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    Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. made “deeply offensive” comments when he suggested things are worse for people today than they were for Anne Frank, the teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp after hiding with her family in a secret annex in an Amsterdam house for two years, the Anti-Defamation League and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said Monday. “Making reckless comparisons to the Holocaust, the murder of six million Jews, for a political agenda is outrageous and deeply offensive. Those who carelessly invoke Anne Frank, the star badge, and the Nuremberg Trials exploit history and the consequences of hate,” the museum said Monday in a statement posted to Twitter. A spokesman said the museum made the statement in response to Kennedy’s speech and other recent incidents of people invoking the Holocaust for political purposes. The museum also pointed out that Anne Frank was one of the 1.5 million children who died during the Holocaust. Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote on Twitter that Kennedy invoking Anne Frank’s memory and the mass murder of Jews by...
    Two months after scientists in South Africa alerted the world to the new, highly transmissible Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, the global surge in infections resulting from the variant is finally subsiding. To be clear, exhausted health-care workers in overcrowded hospitals are still fighting to save lives. But many epidemiologists are beginning to look ahead to a post-Omicron world. The pandemic experts The Daily Beast spoke to were unanimous. Omicron is not the end. New variants–“lineages” is the scientific term–are coming. Worse, a host of entirely new coronaviruses lurk in animal populations and could make the leap to human beings at any time, seeding a whole new pandemic after or on top of COVID-19. A new vaccine that works equally well against all lineages of SARS-CoV-2, as well as any future coronavirus, could blunt both. A “pan-coronavirus” vaccine is the holy grail of public health. Dozens of labs all over the world, including several in the U.S., are working overtime to develop one. Scientists hope universal vaccines will hugely simplify global efforts to end the current pandemic and...
    (CNN)At a rally against vaccine mandates in Washington, DC, on Sunday, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. likened vaccine policies in the US to the actions of a totalitarian state, even suggesting Anne Frank was in a better situation when she was hiding from the Nazis. "Even in Hitler Germany (sic), you could, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in an attic, like Anne Frank did," said Kennedy, a prominent anti-vaccine advocate, in a speech at the Lincoln Memorial. "I visited, in 1962, East Germany with my father and met people who had climbed the wall and escaped, so it was possible. Many died, true, but it was possible." Kennedy's historically inaccurate anti-Semitic remark ignores the fact that Frank and some 6 million other Jews were murdered by Nazis. Frank, who was a teenager at the time, hid in an attic in the Netherlands, not Germany, before she was caught and was sent to a concentration camp, where she died.The Auschwitz Memorial responded to Kennedy in a statement on Twitter, saying, "Exploiting of the tragedy of people who...
    THOUSANDS of demonstrators marched from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial in a rally opposing Covid-19 vaccine mandates on Sunday. The organizers of the “Defeat the Mandates” campaign said they aren’t against vaccines, however. They are just opposed to people being forced to get them. 5Thousands marched in Washington DC, calling for an end to Covid-19 vaccinesCredit: Alex Kent for The US Sun 5'Defeat the Mandates' organizers claimed they weren't anti-vax but rather they didn't want the vaccine to be forced on peopleCredit: Alex Kent for The US Sun 5Major US cities have implemented citywide rules that require proof of vaccination to enter places such as bars and movie theatersCredit: Alex Kent for The US Sun Protestors and speakers called for an end to mandates worldwide after major US cities such as DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston have implemented citywide rules requiring proof of vaccination. This proof is needed to enter certain establishments such as restaurants, bars and gyms. Around 30,000 to 35,000 people attended the protest, calling for an end to mandates, passports...
    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. spoke at an anti-vaccine rally in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, spewing an incredible array of conspiracy theories, including comparing those who defy vaccine mandates to Jews hiding from Nazi genocide during the Holocaust. Yes, really. “Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland, you could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did,” Kennedy told the rally audience. “I visited in 1962 East Germany with my father, and met people who had climbed the wall and escaped, so it was possible — many died doing it, but it was possible.” Anne Frank, her mother Edith, father Otto, and older sister Margot lived with four other Jews to hide from the Nazis in a cramped attic annex above the Amsterdam factory where her father had worked, until they were discovered, arrested, and sent to concentration camps. Otto Frank was the only member of the immediate family to survive. Anne and Margot died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in early 1945. It is not possible to determine an exact date and cause of death, but...
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga has suspended John Stockton’s basketball season tickets after the Hall of Fame point guard refused to comply with the university’s mask mandate. Stockton, one of Gonzaga’s most prominent alums, confirmed the move in a Saturday interview with The Spokesman-Review. “Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit,” Stockton said. “And therefore they received complaints and felt like from whatever the higher-ups — those weren’t discussed, but from whatever it was higher up — they were going to have to either ask me to wear a mask or they were going to suspend my tickets.” Stockton has come out against COVID-19 vaccines, mask mandates and other protective measures. Last June, he participated in a documentary titled “COVID and the Vaccine: Truth, Lies and Misconceptions Revealed.” In the interview with the Spokane newspaper, Stockton claimed without evidence that more than 100 professional athletes have died...
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga has suspended John Stockton’s basketball season tickets after the Hall of Fame point guard refused to comply with the university’s mask mandate. Stockton, one of Gonzaga’s most prominent alums, confirmed the move in a Saturday interview with The Spokesman-Review. “Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit,” Stockton said. “And therefore they received complaints and felt like from whatever the higher-ups — those weren’t discussed, but from whatever it was higher up — they were going to have to either ask me to wear a mask or they were going to suspend my tickets.” Stockton has come out against COVID-19 vaccines, mask mandates and other protective measures. Last June, he participated in a documentary titled “COVID and the Vaccine: Truth, Lies and Misconceptions Revealed.” In the interview with the Spokane newspaper, Stockton claimed without evidence that more than 100 professional athletes have died after receiving...
    Unvaccinated Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers hinted his playing career may be coming to a close, and said he didn't think it 'would end like this' after stunning 13-10 loss to the 49ers Saturday.  Speaking after the shocking loss in Green Bay Saturday, Rogers said he felt. 'A little numb, for sure,' adding: 'I didn't think it was going to end like this.' Rodgers said he will take time to have conversations with 'people around here' and make a determination about his future before the start of free agency.  Following a loss in the divisional playoffs Saturday night at Lambeau Field, Rodgers' next move has never been more uncertain as he wrapped his 17th season with the Packers. 'I'm going to take some time and have conversations with the folks around here and then take some time away and make a decision - obviously before free agency,' Rodgers said Saturday postgame.  In an ESPN profile that was published Friday, Packers star Rodgers said he didn't think his career 'would end like this' after stunning 13-10 loss to the 49ers...
    Brian Bahr/Getty Images NBA legend John Stockton is making some utterly bizarre claims about the Covid-19 vaccines. In an interview with Spokane’s Spokesman-Review, the basketball Hall of Famer asserted without a shred of evidence that scores of athletes have died — in the middle of competition — from the vaccines. From the report: During the interview, Stockton asserted that more than 100 professional athletes have died of vaccination. He also said tens of thousands of people – perhaps millions – have died from vaccines. “I think it’s highly recorded now, there’s 150 I believe now, it’s over 100 professional athletes dead – professional athletes – the prime of their life, dropping dead that are vaccinated, right on the pitch, right on the field, right on the court,” Stockton said in the interview. Spokesman review reporter Theo Lawson beat back that extremely wild claim with a brutal fact check. “Such claims are dubious and not backed by science, nor are they deemed credible by medical professionals, according to FactCheck.org, a project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center, and research reported by...
    In order to avoid deportation back to their home countries, illegal migrants are said to be refusing Chinese coronavirus tests as well as the vaccine to remain in Italy. Migrants in Italy continue to refuse to take Wuhan virus tests in order to stay in the country and now some are said to be refusing to take the vaccine as well, as some of their home countries require those entering to be vaccinated against the virus. In the Sicilian city of Syracuse, a 39-year-old Tunisian who arrived in Italy after previously being handed an order to leave the country is now unable to be sent back to Tunisia as the country requires he be vaccinated, Il Giornale reports. Tunisia made vaccination mandatory in December, a move that was criticised by human rights group Amnesty International, which stated that the policy was overly restrictive. The tactic was previously reported by national-conservative Brother of Italy (FdI) Councilor for Security of Lombardy Riccardo De Corato, who highlighted the issue last September. “It is clear that this trick is now known by those in...
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) warns mandating vaccines on specific age groups could come back to haunt some institutions because of the risk associated with those age groups. During a Friday appearance on FNC’s “The Ingraham Angle,” the Kentucky Republican lawmaker called such mandates “medical malpractice.” “I believe it’s medical malpractice to force vaccines on children, particularly adolescent males,” he said. “We now have the scientific evidence that shows the risk of myocarditis for young males is greater for the vaccine than it is for the disease. We also know that the disease — the death rate is closer to one in a million. We also know that the more you get the vaccine, the higher your risk of myocarditis. So 90% of the myocarditis came with a second vaccine. What do you think it happens when you give them a third vaccine?” “I think universities like Chicago, Princeton, Yale, that are mandating young males get a third vaccine, I think they’re going to be open to liability if any of these boys, these young men or women get myocarditis, and...
    Renowned and outspoken anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy is set to be a prominent speaker at a weekend march in Washington, DC, as a massive rally is planned for the Lincoln Memorial. Kennedy, a former resident of Northern Westchester County, in Bedford, is expected to be a key speaker at the march, which is planned for Sunday, Jan. 23 regarding the distrust of vaccines among a group who reportedly have experienced negative side effects from COVID-19 vaccines. Attendees will gather at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Washington Monument and the march will begin at 11:30 a.m. ending at the Lincoln Memorial, where a rally will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. Prominent anti-mandates are scheduled to address the crowd including Kennedy. Previously, Kennedy had been active on social media stating that some COVID-19 vaccines have been untested and could cause serious health problems, despite a lack of evidence, leading to a ban from the social media platform. Related story - Family Feud? Kennedys Blast RFK Jr. Over His View On Vaccines Kennedy has a lengthy history of speaking out among...
    NEW YORK -- Three studies released Friday offered more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots.They are the first large U.S. studies to look at vaccine protection against omicron, health officials said.The papers echo previous research - including studies in Germany, South Africa and the U.K. - indicating available vaccines are less effective against omicron than earlier versions of the coronavirus, but also that boosters doses rev up virus-fighting antibodies to increase the chance of avoiding symptomatic infection.The first study looked at hospitalizations and emergency room and urgent care center visits in 10 states, from August to this month.MORE: Does having a high COVID-19 antibody level mean you don't need a booster? EMBED More News Videos Can people with higher COVID-19 antibody levels wait to get their booster shot? This is a tool many people are hoping will give them reassurance, but here's what doctors recommend. It found vaccine effectiveness was best after three doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in preventing COVID-19-associated emergency department and urgent...
    In this article MRNA PFE It's been well over a year since a landmark proposal brought the issue of patent waiver for the mRNA Covid vaccine to the spotlight. But many observers don't see that waiving the intellectual property (IP) rights on Covid vaccines is an effective way to put a stop to the pandemic. Supporters of patent waivers like Harsha Thirumurthy, associate professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, argue the issue lies at the heart of the reason why vaccines are less accessible in lower-income countries. "It limits how much manufacturing there can be of that product or that vaccine," said Thirumurthy, adding it keeps the price "artificially high enough that it limits the ability of other countries in the world." But critics counter that patent waivers will not automatically lead to an improvement in global vaccine distribution. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was among those who originally spoke out against the patent waiver, emphasizing that there are problems beyond patents that must be addressed first. Gates later reversed his stance and...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The sweeping “zero-tolerance” strategy that China has used to keep COVID-19 case numbers low and its economy functioning may, paradoxically, make it harder for the country to exit the pandemic. Most experts say the coronavirus around the world isn’t going away and believe it could eventually become, like the flu, a persistent but generally manageable threat if enough people gain immunity through infections and vaccines. In countries like Britain and the U.S., which have had comparatively light restrictions against the omicron wave, there is a glimmer of hope that the process might be underway. Cases skyrocketed in recent weeks but have since dropped in Britain and may have leveled off in the U.S., perhaps because the extremely contagious variant is running out of people to infect. Some places already are talking about easing COVID-19 precautions. China, which will be in the international spotlight when the Beijing Winter Olympics begin in two weeks, is not seeing the same dynamic. The communist government’s practice throughout the pandemic of trying to find and isolate every infected person has largely...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Should a 12-year-old have the right to get vaccinated without parental consent? That’s the goal behind a new bill proposed Friday by San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener. Were getting answers on how the bill would change current law and what types of medical care minors already can get on their own. READ MORE: DUI Suspected In Wrong-Way Crash That Killed Elk Grove OfficerParents were sounding off about vaccines for teens. “They need an adult with that,” one parent said. Right now, minors must have parental consent to get vaccinated unless it’s specifically being used to prevent a sexually transmitted disease. Wiener’s proposal would remove the consent requirement for all vaccines as long as they’re FDA-approved and recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That includes the Covid-19 vaccine. “This is not a new or radical idea,” Wiener said. READ MORE: Sacramento Buys Vacant 102-Acre Meadowview Road Lot To Help Homeless Community Wiener argues both federal and state laws already give minors medical rights. So what medical treatments can 12-year-olds currently get without parental...
    Young people in California could soon have more autonomy to get the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccinations without parental consent, a move State. Sen Scott Wiener says will give minors a voice in their own healthcare and help them bypass vaccine hesitancy in their families. On Friday, Wiener introduced Senate Bill 866, the Teens Choose Vaccines Act, to give minors ages 12-17 the ability to get the shots, even when their parents do not agree, and to ultimately reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the state. San Jose student Arin Parsa, 14, who gathered with the senator and other teens on the steps of Everett Middle School in San Francisco to voice support for the bill, said when kids aren’t vaccinated it’s not only a public health issue, but a mental health issue. Parsa is the founder of advocacy group Teens for Vaccines. “With the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging our communities, the crisis of ‘anti-vax’ parents is only getting worse,” he said. “Kids are potentially missing school, friends and family. COVID is taking away their happiness and futures. We cannot sit...
    Pandemic worry is the “highest it has been since last winter, before COVID-19 vaccines were readily available to the general public,” according to a Gallup poll released on Thursday.  Out of 1,569 U.S. adults polled between January 13-14, 50 percent are worried about contracting coronavirus, up 12 points from Gallup’s last reading in late November and early December. The trend coincides with a spike in omicron variant infections and is similar to last July, when survey respondents’ worry increased as the delta variant spread.  “The hopefulness Americans felt last spring after the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines was first dashed over the summer by the delta variant, then recovered briefly as cases subsided, and is now being crushed by omicron,” according to the survey, which has a margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. Along party lines, worry about catching coronavirus among Democrats, independents, and people who are vaccinated has “risen by double digits.” Worry among Republicans and unvaccinated adults has increased as well, though they reportedly “remain among the least worried about infection.”...
    Speaking at the White House COVID-19 response team briefing Friday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said three new reports released by the agency add evidence to the importance of being "up to date" with vaccinations against COVID-19.  They are the first large U.S. studies to look at vaccine protection against omicron and echo previous research indicating vaccines are less effective against the variant than earlier versions of the coronavirus. But, they also show that boosters significantly improve protection. BIDEN ADMIN AWARDS $103M FROM AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN TO FIGHT HEALTH CARE WORKER BURNOUT "The data here show … the protection provided by vaccines and the importance of being up to date on your COVID-19 vaccination," Walensky told reporters.  The first study looked at hospitalizations and emergency room and urgent care center visits in 10 states, from August through January. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, answers questions at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Jan. 11, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Greg Nash-Pool/Getty...
    SALEM (CBS) — The city of Salem, Massachusetts is offering a $500 incentive for employees at businesses where proof of COVID vaccination is required. The goal of the bonus program is “supporting hiring and retaining front-line workers” in businesses covered by the requirement that took effect Jan. 15. Salem is tapping into its American Rescue Plan Act funds to pay for it. READ MORE: Billie Farrell Becomes First Woman Commander Of USS ConstitutionQualifying workers must have been on the payroll between Jan. 15, 2022 and Feb. 4, 2022. Whether they are existing employees or new hires, eligible workers must work at the business for at least six consecutive weeks. Eligible businesses that also must follow the vaccine mandate include restaurants, movie theaters and other entertainment venues, museums, escape rooms, gyms, bowling alleys, and dance and workout studios. Supermarkets, retail stores and personal service businesses that are exempt from the vaccine requirement are not eligible. READ MORE: Peter Pan Bus Catches On Fire On Route 3 In Plymouth“I encourage every eligible business to apply for this financial support program for their...
    A zoo located in Boise, Idaho, is vaccinating its animals against the coronavirus. Zoo Boise has already vaccinated nearly half of its animals in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, according to the Associated Press. The zoo started providing animals with two-dose series of the vaccine last year, beginning with those at the highest risk for contracting COVID-19. Hoofed animals, primates and otters were among the first to be vaccinated, along with animals that had close contact with zoo-goers, the wire service noted. “For example, our farm animals. We have a feeding program with guests that visit the zoo so all of those animals were put into that first phase,” Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said, according to local news station KIVI-TV. According to Halloway, none of the animals at Zoo Boise have tested positive for the virus so far. “Our top priority is keeping our employees safe and so if that means we needed to vaccinate animals in order to be certain there is no exchange between them and our staff, that is...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent, the youngest age of any state, under a proposal late Thursday by state Sen. Scott Wiener. Currently, Washington, D.C. allows such decisions at age at 11. Alabama at age 14, Oregon at 15, Rhode Island and South Carolina at 16. Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, says it’s time for California to join that list. READ MORE: Gusty Winds Whip Through San Francisco Bay Area HillsWiener argued that California already allows those 12 and up to consent to the Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, and to treatment for sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse and mental health disorders. “Giving young people the autonomy to receive life-saving vaccines, regardless of their parents’ beliefs or work schedules, is essential for their physical and mental health,” he said. “It’s unconscionable for teens to be blocked from the vaccine because a parent either refuses or cannot take their child to a vaccination site.” But he’s proposal is facing some strong opposition. “This to me...
    By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO  — California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent, the youngest age of any state, under a proposal late Thursday by a state senator. Alabama allows such decisions at age 14, Oregon at 15, Rhode Island and South Carolina at 16, according to Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco who is proposing the change. Only Washington, D.C., has a lower limit, at age 11. Wiener argued that California already allows those 12 and up to consent to the Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, and to treatment for sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse and mental health disorders. “Giving young people the autonomy to receive life-saving vaccines, regardless of their parents’ beliefs or work schedules, is essential for their physical and mental health,” he said. “It’s unconscionable for teens to be blocked from the vaccine because a parent either refuses or cannot take their child to a vaccination site.” Currently in California, minors ages 12 to 17 cannot be vaccinated without permission from...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — As Joseph Sanchez watched his 15-months-old son go down a slide at a Willow Glenn neighborhood playground, he tries not to think of the constant danger the youngster faces from the coronavirus. Children under the age of 5-years-old make up about 6% of the population in the United States, about 20 million people, and are the last group not eligible for a COVID vaccination. READ MORE: Vigil Set for Saturday in Santa Rosa to Bring Attention to Search for Missing Mom Now, top health experts say approval for vaccines for kids age 6 months to 4 years could be coming as soon as next month. “It’s been kind of a juggle but we’ve been able to manage,” said Sanchez of keeping his son safe. Pfizer is currently compiling data in their vaccine trials for children under the age of 5 and could ask the FDA for approval at the end of next month. Dr. Anthony Fauci made the announcement during an interview Wednesday. READ MORE: Warriors, Chase Center to Require Fans Show Proof...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents' consent, the youngest age of any state, under a proposal late Thursday by a state senator.Alabama allows such decisions at age 14, Oregon at 15, Rhode Island and South Carolina at 16, according to Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco who is proposing the change. Only Washington, D.C., has a lower limit, at age 11.Wiener argued that California already allows those 12 and up to consent to the Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, and to treatment for sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse and mental health disorders.RELATED: Nearly 14K COVID tests left sitting out in Bay Area lab; customers still waiting for results"Giving young people the autonomy to receive life-saving vaccines, regardless of their parents' beliefs or work schedules, is essential for their physical and mental health," he said. "It's unconscionable for teens to be blocked from the vaccine because a parent either refuses or cannot take their child to a vaccination site."Currently in California, minors ages 12 to 17...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent, the youngest age of any state, under a proposal late Thursday by a state senator. Alabama allows such decisions at age 14, Oregon at 15, Rhode Island and South Carolina at 16, according to Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco who is proposing the change. Only Washington, D.C., has a lower limit, at age 11. READ MORE: 'It's Frightening': Family Thankful For Arrest Eight Months After Woman's Murder At Sacramento Light Rail StationWiener argued that California already allows those 12 and up to consent to the Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, and to treatment for sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse and mental health disorders. “Giving young people the autonomy to receive life-saving vaccines, regardless of their parents’ beliefs or work schedules, is essential for their physical and mental health,” he said. “It’s unconscionable for teens to be blocked from the vaccine because a parent either refuses or cannot take their child to a vaccination site.” Currently in...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent, the youngest age of any state, under a proposal late Thursday by a state senator. Alabama allows such decisions at age 14, Oregon at 15, Rhode Island and South Carolina at 16, according to Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco who is proposing the change. Only Washington, D.C., has a lower limit, at age 11. Wiener argued that California already allows those 12 and up to consent to the Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, and to treatment for sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse and mental health disorders. “Giving young people the autonomy to receive life-saving vaccines, regardless of their parents’ beliefs or work schedules, is essential for their physical and mental health,” he said. “It’s unconscionable for teens to be blocked from the vaccine because a parent either refuses or cannot take their child to a vaccination site.” Currently in California, minors ages 12 to 17 cannot be vaccinated without permission from their parents or guardian, unless...
    France will introduce new vaccine passport rules for visitors to cafes and restaurants from next week, the government announced tonight. In a live TV address on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Jean Castex said the controversial new document will become compulsory for those who want to visit cafes, restaurants and a range of other businesses from next week.  Meanwhile, Austria's lower house of parliament passed a bill on Thursday making COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for adults as of Febuary 1. The bill's passage brings Austria closer to introducing the first such sweeping coronavirus vaccine mandate in the European Union. The moves from France and Austria come amid surging Covid-19 cases on the continent, driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant. Official data shows cases rocketing in France, and on the rise in the likes of Portugal, Germany, Austria, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Cases are also high in Italy and Spain, although they appear to have levelled-off in recent days. But as cases rise on the continent, Britain's Covid figures demonstrate that an end is in sight. Having peaked in early January, the UK...
    Researchers at Pfizer and BioNTech said they believe they can make an even better vaccine for shingles using promising messenger RNA technology perfected in their COVID-19 shots. Clinical trials of the vaccine for shingles, a debilitating disease triggered by a chronic form of the virus that causes chickenpox, will begin in the second half of the year, according to an announcement from the companies. “Adults aged 50 years and older, as well as vulnerable populations like cancer patients, are at an increased risk of shingles. Our goal is to develop an mRNA vaccine with a favorable safety profile and high efficacy, which is at the same time more easily scalable to support global access,” BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin said. Shingles cause painful blistering rashes that most often appear around the torso. Even when the rashes clear up, patients might experience postherpetic neuralgia, a type of damage to nerve fibers that can cause lasting pain. Other complications of the shingles virus include vision loss and neurological problems, such as facial paralysis and brain inflammation. The proliferation of...
    The lower chamber of the Austrian Parliament approved a measure Thursday to make vaccines mandatory for all adults in the country, enforceable by fines of up to 3,600 euros, or approximately $4,000. The MPs voted 137 to 33 to approve the mandate after seven hours of debate. Austrian residents aged 18 and over are required to be vaccine under the bill, with exceptions carved out for pregnant women, people with medical exemptions, and those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months, according to The Associated Press. About 72% of the 8.9 million people in Austria were considered fully vaccinated as of Thursday. Austria's MPs are seen during a vote at a session of Austria's parliament Nationalrat on January 20, 2022, in Vienna. (Photo by ROLAND SCHLAGER/APA/AFP via Getty Images) "This is how we can manage to escape the cycle of opening and closing, of lockdowns," Austria health minister Wolfgang Mueckstein said before the vote. "That is why this law is so urgently needed right now." The mandate, which is the strictest of its kind in...
    By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) — A new study adds to growing evidence that there is no connection between Covid-19 vaccinations and a reduced chance of conceiving a baby. Rather, couples in the study had slightly lower chances of conception if the male partner had been infected with the coronavirus within 60 days — which offers even more reason to get vaccinated against Covid-19, since the illness could affect male fertility in the short term, according to the study, published Thursday in the American Journal of Epidemiology. “These findings indicate that male SARS-CoV-2 infection may be associated with a short-term decline in fertility and that COVID-19 vaccination does not impair fertility in either partner,” the researchers — from Boston University School of Public Health and other institutions across the United States — wrote in the study. SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes Covid-19. “This adds to the evidence from animal studies, studies of humans undergoing fertility treatment, and the COVID-19 vaccine trials, none of which found an association between COVID-19 vaccination and lower fertility,” the researchers...
    Half of the country does not believe that businesses should be able to mandate coronavirus vaccines for customers, an Economist/YouGov survey released this week found. The survey asked respondents, “Do you believe businesses should be allowed to mandate vaccines for their customers?” Fifty percent said “no,” they should not be allowed to do so, followed by 38 percent who said “yes” and 12 percent who said they are “not sure.” Additionally, a plurality of respondents, 45 percent, said that K-12 schools should not be allowed to mandate vaccines for students, compared to 43 percent who said they should. Opinions shift slightly when it comes to colleges and universities mandating vaccines for students, as 45 percent said they should be able to, compared to 44 percent who said they should not.  Notably, a plurality, 49 percent, said that healthcare professionals should not be allowed to mandate vaccines for their patients, compared to 34 percent who said they should. The survey, taken January 15-18, 2022, among 1,500 U.S. citizens, has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.  It comes on the heels...
    Hospitals aren't murdering patients, and they really believe that, why do they go? This series documents stories from the Herman Cain Awards subreddit, tracking the COVID mis- and disinformation on Facebook that is leading to so many deaths. Today’s cautionary tale lives in a world without any resemblance to reality. And some poor hospital has to deal with it.  “Our government is known for putting reality in fiction films.” It is?  So, the theory goes, Stranger Things is actually not science fiction, but a government-controlled plot to reveal a covert government effort to inject octopus-like creatures into vaccines?  Government: Haha, we got the octopus creatures into the vaccine, and no one will ever know! Government: But just in case, let’s drop hints in a popular Netflix show. Carrie Madej is some wildly popular anti-vaxxer doctor who has all sorts of crazy … ideas.  According to Dr. Carrie Madej mRNA vaccines introduce foreign genes to our DNA. Also, when they develop their vaccines they get luminescent nanocrystals in them. This patented material is called luciferase and in reality it is a method of introducing...
    A DOCTOR revealed shocking x-rays that show the major difference Covid-19 vaccines make in protecting your body. A Maryland radiologist released two chest x-rays to show what he sees in unvaccinated and vaccinated Covid-positive patients. 2A chest x-ray of a vaccinated person reveals normalitiesCredit: WCVB TV 5 2A chest x-ray of an unvaccinated person shows lung damageCredit: WCVB TV 5 "There is a dramatic difference in chest X-rays we see in patients that have been fully vaccinated who test positive for Covid-19 and those who are not vaccinated," Dr Omer Awan, the associate vice chair of education in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, told WCVB. Dr Awan showed the outlet computed tomography images of a vaccinated Covid patient and images showing unvaccinated lung damage. "You can see in the vaccinated individual, much of the lung is black, and that's a good thing because the black demonstrates air. "The burden of disease or the burden of infection is much more pronounced in an unvaccinated individual versus a vaccinated individual," Awan said. The doctor...
    BOSTON (CBS) —  Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus vaccine-related medical questions. If you have a question, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always, consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health. Both Jim in Newton and Penny both want to know, “How do KF94 masks compare to KN95 masks? Is one better than the other?” KF94 masks are made in South Korea and KN95 masks are made in China. Both are designed to replicate the N95 masks and provide better protection than surgical masks and certainly cloth masks. And while KF94s and KN95s have some minor differences in style, they are pretty equivalent in their ability to filter. Whichever one you choose, make sure they aren’t knock-offs and that you’re able to get a good seal. You can consult the following website for more information: www.projectN95.org Both Kathy and Carol ask, “Can you get a rash from COVID-19?” Yes, you can get rashes from COVID-19, including hives, itchy bumps, even blisters. So if you have other symptoms consistent...
    MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan has warned that the problem with painting Fox News as “eccentric” is that some of its far-right commentary isn’t just weird, goofy or bizarre — it is flat-out dangerous. And a prime example of “Fox and Friends” hosts pushing false information, according to Media Matters, is the claim that “the vaccines aren’t working.” Media Matters’ Eric Kleefeld observes that this week on “Fox and Friends,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt “attacked President Joe Biden, claiming, ‘He didn't shut down the virus, and now, we’re learning the vaccines aren't working for this latest variant’…. In the next hour, co-host Brian Kilmeade ridiculed Biden for saying ‘the same thing for a year — get vaccinated, get vaccinated, come on, get vaccinated.’ He also claimed that the country needs ‘a new plan’ of living with the virus — as if such a ‘plan’ would not require everyone to be vaccinated and to take certain other precautions to be remotely workable.” Kleefeld, debunking Earhardt, notes, “In fact, data shows the vaccines are still effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths for breakthrough infections from...
    BILL Gates is investing hundreds of millions into more vaccine research in the hope of avoiding another disastrous pandemic. The billionaire Microsoft founder has pledged $150 million (£110 million) to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), which will help fight Covid as well as any future pandemics. 2Bill Gates once warned of a pandemic with a higher death toll than Covid-19Credit: Getty The Gates Foundation tweeted: "In partnership with @wellcometrust, we're each committing $150M to @CEPIvaccines to advance vaccine research and delivery." The tweet also contained a video of Gates in which he states: "To truly end Covid, and make sure we never have another disastrous pandemic, we need innovation, particularly innovation in vaccines." He's urging governments to invest billions in making sure we don't have another pandemic. According to multiple reports, the tech genius has also warned that a future pandemic could have a worse fatality rate than Covid-19. So far, Covid-19 has taken the lives of over five million people across the globe. CEPI chief executive Richard Hatchett said the way Omicron has spread “over the past...
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Getting the Covid-19 vaccine is far safer than taking daily Aspirin, according to a report from Australian professor and public health physician Nathan Grills.  Grills, a professor at the University of Melbourne with 20 years of experience working in global health, penned a report stressing that side effects from Covid-19 vaccines such as AstraZeneca have been “greatly exaggerated.” “Around 11 percent of older Australians take daily aspirin to help prevent stroke and heart attack, but statistically, aspirin is two hundred times more dangerous than AstraZeneca – resulting in around one death per 10,000 people,” he wrote. The professor further explained that in comparison to deaths due to aspirin, just two people in Australia have died from the AstraZeneca vaccine, “despite nearly four million doses” received in the country. So why is there still hesitancy surrounding the vaccine, while millions of Australians continue to take aspirin daily? “Perhaps it’s because the media – and anti-vaxxers – are very good at making rare side effects seem very common by focusing all the attention on those effects,” Grills explained. “This trick starts...
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 2.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated to African countries have expired, the Africa Centers for Disease Control said Thursday, citing short shelf lives as the major reason. Donors of vaccines to the continent should send them with a realistic shelf life of about “three months to six months” before their expiration, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong told an online briefing. More African nations are now refusing to accept donations of vaccines that have only one or two months before their expiration, he said. Although the number of expired doses is only about 0.5% of the total number donated to Africa, Nkengasong said he is unhappy to see any become invalid. “Any dose of vaccine that expired pains me because that is a life that can potentially be saved,” Nkengasong said. Just over 10% of Africa’s population of 1.3 billion people are fully vaccinated, he said. The continent’s 54 countries have confirmed 10.4 million COVID-19 cases and 235,000 deaths. The continent’s omicron wave appears to be receding, with new confirmed cases down by...
    The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) said Tuesday there is currently “no evidence” demonstrating a need for healthy children or adolescents to receive booster doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccines. “There’s no evidence right now that healthy children or healthy adolescents need boosters. No evidence at all,” (W.H.O.) Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said at a regular W.H.O. press briefing on January 18. The governments of the U.S., Israel, Germany, and Hungary recently began offering “boosters” of Chinese coronavirus vaccines to children and adolescents. A “booster” is an additional dose of a vaccine that a person receives after he or she has already completed the full series of an inoculation. “Israel has begun offering boosters to children as young as 12, and the U.S. States Food and Drug Administration earlier this month authorized the use of a third dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15,” Reuters reported on January 19.   “Last week Germany became the latest country to recommend that all children between ages of 12 and 17 receive a COVID-19 booster shot....
    A free online course offered by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health aims to encourage parents to make evidence-based decisions about vaccinating their children. It’s called “COVID Vaccine Ambassador Training: How to Talk to Parents,” and it will train a cohort of vaccine ambassadors comprising parents of school-age children, teacher and school staff. They will learn to discuss concerns parents and guardians might have about the coronavirus vaccines, a Johns Hopkins news release said. “While these vaccines work, unless children and their parents feel confident pursuing them, we’ll continue to see COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and death rates go up,” Rupali Limaye, the director of Behavioral and Implementation Science at the Bloomberg School’s International Vaccine Access Center, said in a statement. The school said that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average 672 children 17 and under were admitted to hospitals every day during the week ending Jan. 2, which is the highest number of the pandemic. The course will also teach people how to have “respectful and empathetic” conversations with those who remain hesitant about...
                 RICHMOND, Virginia – The Senate General Laws and Technology Committee killed two of Senator Amanda Chase’s (R-Chesterfield) bills seeking to outlaw discrimination against those who refuse to wear masks or get COVID-19 vaccines. “While we have many opinions about whether to wear masks or not, it should be an individual right. It should be an individual choice. I remember a period of time whenever that was not necessarily an option, and it impeded people who had disabilities from actually getting healthcare services because they could not wear a mask, not being able to go to the grocery store, shop. We cannot deny people a basic human right of being provided healthcare and basic human services,” Chase told the committee on Wednesday afternoon, arguing for her bill SB 582. Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) asked, “If I’m a parent and I want my child to be maximumly healthy, my immunocompromised child, and I don’t want them to come into contact with COVID if they can avoid it, and there’s a group of other parents and we have a school that...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Wednesday requiring workers in health care and high-risk settings to be fully vaccinated and boosted.The order does not allow for a test-out option.For those in the health care community who are still unvaccinated, they now have until Jan. 22 to get their first vaccine dose.Those who work in high-risk living facilities, such as prisons, have until Feb. 28 to get their first dose."The science tells us that it's no longer good enough to just receive your primary series as being boosted is necessary to protect yourself and those around you," Murphy said. "Therefore everyone who works in these settings is now also required to get their booster. If you're currently eligible but haven't gotten it, please go get it."Murphy says there are no plans to expand the vaccine and booster mandate beyond health care workers and those working in high-risk settings."The resilience of New Jersey's healthcare workforce and the safety of the patients and long-term care residents they serve is paramount," said New Jersey Department of Health...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A new study in two states that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19. The study examined infections in New York and California last summer and fall and found people who were both vaccinated and had survived a prior bout of COVID-19 had the most protection. But unvaccinated people with a prior infection were a close second. By fall, when the more contagious delta variant had taken over but boosters weren’t yet widespread, those people had lower diagnoses than vaccinated people who had no past infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released the study Wednesday, noted several caveats to the research. And some outside experts were cautious of the findings and wary of how they might be interpreted. “The bottom line message is that from symptomatic COVID infection you do generate some immunity,” said immunologist E. John Wherry of the University of Pennsylvania. “But it’s still much safer to get your immunity from vaccination than from infection.” Vaccination has long...