisoning the well" on vaccines during his administration. Fauci, during an interview on CNN's "New Day," said he was "stunned" after Trump spoke recently about getting a vaccine booster shot and was booed by some supporters. “I was stunned by the fact that he’s doing that, and he’s getting booed in some places for doing that,” Fauci said in comments first reported by Mediate.   "Which means that you know, poisoning the well early...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci blamed former President Donald Trump for vaccine hesitancy amongst his supporters, saying he poisoned the well early on. Fauci sat down with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Monday, addressing the recent surge in Covid-19 cases due to the highly contagious omicron variant. The infectious disease expert first praised the former president for urging his supporters to get boosted, highlighting that Trump revealed he had received the third shot himself. Fauci, however, added that Trump’s vaccine push may be too little too late, pointing to the fact that the former president was booed when he and Bill O’Reilly shared their vaccine statuses while on tour together. “I was stunned by the fact that he’s doing that, and he’s getting booed in some places for doing that,” Fauci told Collins. “Which means that you know, poisoning the well early on about, even not being enthusiastic or outright not pushing vaccines and discouraging vaccines now has the lingering effect.” Fauci went on to say that even those who have been “following his every word” are now pushing back and refusing to listen to the former president. “Really tells you...
    Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones lit into former President Donald Trump on Saturday for his recent statements supporting the Covid-19 vaccinations. “This is an emergency Christmas Day warning to President Trump,” Jones said. Jones continued: You are either completely ignorant about the so-called vaccine gene therapy you helped ram through with Operation Warp Speed, or you are the most evil man who has ever lived to push this toxic poison on the public and to attack your constituents when they simply try to save their lives and the lives of others. “What you told Candace Owens is nothing but a raft of dirty lies,” Jones added, referencing a recent interview between Owens and Trump. Alex Jones: “This is an emergency Christmas Day warning to Pres Trump. You are either completely ignorant .. or you are one of the most evil men who ever lived .. What you told Candace Owens is nothing but a raft of dirty lies.” pic.twitter.com/rNCNdvgNrm — Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 25, 2021 During that interview, which aired last Wednesday, Trump defended the safety of...