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    China’s state-run Global Times on Wednesday cited early clinical trials to claim the mRNA coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese military scientists and biotechnology firms is up to 95-percent effective. The Phase I clinical trial, published by the Lancet, was preliminary and very small – it was conducted in December 2020 and involved only 120 people, and it tested antibody levels in the body, not actual exposure to Chinese coronavirus and its variants. The trial found seroconversion rates of 80 to 95 percent in test subjects within 15 to 30 days after a second injection of the vaccine, called ARCoVAX. Developed by the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, the Yunnan Walvax Biotechnology company, and a recently-founded mRNA technology firm called Suzhou Abogen Biosciences, ARCoVAX uses “messenger RNA” techniques similar to Western vaccines produced by companies such as Pfizer and Moderna.  mRNA vaccines are supposed to teach the human body how to manufacture antibodies to fight off an infection without actually introducing virus cells into the bloodstream. China’s previous vaccines, such as Sinovac, use the older inactivated-virus technique of injecting the patient...
    Evangeline Lilly is speaking out against vaccine mandates. Requiring vaccinations has become a hot-button topic as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, with many pushing back against such mandates in favor of medical freedom. On Thursday, Lilly took to Instagram to share several images that were taken at a rally in Washington DC over the weekend protesting vaccination requirements.  In the slideshow of images, the "Ant-Man" actress highlighted signs that read "vaxxed Democrat for medical freedom," "nurses for vaxx-choice" and "feds for medical freedom." EVANGELINE LILLY DISMISSES CORONAVIRUS AS 'RESPIRATORY FLU,' SAYS SHE VALUES ‘FREEDOM’ Evangeline Lilly said that vaccine mandates are "not safe." (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) She also included in the post a screenshot of a Naval Revikant quote: "All tyranny begins with the desire to coerce others for the greater good." In the caption of the post, Lilly shared her own thoughts on the matter. EVANGELINE LILLY APOLOGIZES FOR 'DISMISSIVE, ARROGANT' CORONAVIRUS COMMENTS "I was in DC this weekend to support bodily sovereignty while Canadian truckers were rallying for their cross-country, peaceful convoy in...
    While criticizing the confirmation of Dr. Joseph Ladapo as Florida's next Surgeon General, CNN’s Anderson Cooper admitted that Ladapo is correct when it comes to the long-term efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. During Wednesday’s confirmation hearing, Ladapo was grilled repeatedly on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines by State Senator Lauren Book. Book and her fellow state Democrats later left the hearing in response to Ladapo’s answer. MSNBC GUEST ‘SHOCKED’ FLORIDA SURGEON GENERAL’S MEDICAL LICENSE WASN’T REVOKED: ‘WE NEED TO GET THIS MAN’  CNN host Anderson Cooper had a special Saturday edition of his show to focus on anti-Trump demonstrations. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) (Getty Images) "So what I would say is that the most commonly used vaccines in the United States which would be the Pfizer product and the product that was developed by Moderna have been shown to have relatively high effectiveness for the prevention of hospitalization and death. And over time, relatively low, low protection from infection," Ladapo said. Book appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360" to then discuss what she considered a "terrifying" response. Cooper, however, admitted...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento City Unified is meeting with the city teachers association as the district is pushing back its COVID-19 vaccine mandate by a month. That mandate was set to take effect next Monday but is now pushed back to February 28. So far, 52% of students report being at least partially vaccinated and thousands still haven’t reported their status or registered for routine testing. READ MORE: Sacramento Man Indicted, Accused Of Plotting To Kill Or Kidnap President Biden, VP HarrisSo, will this one-month extension lead to more shots in the arm? To attend class in person, students in district must be vaccinated or registered for regular testing by the end of February. For those who remain unvaccinated, they’ll be enrolled in an independent study program. We asked the district if one more month would really help get those vaccination numbers up? “This gift of time gives us that ability to do that outreach,” the district said. Since the mandate was delayed Wednesday, the district says the number of unvaccinated students who have consented to testing has risen by nearly 2,000. But the Sacramento City...
    (CNN) — Scientists are working to develop a “pan-coronavirus” vaccine — one that offers protection against multiple variants of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. The hope is that such a vaccine could pave the way for the development of a universal coronavirus vaccine, which could head off any coronavirus — not only emerging variants that cause Covid-19, but also some common colds and even the menacing threat of novel coronaviruses we haven’t identified yet. READ MORE: Winter Storm Expected To Be 'Coast Hugger,' But I-95 Corridor Will See SnowBut such vaccines are “going to take years to develop,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a White House briefing on Wednesday. Coronaviruses that infect humans were first identified in the mid-1960s, and there are seven known human coronaviruses: four that cause common colds; Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS; severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS; and SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. “However, since September of 2020, there have been five SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and now the...
    MEET the experts... We recently spoke to Dr Sophie Newton (GP, mum of three), Dr Amir Khan (NHS doctor from Yorkshire), Dr Jen Jardine (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) and Dr Farzana Hussain (GP from East London), to answer all of your questions about Covid-19 boosters. 1 The experts are here to answer all of your booster jab questions I’ve already had two vaccines. Why do I need a booster as well? Omicron, the latest variant of Covid-19, is highly infectious and spreading fast. Boosters give you the best possible protection against the virus and greatly reduce your risk of serious illness and hospitalisation, so it’s more important than ever for you to get vaccinated. The effectiveness of the vaccine wears off over time, but having a booster shot brings your protection against symptomatic Covid-19 back up to over 88 per cent. “The latest data shows the booster jab reduces your risk of catching Covid-19, including the Omicron variant,” says GP Dr Sophie Newton. “It also offers much greater protection against Covid-19 than just two doses of the vaccine.” I...
    Actress Evangeline Lilly revealed on Instagram that she attended a rally in Washington, D.C., on Sunday protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Included in the post by the Lost and Ant-Man star was a photo of a person carrying a sign in a backpack that read "vaxxed Democrat for medical freedom." View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evangeline Lilly (@evangelinelillyofficial) "I understand the world is in fear, but I don’t believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems," Lilly's post reads, noting that she was in Washington over the weekend to support "body sovereignty." "I was pro choice before COVID and I am still pro choice today." MILITARY MEMBERS DISCHARGED OVER CORONAVIRUS VACCINE MANDATE TOP 500 Lilly wrote in her social media post that she believes people should not be forced to inject something into their bodies under threat. She listed examples such as arrest, loss of employment or education, excommunication from society, or "any threat whatsoever." The Canadian truckers who are driving to Ottawa to protest vaccine...
    (CNN)Scientists are working to develop a "pan-coronavirus" vaccine -- one that offers protection against multiple variants of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. The hope is that such a vaccine could pave the way for the development of a universal coronavirus vaccine, which could head off any coronavirus -- not only emerging variants that cause Covid-19, but also some common colds and even the menacing threat of novel coronaviruses we haven't identified yet.But such vaccines are "going to take years to develop," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a White House briefing on Wednesday. JUST WATCHEDHow vaccines stop the spread of virusesReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHHow vaccines stop the spread of viruses 01:26Coronaviruses that infect humans were first identified in the mid-1960s, and there are seven known human coronaviruses: four that cause common colds; Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS; severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS; and SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19."However, since September of 2020, there have been five SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and now the current...
    US truckers have reportedly joined their Canadian brethren in a 'Freedom Convoy' across Canada that has stretched to 45 miles long as the big rigs head to Ottawa to  protest the country's vaccine mandates  Truckers left from British Columbia on Sunday and will be met in the nation's capital on Saturday by other protesters driving from the east and the south of the country  'It's 70 kilometers long,' Benjamin Dichter, a spokesman for the Freedom Convoy 2022, told the Toronto Sun, referring to the convoy after it passed Calgary heading west on Wednesday.  'I have seen footage from an airplane. It's impressive.'  Canadian Trucking Magazine publisher Dave Mackenzie, who is a working long-haul trucker, told West Standard Online that some US truckers are driving from North Dakota to Portal Saskatchewan, where they intend to cross the border and join the group.  The Canadian federal government instituted vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers throughout the country. But as many as 32,000, or 20 percent, of the 160,000 Canadian and American cross-border truck drivers may be taken off the roads due to the mandate,...
    BOSTON (AP) — Boston's vaccination mandate won't go into effect on Monday for some city workers, following a judge's order Thursday.A Massachusetts Appeals Court judge issued a temporary stay on the mandate for unionized firefighters and certain unionized police officers challenging it. The judge ruled the vaccine mandate will be paused pending a review of a lower court order. Earlier this week, the city firefighters union and two police officers' unions appealed a state Superior Court ruling denying a request to temporarily halt the measure while the court weighed the unions' broader challenge. The Boston Police Superior Officers Federation, one of the union involved in the suit, called on Boston Mayor Michelle Wu to also hold off applying the mandate to unionized teachers and patrol officers.CROWDS AT ‘DEFEAT THE MANDATES’ MARCH DEMAND END TO COVID VACCINE MANDATES NATIONWIDE The union said the order means the city will not be able to enforce the mandate against firefighters, police supervisors or detectives until the unions' appeal has been decided. "Over the past few months, Mayor Wu has undermined collective bargaining and the...
    If there were ever a time for Tucker Carlson to encourage even one person to consider getting vaccinated against Covid-19, Wednesday night was it. Instead, the Fox News host stayed on brand and declined to do so. Before I get to Carlson’s interview with the family of a man denied a heart transplant because he’s not vaccinated, let’s review his story. D.J. Ferguson was diagnosed with arrhythmia four years ago and now needs a heart transplant. But he won’t be getting one for the foreseeable future. That’s because the 31-year-old Massachusetts father of two – soon to be three – refuses to get the Covid vaccine, which is required to receive the transplant. His family says he was due to receive a heart, but Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has removed him from the transplant list as a result of his unvaccinated status. Still, he refuses to get vaccinated even though doing so would land him back on the list. “It’s kind of against his basic principles — he doesn’t believe in it,” said his father, David. “He’s not...
    An unvaccinated comedian who died of COVID-19 last weekend had texted his brother two days before dying to tell him how much he regretted not getting the vaccine. Christian Cabrera, 40, of California, who went by the social media handle and stage name of 'Chinese Best Friend,' tested positive for COVID-19 sometime after Christmas. However, the father of a three-year-old son had been 'skeptical of the science behind the vaccine and always claimed he "never" gets sick,' and did not receive the coronavirus vaccine, according to his brother, Jino Cabrera.  'I can't breathe again,' Cabrera wrote last Thursday.  'I really regret not getting the vaccine. If I could do it all over again I would do it in a heartbeat to save my life.'  Cabrera died on January 14 after succumbing to pneumonia from both lungs caused by the coronavirus, a day after making the regretful Instagram post where he wished he had gotten vaccinated.   Pictured: Christian Cabrera, 40, of California, as he lay in the ICU with an oxygen mask affixed to his face after contracting COVID 19 after Christmas...
    The family of a California mother-of-three with MS who died of COVID is suing health care company Kaiser Permanente after doctors refused to give her the vaccine despite her asking for the jab multiple times.  The grieving family of 45-year-old Nerissa Regnier, who died on December 16, including husband, Devin Regnier, and her three children, ages 14, 16 and 29,  announced they are filing a wrongful death suit against a Kaiser Permanente hospital for refusing the Mission Viejo mom the vaccine and then denying her monoclonal antibody treatment after she became infected, ABC 7 News reported.   Family attorney Annee Della Donna said that last February, Regnier was placed on a new regimen of medication for the autoimmune disease Multiple Sclerosis, a disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves. When she asked her doctors about getting one of the three available COVID-19 vaccines, she was told it was not an option for her because it contained a 'live virus,' which is not true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dispels the myth that there...
    The U.S. Army's 'pan-coronavirus' vaccine, that should be effective against all strains of the virus - current and future - has begun human trials. ABC News reports that the shot showed promise in initial trials in monkeys, and has now started to be tested in people. The proposed jab would not only be effective against Covid, and all of its variants, but also other types of the virus like SARS-CoV and other potential mutations of the coronaviruses that could emerge as well. Clamors for a more universal vaccine has loudened in recent weeks, as the Omicron variant became a clear example of how the virus can mutate and suddenly strike a highly vaccinated population that feels safe from the virus. The U.S. Army has started human trials of a coronavirus 'super-vaccine' that is effective against all strains of the virus, past and future. The jab showed promise in monkey trials, and is now moving to the next stage. Dr Anthony Fauci said earlier this month that the jab is necessary, but it still could be years until it is available. Pictured:...
    Candidates running for Los Angeles County sheriff took the stage together for the first time Wednesday evening, trading platform ideas — and some insults — during a forum hosted by deputy unions. Much of the debate focused on the department’s $3.5-billion budget and incumbent Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s fractured relationship with the elected officials who oversee it. “The Board of Supervisors funds us. Open hostility is not a plan of the future, it is the plan of our demise,” said Britta Steinbrenner, a captain in the Sheriff’s Department who heads security for libraries, hospitals and other county buildings. “I want to eliminate the division within the department.” Retired Capt. Matt Rodriguez, a onetime supporter of Villanueva, pointed to L.A. Metro’s ongoing discussions about reducing law enforcement’s presence on the transit system. “You’re being defunded, right before your eyes,” Rodriguez said in remarks directed at deputies. “They’re not going to re-up the contract under this sheriff.” Villanueva touted some of his initiatives in office, saying he turned a budget deficit into a surplus, rolled out body cameras for deputies and managed coronavirus...
    BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s vaccination mandate won’t go into effect on Monday for some city workers, following a judge’s order Thursday. A Massachusetts Appeals Court judge issued a temporary stay on the mandate for unionized firefighters and certain unionized police officers challenging it. The judge ruled the vaccine mandate will be paused pending a review of a lower court order. READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 8,616 New COVID Cases, 7-Day Positivity Rate Drops Below 10%Earlier this week, the city firefighters union and two police officers’ unions appealed a state Superior Court ruling denying a request to temporarily halt the measure while the court weighed the unions’ broader challenge. The Boston Police Superior Officers Federation, one of the union involved in the suit, called on Boston Mayor Michelle Wu to also hold off applying the mandate to unionized teachers and patrol officers. The union said the order means the city will not be able to enforce the mandate against firefighters, police supervisors or detectives until the unions’ appeal has been decided. “Over the past few months, Mayor Wu has undermined...
    There have been more than 500 U.S. active-duty service members who have been discharged for refusing to comply with the coronavirus vaccine mandate. The Navy, the Marines, and the Air Force have discharged 45, 399, and 111 service members, respectively, according to the most recent data from each of the service branches. The Army has said it has not “involuntarily separated any soldiers solely for refusing” the vaccine, though it has relieved six leaders and has issued more than 3,000 general officer reprimands. The discharged personnel represent a small percentage within the service branches, all of which have reported that at least 95% of their active-duty forces have been vaccinated. Active-duty Army soldiers are 96% fully vaccinated, the Navy is at 98% (the same as the Air Force), and the Marines are at 95% for active-duty troops. NAVY DISCHARGES OVER CORONAVIRUS VACCINE REFUSALS UP TO 45 Each of the service members is eligible to apply for a vaccination exemption. Thousands of administrative and medical exemptions have been granted, but to date, only three religious ones have been approved. The Marines...
    "I was pro-choice before COVID and I am still pro-choice today," she said. The reaction to her post was unkind. "This is pro ignorance. Ugh, this comes from a highly privileged white woman who think she's being woke when the reality is just that she hasn't read enough," one commenter wrote on her post. "This goes beyond personal choice- it is about caring for others (especially those who are immune-compromised) during a pandemic. It is selfish to remain unvaccinated," another said. Many people on social media interpreted Lilly's post as a stance against the COVID-19 vaccines, but that's not what she wrote. Lilly said she was against vaccine mandates, and the first picture in her post features a protester with a sign that reads, "Vaxxed Democrat for Medical Freedom." This is not the first time the movie star has caused controversy with an Instagram post on COVID-19. In March 2020, Lilly wrote a post that she would not self-quarantine because she valued her freedom. "Where we are right now feels a lot too close...
    Tech billionaire Elon Musk tweeted his support for the massive convoy of Canadian truckers protesting government vaccine mandates. Thousands of truckers have formed what has been dubbed the "Freedom Convoy," which is headed for the nation's capital of Ottawa this week to protest government vaccine mandates impacting the trucking industry. LISTEN: KID ROCK'S NEW SINGLE CHANTS 'LET'S GO BRANDON,' BLASTING FAUCI AND BIG TECH "Canadian truckers rule," Musk tweeted on Thursday afternoon. Canadian truckers rule— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2022 Some 20% of the 160,000 cross-border U.S. and Canadian truckers could be taken off the roads due to the vaccine mandate, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the thousands of demonstrators a "fringe minority of people" that do not represent most Canadians during a Wednesday press conference. "The small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa are holding unacceptable views that they're expressing, do not represent the views of Canadians who have been there for each other who know that following...
    TORONTO (AP) — A large crowd gathered outside a mall north of Toronto on Thursday to cheer a group of local truckers preparing to join a convoy to Ottawa protesting Canada’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for cross-border drivers. Some in the crowd threw cash and food up to drivers inside their truck cabs at the Vaughan Mills mall while others waved Canadian flags and signs protesting the government as the truckers gradually rolled out. Some people harassed journalists covering the rally. The convoy of truckers set to descend on Canada’s capital has prompted police to prepare for the possibility of violence and politicians to warn against escalating rhetoric linked to the demonstration. The truckers are protesting a new rule that took effect Jan. 15 requiring truckers entering Canada be fully immunized against the coronavirus. The United States has imposed the same requirement on truckers entering that country Jan, 22. “Canadian truckers rule,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted in support of the convoy. Some with extreme, far-right views have latched onto the protest against the mandate. One online video includes a...
    A MOM-of-three died from Covid after reportedly being wrongfully refused a vaccine by her hospital because of her treatment for multiple sclerosis, her family says. Nerissa Regnier, 45, died on December 16 after allegedly asking for a Covid vaccine seven times within six months but being refused. 3Nerissa Regnier and her husband DevinCredit: Facebook 3The couple has three kids aged 14, 16, and 29 Her family claims that Regnier was also then incorrectly refused monoclonal antibody treatment when she caught the illness. Attornies for Regnier's family announced on Wednesday plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente, where she was being treated in California. Her family said that despite her MS diagnosis, Regnier was managing the disease fine, according to CNS. "She was a very healthy mother of three managing her MS," said attorney Annee Della Donna "When you're immunocompromised you need the COVID-19 vaccine." Vaccine effectiveness & OmicronExpert studies have shown that the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90 percent or more among people who are fully vaccinated. While...
    MENDON, Mass. (AP) — A Boston hospital is defending itself after a man’s family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying most transplant programs around the country set similar requirements to improve patients’ chances of survival. The family of D.J. Ferguson said in a crowdfunding appeal this week that officials at Brigham and Women’s Hospital told the 31-year-old father of two that he was ineligible for the procedure because he hasn’t been vaccinated against the coronavirus. “We are literally in a corner right now. This is extremely time sensitive,” the family said in its fundraising appeal, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars. “This is not just a political issue. People need to have a choice!” D.J.’s mother, Tracey Ferguson, insists that her son isn’t against vaccinations, noting he’s had other immunizations in the past. But the trained nurse said Wednesday that he’s been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation — an irregular and often rapid heart rhythm — and that he has concerns about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. “D.J....
    People can get better immune responses from COVID-19 booster shots if the dose doesn’t match the vaccine received during initial vaccination, according to a lead researcher on the matter from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. Only about 40% of Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have received booster shots, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data indicates. “If your primary series and the boost were the same, you got a good response. But you could increase that response if you mixed the vaccines,” said Dr. Kirsten E. Lyke, professor of medicine at UMSOM, and the co-chair and the principal investigator for the ongoing study. “For instance, if you got a Johnson and Johnson and you followed that with either a Pfizer or Moderna, you could really enhance your immune response,” she said. Lyke also presented data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s expert vaccine panel in October that was pivotal in recommending adults and teens receive COVID-19 booster shots of their choosing starting in fall 2021. Lyke said the lowest boost of immunity in the ongoing...
    (CNN)A New York couple faces charges after allegedly posting on social media that they had attended a Buffalo Bills football game at Highmark Stadium on January 15 using fake Covid-19 vaccine cards, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.All guests age 12 and older are required to provide proof of vaccination for Covid-19 to enter the stadium, according to the Buffalo Bills website. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation on December 22 that criminalized the use of fake vaccine cards.Amber Naab, 37, and Michael Naab, 34, each face a second-degree felony charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said in a news conference. The couple was arraigned Tuesday evening and both pleaded not guilty, according to Kait Munro, a spokesperson for the DA's office. New York governor signs bill criminalizing fake Covid-19 vaccination cardsAttorneys for the Naabs did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.Flynn said that the Buffalo Bills found out about the alleged fraudulent vaccine cards through an anonymous tip and that the couple was already on...
    (CNN)Evangeline Lilly said she attended a rally against vaccine mandates in Washington, DC, last weekend -- the same event where Robert F. Kennedy Jr. invoked Nazi Germany and Anne Frank in a speech. The "Ant-Man and the Wasp" star, in an Instagram post, said she attended the rally to "support bodily sovereignty" and that she believes "nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will, under the threat of ..." and listed several phrases, including loss of employment and violent attack. "I was pro choice before COVID and I am still pro choice today," she said, adding hashtags including "#medicalfreedom," "#bodilyautonomy" and "#defeatthemandatesdc."Lilly did not reference Kennedy's comments in her post. During the event, Kennedy, a longtime vaccine opponent, compared Covid-19 vaccine requirements in the US to conditions in Nazi Germany and said people living under Nazi rule "could hide in an attic, like Anne Frank did." (Kennedy later apologized for invoking Frank's name, and his wife, actress Cheryl Hines, condemned the remarks.) Evangeline Lilly apologizes for refusing to self-quarantine Lilly's comments about Covid-19...
    Millions of health care workers across the U.S. now must be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a result of a mandate from President Joe Biden’s administration. The vaccine requirement for Medicare and Medicaid providers was one of several mandates Biden’s administration imposed upon private-sector employers to try to drive up vaccination rates and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Health workers in about half the states must have had their first dose of the vaccine by Thursday, while the rest will have to meet deadlines in February. Two of Biden’s other high-profile orders are on hold. The Supreme Court blocked a rule requiring employers with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19. A lower court also blocked a requirement for employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated. Biden’s various vaccine orders were challenged in court by Republican-led states, conservative groups and some businesses. The lawsuits argued in part that the mandates exceeded federal executive powers and infringed on states’ rights to regulate public health matters. Four-fifths of U.S. residents age 5 and older have received...
    WATCH: Crowds lined up in the cold cheering Convoy for Freedom 2022pic.twitter.com/vnKA9f3YhM — Jack Posobiec \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Jack Posobiec \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1643295046 Images and video posted to social media over the last several days show large crowds of people enthusiastically cheering the convoy, waving Canadian flags and holding signs showing their support. Solidarity to the 50,000 \u2018freedom' truckers in Canada who are forming the world's longest convoy to protest against vaccine passports and restrictions.\n\n#KeepOnTruckin pic.twitter.com/zldAPudomd — James Melville \ud83d\udc9c (@James Melville \ud83d\udc9c) 1643239192 Crying as I watch footage of the truckers freedom convoy, I am realizing how much trauma our canadian government has caused, continues to cause and how broken I am. It is unforgivable.pic.twitter.com/4fq7p5q8w1 — Unacceptable E-co Fashion \ud83d\udc60 (@Unacceptable E-co Fashion \ud83d\udc60) 1643043380 One protester, Lou Anne of Ontario, told Canadian journalist Keean Bexte of the Counter Signal that the truckers and their supporters were standing up for their freedoms. "I am marching because I feel we have a right to choose whether we are vaccinated or unvaccinated. And they have tried to divide us, but...
    Valerie Macon/Getty Images Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly has proudly revealed that she attended an anti-vaccine rally in Washington, D.C. last weekend. This is the very same protest where Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a notorious anti-vaxxer, compared those who defy vaccine mandates to Jewish people hiding from Nazis during the Holocaust. “Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland, you could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did,” he said. “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.” His remarks earned a response from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Place and Museum, who took to Twitter to slam Kennedy’s rant as “a sad symptom of moral & intellectual decay.” Kennedy also called today’s vaccine push “turnkey totalitarianism,” adding, “It’s been the ambition of every totalitarian state from the beginning of mankind to control every aspect of behavior, of conduct, of thought, and to obliterate dissent. None them have been able to do it. They...
    A New York couple is facing felony charges after authorities said they used fake COVID-19 vaccine cards to attend a Buffalo Bills playoff game last weekend, CBS affiliate WIVB reported.  During a news conference Wednesday, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn (D) said Michael and Amber Naab gained entrance to Highmark Stadium on Jan. 15 using fake vaccine cards  Flynn said the West Seneca, N.Y. couple was already on the team’s radar due to their social media activity, adding that an anonymous tip led authorities to investigate their attendance at the game.  Flynn added the couple was removed during the third quarter of the game for questioning, according to the CBS affiliate.  Buffalo went on to defeat the New England Patriots 47-17 in their Wild Card matchup.  “I would readily admit, this is not the Kennedy assassination,” Flynn said at the news conference. “I readily admit this is not the crime of the century. “At the end of the day,” he added. “I’m not going to jam them up. But I can’t just let them go.” Michael and Amber Nabb, 34 and...
    Folks, Evangeline Lilly is at it again. In a recent Instagram post, the Lost and Ant-Man and the Wasp actress said she traveled to Washington, D.C. this weekend to speak out in support of “medical sovereignty”—in other words, to protest vaccine mandates. Lilly attended the same protest where speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a notorious anti-vaxxer, compared vaccines mandates to the Holocaust. Lilly wrote Thursday that she believes “nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will” under threats including “violent attack,” “arrest or detention without trial,” homelessness and starvation, and “excommunication from society.” (Note: Nobody is forcing anyone to get the vaccine, and these threats are not real.) “This is not the way,” she wrote. “This is not safe. This is not healthy. This is not love. I understand the world is in fear, but I don’t believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems. I was pro choice before COVID and I am still pro choice today.” It’s unclear what Lilly’s vaccination status is; her post includes a photo...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois public health officials reported 14,422 new COVID cases and 149 related deaths Thursday.There have been 2,881,721 total COVID cases, including 30,568 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.FDA halts use of monoclonal antibody drugs from Regeneron, Eli Lilly that don't work vs. omicronThe seven-day statewide test positivity rate is 13.8%, down from 14.6%.Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 224,498 new specimens for a total of 50,583,769 since the pandemic began.As of Wednesday night, 4,824 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 864 patients were in the ICU and 485 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.SEE ALSO | Here's how to get free N95 masks from pharmacies or community health centersA total of 23,021,595 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Wednesday and 61.92% of the state's population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 38,148.WATCH | What's required for Chicago to lift mask mandate? EMBED More News Videos Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady answers...
    Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's lawsuit against the Department of Defense regarding its coronavirus vaccination mandate. Abbott first filed the lawsuit, which challenges Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's authority to mandate a vaccine for National Guard troops, earlier this month, and Dunleavy was listed with Abbott on an amended complaint filed Tuesday. The lawsuit states that roughly 8% of Alaska’s Army and Air National Guard members remain unvaccinated while 90% of them have requested a religious or medical exemption, though none of them have been granted. Comparatively, roughly 220 Texas National Guard members have refused the vaccine “for either religious accommodation needs or otherwise,” and 40% of the Texas Army National Guard is unvaccinated. The deadline for Air Force National Guard members to get vaccinated was on Dec. 2, while Army National Guard members need to be vaccinated by June 30, 2022. NAVY DISCHARGES OVER CORONAVIRUS VACCINE REFUSALS UP TO 45 The core battle at play is who has the ultimate authority over National Guard troops while they are under Title 32 of the U.S. Code. It...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Scientists are on alert as we're getting new details about a new omicron subvariant, BA.2.UCSF Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong answered some questions on Thursday morning's streaming show, ABC7@7.What do you know about BA.2?It's a child of omicron, at least it's considered that so far. The interesting thing about it and the reason why people are paying attention is that it went in some countries like Denmark, from about 20% in December to 45% a couple weeks ago and now it's more than 65% of the cases there. They're thinking that it's going to prolong their surge, at least locally. It's also been found in about 40 counties, including in the U.S. and in our own backyard in Santa Clara County. I think it seems a little more transmissible but personally I'm convinced that our vaccines will still keep you away from the hospital - BA.2, BA.3, BA.17 or whatever you get.What happens if this is even more contagious? I think if it ends up being more contagious. It means that... I think the real...
    MIAMI (CBS) – Pregnant people are at increased risk for severe illness from the coronavirus, which is why doctors recommended they receive the COVID vaccine. But some have concerns about getting vaccinated and conceiving now or later. New research is adding to the evidence that the vaccine does not affect fertility. READ MORE: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Who Has South Florida Roots, Could Be Next Supreme Court Nominee“There’s a lot of anxiety that has occurred around vaccination, around COVID in general, so we need to manage the anxiety by giving people back control. And we do that with good, old-fashioned information,” says Dr. Alan Copperman with Icahn Mount Sinai and RMA of New York. In one of the largest studies to date, Dr. Copperman and researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai looked at patients going through IVF, vaccinated and unvaccinated. “We compared outcome, how many eggs, how many embryos, whether or not they got pregnant. And fortunately, we found no difference whether or not a patient was vaccinated or not, and whether or not she...
    Denmark will remove virtually all Covid restrictions from next Tuesday, as the Prime Minister announced the nation will go back to 'life as we knew it before corona' and that the disease was no longer 'threatening for society'. The move will see the Scandinavian nation become the first European Union country to lift all of its domestic curbs despite the Omicron wave sweeping the continent. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen credited the country's high vaccination rate for allowing the removal of restrictions, saying the protection the jabs provided would suffice for the far less lethal Omicron variant. 'We are saying farewell to the restrictions and welcome to life as we knew it before corona,' Frederiksen told a press conference yesterday.  '[The vaccine] has been superweapon. It has given us a solid defence against infection that continues.  'That's why the government decided that coronavirus should no longer be considered a threatening disease for society.' The move has set a precedent for other European countries to follow suit, as the Omicron Covid variant has proven to be relatively mild despite a soaring infection...
    Truck drivers in Canada are protesting vaccine mandates on their industry with a massive convoy that may break a world records.  "It’s 70 km long," Benjamin Dichter, spokesman for the Freedom Convoy 2022, told the Toronto Sun. "I have seen footage from an airplane. It’s impressive." The Freedom Convoy left from Vancouver for Ottawa on Sunday to protest the federal government’s vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers, which took effect on Jan. 15. The Canadian Trucking Alliance estimates that roughly 15% of truckers in the country are not fully vaccinated, or about 16,000 truck drivers.  CANADIAN PROVINCE ANNOUNCES PLAN TO IMPOSE FINE ON THE UNVACCINATED Protesters and supporters against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers cheer as a parade of trucks and vehicles pass through Kakabeka Falls outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (David Jackson/The Canadian Press via AP) ((David Jackson/The Canadian Press via AP) Guinness World Records show that the longest convoy recorded took place in Egypt in 2020, coming in at nearly five miles long.  COVID RULE-RESISTING CANADIAN PASTOR CRIMINALLY CHARGED AFTER ATTENDING...
    (CNN)There's a new lie emerging from Covid-19 skeptics of late: Athletes are dying after getting the vaccine.Former NBA great John Stockton drew national attention earlier this week when he insisted in an interview that "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." On Wednesday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson got in on the action in an interview with Charlie Kirk, the head of the conservative group Turning Point USA. "We've heard story after story, I mean all these athletes dropping dead on the field," Johnson said. "But we're supposed to ignore that. Nothing happening here. Nothing to see. This is a travesty. This is a scandal." (Johnson's office did not immediately provide additional comment when asked to clarify.) It isn't. Mostly because it's not happening.Read More THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world...
    Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images The same week we lauded Bills Mafia for their consistent charity, two Buffalo fans were arrested for allegedly using fake vaccine cards to attend a game. But we shouldn’t let the ignorance of two mar the reputation of thousands. As reported by WKBW, 34-year-old Michael Naab and 37-year-old Amber Naab were arraigned this week and charged with one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree. The couple allegedly used fake vaccine cards to enter the Bills home playoff game against the New England Patriots on Jan. 15. “I readily admit this is not the crime of the century,” Erie County District Attorney John J. Fynn said during a Wednesday news conference. “I hate to be the guy that says, ‘I need to send a message.’ I don’t like being that guy, but you can’t do this. There’s a law. We’ve got laws on the books.” If convicted, the Naabs face up to seven years in prison. Flynn, however, already acknowledged he won’t send the Naabs to prison, but they...
    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many far-right anti-vaxxers have not been shy about comparing vaccine and testing mandates, face mask requirements and social distancing guidelines to the activities of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime of the 1930s and early 1940s. Fox News’ Lara Logan even compared Dr. Anthony Fauci to Dr. Joseph Mengele. And someone who witnessed the Holocaust first hand and lived to talk about it, 90-year-old Polish Jew and author Sidney Zoltak, is fed up the outrageous and downright idiotic things that anti-vaxxers have been saying about the Holocaust. Zoltak, according to the Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern, was only ten when Nazis invaded Siemiatycze, Poland, his home town, and sent many of its Jewish residents to the infamous Treblinka death camp — where at least 900,000 Jews were slaughtered. Zoltak’s family, Stern notes, “avoided that fate” by “going on the run” and “hiding wherever they could.” Fox host Lara Logan says that people tell her that Dr. Fauci doesn't represent science, but represents Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor known as the "Angel of Death" for performing medical experiments at Auschwitz:...
    Some companies are reconsidering their vaccine mandates in the wake of the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw its requirement that companies mandate vaccinations for workers. A survey conducted last week, before the Occupational Health and Safety Administration withdrawal but after the Supreme Court ruled the mandate unconstitutional, found just a third of businesses plan to continue requiring their workers to get vaccinated. The other two-thirds of major companies surveyed said they’d allow employees to test instead or would enforce no vaccination and testing requirements at all. SHAKY EVIDENCE BACKS KEEPING SCHOOL MASK MANDATES IN PLACE Companies had begun to back away from the concept of vaccine mandates after the Supreme Court blocked the rule, anticipating an end to the push for federal vaccine requirements. OSHA’s decision to withdraw the rule is likely to accelerate that trend. “We were ready, but we’re glad we didn’t have to implement it,” Guy Williams, chief executive of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co., told the Wall Street Journal. Starbucks told employees earlier this month that vaccines and weekly negative tests would no longer...
    As vaccine mandates are imposed on major U.S. cities, will society segregate along the lines of vaccination status? We asked people in Washington, D.C., if they would be friends with a person who chooses not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. CANADIAN TRUCKERS SAY 'NO MORE' TO VACCINE MANDATES AND DRIVE 'FREEDOM CONVOY' TO OTTAWA Many answered by saying it mattered what "reasons" the person had for not getting the vaccine, but ultimately, they would judge and distance themselves from the unvaccinated. Others answered that they would not ostracize someone for making a private medical decision and believed that people should have the right to choose whether or not to get the vaccine. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Watch to hear what people had to say: News Vaccination Washington D.C. Mandate Society
    Littleton Public Schools will no longer hold COVID-19 vaccination clinics on school campuses after two videos circulated online of students being offered shots without parental consent. The school district sent a letter to parents on Tuesday, saying that it is “aware of a situation” that happened at a vaccine clinic held at Heritage High School in Littleton on Jan. 21, but did not provide details on what occurred beyond saying that they don’t agree that the company that staffed the clinic – Jogan Health – followed proper protocols. Screen shot of a twitter post by user, “Libs of Tok Tok”  The letter was sent after videos appeared on Twitter and a far-right website of people receiving shots at the clinic. In one video, a person allegedly lied about their age to make it appear they were older than 18, and in the second video another person provided a note to workers at the clinic to show parental consent after they told him they needed parent approval before giving the shot. Although, both videos show the people leaving just before...
    Former NBA star John Stockton has been widely roasted for his wildly bogus claim that professional athletes are dropping dead on the field and Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert joined in. As is typical for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the cold open began with a real news clip — this one featuring Stockton’s bizarre claim about Covid-19 vaccines. The show then transitioned to a mock episode of SportsCenter, reporting on pro athletes dropping dead on the golf course, tennis court and baseball field. “Novak Djokovic was on fire! Serving a record 113 straight aces to a dead Rafael Nadal,” the show joked, highlighting Djokovic’s controversial opposition to the vaccine. “And, finally, the MLB, where the Red Sox took on the Yankees. Both teams died during the second inning, but because it’s baseball, nobody noticed.” Nearly 95 percent of the NFL is vaccinated, 97 percent of NBA players reportedly received the jab, and the NHL boasts a vaccine rate of 99 percent. Not one athlete has dropped dead because of the vaccine on the field, court, or ice in all...
    (CNN) — Moderna announced Wednesday that the first participant has been dosed in the company’s Phase 2 clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine booster shot that is specific to the Omicron variant. Moderna is advancing the trial into its next phase as research published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a booster dose of the vaccine remained durable against the Omicron variant but did show signs of waning antibody protection. “We are reassured by the antibody persistence against Omicron at six months after the currently authorized 50 μg booster of mRNA-1273. Nonetheless, given the long-term threat demonstrated by Omicron’s immune escape, we are advancing our Omicron-specific variant vaccine booster candidate and we are pleased to begin this part of our Phase 2 study,” CEO Stéphane Bancel said in a news release. “We are also evaluating whether to include this Omicron-specific candidate in our multivalent booster program.” Moderna said it expects to enroll about 600 people in the study, which will take place at up to 24 sites in the US. Some participants will have already received...
    (Los Angeles) The NFL has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to run the Covid 19 Vaccine Clinic during the Super Bowl experience. Released January 25th The NFL announced on Tuesday that the clinic will be located at the Los Angeles Convention Center and that appointments will be encouraged. Fans who receive a dose of the vaccine at the clinic will receive a free ticket to the Super Bowl experience. Tickets are redeemed on the day of the vaccination or after the interactive football theme park is operational. Fans aged five and over are eligible. “Our partnership with the NFL allows people to come together safely and enjoy the best experience of American football,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Simple public health practices, including vaccinations, tests, mask wearing and hand hygiene, allow many to benefit from this experience. ⁇ The Super Bowl experience will take place from February 5-6 and February 10-12. The NFL has partnered with Medea...
    (CNN)Pfizer and BioNTech announced Tuesday that they're beginning a clinical trial for an Omicron-specific Covid-19 vaccine. Moderna had previously revealed plans to develop its own vaccine that targets the variant, which is by far the dominant one in the United States right now.About 50% of eligible Americans have received a booster shot, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the Pfizer news might raise questions regardless. For those who have yet to get inoculated, should they wait until there is an Omicron-specific vaccine? What if someone has already had Covid-19 during the Omicron surge, do they still need a booster? And what does this mean for people who've already gotten a booster, or those who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and then subsequently got a dose of another kind?Heres how to get free N95 masks from pharmacies or community health centersFor answers to these and other questions, I spoke with CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen. Wen is an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken...
    New Activities, New Reports, and Highlights: An update on the latest developments in the Covid 19 epidemic worldwide. – Deregulation in the UK – On Thursday the UK relinquished all recent restrictions on the fight against Covid 19, which the government hopes will help people live with the flu. This air of freedom aimed at changing legal obligations through “suggestions or recommendations” is timely for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose government leadership has been weakened by the holiday scandal on Downing Street in defiance of anti-corruption rules. – Hong Kong and Italy ease travel restrictions – One of the longest hotels in the world, Hong Kong announced on Thursday that mandatory hotel isolation for foreign travelers will be reduced from three weeks to two weeks from February 5th. At the end of the isolation, passengers must observe a seven-day “self-examination” period. Italy will ease restrictions on travelers from EU countries from February, requiring proof of vaccination, recent recovery or a negative test, but no longer an obligation to isolate. – Modern testing of vaccine against Omigran – The American...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The African continent is on course to reach its target of vaccinating at least 70% of its population against COVID-19 by the end of 2022, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters on Thursday. The continental public health agency said it has been encouraged by a surge in vaccinations in countries like Nigeria, where vaccine hesitancy appears to be waning with the destruction of expired doses and increased availability of vaccines. About 11% of the continent’s 1.3 billion population is fully vaccinated. Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said the continent’s vaccination target is achievable if current trends are maintained and vaccinations ramped up across countries. “If those trends we have seen across several countries are maintained, then we remain hopeful that we should be going to that target,” he said. Nkengasong said studies including those conducted by the Africa CDC “point to the fact that on average, about 80% of the population of countries that have been studied are ready to receive the vaccines.” However, “each time there is noise about...
    The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday it has discharged 45 service members who refused to accept inoculation with the coronavirus vaccine. The personnel were released after failing to meet the November 28 deadline set by the Pentagon for the injection. Twenty-three active duty sailors were amongst those let go. UPI reports the Navy said in a statement of those discharged, 22 were considered entry-level separations as they occurred during the initial training periods within their first 180 days of active service. “It is my responsibility to deliver the most capable force and this guidance helps us maximize mission readiness,” Vice Adm. Bill Merz, the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy, said in explaining the move. “The Navy continues to execute its mission around the world while we work through the challenges of this pandemic.” People expelled for refusing the vaccine will receive a general honorable discharge, but could lose certain benefits or be forced to repay the cost of training and education in some cases, the Navy explained last year when announcing the compulsory vaccination program. Incoming U.S. Navy plebes,...