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    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister said Friday that more than 1% of the population is currently infected with the coronavirus, and he called on citizens to get vaccinated if they haven’t done so yet. The country confirmed 74,352 new daily COVID-19 cases and 390 additional deaths, figures published by the federal disease control agency showed . According to the Robert Koch Institute’s calculations, some 925,800 people in Germany are considered actively infected with the virus. Health Minister Jens Spahn noted that the number of unvaccinated residents who are infected and seriously ill is much higher than their share of the overall population. “If all German adults were vaccinated, we wouldn’t be in this difficult situation,” he told reporters in Berlin. Spahn spoke a day after federal and state leaders announced tough new restrictions that largely target unvaccinated people, preventing them from entering nonessential stores, restaurants, sports and cultural venues. The government also plans to submit a general vaccine mandate for parliament to consider. Spahn, who is likely to leave office next week when Germany’s new center-left government takes...
    BORIS Johnson has no plans to bring in any further Covid restrictions in the next three weeks, a minister said today. Health minister Ed Argar said another tightening up of curbs on daily life is "not something I'm anticipating". 1Health minister Ed Argar And he insisted he's "looking forward to a Christmas with family and friends" despite the Omicron variant fears. The PM announced on Saturday travel rules are being tightened and mandatory masks reintroduced in public spaces. People will have to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport - but not in pubs and restaurants. Mr Argar said there's no plan to tighten restrictions "at this point" and that "hopefully we won't need to make any changes". Sajid Javid will today give a major update to MPs today on Britain's fight against the Omicron variant. The health secretary is set to update Parliament on the new battle with the virus at around 3.30pm. His appearance will come with scientists expected to green light booster jabs for all UK adults today. The JCVI expert group may also cut...
    Felix Hlophe during Vooma Vaccination Campaign on October 03, 2021 in Durban, South Africa. This is part of the government's efforts to drive the national vaccination campaign and address certain myths and bits of misinformation that are keeping young people from getting vaccinated . (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images)Gallo Images | Gallo Images | Getty Images South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla said Friday that other countries' decisions to impose travel restrictions amid concerns over the detection of a heavily mutated variant of Covid-19 in his country is "unjustified." "The kind of knee-jerk reaction, it really doesn't make sense," Phaahla said at a media briefing, adding that travel bans violate the norms and standards of the World Health Organization.  He slammed other nations for "wanting to put blame" and ascribing the variant to South Africa rather than working collaboratively to address the situation as guided by the WHO.  "Covid-19 is a global health emergency. We must work together, not punish each other," Phaahla said. "Witch hunts don't benefit anyone. South Africa wants to be an honest player...
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Prime Minister Ariel Henry swore in his new Cabinet on Wednesday, more than four months after he assumed leadership of Haiti following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. The appointments come as Haiti struggles with a rise in violence, kidnappings and ongoing fuel shortages blamed on powerful gangs that have blocked gas distribution terminals. “You accepted this under difficult conditions,” Henry told his new Cabinet. He appointed nine ministers to a variety of positions including foreign affairs, economy, justice, education and health. Among those appointed is Jean Victor Jeneus, who will replace Claude Joseph as minister of foreign affairs and worship. Joseph briefly served as acting prime minister after Moïse was killed at his private home in the pre-dawn hours of July 7. Henry warned that difficult decisions lay ahead given the complex situation in Haiti and said his administration is doing the best it can to ensure public safety with the resources it has. “We are doing the maximum with the funds that we have available to restore the authority of the state and put...
    Germany's health minister announced that most of the country's population will either be "vaccinated, cured, or dead" from COVID-19 after the winter as another surge in cases hits the country. German Health Minister Jens Spahn's statement comes after figures for COVID-19 cases in Germany released Monday showed 30,000 new cases within the past 24 hours. Last week saw 65,000 new cases in a single day, according to CNN . Because of the increase in COVID-19 cases, intensive care units are reportedly nearing their maximum capacity at hospitals across the country. Doctors said they are prepared to triage patients who have the best chance of survival. “Probably by the end of the winter, more or less everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, cured, or dead,” Spahn said. “That sounds cynical, but that is the reality.” GERMANY JOINS FRANCE AND OTHERS TO ADVISE AGAINST MODERNA VACCINE FOR PEOPLE UNDER 30 Policies such as excluding unvaccinated people from public spaces and workplaces are already in effect, yet outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel said the policies are not enough to...
    British Health Secretary Sajid Javid has ruled out the possibility of compulsory coronavirus vaccinations being implemented in the UK. In response to whether Britain would be following the likes of Austria in mandating vaccines, Mr Javid bluntly stated “no” on Sunday. “It is up to Austria, other countries, to decide what they need to do. We are fortunate that in this country, although we have vaccine hesitancy, it is a lot lower than we are seeing in other places,” Javid told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme. The health secretary went on to emphasize that getting vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus should be a “positive choice” that people should be encouraged to take, rather than being coerced by the state. Although he defended the government’s decision to make the vaccine compulsory for those working within healthcare professions, he said that there are no plans to expand the requirement to the general public. “I don’t think that is something we would ever look at,” Javid concluded. While Secretary Javid’s statement regarding the British government’s position on mandatory vaccination was rather clear, the...
    Germany's health minister said Monday that the rapid rise in coronavirus cases means it's likely everyone in the country who isn't vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of the winter — and some of those will die.  Official figures Monday showed more than 30,000 newly confirmed cases in Germany over the past 24 hours — an increase of about 50% compared to one week ago. The country is this week expected to pass 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.  Hospitals warn that ICU capacities are nearly exhausted, with some patients having to be transferred to clinics in other parts of Germany.  GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TELL AMERICANS: DOWNSIZE THANKSGIVING, MASK UP AROUND FAMILY IF NOT VAXXED  People queue up in a line several hundred meters long for the vaccination campaign at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021.  (Marcus Brandt/dpa via AP) To reduce the risk of serious illness, Health Minister Jens Spahn urged Germans to get vaccinated, including with booster shots if their first round of inoculation occurred more than six months ago. ...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister said Monday that the rapid rise in coronavirus cases means it’s likely everyone in the country who isn’t vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of the winter — and some of those will die. Official figures showed more than 30,000 newly confirmed cases in Germany over the past 24 hours — an increase of about 50% compared to one week ago. Hospitals have warned that ICU capacities are nearly exhausted, with some patients having to be transferred to other clinics far away. Health Minister Jens Spahn urged Germans to get vaccinated, including with booster shots if their first round of inoculation occurred more than six months ago, to reduce the risk of serious illness. “By the end of this winter pretty much everyone in Germany (…) will have been vaccinated, recovered or died,” Spahn told reporters in Berlin. He acknowledged some had described this view as cynical. “But it’s true. With the highly contagious delta variant this is very, very likely and that’s why we are recommending vaccination so urgently,” said Spahn....
    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal will obtain enough vaccines to immunize all adults against COVID-19 by mid-April and is focusing on getting doses into remote mountainous areas of the Himalayan nation, the health minister said Wednesday. The government will hire workers and set up vaccination centers to meet the target, Health Minister Birod Khatiwada told The Associated Press in an interview. “We are going to meet our target or even exceed our goal because we are already getting enough vaccines,” said Khatiwada, who was appointed last month. “We are going to hire more health workers so they are able to reach all remote corners of the country and set up new vaccine centers to reach all the population.” Nepal’s immunization campaign began in January with vaccines donated by neighboring India but stalled when India faced a devastating surge of COVID-19 and halted vaccine exports. Health ministry records show 44% of Nepal’s adults have received at least one dose and 37.5% are fully vaccinated. Adults comprise about 72% of Nepal’s population of 30 million. So far, only people over age 18...
    Rock icon Van Morrison is being sued for libel by the Health Minister of Northern Ireland after the singer called him “dangerous” over his coronavirus lockdown policies. The Health Minister for the British province, Robin Swann has officially launched legal proceedings against Van Morrison and the case is expected to be heard at the High Court early next year. The suit stems from the Brown-Eyed Girl singer calling the minister “very dangerous” at a dinner back in June. Mr Swann’s legal team is expected to argue that Sir Van’s comments had harmed his reputation by suggesting that he was unfit for office and had endangered the public with this lockdown policies. While it is almost unheard of for a government official to sue a member of the public in the United States for libel, the laws surrounding such cases are much stricter in Britain, where speech is far more regulated. Morrison’s solicitor told the BBC that the singer “regrets that Mr Swann considered it necessary to issue proceedings”. Delingpole: Van Morrison Attacks ‘Fascist Bullies’ In Anti-Lockdown Protest Songs https://t.co/H9xp0ETYD3 — Breitbart London...
    Northern Ireland’s health minister, Robin Swann, is suing legendary rock star Van Morrison after he criticized lockdown measures put in place, according to multiple reports published Sunday. Morrison criticized Swann at least three times, with Morrison alleging the public official was “very dangerous,” according to The Associated Press. Swann claims Morrison’s comments hurt his reputation, according to Northern Ireland’s Sunday Life newspaper. “Proceedings have been issued and are ongoing against Van Morrison,” Swann’s lawyer, Paul Tweed said, according to the report. The first incident involving Morrison happened during a Belfast Europa Hotel gig in June. Morrison tried to get the crowd to chant “Robin Swann is very dangerous” after several of Morrison’s future shows were canceled due to lockdowns, according to Sunday Life. NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 14: Recording Artist Van Morrison performs during the 18th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference at Ascend Amphitheater on September 14, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Davis/Getty Images for Americana Music) Morrison was later approached by Sunday Life about his comments, with the rocker doubling down, according to the report. (RELATED: The Coronavirus...
    (CNN)Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn said the country was experiencing a "massive" pandemic of the unvaccinated as authorities raised the alarm on rising infections and increased pressure on hospitals due to Covid-19 admissions. "The number of infections is increasing, as well as the number of deaths from Covid and especially the number of patients in intensive care units in some regions of Germany, regions where vaccination rates are not as high as in other regions," Spahn said Wednesday, adding that the speed of administration of the booster shots "is not sufficient."So far only 66.8% of the population are fully vaccinated in the country. Vaccination has been slower in the Eastern states of Saxony and Thuringia, where vaccination rates are at 59% and 62.2% respectively, according to Ministry of Health figures. "The truth is that there would be far fewer Covid-19 patients in [intensive care] if everyone who could do it got a vaccination," Spahn said. Covid chaos grips the East and uncertainty haunts the West. Europe is entering its second pandemic winter Read MoreHe also called to strengthen checks at...
    Germany’s health minister called Wednesday for booster vaccinations to be stepped up and for more frequent checks of people’s vaccination or test status as new COVID-19 infections increase. Senior health officials also appealed anew to German residents who haven’t yet been vaccinated at all to get their shots, though Health Minister Jens Spahn acknowledged that many of the holdouts can’t be convinced. They said that pressure on hospital beds is rising, particularly in regions where vaccination rates are relatively low. Spahn said that although officials agreed in August to make booster shots available to over-60s and nursing home residents and staff, only a bit over 2 million have been administered so far. “That is much too few — the pace of boosters is not sufficient,” he added. There is some tension between the minister and doctors’ organizations over the issue. Germany’s independent standing committee on vaccination — whose recommendations are followed by many doctors — currently recommends boosters for over-70s and a few other groups, but the health ministry says everyone who wants one is entitled to one. ...
    The traditional preparatory stage for the Australian Open, the Kyung exhibition competition, was canceled on Tuesday due to uncertainty surrounding the health situation in Melbourne. “Uncertainty over the measures to take effect in January has been high in recent months, and we have not been able to ensure the best possible competition in absolute security,” he said. The director of the competition, Adam Kosher, said in a statement. Unofficial vaccination rules Due to the epidemic, the Kyung Classic could not hold in 2021 already. It should have taken place from 14 to 16 January 2022, shortly before the Australian Open, which is scheduled for 16 to 30 January. The rules for vaccinating players for the first Grand Slam of the season have not yet been clarified, raising suspicions that several stars, including Novak Djokovic, have been named nine times in Melbourne. According to the Women’s Tour (WTA) email revealed by the New York Times, unvaccinated athletes can participate with 14 days of isolation and routine testing. Although the Prime Minister of the State of Victoria, where...
    Commuters, some wearing face coverings to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, ride a Transport for London (TfL) underground train in London on October 20, 2021.TOLGA AKMEN | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Wednesday said the government won't be implementing the so-called "plan B" strategy of its fall-winter Covid plan, defying warnings from health leaders that the country risks "stumbling into a winter crisis." "We are looking closely at the data and we won't be implementing our plan B of contingency measures at this point," Javid said, speaking at the government's first coronavirus press conference in more than a month. "But we will be staying vigilant, preparing for all eventualities while strengthening our vital defenses that can help us fight back against this virus." Javid said the NHS was "performing with distinction," acknowledging that the health service was seeing greater pressure but rejected the suggestion that this pressure was unsustainable. "We will do what it takes to make sure that this pressure doesn't become unsustainable and that we don't allow the NHS...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One of the world’s last three countries to administer COVID-19 vaccines started giving out doses on Monday as the East African nation of Burundi launched its national campaign. The vaccinations started in the commercial capital, Bujumbura, though health workers told The Associated Press that barely more than a dozen people had received doses by mid-afternoon. Recipients included the ministers of health and security. Only North Korea and the Horn of Africa nation of Eritrea have not administered any COVID-19 vaccines, according to the World Health Organization. Burundi’s previous government under the late President Pierre Nkurunziza had been criticized for taking the pandemic lightly. The vaccination campaign began after Burundi received a half-million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine. Targeted groups for the doses are health workers, the elderly and people with incurable diseases, Health Minister Thaddee Ndikumana said last week. But hesitation remains among some officials. On Sunday, Prime Minister Alain Guillaume Bunyoni asserted, without evidence, that the government has the responsibility to tell citizens that “the vaccine has a lot of consequences not even known by...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has once again raised the spectre of imposing a coronavirus vaccine passport scheme, under a so-called “Plan B” for the winter months if the UK’s socialised healthcare system is overrun with cases of the Chinese virus. In a “Proposal for mandatory COVID certification in a Plan B scenario” published on Monday, the government set out the arguments for implementing a health pass system in England, as has already been enacted by the devolved governments of Scotland and Wales. Under the supposed backup plan, only those who have received at least two doses of a coronavirus vaccine would be granted the passport, which would come in the form of an update to the NHS app, which already stores vaccination status. Those who have recovered from the virus and therefore have a natural immunity or those who have tested negative on a test would not be afforded the health pass. Every nightclub, as well as other businesses which serve alcohol, play music, or have dancing past 1 pm would be subjected to the scheme. Indoor events with...
    Brazil Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga Brazil's Minister of Health, who tested positive for COVID-19 while attending a United Nations conference in New York City, was seen on video giving protesters the middle finger after meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and staying at the same hotel as Joe Biden.  Brazilian journalist Raquel Krähenbühl tweeted the nine-second clip on Monday night, showing Marcelo Queiroga angrily flipping off protesters from a van as it left the UN building. The video has already amassed over a million views as of Wednesday morning. 'This video from the Ministry of Health showing the finger to protesters in NYC…' Krähenbühl captioned the tweet in Portuguese. 'Minister goes to New York, shows the protesters the middle finger, and tests positive for Covid. Sounds like a lie. But it is not' she added in another tweet the next day.  By Tuesday, Brazil's presidential office had officially announced that the fully-vaccinated Queiroga had tested positive for the virus and will be quarantining in New York for two weeks. Esse vídeo do Ministro da Saúde mostrando o dedo para os manifestantes em NYC… pic.twitter.com/AXyJZdEhza— Raquel...
    Brazilian Health Minister Marcel Queiroga tested positive for COVID-19 while visiting New York for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Brazilian president’s office said Tuesday, according to multiple sources. Queiroga will remain in isolation in the U.S. for 14 days “following all health safety protocols,” according to The Washington Post. The health minister has received at least one of the vaccine shots, and Brazilian diplomats will not attend any meetings until Friday. Here the minister at the #UN headquarters this morning. The only one with a mask. pic.twitter.com/Kb7tvQ5Vpv — Raquel Krähenbühl (@Rkrahenbuhl) September 22, 2021 Queiroga is part of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s Presidential Committee, who spoke at the UNGA on Tuesday, the Post reported. The health minister is reportedly the second member of the delegation to test positive for COVID-19 while in New York. Queiroga was reportedly filmed shaking hands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who met with President Joe Biden on Tuesday at the White House, the Washington Post reported. Bolsonaro has not received the vaccine citing he already recovered from a mild case...
    Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images Brazilian Minister of Health Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for Covid-19 while attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, he announced late Tuesday. “I let everyone know that I tested positive for Covid-19 today,” Querioga wrote in a post on social media. “I will be quarantined in #US, following all health safety protocols. Meanwhile, the [Ministry of Health] will remain firm in the actions to fight the pandemic in Brazil. Let’s beat this!” Queiroga is the second member of Brazil’s delegation to contract for Covid-19 after an unnamed member of the country’s delegation tested positive on Tuesday. That individual arrived before the bulk of the country’s delegation and tested negative before leaving the Brazil, meaning they possibly contracted it in New York. Brazil’s foreign ministry is reportedly tracking dozens of people with whom the patient came in contact. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro spoke at the U.N. meeting on Tuesday, defying the organization’s request that leaders refrain from attending if they had not been vaccinated against Covid-19. He successfully fended the virus off after...
    NEW YORK -- Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive hours after attending the UN General Assembly, and will now quarantine in New York City for the next 14 days.Brazilian diplomats will not attend meetings at the annual gathering until Friday, CNN Brasil reported.The health minister is part of the Brazilian delegation accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro, who opened up the General Assembly with a speech on Tuesday.He had been vaccinated with the Chinese-made CoronaVac vaccine, the minister told CNN last week.Racism, the climate crisis and the world's worsening divisions will take center stage at the United Nations on Wednesday, a day after the U.N. chief issued a grim warning that "we are on the edge of an abyss."For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than two dozen world leaders appeared in person at the U.N. General Assembly on the opening day of their annual high-level meeting. The atmosphere was somber, angry and dire.China's President Xi Jinping warned that "the world has entered a period of new turbulence and transformation." Finland's President Sauli Niinist said: "We are indeed...
    Brazil Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga Brazil's Minister of Health has tested positive for COVID-19 while attending a United Nations conference in New York City where he met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and stayed at the same hotel as Joe Biden.  Brazil's presidential office announced on Tuesday that Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga had tested positive for the virus and will be quarantining in New York for two weeks. Queiroga had met with Johnson on Monday, where they shook hands and stood beside each other while the British leader was not wearing a mask.  It is unclear whether Queiroga is vaccinated. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stands as a vaccine skeptic and previously boasted about attending the UN meeting without being vaccinated, CBS reports. Bolsonaro's son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, also criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday after the mayor warned the president not to come to the city due to his vaccine stance, calling it a 'textbook Marxist' move.  On Twitter, Queiroga wrote, 'I communicate to everyone that today I tested positive for #Covid19. I will be quarantined in #USA...
    Marcelo Queiroga, Brazil's health minister and one of several Brazilian diplomats who were in New York City for Tuesday's United Nations General Assembly summit, has tested positive for the coronavirus, he tweeted Tuesday evening. It is not clear if Queiroga is vaccinated against COVID-19. "I communicate to everyone that today I tested positive for #Covid19," he wrote. "I will be quarantined in #USA , following all health safety protocols. Meanwhile, the @minsaude will remain firm in the actions to fight the pandemic in Brazil. let's win this!" Earlier in the day, Queiroga tweeted photos of himself from the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan. In the photos, he stood alongside Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and appeared to be wearing a face mask. Agora, na abertura do Debate Geral da 76ª Assembleia Geral da #ONU com o PR @jairbolsonaro, que irá apresentar ao ???? todo o trabalho que o @govbr tem feito no enfrentamento à pandemia. O ???????? está à frente de uma das maiores campanhas de vacinação pública do mundo contra #Covid19! pic.twitter.com/j39Zp44txA— Marcelo Queiroga (@mqueiroga2) September 21, 2021 It is not...
    (CNN)Brazilian Minister of Health Marcelo Queiroga has tested positive for Covid-19 while in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Brazilian president's office announced Tuesday evening.Queiroga was part of Jair Bolsonaro's Presidential Committee, according to the statement, which added he was "doing well." So far, other members of the Brazilian delegation have tested negative for the virus.Queiroga told CNN affiliate CNN Brasil on Tuesday that he would quarantine in New York for 14 days, and wouldn't leave the United States with other members of his delegation. Some delegation members have canceled their participation due to the risk of infecting members from other countries, Queiroga said. Isolated but defiant, Brazils Bolsonaro defends handling of Covid and climate at UNQueiroga, a cardiologist, is Brazil's fourth health minister since the coronavirus pandemic began. He was appointed earlier this year.CNN Brasil was first to report on the minister's condition ahead of the release of the presidential statement.Read MoreA spokesman for the UN secretary-general declined to comment, saying they had "a contact tracing protocol in place in case of cases arising"...
    Brazil’s health minister tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday, just hours after attending the United Nations General Assembly. Marcelo Queiroga is the second member of President Jair Bolsonaro’s delegation to the United Nations to test positive. The first was a member of the advance team that arrived before the president. Queiroga says he will quarantine for 14 days in New York City. Video shows Queiroga shaking hands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday, the day he tested positive for the virus. The Brazilian official is wearing a mask, as he said he was the entire day; the British prime minister is not. President Joe Biden, whom Johnson later met with at the White House, spoke at the U.N. the same day; it is as yet unclear if anyone in the U.S. delegation came into close contact with Queiroga or will need to be tested. Bolsonaro himself, who contracted COVID-19 in July 2020, has refused to be vaccinated and promoted unproven treatments for the respiratory illness. The coronavirus has devastated Brazil, killing 591,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins...
    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s health minister tested positive for the coronavirus in New York after President Jair Bolsonaro spoke at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. Brazil’s government said in a statement that Marcelo Quiroga was in good health and would remain in isolation in the United States. He got his first shot of coronavirus vaccine in January. Other members of Brazil’s government in New York tested negative for the virus, the statement said. Earlier on Tuesday, Bolsonaro spoke at the General Assembly, flouting the requirement for all attendees to be vaccinated against the virus. Ill last year with COVID-19, the disease that can be caused by the coronavirus, Bolsonaro has said several times over the last week that he remains unvaccinated. He said getting a shot is a personal, medical decision. Queiroga was photographed side by side with Bolsonaro on several occasions this week. Tuesday morning he tweeted a picture with first lady Michele Bolsonaro. Queiroga had breakfast Monday with several employees of investment funds in New York. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights...
    Although Texas' draconian new anti-abortion is being applauded by many far-right white evangelical Christian nationalists, the law is not universally loved among Christians. The Rev. Lauren Jones Mayfield is one of the law's outspoken critics. In an op-ed published by Time Magazine on September 20, the Louisville, Kentucky-based pastor explains why she is vehemently opposed to Texas Senate Bill 8. Mayfield, who serves as vice chair of Planned Parenthood's Clergy Advocacy Board, explains, "As a Baptist pastor from a midsize southern city in a conservative red state, I know firsthand who suffers when politicians attempt to limit the right of every person to determine whether, when and how to become parents. I also know how vital it is for people of faith to speak up in these religious spaces and show how strongly we disagree with government officials who would play politics with the health and wellbeing of people from our communities." Mayfield continues, "That's why, when I was invited to join Vice President Kamala Harris' roundtable of patients and health care providers facing the impact of abortion restrictions in...
    Port of Spain, TrinidadTrinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh on Wednesday criticized as "false" the claim by American rapper Nicki Minaj that a person on the Caribbean island suffered swollen testicles after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.Trinidad-born Minaj sparked an international furor when she alleged on Twitter that her cousin in Trinidad refuses to get a vaccine because his friend became impotent after being vaccinated."His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding," Minaj, who has 22.6 million Twitter followers, said on Monday.The comments triggered an international backlash, with senior US and British coronavirus officials condemning the claims.Deyalsingh also denounced the statement by the Grammy-nominated artist as a waste of time.As leaders struggle to dispel misinformation about vaccines, some celebrities create moreRead More"One of the reasons why we could not respond yesterday in real-time to Miss Minaj is that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false. Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim," Deyalsingh said.When...
    Everyone from Dr. Anthony Fauci to MSNBC's Joy Reid has been responding to rap star Nicki Minaj's anti-vaxxer claims — and now, the government of Trinidad & Tobago is weighing in as well. Minaj claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine had caused the testicles of her cousin's friend — who lives in Trinidad — to swell and made him impotent, a highly dubious allegation that has no known precedent in the scientific research on the shots. With obvious frustration in his voice, Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh rebutted the story on Wednesday. "One of the reasons we could not respond yesterday in real-time to Ms. Minaj is that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false. Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim," He said. "As far as we know at this point in time, there has been no such reported either side effects or adverse event." #BREAKING - Trinidad & Tobago Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh responds to swollen testicle claim made...
    THE Health Minister in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday slammed rapper Nicki Minaj's tweet claiming the Covid vaccine caused swollen testicles. “We wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim,” Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh during a press conference. 1Minaj was slammed for Monday's tweets It came after the rapper claimed on Twitter on Monday that a cousin in Trinidad told her a friend’s testicles were affected by the vaccine. She revealed she had not yet received a shot as she wanted to do more research. The tweets were harshly criticized and Dr Deyalsingh claimed the county's health service had “wasted time” trying to track down the claim. Most read in The US Sun'TILL DEATH' Fiancé of missing woman shared chilling post before she vanished on tripBOMBSHELL UPDATE Missing girl's fiancé now a 'person of interest' as he's ripped by copsRevealedWHALE OF PAIN Killer whale named Hugo ‘committed SUICIDE’ by ramming head against tankRevealedMYSTERY DEEPENS Cops rushed to 'incident' involving Gabby & fiance before her disappearance'MISSED TERRIBLY' A look at how Norm MacDonald passed...
    Trinidad and Tobago's health minister has criticised Nicki Minaj for wasting his time by forcing him to look into the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine after she claimed that the jab left a cousin's friend with 'swollen' testicles. The rapper sparked a row with Boris Johnson and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty after she called into question the safety of the vaccine to her 22million followers. Trinidadian-born Minaj alleged that her cousin's friend in Trinidad also became 'impotent' as a result of the jab, causing his fiancée to cancel their wedding. However, speaking on Wednesday, Trinidad's health chief Dr Terrence Deyalsingh blasted Minaj, saying he and his team had 'wasted so much time running down this false claim'. Yesterday, Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the US's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there was 'no evidence' to back up Minaj's remarks. And after both Mr Johnson and Mr Whitty also slapped down her remarks on Tuesday, the rapper, 38, posted a bizarre voice message where she feigned an English accent and mockingly claimed she 'went to Oxford' and...
    The Trinidad and Tobago health minister shut down Nicki Minaj’s claims about her cousin’s friend in the country allegedly getting “swollen” testicles due to the COVID-19 vaccine. During a press briefing Wednesday, Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh shared that the government had wasted “so much time” researching if, in fact, someone in the country had got swollen male reproductive parts from the vaccine. The superstar rapper tweeted about the allegations Monday. (RELATED: Nicki Minaj Allows Sex Offender Boyfriend To Star In Music Video) WATCH: #BREAKING – Trinidad & Tobago Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh responds to swollen testicle claim made by Trinidad-born entertainer @NICKIMINAJ; says there is no such reported case in Trinidad & Tobago (TTT) pic.twitter.com/NNsc9EUTKP — Kevz Politics (@KevzPolitics) September 15, 2021 “One of the reasons that we could not respond in real-time to Mrs. Minaj is that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false,” Deyalsingh shared in a video posted on Twitter. (RELATED: Nicki Minaj Calls MSNBC’s Joy Reid A ‘Lying C**n,’ Tells Meghan McCain To ‘Eat Sh*t’ In...
    Former French health minister Agnes Buzyn was charged on Friday over her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic after investigators at a special court in Paris concluded there were grounds to prosecute her. Buzyn has been charged with 'endangering the lives of others', the prosecutor of the Republic's Court of Justice said, but not for a second possible offence of 'failure to stop a disaster'. The former doctor, who will be able to appeal the charge, arrived for a hearing at the court on Friday morning saying she welcomed 'an excellent opportunity for me to explain myself and to establish the truth.' The 58-year-old added that she would not 'let the action of the government be discredited, or my action as a minister, when we did so much to prepare our country for a global health crisis that is still ongoing.' The charges are a blow for President Emmanuel Macron, whose handling of the health crisis will face scrutiny during election campaigning next year, but the court also immediately faced allegations of judicial overreach. Former French health minister Agnes Buzyn...
    NHS and care home workers could be forced to get Covid jabs to stay in their jobs, the Government has announced. Ministers have launched a six-week consultation on making vaccines against both Coronavirus and the flu mandatory for health staff. 1Care minister Helen Whately defended the plans for mandatory jabsCredit: PA It comes as providers were told they may have to find roles away from the frontline for those employees who refuse. Care minister Helen Whately questioned whether unvaccinated workers should be able to carry on in care roles. She said: “The reality is that one of the best ways we can protect people living in care homes is through making sure that staff are vaccinated. "If you don’t want to get vaccinated how can it be right to continue to look after people who are really vulnerable from Covid?” Ms Whately defended the proposal for mandatory jabs as "the right thing to do" thought admitted it's a difficult question". She added that 90% of health care workers have already been vaccinated. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest...
    Britain’s two senior heath ministers continue to give mixed messages on whether parental consent is needed to vaccinate 12- 15-year-olds against the Chinese coronavirus. On Friday, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) declined to recommend vaccines for non-vulnerable children aged 12 to 15. But the government is reportedly consulting medical officers on whether to go against the advice. So far, no decision has been made, but questions have been raised over the past few days on the issue of parental authority for teens so young, after the government said last month that children 16 and over could be vaccinated without consent from their mothers and fathers. Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday morning, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid told Kay Burley that younger teens wanting the vaccine should be allowed to be jabbed against their parents’ wishes. Mr Javid said: “I think we should follow the same rules that we’ve had in this country and successive governments for decades which is that you first would try to seek the consent of parents. “We’re going to...
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s new right-wing health minister apologized Wednesday for past remarks that the country’s Jewish community had taken strong issue with, and avowed his “absolute respect” for Holocaust victims and his opposition to antisemitism. Athanassios Plevris’ statement on social media came hours after the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece — which uses the Greek acronym KIS — expressed concern over his Cabinet appointment on Tuesday. A KIS statement had summoned Plevris to apologize for remarks he made as defense lawyer in a 2009 court case against his extreme far-right father, Constantinos Plevris, who was charged with incitement to racist hatred or violence over a book called “Jews: The Whole Truth.” KIS quoted the health minister as having said then, commenting on a reference to the Nazi Auschwitz death camp: “What incitement is this? Is it that one is not allowed to believe and want to believe that ‘I want to exterminate someone?’” Plevris said Wednesday that KIS’ objections to his court comments were “understandable” and that he “fully disagrees” with his father’s views. “But...
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s center-right government has replaced ministers in charge of public security and health in the wake of massive wildfires and a resurgence of COVID-19 cases that have caused widespread discontent. In a cabinet reshuffle announced Tuesday, retired admiral Evangelos Apostolakis was named as head of a newly created Civil Protection Ministry that will also be in charge of firefighting operations. The 64-year-old had served as minister of defense under a previous government as well as as head of the Greek armed forces. Fueled by heatwaves, fires destroyed more than 1,000 square kilometers (385 sq miles) in southern Greece, while huge blazes also hit nearby Italy and Turkey. Recent opinion polls suggest conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has maintained a strong lead over his main rival, the left-wing Syriza party. But most voters believe the fires were mishandled. Citizens Protection Minister Michalis Chrisohoidis, who had previously led the firefighting effort, was replaced by Panagiotis Theodorikakos Vasilis Kikilias will move from the ministry of health to tourism, and be replaced by Athanasios Plevris. Copyright © 2021 The...
    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities arrested Congo’s former public health minister, Dr. Eteni Longondo, late Friday following allegations he misappropriated more than $1 million in funds allocated by the World Bank to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Longondo, who has maintained his innocence, was taken to the central prison of Makala following an hours-long court proceeding in Kinshasa, according to Inspector General of Finance Jules Alingeti. It was not immediately known what specific charges Longondo faced or whether he had retained a lawyer. The alleged acts of mismanagement came to light during investigations carried out at the Ministry of Health and the Central Bank of Congo, Alingeti said. At a news conference on Wednesday, Longondo had sharply denied the allegations, stating that there has “never been any misappropriation of funds from Covid-19 at the Ministry of Health.” Longondo had been appointed as health minister in 2019 and managed the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Congo prior to being replaced in April. Congo has seen more than 54,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 1,053 deaths, though those figures are...
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Akis Tsochadzopoulos, a once prominent Greek socialist politician who held nearly a dozen ministerial positions over two decades but later fell from grace, was convicted and imprisoned in one of Greece’s highest profile corruption trials, died Friday, the successor to his former party confirmed. He was 82. Tsochadzopoulos had been suffering from severe health problems for several years, particularly after his conviction in 2013. He was sentenced to 20 years, but was released in 2018 on health grounds. Greece’s state broadcaster ERT said the former minister died in a hospital in Piraeus, the port of Athens, from organ failure and sepsis. A founding member of the formerly powerful PASOK party, Tsochadzopoulos had been a close aide to late prime minister Andreas Papandreou and served as defense minister from 1996 to 2001. It was one of 10 ministerial positions he held since 1981, when PASOK rose to power and became one of two parties that dominated Greek politics for nearly three decades. Born on July 31, 1939, Tsochadzopoulos studied civil engineering in Germany, where he lived...
    VIDEO3:3003:30'Complete transparency' needed on Covid origin data: Singapore ministerSquawk Box Asia SINGAPORE — It is important to know the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic — but that's not possible without "radical and complete transparency," said Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. "Let me speak as a scientist, or as a doctor: What we need is radical and complete transparency. Without everyone sharing the data and being able to analyze it critically, it will be almost impossible to really get down to the bottom of this," Balakrishnan told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Thursday. "It is important, etiology is important, not for political or diplomatic reasons — it's for the future. We need to know how these things happen, where the next outbreak is going to be, what the likely dynamics of these future pandemics will be," he added. Balakrishnan was a medical doctor before entering politics two decades ago. In May, the minister told CNBC that Covid is endemic and won't go away completely — an assessment increasingly shared by governments and health officials globally. The virus that caused Covid infections...
    Sri Lankan politician Pavithra Wanniarachchi, who was formerly the health minister, has been assigned to the transport ministry.Lakruwan Wanniarachchi | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka's president this week replaced the country's health minister in a cabinet reshuffle as the Covid crisis worsened and daily deaths and infections hit record highs. Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi was reassigned to the transport ministry. Former media minister and official spokesperson for the cabinet, Keheliya Rambukwella, was named the new health minister. Under Wanniarachchi's tenure, the health ministry was criticized over its handling of the pandemic. She also attracted controversy for reportedly consuming and endorsing alternate remedies to prevent Covid-19. It was not immediately clear what prompted the cabinet reshuffle. Neither President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's office nor the Sri Lankan health ministry immediately responded to CNBC's requests for comments.Herbal syrup and 'blessed' waterWanniarachchi promoted a herbal syrup containing honey and nutmeg that was created by a shaman who claimed it worked as a life-long inoculation against the virus, the BBC reported. The shaman reportedly said the recipe was given to him in a visionary dream....
    Former Sri Lankan Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi poses with a Chinese tourist who was discharged from a hospital after contracting COVID. The photo was taken at the main infectious diseases hospital near Colombo on February 19, 2020, following her recovery. LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP via Getty Images A Sri Lankan health minister publicly endorsed a "magic potion" as a cure for COVID-19. She later contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized. The woman was removed from her position but will remain in the cabinet as transport minister. 10 Things in Politics: The latest in politics & the economy Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Sri Lanka's president said on Monday that he had replaced a health minister who previously promoted potions and magic water as cures for COVID-19, reported AFP.  Pavithra Wanniarachchi had publicly endorsed a syrup made by self-described sorcerer Dhammika Bandara. Bandara claimed the recipe was given to him by the Hindu...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Manjula Wijesuriya had COVID-19, but his friends and family say that’s not what killed him. When the 51-year-old tutor suffered a heart attack in late July, his loved ones rushed him to a nearby hospital in a suburb of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. But as his condition deteriorated over the next few hours, they found it impossible to get him a bed in an intensive care unit. That’s because a test confirmed Wijesuriya also had the coronavirus, and virus patients must be admitted to separate ICUs. All of them were occupied. The father to three died on Aug. 1 — a day after stepping foot inside the hospital. “It was a tragic death,” said his friend Tissa Janayake. “Even though he had COVID, he did not die because of it. He died because he did not receive treatment for the heart attack; he died because he could not get an ICU bed.” Wijesuriya’s death is a worrying sign of how the latest coronavirus surge, driven by the highly contagious delta variant, is swamping the Indian...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s government now says it will accept COVID-19 vaccines, becoming one of the last countries in the world to embrace them. But the health ministry says it will not take responsibility for any side effects they might cause. Health Minister Thaddee Ndikumana on Wednesday said the vaccines will arrive with the support of the World Bank. It was not immediately clear how many doses the East African country will receive or when. “The vaccine will be given to those who need it,” the health minister said. The government will store the doses but will not take responsibility for any side effects, he added. Burundi’s announcement came the same day that neighboring Tanzania launched its vaccination campaign, retreating from former President John Magufuli’s denial of the pandemic. He died in March and the presidency went to his deputy Samia Suluhu Hassan, who has since reversed course on COVID-19 in one of Africa’s most populous countries. Burundi’s late President Pierre Nkurunziza, who died last year, also was criticized for taking the pandemic lightly. The administration of his successor,...
    GAUHATI, India (AP) — The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has fully vaccinated 90% of its eligible adult population within just seven days, its health ministry said Tuesday. The tiny country, wedged between India and China and home to nearly 800,000 people, began giving out second doses on July 20 in a mass drive that has been hailed by UNICEF as “arguably the fastest vaccination campaign to be executed during a pandemic.” In April, Bhutan grabbed headlines when its government said it had inoculated around the same percentage of eligible adults with the first dose in under two weeks after India donated 550,000 shots of AstraZeneca vaccine. But the country faced a shortage for months after India, a major supplier of the AstraZeneca shot, halted exports as it scrambled to meet a rising demand at home as infections surged. Bhutan was able to restart its drive last week after half a million doses of Moderna vaccine arrived from the United States as a donation under the U.N.-backed COVAX program, an initiative devised to give countries access to coronavirus...
    TOYKO -- Jill Biden embarked on her first solo international trip as first lady, leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the coronavirus is surging and COVID-19 infections have climbed to a six-month high.She arrived in Tokyo on Thursday, and her schedule includes dinner with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife, Mariko Suga, at Akasaka Palace. She is to return to the palace Friday and be hosted by Mariko Suga.The first lady has a robust agenda for roughly 48 hours on the ground in Japan's capital.She will hold a virtual get-together with members of Team USA before meeting Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace. She attends the opening ceremony for the Games in the evening and is expected to lead a slimmed-down delegation of two that also includes Raymond Greene, who is overseeing affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo in the absence of an ambassador.On Saturday, the first lady will dedicate a room in the residence of the U.S. chief of mission to former U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, and his wife, Irene Hirano...