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Denmark suspends AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine following reports of blood clots, 1 death

Denmark has suspended the administration of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines following reports of blood clots as a potential side effect in some patients.

What are the details?

According to a Thursday Reuters report, Denmark has suspended the COVID-19 shots for two weeks following reports of the “formation of blood clots in some who have been vaccinated, including one death in Denmark.”

The Danish Health Authority said that the person who died formed a blood clot after the injection.

Reuters also said that Austria stopped using a batch of AstraZeneca shots as the country investigates “a death from coagulation disorders and an illness from a pulmonary embolism.”

In a statement, the director of the Danish Health Authority, Soren Brostrom, said, “Both we and the Danish Medicines Agency have to respond to reports of possible serious side effects, both from Denmark and other European countries.”

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke added, “It is currently not possible to conclude whether there is a link. We are acting early, it needs to be thoroughly investigated.”

On Thursday, AstraZeneca told Reuters that the safety of its vaccine has been “extensively studied in human trials and peer-reviewed data had confirmed the vaccine was generally well tolerated.”

The drug manufacturer this week also insisted that during trials, there were “no confirmed serious adverse events associated with the vaccine.”

What else?

Reuters also added that the EU’s drug regulator, the European Medicines Agency, said that there was “no evidence so far linking AstraZeneca to the two cases in Austria.”

“It said the number of thromboembolic events — marked by the formation of blood clots — in people who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine is no higher than that seen in the general population, with 22 cases of such events being reported among the 3 million people who have received it as of March 9,” the outlet reported.

Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and Latvia have also stopped vaccines rom the AstraZeneca batch while health authorities investigate the findings.

Brostrom added, “It is important to emphasize that we have not opted out of using the AstraZeneca vaccine, but that we are putting it on hold.”

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Fauci: When we don’t have the science on reopening, we go with our gut

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top COVID-19 adviser, seemed to admit Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus guidelines are not entirely based on science.

During an interview on CNN, Fauci was asked to explain the “science” behind CDC guidelines that advise people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to refrain from traveling. In his answer, Fauci did not explain the science, but instead said that in the absence of data, sometimes the health experts responsible for making policy use their best judgement to tell Americans what to do.

“You know, that’s a very good question John, and the CDC is carefully heading in that direction. When Dr. Walensky made the announcement a day or two ago about the fact that when you have a couple of people, two or three or more people in a family setting, both of whom are vaccinated even if it’s someone from another — a friend, it doesn’t have to be a member of the family — that was the first in a multi-step process that they are going to be rolling out,” Fauci answered.

“They’re being careful, understandably. They want to get science, they want to get data, and then when you don’t have the data and you don’t have the actual evidence, then you’ve got to make a judgment call,” he explained.

On Monday, the CDC issued new guidelines for what fully vaccinated Americans — those who have received both doses of the two-dose vaccine and have waited two weeks — are recommended to do. The CDC said that it’s safe for fully vaccinated people to mingle indoors with both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

However, the CDC did not update travel guidelines for vaccinated people. People fully vaccinated against the coronavirus are still recommended to avoid crowds, avoid nonessential travel, and wear a mask in public.

In a statement to CNN, CDC spokesman Jason McDonald said the agency “may update its travel recommendations for fully vaccinated people as more people are vaccinated and we learn more about how vaccines work in the real world. This is something we will be closely watching in the United States.”

Fauci more or less told CNN the same thing.

“You’re going to see little by little, more and more guidelines getting people to be more and more flexible. The first installation of this is what can vaccinated people do in the home setting. Obviously the next one is going to be what you’re asking. What about travel? What about going out? What about getting a haircut, what about doing things like that?” he said.

“That’s all imminently going to be coming out.”

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Mammograms finding COVID-19 vaccine-related swelling in lymph nodes — but health care providers say the findings are causing ‘unnecessary fear’

Mammograms are picking up COVID-19 vaccine-related swelling, according to a new report from CNN.

Radiologists, however, say that the findings are causing “unnecessary fear.”

What are the details?

A Wednesday report from CNN recounts Boston primary care physician Dr. Devon Quasha’s journey when she noticed a lump in her breast.

Following through with preventive care, Quasha scheduled a mammogram to rule out any concern.

Quasha, according to the outlet, received her first Moderna vaccine a week before her scheduled mammogram and didn’t notice any immediate reaction to the vaccine.

“A couple of days before her appointment her left arm began to hurt,” the outlet reported. “Tender, swollen lumps developed under her left armpit, along with a large swelling above her collarbone — all areas where there are lymph nodes, the body’s filters for germs.”

Quasha said that she was alarmed when she made the discovery.

“You have lymph nodes above and below your collarbone,” she said. “You don’t want to feel those. It was scary when I felt it.”

The swelling, CNN notes, was only on the left side, where she received the shot.

Following the test, radiologists told Quasha that the initial lump in her breast was of little significance, but the lymph node swelling was something else.

“After talking it over with her [healthcare provider], Quasha said her doctor decided not to do a biopsy at that time,” the outlet reported. “Instead, she told Quasha to come back for a follow-up ultrasound in six weeks.”

Six weeks later, the lymph node swelling had abated.

“I was very reassured,” she said. “The point here is that there are a number of side effects from the vaccine which are not dangerous, but can sometimes increase patient anxiety.”

What else?

Dr. Connie Lehman, chief of breast imaging at Massachusetts General and professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, said that the phenomenon is becoming rather common.

“We all started talking about it, and it was like a wildfire,” Lehman said. “I cannot tell you how many women are showing nodes on mammograms and people thought it was going to be not that common.”

Lehman pointed out that she believes it is unnecessary to run immediately straight to a biopsy when finding swollen nodes on mammograms.

“If a woman had a vaccine in the arm on the same side, and the lymph nodes are swollen, this is a normal biological response,” Lehman insisted. “It’s totally expected.”

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Biden says there will be enough vaccine for every adult in the US by the end of May

President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that there would be enough vaccine produced to inoculate every adult in the United States by the end of May.

The estimate is a significant speeding up of expectations for manufacture and delivery of the coronavirus vaccine. Previously, the Biden administration had set the goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of his term. Critics noted that the modest goal would be set at the pace of vaccinations set by the previous administration.

“We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May,” Biden said during remarks from the White House.

“Let me say that again, when we came into office, the prior administration had contracted for not nearly enough vaccines to cover adults in America. We rectified that,” he claimed.

Biden explained that the effort to vaccinate more people had been accomplished through a unique partnership involving vaccine manufacturing by Merck and rapid approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“About three weeks ago we were able to say that we’ll have enough vaccine supply for adults by the end of July. I’m pleased to announce today that as a consequence of the stepped up process that I’ve ordered and just outlined this country will have enough vaccine supply, I’ll say it again, for every adult in America by the end of May,” Biden added.

“By the end of May,” he repeated. “That’s progress.”

The Biden administration had been criticized for claiming that the former Trump administration had exited without leaving them a plan for vaccinations against the coronavirus.

In his speech, Biden also challenged every local government to take steps in order to push for the opening of schools by helping teachers to get vaccinated by the end of March.

New coronavirus cases and deaths have dropped precipitously in the U.S. from their peaks in early January. This had led some states to loosen lockdown standards and mask mandates. On Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced that the state of Texas would be reopening 100% and dropping their statewide mask mandate completely by Wednesday.

Here’s video of Biden’s announcement:


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14-year-old Chicago teen founds volunteer group to help senior citizens get vaccine appointments

A 14-year-old computer whiz from Chicago has started a volunteer organization to help senior citizens secure appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine.

Benjamin Kagan, a freshman student at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, is using his free time between class and homework to assist elderly people in the Chicago area make appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I started this by helping my grandparents that live in Florida get their vaccine and then from there I sort of moved on to my parents’ company, which is an essential business here in Chicago, and I scheduled their employees for vaccines,” he told Fox News on Monday.

Seeing a need, Benjamin joined a Chicago-based “vaccine hunters” Facebook group and began posting tips on how seniors could schedule appointments to get the vaccine.

“I was getting a lot of Facebook private messages asking me to directly help people that couldn’t type fast enough or wouldn’t know when the appointments were coming out, and so I started trying to just help these people,” Benjamin said. “I realized that there were so many people and I couldn’t possibly do it all myself.”

So Benjamin founded Chicago Vaccine Angels to help senior citizens book appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. People in need of the vaccine can fill out a Google form which volunteers with Benjamin’s organization will use to schedule their appointment.

“We’ve scheduled over 600 people to get their vaccines,” Benjamin said.

In Benjamin’s experience, the biggest challenge for people trying to get the vaccine is time flexibility and location flexibility. Availability of vaccines are limited, so people must be willing to drive further than they’d like at the spur of the moment when a vaccine becomes available.

“This is so important to me because I’ve read some of these stories and they’re absolutely heartbreaking,” he told Fox News host Dana Perino. “These people are in such bad situations and then to be able to come in and solve this so people can see their grandparents or, you know, I’ve heard from cancer patients that are afraid of dying of COVID. To be able to step in here and say, ‘here’s your vaccine,’ I can quite possibly be saving your life or letting you get back to normal. It just feels incredible.”

“We’re doing out best to keep up right now, we just want to help as many people as we possibly can,” he added.

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Dr. Fauci says vaccinated people can’t dine indoors or go to the movies

President Joe Biden’s top health adviser and coronavirus expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Monday that even people who receive a coronavirus vaccine won’t be able to go out to eat or go to the movies because of “the safety of society.”

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke at a White House press briefing via teleconference with the administration’s COVID-19 response team during which a reporter asked about the messaging around vaccines.

“There’s a lot of conversation about how you need to keep doing the same things even after you get vaccinated — you know, like wearing a mask, not seeing your family, things like that. Do you think that’s preventing people from being more enthusiastic about getting vaccines? And may we see that change in the future?” Los Angeles Times reporter Chris Megerian asked.

Fauci answered that there are several things even vaccinated people will not be able to do as long as there is a high rate of coronavirus in the U.S.

This week, the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 500,000. According to NBC News, more than 28,206,600 cases have been confirmed in the U.S. Though the average number of daily new cases is in decline, Facui warned that “the burden of virus in society will be very high, which it is right now.”

“So there are things, even if you’re vaccinated, that you’re not going to be able to do in society: for example, indoor dining, theaters, places where people congregate,” Fauci said.

“That’s because of the safety of society. You, yourself, what you can do when you are together with another person, we are looking at that, and we’re going to try and find out very quickly what recommendations could be made about what people can do,” he added.

Fauci explained that health experts do not know whether a vaccinated person, though he may be protected from symptoms of disease, could still carry the coronavirus in the back of their nasal cavity at a contagious level. That is why he and other health experts recommend that vaccinated people continue to wear masks, to prevent potential spread of the virus to others.

He said that researchers hope to find that the virus level is “quite low and you’re not transmitting it,” but clarified “we don’t know that know. And for that reason, we want to make sure that people continue to wear masks despite the fact that they’re vaccinated.”

Fauci has come under fire from critics for sending “mixed messages” about COVID-19, masks, vaccines, and when the country can return to normal.

As Fox News recounted, previously Fauci said that about 70% of Americans need to be vaccinated before the U.S. can reach herd immunity to the virus, before adjusting that number to 80%. He claimed that he revised the number after taking into account public opinion surveys.

“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75%,” Fauci told the New York Times. “Then, when newer surveys said 60% or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85.”

“We have to have some humility here,” he added. “We really don’t know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 to 90%. But, I’m not going to say 90%.”

Last August, Fauci said that Americans could begin to return to normal when as few as 50% to 60% of people were vaccinated. But in November, he told CNN that public health measures should remain in place because there’s no way of knowing how effective the vaccines are, even if they report an effectiveness of 90%-95% in studies. Then just last Sunday on CNN, Fauci said Americans should continue wearing masks in public into 2022.

In that same interview, Fauci would not tell CNN’s Dana Bash if grandparents who have received the vaccine will be able to spend time with their grandchildren.

“You know I’m not going to make a recommendations except to say, these are things that we really do everyday, Dana,” he said.

“We look at that, we look at the data, we look at what’s evolving about how many people are getting vaccinated and there will be recommendations coming out, I don’t want to make a recommendation now on public TV.”

This messaging stands in stark contrast to other countries, like Israel, where the people are being told that getting the vaccine means you can return to normal life immediately.

As The Guardian reported:

Israel is preparing itself to be split in half from next week, with the government creating a new privileged tier in society: the vaccinated.

Nearly 50% of the population who have chosen to be inoculated against Covid will be provided with a “green pass” a week after their second shot, as will those with presumed immunity after contracting the disease.

From Sunday, the pass will grant access to gyms, hotels, swimming pools, concerts, and places of worship. Restaurants and bars will be included from early March.

For the rest, including children under 16 who are not eligible for coronavirus shots, many of the activities shut down during the year-long crisis will remain off-limits, although some will be available if they provide a negative coronavirus test.

Meanwhile in the U.S., top health experts tell a different story. Following Fauci’s comments, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky added that the benefit of receiving both doses of the coronavirus vaccine is that “there is no longer a need to quarantine after you’ve been exposed.”

She promised that additional guidance regarding what vaccinated people can and cannot do would be forthcoming.

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WATCH: Bodycam video shows Florida women getting busted dressing up as ‘grannies’ to get COVID-19 vaccines

Two Florida women reportedly put on disguises to look like elderly “grannies” in order to jump the coronavirus vaccine line. However, the imposters were caught red-handed by local police.

Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, said on Wednesday that two younger women went to the Orange County Convention Center, which is a vaccination site.

“So yesterday, we realized a couple of young ladies came dressed up as grannies to get vaccinated for the second time,” Pino explained. “I don’t know how they escaped for the first time, but they came vaccinated. The bonnets, the gloves, the glasses, and they were probably in their 20s.”

“Pino said that some fire rescue workers who were helping screen and check in the people coming for vaccines noticed something fishy and Pino said the Orange County Sheriff’s Office got involved,” WESH-TV reported.

The state of Florida is “prioritizing persons 65 years of age and older and health care personnel with direct patient contact and residents and staff of long-term care facilities.”

The alleged geriatric hoaxers, who were wearing face masks, were identified by authorities as Olga Monroy-Ramirez, 34, and Martha Monroy, 44.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office released bodycam footage on Friday of police officers confronting two women who purportedly attempted to get COVID-19 vaccinations by pretending to be senior citizens.

A deputy is seen on the bodycam footage scolding the women for committing fraud to try to get COVID-19 vaccines.

“You know what you’ve done? You’ve stolen a vaccine from somebody who needs it more than you. And now you’re not going to get your second one. So that’s a whole waste of time we just wasted here on this,” the officer is heard telling the con women, according to WTVD-TV.

“If you come back, you’ll be arrested,” the law enforcement officer warned the masqueraders. “You’re lucky you’re not being arrested right now.”

The women were not charged for allegedly sneaking into the vaccination site, but were cited for trespassing.

Pino said that health officials are looking into how the women got their first shot, adding they may have gotten the vaccination through a loophole or possibly through an insider.

The director noted that this isn’t the first time that someone pretended to be a senior citizen to get a COVID-19 vaccine. He revealed that a man attempted to get a coronavirus shot by using the identification of his 65-year-old father.

“This is the hottest commodity that is out there right now,” Pino said of the coronavirus vaccine. “We have to be very careful with the funds and the resources that we are provided.”

Pino said that since the breach, they’ve added more security cameras at the Orange County Convention Center.

Nearly 45% of the over-65 population has been inoculated in Orange County, officials said Thursday.

Florida has administered nearly 4 million coronavirus vaccines.


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CDC: Teachers do not need to be vaccinated in order to safely reopen schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says that teachers do not need to receive COVID-19 vaccines before schools can safely reopen.

Teachers unions across the country — including in places such as Los Angeles and Chicago — have balked at the idea of teachers returning to the classrooms without proper precautions in place, including vaccinations.

What are the details?

According to a Wednesday report from CNBC, newly appointed CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says that teachers do not need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before schools can reopen.

In statements during a COVID-19 White House press briefing, Walensky said, “There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated. Vaccinations of teachers is not a prerequisite of reopening schools.”

She also explained that a CDC advisory committee has placed teachers in the “1B” category — the same as essential workers — to receive vaccines, placing them second in line for priority to receive the injections.

Jeffrey Zients, coordinator of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force, echoed Walensky’s sentiments Wednesday, insisting that the president is “very clear” on his position that he wants schools to “reopen and to stay open.”

“That means every school has the equipment and the resources to open safely,” he said during the news briefing. “Not just private schools or schools in wealthy areas but all schools.”

“Congress has to do its part to make sure that we can safely reopen schools and keep them open,” he added, and called on Congress to pass Biden’s COVID-19 response plan.

Last week, the CDC said that there is “little evidence” of widespread coronavirus transmission in schools so long as proper precautions — such as masking, social distancing, sanitization, and proper ventilation — take place.

Biden has previously pledged to ensure K-8 schools reopen for in-person instruction within his first 100 days in office.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says new ‘mutant’ COVID-19 variants are a ‘clarion call’ for people to get coronavirus vaccine

Dr. Anthony Fauci says that the U.K. COVID-19 variant is a “clarion call” for people to get the vaccine against the deadly virus.

On Sunday, the infectious diseases expert spoke with Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” where he discussed the emergence of the U.K.’s highly contagious new B.1.1.7 variant and spoke of a more “ominous” strain that is circulating in both Brazil and South Africa.

What are the details?

Fauci said that the new, concerning strains should embolden Americans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and be more prudent in following public health guidelines.

Fauci — director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who will be President-elect Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser on COVID-19 — said, “When you have a variant that’s really very, very different in the sense of it’s more contagious, it tells you to do two things: One, double down on the public health measures that we’ve been talking about all the time … but also, another important thing, the easiest way to evade this negative effect of these new isolates is … when the vaccine becomes available, people should get vaccinated.”

He continued, “Boy, if ever there was a clarion call for people to put aside vaccine hesitancy. If we can get the overwhelming majority of the population vaccinated, we’d be in very good shape and could beat even the mutant.”

The CDC on Friday published a concerning report suggesting that the B.1.1.7 variant could become the dominant COVID-19 strain in the United States by March.

The report noted that the more contagious strain could further overwhelm health care resources.

“Taking measures to reduce transmission now can lessen the potential impact of B.1.1.7 and allow the critical time to increase vaccination coverage,” the report added.

Earlier in the interview, Fauci explained, “[T]he more cases you get, even though on a one to one basis, it’s not more virulent — meaning it doesn’t make you more sick or more likely to die — just by numbers alone, the more cases you have, the more hospitalizations you’re going to have. And the more hospitalizations you have, the more deaths you’re going to have.”

Elsewhere during the interview, Fauci said that the United States is “weeks away,” and “not months away,” from considering an approval of new COVID-19 vaccines.


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Norwegian medical experts warn COVID-19 vaccine side effects could be devastating for patients over 80 and the terminally ill

Norwegian health officials say that the COVID-19 vaccine may be “too risky” for coronavirus patients over 80 and the terminally ill, according to a Friday
Bloomberg report.

What are the details?

According to the report, at least 23 people have died across the country a short time after receiving just the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, prompting experts to wonder if the shot is safe for the elderly and the terminally ill.

Citing the country’s medicines agency, Bloomberg reported, “Of those deaths, 13 so far [have] been autopsied, with the results suggesting that common side effects may have contributed to severe reactions in frail, elderly people.”

In a statement, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health explained, “For those with the most severe frailty, even relatively mild vaccine side effects can have serious consequences. For those who have a very short remaining life span anyway, the benefit of the vaccine may be marginal or irrelevant.”

At the time of this reporting, the outlet estimated that Norway has administered at least one dose to approximately 33,000 people.

‘We are not alarmed by this’

The Washington Post reported that the government, despite the deaths, is not worried.

Steinar Madsen, medical director for the Norwegian Medicines Agency, told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that the country’s experts are “not alarmed by this.”

“It is quite clear that these vaccines have very little risk, with a small exception for the frailest patients,” Madsen added. “Doctors must now carefully consider who should be vaccinated. Those who are very frail and at the very end of life can be vaccinated after an individual assessment.”

Representatives for Pfizer and BioNTech have yet to issue public remarks on the news at the time of this reporting.

‘Developed in haste’

Following the news, the
Global Times reported that Chinese health experts are calling on Norway to suspend the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the elderly.

The outlet reported that the mRNA vaccine was “developed in haste and had never been used on a large scale for the prevention of infectious disease.” As such, the Times notes, “its safety had not been confirmed for large-scale use in humans.”

The vaccine has received only temporary approval in the EU.

Yang Zhanqiu, a virologist from Wuhan University, told the outlet on Friday that the deaths, if caused by the vaccines, show that the effects of the vaccines are not as good as expected.

“A Beijing-based immunologist, who requested anonymity, told the Global Times on Friday that the world should suspend the use of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine represented by Pfizer, as this new technology has not proven safety in large-scale use or in preventing any infectious diseases,” the outlet reported. “Older people, especially those over 80, should not be recommended to receive any COVID-19 vaccine, he said.”

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Cuomo’s rigid COVID-19 vaccine rollout in New York results in 66% unused and expired doses thrown out

New York’s rigid rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has resulted in doses to be thrown out because they expired, according to a new report by The New York Times.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s launch of the coronavirus vaccine has a very limited distribution list in the state’s first phase. Under Phase 1A of New York state’s distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, only health care workers, residents and staff at nursing homes, coroners, and certain funeral workers are eligible to get the coveted vaccination.

The strict guidelines of who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 shot has caused vaccines to sit in freezers and not be used. In New York City, only 167,949 of 489,325 doses have been administered, which means that 66% are currently unused, according to the report. In New York state, roughly 50% of vaccines have been used thus far.

The coronavirus vaccine was first available in mid-December, and as of Jan. 1, “about 88,140 people had received the first of two doses, the equivalent of about 1 percent of the city’s population,” the New York Times reported.

The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Manhattan received a small supply of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate employees. For two weeks, more than half of the 600 doses sat in freezers.

Dr. Peter Meacher, the chief medical officer at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, said that he would like to give the vaccine to high-risk patients, but feared breaking the state rules.

The restricted list of those who were legally allowed to get the vaccination has caused some of the coronavirus vaccines to be thrown away.

Bill Neidhardt, the press secretary of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), revealed to the New York Times that clinics were “unable to give out doses because of the strict rules — or even had to throw some out.”

“This is so enraging,” Neidhardt wrote. “Utterly speechless.”

The rigid rules about who is qualified to get the COVID-19 vaccine has caused a rift between Cuomo and de Blasio. The NYC mayor demanded the Democratic governor to expand the list on who can legally get the COVID-19 shot.

Finally on Friday, Cuomo expanded the eligibility list to include people who are 75 and older, teachers, first responders, public safety workers, and public transit employees. The expanded group will be allowed to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday.

“On Monday you can start to schedule appointments. Pharmacies will start coming online, some Monday, more on Wednesday … we are going to have thousands of providers coming online next week,” Cuomo said.

“New York City has heard enough,” a disgruntled de Blasio wrote on Twitter. “We will begin administering shots to City Workers and the elderly in 1B starting on Monday.”

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CDC investigating death of Florida doctor after receiving COVID-19 vaccine

A Florida doctor died about two weeks after he received a COVID-19 vaccine, and investigations have been launched to determine whether the shot had any role in the man’s death.

Dr. Gregory Michael, a 56-year-old obstetrician-gynecologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, passed away on Jan. 3. Michael received the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Dec. 18, but then experienced a “strong reaction” only days later, according to his wife, Heidi Neckelmann.

“In a Facebook post, Michael’s wife, Heidi Neckelmann, said he sought emergency care three days after the shot because he had dots on his skin that indicated internal bleeding,” USA Today reported.

Michael reportedly suffered from a severe lack of platelets, and doctors from around the country allegedly attempted to raise his platelet count to “no avail.” Because of his medical condition, Michael purportedly suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke and died in a “matter of minutes,” according to his wife.

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on Tuesday, and has not ruled out a possible connection to the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The cause of death is pending the completion of studies being done by the medical examiner and the Centers for Disease Control,” Darren Caprara, director of operations at the county office, told the Miami Herald. “The case is still under investigation, so nothing has been finalized.”

Caprara said the doctor’s cause of death would be released after the medical examiner completes its investigation in partnership with other agencies.

A spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the agency is “aware of a reported death in Florida of an individual who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine about two weeks before passing away.”

“CDC will evaluate the situation as more information becomes available and provide timely updates on what is known and any necessary actions,” the CDC spokesperson said. “It’s been a difficult year as each of us grapple with a worldwide pandemic. Use of COVID-19 vaccines is the next step in our efforts to protect Americans and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Pfizer released a statement on the death, “Pfizer and BioNTech are aware of the death of a healthcare professional sixteen days after receiving a first dose” of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is a highly unusual clinical case of severe thrombocytopenia, a condition that decreases the body’s ability to clot blood and stop internal bleeding,” the pharmaceutical company noted. “We are actively investigating this case, but we don’t believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine.”

The Mayo Clinic defines Thrombocytopenia as a “condition in which you have a low blood platelet count,” where “the number of platelets can be so low that dangerous internal bleeding occurs.” Thrombocytopenia “might occur as a result of a bone marrow disorder such as leukemia or an immune system problem. Or it can be a side effect of taking certain medications.”

Pfizer stated, “There have been no related safety signals identified in our clinical trials, the post-marketing experience thus far or with the mRNA vaccine platform.”

“To date, millions of people have been vaccinated and we are closely monitoring all adverse events in individuals receiving our vaccine,” Pfizer continued. “It is important to note that serious adverse events, including deaths that are unrelated to the vaccine are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population.”

According to Bloomberg’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker, 6.25 million doses have been administered in the United States since vaccinations began on Dec. 14. There have been 17.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccines administered in 38 countries.

Mount Sinai Medical Center released a statement declaring that the “appropriate agencies are contacted immediately and have our full cooperation.” The hospital said it “cannot confirm or deny information about any patient” due to medical privacy laws.

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Florida Department of Health, the CDC, and Pfizer are all investigating Michael’s death.

“The CDC and FDA are responsible for reviewing COVID-19 vaccine safety data and presenting that information for federal recommendations on vaccine administration,” Jason Mahon, Communications Director at Florida Division of Emergency Management, told USA Today. “The state will continue to provide all available information to the CDC as they lead this investigation.”

The Facebook account reported to belong to the wife of the doctor said her “very healthy” husband was “a pro vaccine advocate that is why he got it himself.” The post added, “I believe that people should be aware that side effects can happened, that it is not good for everyone and in this case destroyed a beautiful life, a perfect family, and has affected so many people in the community. Do not let his death be in vain please save more lives by making this information news.”

Michael leaves behind his wife and a daughter.

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Moderna CEO says company’s vaccine likely to protect against COVID-19 for ‘a couple of years’

Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said this week that the company’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine — which received its approval from the European Commission on Wednesday for adults 18 and older — is likely to protect against the transmission of the coronavirus for a couple of years.

In December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the biotech company’s vaccine for emergency use.

What are the details?

According to a Thursday Reuters report, Bancel expliained, “The nightmare scenario that was described in the media in the spring with a vaccine only working a month or two is, I think, out of the window. … The antibody decay generated by the vaccine in humans goes down very slowly[.] … We believe there will be protection potentially for a couple of years.”

The outlet reported that the biotech company is still working to determine specifically how long its injection will protect a patient.

In Thursday remarks, Bancel also said that his company is on the cusp of proving that its vaccine will be effective against several mutations of the coronavirus, such as those recently seen in Britain and in South Africa.

In November, the company announced that its vaccine efficacy against COVID-19 was at approximately 94% and that its vaccine efficacy against severe COVID-19 was at 100%.

What else?

NPR on Thursday reported that the European Union is preparing to distribute the vaccine to all member countries following the Wednesday approval.

“Europe has secured up to two billion doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines,” EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, according to the outlet. “We’ll have more than enough safe and effective vaccines for protecting all Europeans.”

According to the EU Medical Panel, the vaccine works by using “messenger RNA” to force the body to produce antibodies against the virus.

“When a person is given the vaccine, some of their cells will read the mRNA instructions and temporarily produce the spike protein,” the panel notes. “The person’s immune system will then recognize this protein as foreign and produce antibodies and activate T cells (white blood cells) to attack it.
If, later on, the person comes into contact with SARS-CoV-2 virus, their immune system will recognize it and be ready to defend the body against it.”

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Medical experts say anyone receiving COVID-19 vaccine should avoid alcohol around the time of injection

Medical experts warn that any persons intending to receive the COVID-19 vaccination should avoid drinking alcohol around the time of the shot as alcohol can reduce the body’s immune response to the vaccine.

What are the details?

According to a Monday report from the Daily Mail, emergency medicine specialist Dr. Ronx Ikhaira, who conducted a recent experiment, determined that after three glasses of an alcoholic beverage, lymphocyte cells in researchers’ bodies decreased by as much as 50%.

“Alcohol changes makeup of the trillions of microorganisms that live in the gut which play an important role in preventing the invasion of bacteria and viruses,” the outlet reported, noting that it “leads to the damage of immune cells in the blood, known as white blood cells, including lymphocytes, which send out antibodies to attack viruses.”

Professor Sheena Cruickshank, an immunologist at the University of Manchester, said that the lymphocyte reduction “could lower the effectiveness of the body’s immune response,” the Daily Mail pointed out.

Because of the drop in lymphocytes, Cruickshank has advised people who intend to receive the immunization to avoid alcohol in the immediate timeframe leading up to — and following — the shot.

“You need to have your immune system working tiptop to have a good response to the vaccine, so if you’re drinking the night before, or shortly afterwards, that’s not going to help,” Cruickshank said.

The outlet added, “Lymphocytes are of ‘fundamental importance’ in the immune system because they determine immune response to infectious microorganisms and other foreign substances, such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a team of scientists in Wuhan, China.”

What else?

In December, Russian scientists urged citizens seeking a COVID-19 vaccine to avoid alcohol for at least two months.

Russia began issuing its own two-dose coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V — which the country has claimed is at least 95% effective — in December, and delivered the injection with a warning to those citizens who like to imbibe: No alcohol for two months during the immunization process.

Citizens were also urged not to take any immunosuppressant drugs during the course of treatment.

Anna Popova, head of the nation’s consumer safety watchdog organization, said that those receiving the vaccine should avoid alcohol for at least two weeks before the first shot and then for an additional 42 days following the second shot, which is administered 21 days after the first shot.

“It’s a strain on the body,” Popova said. “If we want to stay healthy and have a strong immune response, don’t drink alcohol.”

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Large numbers of health care and frontline workers are refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine

Despite having been prioritized as the first recipients of the coronavirus vaccine, a large number of health care and frontline workers are passing on the vaccine. Early reports from across the country show that health care and frontline workers are refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

In Ohio, 60% of nursing home employees decided not to take the coronavirus vaccine. Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine (R) reacted to the low participation numbers by
saying, “We aren’t going to make them but we wish they had a higher compliance.” He added that he was “troubled” by how many nursing home workers rejected the vaccine.

DeWine warned frontline workers that they soon would no longer be in front of the line, “Our message today is: The train may not be coming back for awhile. We’re going to make it available to everyone eventually, but this is the opportunity for you, and you should really think about getting it.”

Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, is frustrated that over half of the nurses in his unit will refuse to get the vaccine.

“Yesterday I had a — not a fight, but I had a friendly argument with more than 50% of my nurses in my unit telling me that they would not get the vaccine,” he told
NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

“Some of those nurses have had family members admitted to the hospital, gravely ill with COVID-19,” NPR reported. “But he said some nurses and hospital staff members — many of whom are Latinx or Black — are skeptical it will work and are worried about unfounded side effects.”

In California, an estimated 50% of frontline workers in Riverside County turned down the COVID-19 vaccine, Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari told
the Los Angeles Times.

“At St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Tehama County, fewer than half of the 700 hospital workers eligible for the vaccine were willing to take the shot when it was first offered. At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, one in five frontline nurses and doctors have declined the shot,” the LA Times reported. “Roughly 20% to 40% of L.A. County’s frontline workers who were offered the vaccine did the same, according to county public health officials.”

Dr. Nikhila Juvvadi, the chief clinical officer at Chicago’s Loretto Hospital, surveyed the hospital staff right before the coronavirus vaccine came out, and 40% of the employees said they would not get vaccinated, according to
NPR.

In an early December survey of New York Fire Department members, approximately 55% of uniformed firefighters said they would opt to not get the shot, according to
WNBC-TV.

A survey by the
Kaiser Family Foundation published on Dec. 15 found that 29% of those who work in a health care delivery setting probably would not or definitely would not get the shot. The poll also found that 33% of essential workers would pass. Overall, 27% of Americans are “vaccine-hesitant.”

There is a stark divide among Americans who are willing to get vaccinated depending on their political affiliation. According to the survey, 86% of Democrats say that they will definitely or probably get the coronavirus vaccine, compared to 56% of Republicans who said the same.

According to the
KFF, the top concerns about being reluctant to get the coronavirus vaccine are:

  • Possible side effects (59%)
  • Lack of trust in the government to ensure the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness (55%)
  • Concerns that the vaccine is too new (53%)
  • Concerns over the role of politics in the development process (51%)

Sheena Bumpas, a certified nursing assistant at a home in Oklahoma, told
the New York Times that she was reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine because “I don’t want to be a guinea pig.”

April Lu, a 31-year-old nurse at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in California, refused to take the vaccine because she is concerned that it is might not be safe for pregnant women, and she is six months pregnant.

“I’m choosing the risk — the risk of having COVID, or the risk of the unknown of the vaccine,” Lu told
the Los Angeles Times. “I think I’m choosing the risk of COVID. I can control that and prevent it a little by wearing masks, although not 100% for sure.”

Last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci noted that coronavirus vaccines could become mandatory in order to attend school or travel internationally.

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Kamala Harris receives coronavirus vaccine after saying she wouldn’t take it if developed during Trump admin

Vice president-elect Kamala Harris received the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday after saying she wouldn’t take it if it were developed under President Donald Trump before or after the election.

Harris happily posed for photographs while receiving the Moderna vaccine injection at the United Medical Center in southeast Washington, D.C.

Harris had said in September that she wouldn’t receive a coronavirus vaccine developed under the Trump administration because she had doubts on whether he would streamline the process in order to improve his voter support.

“Well, I think that’s gonna be an issue for all of us,” Harris said to Dana Bash on CNN.

“I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump, and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about,” she explained. “I will not take his word for it.”

She went on to say that the president was “grasping for whatever he can get to pretend that he’s been a leader on this issue when he’s not.”

Later in October, Vice President Mike Pence criticized Harris during the vice presidential debate for undermining public trust in the development of the vaccine.

“If the public health professionals, if Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it,” Harris said during the debate. “But if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I’m not taking it.”

Pence called her statement “unconscionable” and accused her of playing politics with people’s lives.

On Tuesday, Harris appeared to reiterate her anti-Trump pro-science comments when she received the vaccine.

“I trust the scientists and it’s the scientists who created and approve the vaccine,” Harris said. “I urge everyone when it’s your turn to get vaccinated.”

Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel slammed Harris for hypocritically changing her position on the vaccine.

“Over the summer, Kamala Harris shamefully decided to play politics and undermined confidence in a vaccine,” she tweeted.

“Today, she was able to get one because of [President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed],” she added.

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NY medical provider under investigation for bypassing frontline workers and elderly people in vaccine distribution

New York authorities are investigating whether a local medical provider illegally obtained and distributed doses of the new coronavirus vaccine, the state’s health commissioner announced over the weekend.

ParCare Community Health Network, a medical provider that operates six locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Orange County, has been accused of fraudulently obtaining doses of Moderna’s vaccine before bypassing frontline health care workers and elderly people in administering doses to members of the public.

“The State Department of Health has been made aware of reports that Parcare Community Health Network, an Orange County provider, may have fraudulently obtained COVID-19 vaccine, transferred it to facilities in other parts of the state in violation of state guidelines and diverted it to members of the public — contrary to the state’s plan to administer it first to frontline healthcare workers, as well as nursing home residents and staffers,” New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement issued on Saturday.

“We take this very seriously and DOH will be assisting State Police in a criminal investigation into this matter. Anyone found to have knowingly participated in this scheme will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” he added.

State guidelines mandate that the first round of vaccines go to frontline health care workers and nursing home residents and staff, but according to WLNY-TV, a post on ParCare Community’s Facebook page offered vaccinations “on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

In response, ParCare said it is complying with the probe and has “proactively returned” its remaining stockpile of vaccine doses until the investigation is concluded.

“[ParCare has] provided the documentation regarding the proper receipt of the vaccines to the NYS DOH,” the company said in a statement. “In an effort to fully cooperate with NYS DOH, ParCare has proactively returned its vaccines pending the Department’s review.”

The company insisted, however, that no wrongdoing took place.

“We are confident the end result of that review will show that ParCare at all times exerted best efforts to comply with all NYS DOH requirements and will allow us to continue to achieve our number one goal of providing these critical vaccines to the New Yorkers who need them most,” the statement said.

“We will do everything in our power to make sure that the state understands that our patients are our priority and that everyone receives their second dose accordingly,” it added.

On Monday, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced increased penalties on health care providers that intentionally disregard vaccine distribution protocols of up to $1 million fines and the revocation of all state licenses.

As of the same day, approximately 140,000 New York residents had received a vaccine.

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People may soon need ‘vaccine passports’ to travel, attend large events

With vaccines now being distributed and administered in the United States and around the world to combat the coronavirus pandemic, plans are reportedly under way to produce technologies capable of assessing who has and who hasn’t been inoculated.

According to a new CNN report, several international organizations and large businesses — including the World Economic Forum and IBM — have begun “developing smartphone apps or systems for individuals to upload details of their COVID-19 tests and vaccinations, creating digital credentials that could be shown in order to enter concert venues, stadiums, movie theaters, offices, or even countries.”

One of the emerging technologies, known as the CommonPass app, being developed by the World Economic Forum and The Commons Project, a nonprofit based in Geneva, Switzerland, allows users to upload medical data such as a COVID-19 test or, eventually, a proof of vaccination. The app then generates a certificate in the form of a QR code, which users can show to officials reportedly without revealing sensitive information.

The well-known tech firm IBM also created its own app, called the Digital Health Pass, which operates in much the same way but would store credentials in a mobile wallet.

The forthcoming credentialing systems could work as “vaccine passports,” the CNN report noted, allowing vaccinated persons to provide a record showing they’ve received a shot in order to enter venues or travel abroad.

But the new technologies raise several questions as well, such as whether or not those who choose not to get vaccinated, or perhaps simply choose not to allow their medical information to be shared, will be barred from entry into participating venues or countries. That’s not even to mention the fact that much of the world’s population still doesn’t have access to smartphones or the internet.

The news will almost certainly spark a new round of debate over to what extent individual freedom and privacy can be encroached upon in the name of public health, especially as many may still be wary about receiving a vaccine.

Nevertheless, the development of such technologies presses on. Two large groups are even working to establish universal standards for the credentialing systems.

According to CNN, “The Linux Foundation has partnered with the Covid-19 Credentials Initiative, a collective of more than 300 people representing dozens of organizations across five continents,” to make standardized vaccine passports a reality.

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Rich people are trying to skip the coronavirus vaccine line, reportedly offering ‘donations’ of $25,000

The United States rolled out the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week. Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse from Northwell Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York, received the very first coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. at 9:23 a.m. on Monday.

There has been debate on who deserves priority on the coronavirus waitlist. One expert told the New York Times that the elderly shouldn’t get priority because “older populations are whiter, ” and not providing them with a COVID-19 vaccine would “start to level the playing field a bit” with minorities.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, an advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released its official recommendation on who should be at the front of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine. The ACIP put the following groups on the priority waitlist: Healthcare personnel, workers in essential and critical industries, people at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions, and people 65 years and older.

However, there are rich people trying to skip the line for the coronavirus vaccine by offering to make substantial “donations,” according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

Dr. Jeff Toll works at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, one of the first hospitals to stock the vaccine. One wealthy individual reportedly offered to make a major “donation” to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to skip the coronavirus vaccine line. The rich person asked Toll, “If I donate $25,000 to Cedars, would that help me get in line?” Toll said no.

California doctors claim that celebrities have ordered their assistants to badger medical clinics until they get on the COVID-19 vaccine priority waitlist.

“Their people are calling me literally every day,” an anonymous doctor claimed. “They don’t want to wait. They want to know how they can get it more quickly.”

Dr. Ehsan Ali, who runs Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor and boasts of celebrity clients such as Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, said he is getting “hundreds of calls every single day” from people trying to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “This is the first time where I have not been able to get something for my patients,” he admitted.

If you don’t have a dedicated assistant or $25,000 to bribe your way to the front of the coronavirus vaccine waitlist, you can see approximately how many people are ahead of you by using the New York Times’ “Find Your Place in the Vaccine Line” tool.

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As VP Pence gets COVID-19 vaccine, Fauci says if enough people receive shot, ‘we can start thinking seriously about the return to normality’

Dr. Anthony Fauci says that if enough Americans receive a COVID-19 vaccination, the U.S. can begin to start seriously considering a return to normalcy.

His remarks came after Vice President Mike Pence, his wife, Karen, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams received their coronavirus vaccines on Friday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also received COVID-19 vaccinations Friday. And President-elect Joe Biden and his wife will be getting the vaccine Monday.

What are the details?

The Pences and Adams received their COVID-19 vaccinations on live television, according to a report from the Associated Press.

During the televised event, Pence assured Americans that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe.

Of the vaccine, the vice president said, “Hope is on the way.”

“The American people can be confident: We have one, and perhaps within hours, two safe vaccines,” he added with an apparent nod to Moderna’s forthcoming COVID-19 vaccination, which is awaiting FDA authorization.

Following the Pences’ vaccination, Dr. Fauci issued remarks about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine in returning to a more normal way of life.

“The time is now to step to the plate, and when your time comes, to get vaccinated,” he said. “Because when we’re speaking to you here today, I often say it is really bittersweet. The bitterness is the fact of what the vice president mentioned: We still are in the middle of a very difficult situation with record numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

“But the sweetness is the light at the end of the tunnel, which I can tell you, as we get into January, February, March, and April, that light is going to get brighter and brighter,” the infectious diseases expert proclaimed. “And the bitterness is going to be replaced by the sweetness.”

He concluded, “And we all hope — and I think this is doable — that by the time we get to several months into this year, we will have enough people protected that we can start thinking seriously about a return to normality. That’s up to all of us to step forward and get vaccinated.”

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Expert tells NY Times: Elderly white people shouldn’t get coronavirus vaccine priority in order to ‘level playing field’ with minorities

The COVID-19 vaccine rolled out this week, and now there is a debate about which groups should be a priority on the coronavirus vaccine waiting list. The New York Times attempted to answer the question about the COVID-19 priority list in an article titled “The Elderly vs. Essential Workers: Who Should Get the Coronavirus Vaccine First?”

The article featured health experts, economists, and epidemiologists to give their insight into who should move to the front of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine. Much to the shock of many readers, the experts considered race when deciding who received priority in receiving the potentially life-saving vaccine.

Dr. Peter Szilagyi, a committee member and a pediatrics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, declared, “The issue of ethics is very significant, very important for this country, and clearly favors the essential worker group because of the high proportion of minority, low-income and low-education workers among essential workers.”

Harald Schmidt, an expert in ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told the New York Times, “It is reasonable to put essential workers ahead of older adults, given their risks, and that they are disproportionately minorities.”

“Older populations are whiter, ” Schmidt told the paper. “Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit.”

Schmidt proclaimed that essential workers should be given priority for the vaccine over the elderly, even though people aged 75-84 have a chance 220 times higher of dying from coronavirus than younger adults, and anyone over the age of 85 has a chance 630 times higher, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Marc Lipsitch, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, also hinted that the race of a person should determine who should or should not get priority on the coronavirus waiting list. Lipsitch said that teachers shouldn’t be considered essential workers, “if a central goal of the committee is to reduce health inequities.”

“Teachers have middle-class salaries, are very often white, and they have college degrees,” Lipsitch told the Times.

Elise Gould, a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, asserted that teachers should be prioritized because it would allow people to get back to work with reliable child care at schools.

“And if you think generally about people who have jobs where they can’t telework, they are disproportionately Black and brown,” Gould said. “They’ll have more of a challenge when child care is an issue.”

Twitter user Jason Compson was one of the first people to point out the concerning racial aspects of the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine found in the New York Times article.

BlazeTV personality Dave Rubin tore apart the article, “Just The NY Times quoting a doctor who wants to kill older white people for political purposes. (Which was the next obvious step of the garbage The NY Times has been pushing for years.) ‘Expert in ethics’ doesn’t mean what it used to.”

BlazeTV’s Allie Beth Stuckey of the “Relatable” podcast, pointed out, “This is so insanely evil. Please, woke Christians, do go on about how Critical Race Theory is just a bogeyman made up by the right that doesn’t pose any real threat. Tell me again about how Christian Nationalism is our biggest threat.”

New York Post columnist Miranda Devine wrote, “Truly disgusting. Approved eugenics. Elderly are most at risk and should be first in line for a vaccine. The color of their skin is immaterial. What has happened to the medical profession?”

One commenter replied, “This thread shows there is something seriously rotten at the NY Times. The attempts to assign values to people’s lives purely by skin color are unethical, immoral, and completely backwards.”

Another person noted, “Just a little peek into government run healthcare right here.”

The New York Times admitted that governors along with state and local health officials will ultimately decide who gets the coronavirus vaccine first and are not required to follow CDC guidelines.

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Louis Farrakhan goes on rant about coronavirus vaccine, white ‘devils’: Vaccine is ‘toxic waste’ that will harm black community

Louis Farrakhan has
suggested to his Nation of Islam followers that they should not receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

He also referred to white people as “devils” and “crackers.”

What are the details?

In an hour-plus-long speech, the 87-year-old told his followers that any coronavirus vaccines would be a “toxic waste” that would ultimately damage the black community.

The speech, delivered at a virtual event for the National Afrikan/Black Leadership Summit, saw Farrakhan complain about the agenda set by healthcare experts in administering mass vaccinations.

“We are so frightened over this COVID, now they’re getting us ready for this vaccine,” he said. “How could you allow him to stick a needle into you, saying he’s helping you?”

Farrakhan also said that he doesn’t believe that the vaccines will be helpful, and in fact, will only serve to hurt blacks.

“Those of you who are health professionals, they want you to take it first,” he said.

“You notice they’re offering you money now?” Farrakhan continued, appearing to refer to Democratic presidential candidate John Delany, who once proposed paying people $1,500 to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. “This devil … offers you $1,000 or $1,500 to take a shot. They give you free shots of toxic waste.”

According to the Daily Caller, Farrakhan also referred to white people as “devils” and “crackers” and said that black families should not send their children to school if they are required to vaccinate.

“Tell the cracker: I ain’t coming to your school,” he added.

According to a recent
Pew Research poll, just 42% of black Americans plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine when compared to 61% of white Americans and 83% of Asian-Americans.


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What else?

This isn’t the first time Farrakhan has blasted COVID-19 vaccines.

In July, he
accused Dr. Anthony Fauci and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates of planning to “depopulate the earth” with a coronavirus vaccine.

Speaking from the Nation of Islam headquarters in Chicago, Farrakhan urged African leaders and Nation of Islam followers to turn down an offer to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

“I say to my brothers and sisters in Africa, if they come up with a vaccine, be careful,” he said. “Don’t let them vaccinate you with their history of treachery through vaccines, through medication. … Do not take their medication.” “They’re making money now, plotting to give seven billion, five-hundred million people a vaccination.

“Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates and Melinda — you want to depopulate the Earth,” Farrakhan continued. “What the hell gave you that right? Who are you to sit down with your billion to talk about who can live, and who should die?”

“That’s why your world is coming to an end quickly, because you have sentenced billions to death, but God is now sentencing you to the death that you are sentencing to others,” he added.

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US administers its first COVID-19 vaccine on a New York ICU nurse

The United States has administered the very first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, according to various reporting.

What are the details?

The U.S. rollout began on Monday as Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse from Northwell Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York, received the coronavirus vaccine at 9:23 ET on Monday, according to CNN.

The event was livestreamed with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

“You didn’t flinch,” Cuomo quipped of Lindsay’s vaccination.

Of the vaccine, Lindsay said, “I’m feeling well. I would like to thank all of the frontline workers and all my colleagues … doing their job during this pandemic all over the world. … I feel hopeful today, relieved. I hope this marks the beginning of a the end of a very painful time.”

Cuomo added, “In New York, we prioritized health care workers at the top of the list to receive the vaccine because we know that you are out there every day putting your lives in danger for the rest of us.”

“So this is the light at the end of the tunnel,” he added. “But it’s a long tunnel and we need people to continue to be doing the right thing. And the smart thing, all through the holiday season. And hopefully, when we get to about June, they estimate the vaccine can hit critical mass, but the health care workers will get it first because we know that you’re super stressed during this holiday season.”

What else?

According to reports, the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, received its first delivery of the vaccine this morning, and other areas in New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Michigan, and Washington, D.C., are also expected to administer COVID-19 vaccines on Monday.

CNN reported, “The first batch of the vaccine was shipped out from a Pfizer plant in Portage, Michigan, on Sunday headed for over 600 sites across all 50 states.”

Health officials first began administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines last week in the United Kingdom. Following the injections, at least two people saw allergic reactions to the vaccine, prompting experts to announce that people with histories of significant allergic reaction avoid the vaccine.

Experts say the vaccine is given as two separate shots administered 21 days apart.

At the time of this reporting, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that there have been at least 16,262,304 confirmed COVID-19 infections in the United States, with at least 299,246 fatalities as a result of the deadly virus.

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Bill Gates says we won’t be back to ‘normal’ until 2022, issues dire omen for bars and restaurants

The first truck transporting Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine pulled out of a Michigan manufacturing plant on Sunday, and are expected to reach their destination on Monday so that health workers could administer the vaccine. Despite the overall optimism in the COVID-19 vaccine on its way to the American people, Bill Gates warns that the coronavirus pandemic is not even close to being over.

Gates is impressed with the progress of a coronavirus thus far.

“This vaccine work is phenomenal,” Gates said last week at Singapore’s FinTech Festival that was held virtually. “You know, we’ve been working with these pharma companies, they’ve been doing their best, you know, thank goodness, those vaccines will bring this pandemic to an end.”

Gates noted that there could be six COVID-19 vaccines ready by spring of 2021, and he expects them to be approved by summer 2021.

However, despite his optimism in the coronavirus vaccine, Gates said that the world would not return to normal for more than a year.

“There will be… By the summer of 2021, the rich countries will have more vaccine coverage than other countries. So, the rich countries will be going mostly back to normal,” Gates told the Hindustan Times on Friday. “But I still think because the virus will be in the world, we still will be somewhat conservative about large public events, we will still have some mask-wearing.”

“We really need to get this virus eliminated, almost everywhere or else we have seen even in countries that have done a super good job — like Australia or Singapore or Hong Kong or South Korea – they always run a risk of reinfection,” Gates continued. “So they’ve had to restrict tourism and other travel, but by summer that will start to open up.”

Gates declared, “They won’t be totally back to normal but sometime in the first half of 2022, I do think we will be able to say that we’re back to normal.”

On Sunday, the Microsoft CEO seemed to prescribe a coronavirus restriction that would inflict wide-scale ruination on the country’s bars and restaurants.

“Bars and restaurants in most of the country will be closed as we go into this wave,” Gates told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And I think, sadly, that’s appropriate.”

“Depending on how severe it is, the decision about schools is much more complicated, because, there, the benefits are pretty high, the amount of transmission is not the same as in restaurants and bars,” he continued.

“So, trade-offs will have to be made. But this — the next four to six months really call on us to do our best, because we can see that this will end, and you don’t want somebody you love to be the last to die of coronavirus,” Gates added.

Coronavirus lockdowns have already decimated the restaurant industry, 110,000 restaurants have permanently closed in 2020, approximately 17% of all of America’s restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Gates hinted at a financially crippling edict despite New York state’s contract tracing data of 46,000 confirmed coronavirus cases between September and November finding that only 1.4% of COVID-19 infections were attributed to bars and restaurants.

New York, Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles have instituted debilitating restrictions on restaurants in the past week.

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