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    Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe dangers of pausing the J&J vaccine Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues CDC: Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose MORE said on Sunday that combative comments like those from Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote Scarborough slams Jordan for spreading 'lies' about Fauci: 'It's sheer idiocy' Maxine Waters cuts off Jim Jordan, Fauci sparring at hearing: 'Shut your mouth' MORE (R-Ohio), who last week accused the nation's leading infectious disease expert of promoting pandemic guidelines that violate Americans' "liberties," are "quite frustrating." While appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," host Dana BashDana BashArkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' Biden's first presser wasn't about him — not really Blinken suggests US won't take punitive action on China over COVID-19 MORE asked Fauci about Jordan's comments at...
    President Biden has accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's invitation to deliver his first joint session of Congress address on Wednesday, April 28. The only issue with that date, Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., says, is that no one will be there.  The South Carolina lawmaker ripped Biden on Twitter for deciding to address Congress when most lawmakers will be out of town and working in their home districts. "President Biden, for his State of the Union, will be addressing an empty room with only special, hand picked members of Congress," Mace continued. "Despite every member of Congress getting vaccine access in January, and honestly we’re probably the first place in the country with herd immunity, ..." "Basement Biden is back at it again," she said in her concluding tweet. PSAKI SAYS BIDEN ISN'T 'SNUBBING' CONGRESS BY POSTPONING JOINT ADDRESS White House press secretary Jen Psaki has been pressed during briefings for an explanation as...
    More On: COVID vaccine US COVID-19 cases, hospitalization, death rates are rising COVID hospitalizations for older NYers cut in half since vaccinations began City officials advise NYers scheduled for J&J vax appointments New vaccine rule sends NFL wife on explosive Twitter rampage Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday disclosed two more cases of people who suffered from rare blood clots after receiving the company’s COVID-19 vaccine — including an otherwise healthy, 25-year-old man. They are in addition to the six previously reported women who suffered from clotting — prompting federal health officials to pause use of the vaccine Tuesday. The man received the shot during a clinical trial for the vaccine on Sept. 21, a company rep said during an emergency Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory meeting. Eight days after getting the single-dose jab, the man began suffering from “fatigue, faintness, and headache” followed by abdominal pain —...
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) introduced the ‘No Vaccine Passports’ Act, which would prevent all federal agencies from issuing any type of standardized documentation on a citizen’s coronavirus vaccination status. Biggs’ bill would mandate no federal agencies issue of any type of “standardized documentation that could be used to certify a U.S. citizen’s COVID-19 status to a third party, such as a restaurant or an airline.” The bill would also prohibit using proof of coronavirus vaccine to gain access to federal or congressional properties and services. Biggs said he is “profoundly disturbed” the Biden administration would consider imposing any type of vaccine passports on Americans. “My private healthcare decisions—and yours—are nobody else’s business.  Vaccine passports will not help our nation recover from COVID-19; instead, they will simply impose more Big Brother surveillance on our society,” he said in a statement. The Republican said he applauds Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for being one of the early leaders...
                        Sixteen Republican state lawmakers have backed a bill that would bar discrimination against Ohio residents who have not received the coronavirus vaccine. The bill, known as House bill 248, was introduced by Rep. Jennifer Gross (R-52-West Chester) on Tuesday. The Vaccine Choice & Anti-Discrimination Act protects those who decline any vaccine from discrimination by “all entities in the state of Ohio.” “There are eleven and a half million people in Ohio,” Gross said in a statement. “Many people across the state may be likely to decline vaccines like the COVID-19 vaccine for conscientious, religious, or medical reasons. Without the exemption provisions this bill provides, the notion of a vaccine passport could easily lead to a class system in Ohio where segregation and discrimination will proliferate.” Gross noted that, as a nurse practitioner, she supports the use of vaccines...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska said Thursday that he believes he had COVID-19 late last year, developing coronavirus symptoms and prompting him to wait at least three months to get vaccinated. Bacon said in a statement that he was exposed to an infected person and experienced symptoms, but never got tested. He said he’s expected to get a vaccine shot on Friday, and encouraged others to get one as well. “I got COVID in late 2020 and it was hard on my lungs,” the three-term Republican congressman said in the statement. “Several of my friends have died from COVID. The vaccine will save lives and heartbreak.” Bacon’s congressional office reported on Dec. 2 that he had been exposed to the COVID-19 virus over the week of Thanksgiving and had gone into quarantine to comply with federal guidelines. The statement said he had been cleared to...
    New York Rep. Ritchie Torres on Sunday blamed lower COVID-19 vaccination rates in the Bronx on the “digital divide” — as the state prepares to open the shots to all this week. “The racial disparities in vaccination rates for me is more a consequence of vaccine access than vaccine hesitancy and one of the greatest barriers to vaccine access is the digital divide,” Torres told CBS anchor Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation.” “Those in the Bronx who have no access to the Internet, have much less access to information about vaccination sites and have no real ability to participate in online registration systems.” Torres argued that more appointments need to be available in community health centers. “We’re making progress, but we have to rely heavily on community health centers, community-based institutions that can serve as credible messengers in places like the South Bronx. And I’m optimistic that we...
    More On: COVID vaccine Joe Biden, Hunter’s laptop & media lapdogs: Goodwin ‘Vaccine passports’ just aren’t worth the trouble Letters to the Editor — April 4, 2021 Vermont gov slammed by critics, ex-Giant for race-based vax schedule New York Rep. Ritchie Torres on Sunday blamed lower COVID-19 vaccination rates in the Bronx on the “digital divide” — as the state prepares to open the shots to all this week. “The racial disparities in vaccination rates for me is more a consequence of vaccine access than vaccine hesitancy and one of the greatest barriers to vaccine access is the digital divide,” Torres told CBS anchor Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation.” “Those in the Bronx who have no access to the Internet, have much less access to information about vaccination sites and have no real ability to participate in online registration systems.” Torres argued that more appointments need to...
    Savannah Rychcik April 1, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is introducing two bills to “fight back against the authoritarian COVID dictates of Democrat politicians, DC bureaucrats, and Corporate Communists.” Greene announced her plans on Thursday to introduce an act to cut Dr. Anthony Fauci’s salary and ban “vaccine passports.” She said in a statement, “The ‘Fire Fauci Act’ will slash the salary of Dr. Always Wrong to $0 and the ‘We Will Not Comply Act’ will ban vaccine ‘passports,’ prevent discrimination against the unvaccinated, and much more to protect the freedom of the American People.” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) pointed to Greene’s legislation as an example of why “Members of Congress need good staff.” He added, “Helps prevent us from introducing stupid, nonsensical bills like the one below from [Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene]” Below is an example of why Members of Congress need good...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said Thursday she is introducing two bills related to the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim of stripping Dr. Anthony Fauci of his government salary and banning so-called vaccine passports.  In a press release Greene tweeted, the controversial Georgia Republican said her 'Fire Fauci Act' would decrease the top doctor's pay to $0 and the 'We Will Not Compy Act' will 'prevent discrimination against the unvaccinated.'   Greene said her goal was to have Fauci remain unpaid until the Senate can confirm a new director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - except Fauci isn't a political appointee, he's a career civil servant - and so the bill wouldn't work.  Dr. Anthony Fauci (left) is being targeted by legislation Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (right) said Thursday she was introducing  High-level presidential political appointees need Senate confirmation.   But in Fauci's case, he's a...
    Rep. Mark Meadows, the ex-White House chief of staff, continued his fierce criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday, wondering aloud why the nation’s top disease expert has been so quiet on the COVID-19 dangers unraveling at the southern border. "There was no policy, medical or otherwise, that Dr. Fauci wouldn’t weigh in on when President Trump was in the White House," the North Carolina Republican tweeted. "Curious we haven't heard from the same Dr. Fauci on Joe Biden releasing thousands of COVID untested migrants into the U.S." VideoMeadows was referring to reports of migrants overwhelming U.S. Border Patrol agents along the southern border. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, said at least 2,000 migrants have been released without full information on any upcoming court proceedings, according to WREG.com. He said agents are overwhelmed. The New York Post also reported that 2,000 were released without evidence of submitting to a COVID-19 test. Border Patrol did not...
    President Biden is boosting Michigan’s coronavirus vaccine allotment by more than 66,000 doses for next week after receiving a call for help from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to reports. The Democrat governor’s state now ranks behind only New York City in new coronavirus cases per capita, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures say, according to The Detroit News. The additional doses redirected to Michigan now mean the state will receive more than 620,000 doses next week, a record high for the state, the newspaper reported. "I’m so grateful to have a partner in the White House that has our backs here in Michigan," Whitmer said Tuesday, announcing the score of extra doses from Washington. "We know that the COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective at preventing COVID-19. These additional doses of the safe, effective vaccines will help us slow the spread of the virus, return to normalcy, and...
    Ohio GOP lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would prohibit mandated “vaccine passports.” The term “vaccine passport” refers to the concept of requiring citizens to show proof they have received a vaccination for the Chinese coronavirus in order to be allowed to enter an area or establishment. “Ohio is not New York,” said State Rep. Al Cutrona (R-Canfield) in a statement. “I anticipate introducing this bill to ensure that the liberties of all Ohioans are instilled throughout this vaccination phase of the pandemic.” New York is the first state to formally launch a “vaccine passport” program — called the “Excelsior Pass” — which allows residents to pull up a code on their phones to prove they have been vaccinated for the Chinese coronavirus, or have tested negative. Ohio is not New York! — Al Cutrona (@AlCutrona) March 30, 2021 Rep. Cutrona went on to say that while he encourages Ohioans to...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — A major announcement from Governor Tom Wolf will come Wednesday, according to a member of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus task force. Republican Rep. Tim O’Neal said Tuesday’s task force meeting focused on President Joe Biden’s announcement Monday about everyone being able to drive within five minutes of their home to get a vaccine by April 19. READ MORE: Deal Signed To Treat Glass Factory Waste Dump Leaking Toxic Metals Into Allegheny River O’Neal said we can expect the state’s plan as it relates to the president’s announcement and how we are going to continue to handle the vaccine rollout. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 412 New Cases, 2 Additional Deaths He also talked about advancing out of Phase 1A into 1B or any other categories. “So that was part of the discussion we had today, and I don’t want to jump the gun...
    (CNN)Louisiana Rep.-elect Julia Letlow on Sunday urged Republicans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, citing her own tragic experience losing her husband to complications of Covid-19."Look at my family. Use my story," the Louisiana Republican said on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked her message to Republicans, a group that recent polling shows is less likely to be willing to get inoculated against the virus."You know, I experienced a tragedy in my immediate family, and Covid can touch every family out there," Letlow continued. "And so there is a vaccine that has life-saving capabilities, I want to encourage everyone to trust it and get the vaccine."Letlow won a special election in Louisiana earlier this month to take the seat that her late husband Luke, who had won last year's election, was never able to hold. He was 41 when he died in December. Replacing husband who died from Covid-19, Julia...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- State Rep. La Shawn Ford resigned from the Loretto Hospital board because he was disappointed with how hospital leadership was reprimanded for handling a vaccine scandal.RELATED: Loretto Hospital under fire for reported jewelry store vaccinations"I am very disappointed with the recent developments at The Loretto Hospital regarding its use of coronavirus vaccine entrusted to the hospital," Ford, D-Chicago, said in a statement."Yesterday, I submitted my resignation to The Loretto Hospital's Board Chairman Edward Hogan because I strongly disagreed with how the reprimand of the hospital leadership was handled," Ford said. "As the state representative for the hospital and as a resident in its service area, I will continue to fight for resources for The Loretto Hospital, a safety-net hospital in the Austin community."RELATED: Loretto Hospital CEO under scrutiny for vaccinating 200 at Oak Forest churchHospital CEO George Miller and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Anosh Ahmed have faced...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) has resigned from the board of Loretto Hospital, saying he “strongly disagreed” with how two top executives were reprimanded for arranging vaccinations for ineligible but well-connected people. “I am very disappointed with the recent developments at The Loretto Hospital regarding its use of coronavirus vaccine entrusted to the hospital,” Ford said in a statement Tuesday morning. “Yesterday, I submitted my resignation to The Loretto Hospital’s Board Chairman Edward Hogan because I strongly disagreed with how the reprimand of the hospital leadership was handled. As the state representative for the hospital and as a resident in its service area, I will continue to fight for resources for The Loretto Hospital, a safety-net hospital in the Austin community.” READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Charged In West Loop Carjacking The hospital’s board met Monday afternoon, amid the latest revelations Loretto President & CEO George Miller...
    (CNN)As the political fight over vaccinations continues around the country, CNN has learned that several members of Congress still have not been vaccinated despite having had access to the vaccine on Capitol Hill since December. Through a House-wide survey and interviews, CNN has contacted offices on Capitol Hill to try to get a clearer picture about where gaps in vaccinations still exist.CNN confirmed that 189 Democrats out of 219 in the House have been vaccinated. One Democrat confirmed he had not been vaccinated but planned to be and there were 29 Democrats for whom CNN did not receive responses. US military says a third of troops opt out of being vaccinated, but the numbers suggest its moreCNN also confirmed that 53 House Republicans out of 211 have been vaccinated. Thirteen Republicans told CNN they have not been vaccinated even as many said they planned to be. CNN did not...
    A debate is currently playing out in the House of Representatives about when the chamber can return to normal order. But the back-and-forth between Democratic and Republican leaders has revealed some noteworthy information — notably, that more than 100 members of the House still have not been fully vaccinated, despite being eligible since late December. The statistic first came to light in a letter sent Wednesday by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “[T]o date, roughly 75 percent of House members have been fully vaccinated, or will be by the end of this week,” McCarthy wrote. Members of congress became eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine almost immediately after it received government approval in mid-December. Yet more than 25 percent of the 435 voting members of the chamber have yet to complete their two-dose series. McCarthy’s letter was part of an effort to get the House...
    QANON Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene ripped President Joe Biden’s prime-time speech on Thursday by claiming that “illegals” are rejoicing and that he forgot to thank his predecessor for the vaccine. Greene criticized Biden in a tweet shortly after his speech in which he called on states to give all American adults access to the coronavirus vaccine by May 1 and said the US could return to normal by the Fourth of July. 3Republican Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene said President Joe Biden forgot to thank ex-President Donald Trump for the Covid-19 vaccineCredit: Alamy Live News “Hey @JoeBiden, all those illegals you are welcoming in our country are having big barbacoas right now at our border,” Greene tweeted. “They aren’t waiting until July 4th like you want legal American taxpayers to do, if they get the vaccine.” Greene continued: “You also forgot to thank President Trump for the shot!” Covid-19 vaccines were...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP/KDKA) — With growing emphasis on getting students back in schools, teachers and school staff will receive the first doses delivered to Pennsylvania of the newly approved one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Gov. Tom Wolf has announced. State officials expect 94,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to arrive this week. READ MORE: Rep. ONeal: Teachers To Move Into Phase 1A Of Vaccine Rollout In Order To Speed Up Return To Classroom Wolf’s office says giving the vaccine to teachers and other school staff will “help protect school communities and get more students back into classrooms.” The state is still in Phase 1A of its vaccine plan. That’s health care workers, people age 65 and over and younger people with high-risk medical conditions. State Rep. Timothy O’Neal, of Washington County and a member of Pennsylvania’s Coronavirus Taskforce, wrote in an email to colleagues earlier this week that...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — Pennsylvania state Rep. Timothy O’Neal says teachers will soon be moved to the front of the line to get their coronavirus vaccinations. He tells KDKA’s Andy Sheehan that teachers will be moved into the Phase 1A tier of the vaccine rollout. They will then be able to receive the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was just approved for use. O’Neal says Gov. Wolf will soon announce PEMA and National Guard clinics to vaccinate teachers in order to speed up the process of restarting in-person learning for all students.
    (CNN)Rep. Karen Bass said Sunday that the coronavirus vaccine rollout is failing African Americans and systemic racism is playing a role in vaccine distribution."But you know when we say that doesn't mean that people are deliberately withholding vaccines, the greatest problem is access," Bass told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union.""There is vaccine hesitancy, but access I believe is the number one problem," the California Democrat continued, acknowledging recent data that shows more than half of Black Americans remain hesitant to get the coronavirus vaccine. A survey released earlier this month by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases found that only 49% of Black adults plan to get the vaccine with 19% of those people saying they will get it right away and 31% preferring to wait.Asked by Bash whether she agreed with Dr. Anthony Fauci's recent remarks to Newsweek that the vaccine rollout is not failing African...
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – CareWell Urgent Care clinics have notified some patients that appointments for their second COVID-19 vaccine will be postponed, if not canceled altogether. “They told us they weren’t going to have second doses available,” said Judy Weinstock of Cambridge. READ MORE: Rep. Pressley, Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition Praise Reggie Lewis Centers Mass Vaccination Site She and her husband, Doug Weinstock, received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine last week – only to be told days later by their physician that they couldn’t secure their second shots. “They couldn’t guarantee because they didn’t have second doses in stock and they didn’t know if DPH would be giving them any more,” said Doug Weinstock. CareWell Urgent Care CEO, Shaun Ginter, released this statement, blaming the state for a vaccine supply shortage: “We have been following the news reports about vaccination anxieties. First, we apologize for any additional stress people...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — U.S. Representative Charlie Crist sent a letter to Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson, asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate favoritism concerns after Governor Ron DeSantis opened a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine site in wealthy Florida neighborhoods. Governor DeSantis denies any wrong doing but Crist, a former Florida governor himself, disagrees. He and other Democrat leaders including Agriculture Commission Nikki Fried, claim the Manatee County site and others target wealthy retirement communities with political connections to DeSantis. READ MORE: Disregard Governors Forthcoming Order: Floridas Nikki Fried Wont Lower State Flags For Rush Limbaugh DeSantis has always said seniors 65 and up would be a priority in COVID vaccination distribution efforts, but when a reporter last week, questioned why he choose Lakewood Ranch, the governor replied, “Would they rather us send it to other counties? “It was a choice about where is there a high concentration of seniors,”...
    Republican Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko said last week that people of Hispanic origin are "very good workers," but that priority for COVID-19 vaccine distribution needs to be on those who "are here legally." Lesko made the comments Thursday during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing as lawmakers debated an amendment that would have prioritized American citizens for coronavirus vaccination, which was ultimately shot down. Democrats argued the change would not be effective in combating the spread of the coronavirus in Arizona, since the state relies on undocumented immigrants to work jobs that come with a higher exposure risk, AZCentral reports. "I have worked with people that are Hispanic," Lesko said, nothing Arizona's diverse nature as a border state. "You know, we're compassionate people, but for goodness sakes, we have to take care of American citizens, or people that are here legally, first," she added. "I'm just not going to be able to explain to...
    COVID-19 vaccinations are increasingly sexy — at least among the dating set. Dating apps are seeing a big spike in users boasting the word “vaccine” and “vaccinated” in their profiles, a new UK report has found. Tinder is reporting that between September and December of 2020 — when vaccines began being available — there was a 258 percent increase in people mentioning they’ve been jabbed, the UK publication Tyla reported. Likewise, OKCupid saw mentions of vaccines go up by 137 percent between November 2020 and January 2021, the publication reported. The app Bumble did not offer Tyla any stats. But a spokesperson noted “an increase” in the number of people including the word “vaccine” or “vaccinated” in Bumble profiles. Hinge, too, said their app is seeing more of the same references. “Almost 70 percent of over 45,000 OkCupid respondents said they are going to take the coronavirus vaccine,”...
    More On: dating apps Florida man stole one girlfriend’s ring to propose to other girlfriend: cops How Bumble’s CEO became a billionaire — after ending some awkward relationships Couple stranded in Costa Rica for 3 months celebrate first anniversary How New York Review of Books became a hookup spot for intellectual elites COVID-19 vaccinations are increasingly sexy — at least among the dating set. Dating apps are seeing a big spike in users boasting the word “vaccine” and “vaccinated” in their profiles, a new UK report has found. Tinder is reporting that between September and December of 2020 — when vaccines began being available — there was a 258 percent increase in people mentioning they’ve been jabbed, the UK publication Tyla reported. Likewise, OKCupid saw mentions of vaccines go up by 137 percent between November 2020 and January 2021, the publication reported. The app Bumble did not offer Tyla...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Rep. Tom Emmer has gone viral after he flipped upside down on Zoom in a House Financial Services meeting on Wednesday. “I’m sorry Mr. Emmer, are you okay?” California Rep. Maxine Waters asked. Others in the chamber chuckled in the background. “I am,” Emmer responded. When he was told he was appearing upside down, he said “I don’t know how to fix that.” Emmer’s Zoom mishap followed the viral video of the Texas lawyer who accidentally appeared in a Zoom meeting with a cat filter on.Later in the day, Emmer tweeted “I am not a cat.” I am not a cat. pic.twitter.com/d4lhQd0sJ4 — Tom Emmer (@RepTomEmmer) February 10, 2021   More On WCCO.com: Husband Of Buffalo Shooting Victim Lindsay Overbay: ‘Celebrate Every Day As If It Was Your Last’ Legislative Auditor: MN Pollution Control Agency Did Not Inspect Water Gremlin As Often As...
    BOSTON (CBS) — More than a dozen lawmakers have signed a letter asking Gov. Charlie Baker to end his companion system for COVID-19 vaccinations. The 13 state representatives expressed concern about the “unintended consequences” and said the strategy “could be dangerous to our seniors.” “The companion system as currently designed fails to address logistical, financial, and other barriers experienced by many seniors — especially seniors of color — those who are low-income, and those who are not been able to travel long distances due to illness or frailty,” said the letter. “We encourage you to deploy strategies to equitably vaccine all seniors throughout the Commonwealth by leveraging the capacity of local housing authorities, senior centers, community centers, community hospitals, health centers, and other local organizations to provide vaccines.” RELATED: COVID-19 Cases In Massachusetts Schools Drop 25-Percent In Last Week The companion system puts thousands of healthy adults ahead of those...
    The IBEX 35 it has risen 1.13%, to 8,214.70 points, and has chained five consecutive positive days, in which it has revalued by 5.9%. The banks, together to the tourist values, have returned to be the gasoline of the Spanish selective, which has overcome resistance and is already facing the annual highs of the beginning of the year, when it exceeded the 8,400 points. The index has also closed his best week since november, when the success of the Covid-19 vaccine was known. Without a doubt, the protagonists of the week have been the banks. Santander Y BBVA They have appreciated about 15% in the week. Financial entities have already submitted their 2020 results and have obtained market approval. Undoubtedly, their contribution will be vital in order to see a sustained recovery of the Ibex throughout 2021. In addition, companies associated with renewable energy they are still unstoppable. Have risen...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York Governor Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Murphy are urging the federal government to allocate COVID-19 relief funds based on need and to repeal the state and local tax deduction cap.The 2017 tax law capped the SALT deduction at $10,000. Political leaders from high tax states have been opposed to the cap because their residents feel the pinch.Republicans and some Democrats oppose the repeal because high-income taxpayers would benefit.Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-NY), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) and Young Kim (R-Calif.) are among the co-sponsors of the bill in the House.Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced similar legislation. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGENew York City COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineDo you have coronavirus symptoms?Where to get tested in New York, New Jersey and ConnecticutWATCH: Eyewitness...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Lawmakers from New York and New Jersey are pushing to repeal a provision in the 2017 tax cut law that limits the state and local tax deduction, also known as SALT.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy are holding a news conference on Friday to discuss that proposal and the COVID-19 relief that the states need.The 2017 tax law capped the SALT deduction at $10,000. Political leaders from high tax states have been opposed to the cap because their residents feel the pinch.Republicans and some Democrats oppose the repeal because high-income taxpayers would benefit.Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-NY), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) and Young Kim (R-Calif.) are among the co-sponsors of the bill in the House.Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced similar legislation. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGENew York City COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – In a letter to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 czar, Republican congresswoman Beth Van Duyne urged better communication with state and local leaders about vaccine supply and planned deliveries. The letter follows Van Duyne’s visit to three vaccination sites in North Texas last month where she met with local officials about their challenges with the first six weeks of distribution. “But the overarching message I am hearing from state and local leaders is that the lack of consistency and communication from their federal partners has handicapped their distribution efforts,” Van Duyne wrote in the letter to Jeff Zients. Van Duyne said Thursday she was pleased to hear states may start getting up to three weeks’ notice of planned shipments, which Gov. Greg Abbott told CBS 11 News in an interview this week. She praised the local efforts so far, highlighting the state being the first to administer one million...
    Two Republican members of Congress announced plans to introduce a resolution Monday which would prevent prisoners at Guantanamo Bay from getting COVID-19 vaccines before American citizens. Republican Iowa Rep. Ashley Hinson and Republican New York Rep. Elise Stefanik will introduce the resolution, saying that those imprisoned for alleged terrorism crimes should only be able to receive the vaccine after every American has had the chance to, Fox News first reported. “Americans need to get the vaccine before terrorists, and it’s upsetting to me that that even was a question, and I think we need to make sure the administration is held accountable for this and that’s what I think this resolution does,” Hinson told Fox News. “It puts a spotlight on the thinking and the planning that was going on behind this.” Stefanik had similar comments, criticizing President Joe Biden’s administration for offering the vaccine to alleged terrorists before American...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Rep. Lori Trahan said she is being as cautious as possible after she tested positive for coronavirus last Thursday. The representative gave an update on her health while she spoke with regional business leaders hosted by the New England Council on Monday morning. “Apart from some of the more typical and mild COVID symptoms, I’ve been extremely lucky, and gratefully my husband and my two young daughters have tested negative,” Trahan said. “We’re taking every appropriate precaution but I expect to be back to full health in no time at all.” She is isolated in a part of her house and said the family dog has “chosen me to quarantine with.” “Still, I would ask all of your to remain vigilant,” Trahan said. “I know that we’re all exhausted from following the health and safety protocol, we want to be with our friends and our colleagues, and...
    The first episode of Saturday Night Live in 2021 featured special 'appearances' from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Mark Zuckerberg and Tom Brady - but Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump was notably absent from the show's opening. Kate McKinnon sat with the QAnon supporter, a GameStop employee, social media giants from Facebook and Twitter, O.J. Simpson and the Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback as she tried to determine 'What Still Works?' in 2021. John Krasinki hosted the first SNL in 2021, and fielded many questions from the audience asking for him to reprise his role as Jim from The Office.  Rep. Greene (GA-R) - played by Cecily Strong - was the first guest to appear on the show, excited to hand McKinnon a gun and offer up the number of conspiracy theories she believes in.  'First off, I believe the Parkland shooting was a hoax. The teachers were actors and the children were dolls,' Greene asserted...
    Democrat Rep. Stephen Lynch has tested positive to COVID-19 after receiving both shots of the Pfizer vaccine.  The 65-year-old Congressman - who represents Massachusetts' 8th Congressional district - tested positive to the virus on Friday afternoon, his spokeswoman told CNN.  Lynch attended President Joe Biden's inauguration last Wednesday, but has returned a negative test before that event.  Lynch received his second dose of the Pfzier COVID-19 vaccine prior to the inauguration, but the spokesperson did not disclose the exact date he had the shot.  Pfizer's vaccine does not necessarily prevent COVID-19 infection, but is said to be 95 percent effective in stopping the serious symptoms that are caused by the coronavirus.  Lynch is asymptomatic and was only tested for the illness after a staffer at his Boston officers became stricken with the illness.  The Congressman is now isolating at home and plans to continue working  remotely.   Democrat Rep. Stephen...
    A Massachusetts congressman who received both doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine tested positive for the virus on Friday. Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch tested negative before attending President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. He was tested again after a staff member in his Boston office got the virus earlier this week. Pfizer said it can take seven days for protection from the second dose to kick in, NBC 10 Boston reported. Lynch’s office said he got the second dose vaccine before the inauguration on Jan. 20, nine days before his positive test. The Pfizer vaccine has been judged 95 percent effective against the virus, though it has not been tested against the mutations that came from the UK and South Africa. In the statement, his office said Lynch doesn’t have any symptoms of COVID-19. He will self-quarantine and vote by proxy in Congress in the coming week. Lynch...
    More On: COVID vaccine Our leaders failed us on COVID, but miracle science brings hope for relief Over 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines ruined after Florida worker turns off fridge A new libel against Israel from Human Rights Watch As many as 1/3 of Americans could have COVID-19 immunity: analysis A Massachusetts congressman who received both doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine tested positive for the virus on Friday. Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch tested negative before attending President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. He was tested again after a staff member in his Boston office got the virus earlier this week. Pfizer said it can take seven days for protection from the second dose to kick in, NBC 10 Boston reported. Lynch’s office said he got the second dose vaccine before the inauguration on Jan. 20, nine days before his positive test. The Pfizer vaccine has been judged 95 percent...
    Johnson & Johnsons COVID-19 vaccine candidate, even with a lower efficacy rating than those offered through other shots, will still make a "massive difference" when comes out because of its ease of storage and other factors, Rep. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician under former President Donald Trump, said Friday.  "Johnson & Johnson is a really unique vaccine, in the sense it doesnt have to be refrigerated to the extent that the others that we have now (from) Pfizer and Moderna," the Texas Republican said on Fox Business "Mornings With Maria." "You can keep it in the refrigerator for months at a time. The availability of this vaccine is potentially going to be much higher than the availability of the other vaccines." J&J said Friday that tests have shown its single-shot vaccine was 66% effective overall at preventing moderate to severe illness, and 85% effective against the most serious symptoms....
              A member of the Georgia State House was removed from the Chamber Tuesday for refusing to take the state lawmakers’ mandated twice-weekly COVID-19 test. “House Speaker David Ralston interrupted Tuesday morning’s session to call out an unnamed house member for refusing to get the required twice a week COVID-19 test,” according to WSBTV. “While he didn’t mention the Gwinnett County lawmaker by name, Ralston ordered Rep. David Clark (R-Buford) out of the chamber.” Clark reportedly refused to leave the Chamber, and Ralston called State Troopers to have him forcibly removed. Ralston defended his actions. “Any public safety officer, member of the Georgia state patrol is authorized under Rule Four of the House to escort the member of the chamber,” he said. But Clark disagreed, and slammed Ralston’s decisions. “You can’t just pick the rules and decide who comes in and who doesn’t come...
    Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs introduced a bill on Monday that takes aim at federal mandates for mask-wearing and any potential federal vaccine mandate. "No Federal funds may be obligated or expended to propose, establish, implement, or enforce, directly or indirectly through the imposition of a condition on receipt of Federal funds, any requirement that an individual wear a mask or other face covering, or be vaccinated, to prevent the spread of COVID-19," the bill, which was provided to the Washington Examiner, states. There is an exception "with respect to an individual in a health care setting." Biggs is chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and a conservative firebrand who helped lead objections to the Electoral College results based on voter fraud and election integrity concerns. He has called on No. 3 House Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming to resign in response to her support for impeaching...
    Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, wants to give $1,400 direct payments to people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine. His proposal is counter to President Joe Biden’s plan, which includes $1,400 checks for most Americans on top of the $600 provided in the most recent COVID-19 bill, bringing the total to the $2,000 that Biden has called for. “I hope the administration will look at that [vaccine] option because we actually buy something with our $1,400 — and that’s herd immunity,” said Stivers during an interview with Yahoo Finance Live on Thursday. Yahoo News noted that some GOP lawmakers have argued the Biden plan adds too much to the national debt. “It should be debt for the right things,” Stivers said. “The quickest thing we need to do if we really want to help the American people is get this economy turned back on — get people back to work, get kids back in school,...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton said the state’s COVID-19 vaccination process is “clearly” moving too slow. Moulton urged Gov. Charlie Baker’s office to act with more urgency to get the vaccine to residents quicker. “Clearly it’s not going fast enough,” Moulton told CBSN Boston. “We have to work with the Baker administration to make sure it improves, it gets better, and that we vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible.” As of January 14, a total of 206,190 first doses and 32,984 second doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Massachusetts. “I think what the Baker administration seems to be trying to do is taking a very methodical approach. That’s good sometimes. But there’s urgency here,” Moulton said. “We need to get the vaccine out. We need to get the vaccine to as many people as possible. And we’ve got to make sure...
    Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib called Israel a “racist state” Tuesday because Palestinians in Gaza and the West bank have been excluded from Israel’s coronavirus vaccine rollout. “Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman noted that Israel is the most vaccinated country in the world while Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have reportedly not received any vaccines from the Israeli government. “It’s important to understand that Israel is a racist state in that they would deny Palestinians like my grandmother access to a vaccine,” Tlaib said. “That they don’t believe that she’s an equal human being that deserves to live, deserves to be able to be protected by this global pandemic.” Rep. @RashidaTlaib on Israel not vaccinating Palestinians: “It’s really important to understand that Israel is a racist state, in that they would deny Palestinians like my grandmother access to a vaccine, that they don’t believe she’s an equal human...
    Florida Rep. Byron Donalds said Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking the right steps to thwart reports of “vaccine tourism” to the state, people traveling to obtain an inoculation against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, but that it’s indicative that other states and countries have “botched” their distribution. “The first thing is what our governor already has done,” Donalds said Tuesday on Newsmax TV’s “The Chris Salcedo Show.” “He’s said you cannot have this vaccine unless you’re a permanent resident of Florida. “Like, in my district alone, we have 400,000 people who are over the age 65. They must come first. And I think the governor and his team are going to every they can to make sure that’s possible.” Donalds, 42, a freshman congressman who represents Florida’s 19th Congressional District along the state’s southwest Gulf Coast, was reacting to reports that people were coming from out of state, even Canada,...
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    Loading the player... A California congressman contracted the coronavirus before he could get a second dose of vaccine that would have improved his immunity. Democratic Rep. Lou Correa announced Saturday he tested positive upon returning home from Washington, D.C., prompting him to self-quarantine away from his family. His office said he received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 19 and has not received the second shot that would have boosted his immunity to about 95%. Rep. Lou Correa, Democrat from California (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP, File) “While this diagnosis will prevent me from attending the much-anticipated inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, I look forward to working with the new administration to unite our country and help the millions of people devastated by the pandemic,” Correa said in a statement. READ MORE: NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns, who lost mother to virus, tests positive for COVID-19 Correa, who...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- An Orange County congressman contracted the coronavirus before he could get a second dose of the vaccine that would have improved his immunity.Rep. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, announced in a tweet Saturday that he tested positive upon returning home from Washington, D.C. So far, he told Eyewitness News, he has only experienced mild symptoms."I will be responsible & self-quarantine, away from my family, for the recommended time," he said in the tweet.The 62-year-old is the latest House member to report testing positive since dozens of lawmakers huddled together for protection during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.Correa did not shelter in a designated secure room with his colleagues during the violent siege, choosing instead to stay outside and assist Capitol Police, his office said.The next day, Correa was being interviewed live by Eyewitness News when he was verbally accosted by a group of...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed (R) Tennessee Rep. Bud Hulsey of District Two in Sullivan County to the newsmakers line to discuss his background and focus moving forward in the upcoming legislative session in the Tennessee General Assembly. Leahy: We are joined Now by state Representative Bud Hulsey from Sullivan County and the Kingsport area. Welcome to the Tennessee Star Report. Hulsey: Thank you, Michael. I appreciate it. Leahy: You have a fascinating background. You’re a retired police lieutenant. How long did you serve as a police officer? Hulsey: 36 years. Leahy: All in Kingsport? Hulsey: Yes, sir. All in Kingsport. Leahy: That is quite a career. And so you certainly have a perspective on...
    Democratic New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat announced Thursday he tested positive for COVID-19 after receiving his second dose of the vaccine. “I am following guidance from my physician and quarantining at home after having tested positive for COVID-19,” Espaillat tweeted. (RELATED: Democratic NY Rep Adriano Espaillat Accuses Trump Of Sending ‘A Mob’ To Assassinate Vice President Pence, Speaker Pelosi) “I received the second dose of the  #COVID19vaccine last week and understand the affects take time. I have continued to be tested regularly, wear my mask and follow the recommended guidelines,” Espaillat tweeted.   I received the second dose of the #COVID19vaccine last week and understand the affects take time. I have continued to be tested regularly, wear my mask and follow the recommended guidelines. — Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) January 14, 2021 Pfizer’s vaccine has displayed 95% effectiveness in protecting people from getting COVID-19 with symptoms, STAT News reported. The...
    New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat has tested positive for COVID-19 — after completing his vaccination against the virus last week. The congressman, who represents New York’s 13th Congressional district, announced his diagnosis on Twitter Thursday morning. “I am following guidance from my physician and quarantining at home after having tested positive for COVID-19,” Espaillat, 66, wrote. He received his first dose of the vaccine on Dec. 19 and the second sometime last week. “I received the second dose of the #COVID19vaccine last week and understand the affects take time,” Espaillat continued. “I have continued to be tested regularly, wear my mask and follow the recommended guidelines.” The Democrat is the latest member of Congress to test positive for the bug after politicians were forced to seek shelter during the insurrection at the Capitol building last week. Some pols said they contracted COVID after being locked in a room with...
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    Photo via Anthony Sabatini/FacebookAs Florida continues to break new records for daily coronavirus cases and deaths, the state is simultaneously witnessing a slow, confusing, vaccine rollout, due to high-demand from frustrated residents. But despite all this, two Republican lawmakers are slated as guest speakers at an upcoming anti-vaccine rally. The Florida Freedom Rally, which will take place on January 27 in Tallahassee, one of the busiest days during the Legislative committee week. The event appears to be organized by Florida chapters of anti-vax groups, Moms For Freedom, and the Conscious Coalition. As of now the two keynote speakers at this event are Sarasota Senator and Florida GOP Chair Joe Gruters, and failed mask-mandate lawyer and Howey-in-the-Hills State Representative Anthony Sabatini.  “Help us protect Florida as a free state in the face of COVID-19. COME SHOW YOUR SUPPORT for our individual freedom to choose between the vaccine and other prevention strategies and...
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    Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOcasio-Cortez rails against both Democrats and Republicans who opposed ,000 direct payments House passes bill boosting stimulus checks to ,000 in bipartisan vote Bipartisan fix for 'surprise' medical bills hits roadblock MORE (R-Texas) announced Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the latest in a growing list of lawmakers to contract the virus.  Brady said the House physician told him Tuesday night that he contracted the coronavirus and that he is now in quarantine. He added that he received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 18 and last tested negative for the coronavirus on Jan. 1. The lawmakers said he would receive treatment Wednesday, though he did not clarify what that treatment will be.  Tonite the Office of House Physician informed me that I’ve tested positive for Covid 19 & am quarantined. As recommended, I received a first dose of the...
    Republican Texas Rep. Kevin Brady tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, becoming the latest member of Congress to catch the disease. Brady made the announcement in a tweet, saying the Office of House Physician told him he had tested positive for coronavirus and that he has since quarantined. Brady mentioned he had received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 18 and also said he tested negative on New Year’s Day. Brady is the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. Tonite the Office of House Physician informed me that I’ve tested positive for Covid 19 & am quarantined. As recommended, I received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine Dec 18 & also recently tested negative for Covid on New Years Day. Begin treatment tomorrow. Shld be fine. — Rep. Kevin Brady (@RepKevinBrady) January 6, 2021 Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) delivers remarks in the Roosevelt...
    TEXAS Rep Kay Granger has tested positive for Covid, a day after mingling with other lawmakers in the nation's capitol on Sunday. Granger was diagnosed with the virus despite receiving the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in December. 3Rep Kay Granger has been diagnosed with CovidCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Members of the House were sworn in on SundayCredit: Rex Features Granger was present in DC to be sworn in with the rest of the House of Representatives, and vote for the speaker, on Sunday. A spokesperson for the rep said that she was tested for the virus when she arrived in DC for the beginning of the 117th Congress, and received the positive result afterwards. She has gone into quarantine and is under the care of her doctor, according to the spokesperson. "Having received the vaccine in December, she is asymptomatic and feeling great! She will remain...
    Republican Texas Rep. Kay Granger, the top GOP member on the House Appropriations Committee, tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, becoming the latest member of Congress to catch the disease. Granger spokesperson Sarah Flaim released a statement, saying that Granger tested positive for coronavirus when she arrived in Washington D.C. for the beginning of the 117th Congress. Granger took a test that came back positive despite taking the vaccine in December. Flaim said Granger is asymptomatic and feels “great!” The Texas Republican will remain under the care of her doctor. House Appropriations Committee ranking member Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) (C) speaks during a news conference with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (R) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) following a GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center February 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) “When she arrived in DC for the beginning of the...
    TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – U.S. Rep. Kay Granger has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Fort Worth representative received the vaccine in December, but tested positive after returning to Washington for the new session of Congress. According to spokeswoman Sarah Flaim, Granger was tested for coronavirus in accordance with the Attending Physician’s guidance for members when traveling from their home state. “She was later notified that she tested positive and immediately quarantined. Having received the vaccine in December, she is asymptomatic and feeling great! She will remain under the care of the her doctor.” Three weeks ago, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was given to frontline workers in North Texas. Those who received their second boost of the Pfizer vaccine Monday are officially be considered ‘fully vaccinated’ in another two weeks. Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) 12th Congressional District (credit: CBS 11 News) MORE FROM CBSDFW 15-Year-Old Arrested For Allegedly Beating His Mother To...
    Bradley Cortright January 1, 2021 0 Comments As Americans eagerly await their chance to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, some public figures are urging individuals who are healthy and eligible to get the vaccine to wait so that elderly Americans can access it. In a tweet on Thursday. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) asked “every healthy individual under 65” to “a stand for the lives of our kupuna.” Kupuna is a Hawaiian word that refers to elders or grandparents. She also urged her constituent to call the governor and lieutenant governor and “ask them to protect our kupuna by allowing them to get the vaccine before younger/healthy people.” To every healthy individual under 65, join me in taking a stand for the lives of our kupuna, call/email/tweet at Gov Ige and LG Green. Ask them to protect our kupuna by allowing them to get the vaccine before younger/healthy people.— Tulsi...
    More On: COVID vaccine NYPD cops face delayed COVID vaccine rollout over supply chain issues Novavax COVID vaccine enters Phase 3 trial Addicts in rehab next to get COVID-19 vaccine, Cuomo says Putin changes mind, will now get Russia’s COVID vaccine Just over one week after granting lawmakers early access to one of the coronavirus vaccines, Congress’ attending physician Dr. Brian Monahan announced in an email to members and staff Monday that the shots would now be available to “critical” employees on the Hill. The memo, first reported by Politico, cautioned that not all staffers should roll up their sleeves just yet, as the vaccine would only be available to those whose job duties “involve continuity of operations status.” “Employees who occupy positions determined to make them eligible for the vaccine under these standards will be and/or have been notified of their status separately and provided with logistical information...
    Congressional staffers received word Monday that they are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, with the first wave of 1,000 doses focusing on 'critical employees'. According to an email sent to lawmakers by Congress' attending physician Brian Monahan on Monday night, two staffers in every House member and senator's personal office will receive the vaccine. The vaccine will also be offered to four staffers of every committee chair and every ranking committee member. It comes just a week after Rep. Ilhan Omar called out her colleagues for accepting a vaccine dose, calling it 'shameful' for politicians to be given priority over frontline workers and the elderly. The United States currently looks like to fall far short of its original goal to vaccinate 20 million individuals by the end of the year, with only 2.1 million vaccinated by Tuesday morning.  Congressional staffers received word Monday that they are now...
    Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreDemocrats accuse Kushner of 'casual racism' over comments about Black Americans Lawmakers urge IRS to get stimulus payments to domestic violence survivors Texas Democrat: US natural gas vital in transition to renewables MORE (D-Wis.) announced Monday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. “I tested positive for COVID-19. I am following guidance from my doctor and am isolating from others. I am thankful to be feeling well. And I do not foresee this disrupting my work for Wisconsin’s Fourth,” Moore tweeted. I encourage every person to continue taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing.— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) December 28, 2020 The Democratic congresswoman added, “I encourage every person to continue taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing.” Moore, 69, has...
              U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-02) have introduced a resolution urging federal officials to revise their decision to prioritize healthy workers over elderly Americans as they distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. This, according to a press release that Green and Gabbard published this week. About 87 million essential workers will receive the vaccine before or at the same time as elderly Americans 65 years and older, including those with high-risk health complications. This, per guidance from members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The CDC is based in Atlanta. “For months, the CDC has warned us of serious health complications and high mortality rates among Americans 65 years and older. We’ve seen that a staggering 79 percent of COVID-related deaths have been among Americans over the age of 65. So why is the CDC now recommending...
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    Loading the player... As theGrio reported earlier this week, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that people who are 75 years of age and older, as well as frontline essential workers, should be among the first groups of people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. However, since the first doses of the shot have been distributed many have taken notice that politicians, especially Republican ones who downplayed the coronavirus, are first in line to get vaccinated. Read More: Donald Trump, top officials to receive vaccine in a few days The Ink publisher, Anand Giridharadas, posed a question on Twitter that sparked quite a discussion. He wrote, “Serious question. Is seemingly our entire top political leadership getting the vaccine ahead of others because of their age or their importance?” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was one of the first lawmakers to respond. Omar, who lost her father...
    Sunday on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) pushed for the incarcerated to be among the first group of people included in getting the coronavirus vaccine. Pressley, who received the vaccine the day before her CNN appearance, said she was “going to continue to fight for our most vulnerable” and communities “disproportionally impacted” by the coronavirus, which included health care workers, essential workers and people locked up, to be “prioritized” in the vaccine’s distribution. “I did have the vaccine administered yesterday in order to maintain the continuity of government, but also because I live with like millions of Americans — two preexisting conditions — and doing my part, both to keep myself safe so that I can continue to do my job to fight for my district and the American people, keeping my family safe, but also stopping the spread of this virus which has raged out of control, which...
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    A growing number of lawmakers are rejecting the opportunity to take a coronavirus vaccine ahead of their constituents — as they condemn the arrogance of Congress’ early access to the potential life-saving jab. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Reps. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hi.), Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) have all come out this week and said they will refuse the vaccine until all frontline health care workers and seniors were inoculated. When Gabbard furiously tweeted her outrage about the situation Monday, arguing that the rules were made by “[h]eartless, arrogant, unelected CDC bureaucrats,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) also wrote a message of support, though it is not clear if he has declined the early access to the shot. The lawmakers were then joined by incoming Rep.-elect Nancy Mace (R-SC), who pledged that she, too, would refuse the jab if it meant...
    Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar on Sunday lambasted fellow politicians for receiving a coronavirus vaccine before healthcare workers shortly after Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez live-streamed her immunization. “It’s now clear that we don’t have enough vaccines for everyone and there is shortage of supply, we have to prioritize those who need it most,” Omar wrote in a Sunday tweet. “That’s why it’s disturbing to see members be 1st to get vaccine while most frontline workers, elderly and infirm in our districts, wait.” It’s now clear that we don’t have enough vaccines for everyone and there is shortage of supply, we have to prioritize those who need it most. That’s why it’s disturbing to see members be 1st to get vaccine while most frontline workers, elderly and infirm in our districts, wait. https://t.co/YGcL4jO1Li — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 20, 2020 Ocasio-Cortez recorded herself receiving the Pfizer COVID-19...
    Lawmakers from both parties are starting to turn down early access to the COVID-19 vaccine, saying theyre refusing to get the first of two shots until all frontline healthcare workers and senior citizens are vaccinated.  "I’m not saying that I have any type of aversion to it. It’s just a personal stance that if you’re a leader, you eat last," Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., told The Hill. "Symbols matter in life. The powerful symbol can be, Hey listen, were going to make sure that we take care of the people first." Mast is joining a small but growing number of lawmakers, including Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii; Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J.; incoming Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C.; and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in announcing theyre refusing a vaccine being offered under continuity of government practices.  Several other lawmakers have gotten or will get their first of the two doses...
    In a scathing Twitter post, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., criticized fellow members of Congress for jumping ahead of the elderly and frontline workers in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. The congresswomans comments appear directed partially at her fellow Squad member, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who posted live video of herself getting the vaccine on Friday. Ocasio-Cortez, 31, was able to receive the vaccine as part of the continuity of government established in the 1950s under President Dwight Eisenhower. But Omar, noted that younger members such as herself should wait till others who are at higher risk are given the vaccines which have only recently begun being distributed and are in limited supply. "Its now clear that we dont have enough vaccines for everybody and there is a shortage of supply, we have to prioritize those who need it most," Omar tweeted Sunday. "Thats why its disturbing to see members be first to...
    WASHINGTON — Progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar on Sunday called it “shameful” that young, healthy lawmakers — such as fellow “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — are receiving the coronavirus vaccine before American seniors and frontline workers. The Minnesota congresswoman has joined a growing number of lawmakers who have vowed not to take the miracle Pfizer drug out of concerns they are jumping the line. “It’s now clear that we don’t have enough vaccines for everyone and there is shortage of supply, we have to prioritize those who need it most,” Omar wrote on Sunday. “That’s why it’s disturbing to see members be 1st to get vaccine while most frontline workers, elderly and infirm in our districts, wait.” The congresswoman’s father died due to complications from COVID-19 in June. The message appears to be a clear shot at lawmakers like her fellow progressive AOC (D-NY), who recorded herself receiving the vaccine...
    More On: Ilhan Omar Group co-owned by Ilhan Omar’s husband got $635K in COVID relief On ‘defund the police,’ Obama clearly right — Squad is bitterly wrong ‘The Squad’ fires back at Obama over ‘defund the police’ critique Rep. Ilhan Omar gets into Twitter smackdown with Georgia GOP women WASHINGTON — Progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar on Sunday called it “shameful” that young, healthy lawmakers — such as fellow “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — are receiving the coronavirus vaccine before American seniors and frontline workers. The Minnesota congresswoman has joined a growing number of lawmakers who have vowed not to take the miracle Pfizer drug out of concerns they are jumping the line. “It’s now clear that we don’t have enough vaccines for everyone and there is shortage of supply, we have to prioritize those who need it most,” Omar wrote on Sunday. “That’s why it’s disturbing to...
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, boldly called out and said what most of America is thinking: The elderly and vulnerable should be getting the vaccine before lawmakers. She ripped the "heartless, arrogant, unelected CDC bureaucrats" for their misaligned priority list for the next wave of vaccines and call on everyone under the age of 65 in Congress to refuse taking the vaccine before American seniors. Gabbard tweeted with a video Monday: "Heartless, arrogant, unelected CDC bureaucrats have decided that the lives of elderly Americans dont count. They’re recommending 100 million essential workers (i.e. healthy people working at liquor stores or phone companies) can get the vaccine before our grandparents." She continued in ensuing tweet: "This is immoral and bad health policy. I had planned to get the vaccine but will now stand in solidarity with our seniors by not doing so until THEY can. I urge my colleagues who are under...
    Some of the nation's top lawmakers and politicians are refusing their chance to be part of the first group eligible to receive a dose of a coronavirus vaccine, wary of appearing as if they are taking advantage of their status as a politician or getting preferential treatment over others. Outgoing Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, posted a video on Monday criticizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that certain classes of workers receive the vaccine before many seniors. "I had planned to take the vaccine but will now stand in solidarity with our seniors by not doing so until they can," said Gabbard, who is 39. "I urge my colleagues in Congress who are under 65 and healthy to join me." South Carolina Rep.-elect Nancy Mace, a Republican, similarly said in a statement on Monday that "Congress shouldn’t be putting themselves first in line...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar called it 'disturbing' that her fellow lawmakers, including her 31-year-old 'squad'-mate Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, were able to get vaccinated against the coronavirus before frontline workers and the elderly.  'It's now clear that we don't have enough vaccines for everybody and there is a shortage of supply, we have to prioritize those who need it most,' Omar tweeted Sunday. 'That's why it's disturbing to see members be first to get vaccine while most frontline workers, elderly and infirm in our districts, wait.'  Omar linked to an interview she did earlier in the month on CNN, when she had argued the same thing when early reports said White House staff would have access to the COVID-19 vaccine before most Americans.  Rep. Ilhan Omar called it 'disturbing' that members of Congress were getting the coronavirus vaccine before frontline workers and the elderly  Omar tweeted her disgust Sunday, linking...
    Heartless, arrogant, unelected CDC bureaucrats have decided that the lives of elderly Americans don’t count. They’re recommending 100 million “essential workers” (i.e. healthy people working at liquor stores or phone companies) can get the vaccine before our grandparents. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/yEn0k0cKBs — Tulsi Gabbard ???? (@TulsiGabbard) December 21, 2020 Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) blasted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday for prioritizing essential workers over the elderly with the rollout of coronavirus vaccines around the country, and said she wouldn’t take the vaccine until it had been made available to them. “Heartless, arrogant, unelected CDC bureaucrats have decided the lives of elderly just don’t count,” Gabbard said in a video published on Twitter. “For months, the CDC has been telling us the elderly are the most vulnerable, but now they’re recommending that 100 million so-called “essential workers” — which means healthy people working at everything form liquor...
    Rep.-elect Nancy Mace, R-S.C., said Monday that "Congress shouldn't be putting themselves first in line for the COVID-19 vaccination" as many of her soon-to-be colleagues are being vaccinated following the examples of both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Congress shouldn't be putting themselves first in line for the COVID-19 vaccination when the average American can't get it," Mace said in a statement. "For as long as the vaccines are limited, we should prioritize healthcare and frontline workers, and every person at greater risk, especially the elderly. I've had COVID already, and can attest, it is a serious illness. I want to help make sure others don't get it, especially those who are most vulnerable." NANCY PELOSI, MITCH MCCONNELL RECEIVE COVID-19 VACCINE "I'll wait my turn in line with the rest of my constituents when the vaccine becomes available to the rest of us," she continued. Mace has...
    Minnesota State Sen. Jerry Relph (R) has passed away following complications related to the Chinese coronavirus, according to his family and colleagues. According to MPR News, the 76-year-old lawmaker went to the emergency room twice last month after testing positive for the virus but was not hospitalized in those instances. “He was one of several Republican state senators who tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a post-election party,” the outlet reported, adding that “little had been known publicly about his condition”: My heart is broken at the loss of my friend, fellow senator & Vice Chair of our Aging Committee, @SenatorRelph. Jerry was a veteran, attorney, entrepreneur, amazing husband to Pegi, loving father & a passionate senator. He will be greatly missed by all of us & especially MN. pic.twitter.com/w8M43KHOSx — Karin Housley (@KarinHousley) December 19, 2020 pic.twitter.com/JTkheHbR9k — Rep. Dan Wolgamott (@RepWolgamott) December 19, 2020 “Jerry dedicated his...
    A Republican congressman said he has no interest in getting vaccinated against the coronavirus as the first doses of two vaccines are being distributed across the United States. Colorado Rep. Ken Buck said he will not be vaccinated and that it's his freedom as a U.S. citizen to abstain. “It is my choice,” Buck told Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Friday. “I’m an American, and I have the freedom to decide if I’m going to take a vaccine or not, and in this case, I’m not going to take the vaccine.” Buck said he backs the vaccines and noted via Twitter on Friday that the quick work by Pfizer and Moderna was "an incredible feat that should be applauded." The congressman told Cavuto that he hopes the government can prioritize the distribution of the vaccine to those who need it most, such as front-line health workers...
    A small group of Republican lawmakers in the House asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to give those working in K-12 schools prioritization to receive COVID-19 vaccines after healthcare workers and nursing home residents. A Friday letter with the request comes before the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meets this weekend, during which it could potentially expand interim guidance in order to provide vaccine preference to school workers. Indiana Rep. Jim Banks and Pennsylvania Rep. Fred Keller of the Education and Labor Committee, along with Wisconsin Rep. Tom Tiffany and Georgia Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia, signed the letter, first provided to the Washington Examiner. "Schools across the country are closing again due to staffing shortages caused by exposure to COVID-19. When schools initially shut down last fall, there was uncertainty about the potential negative mental, physical and educational effects on our children," the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system COVID-19 HOLIDAY RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado’s elected leaders are responding to the FDA approval of the coronavirus vaccine. On Friday night, the FDA granted emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Colorado’s first round of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations includes 46,800 in the initial order and is expected to arrive in a few days. The Moderna vaccine is expected about a week later. RELATED: COVID In Colorado: FDA Authorizes Pfizer Vaccine For Emergency Use The vaccines will be administered in three phases, according to an announcement made by Gov. Jared Polis earlier this week. Those phases include these groups: Phase 1: Highest-risk health care workers and individuals Phase 2: Higher-risk individuals and essential workers Phase 3: General public (credit: CBS) On Friday night, the reaction was positive from Colorado representatives and senators. “This a moment we have been waiting for. Having a vaccine approved for distribution here in the U.S. marks the...
    By Daniella Diaz | CNN Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, on Friday told KMJ, a radio station in Fresno, California, that he has Covid-19 antibodies. Nunes, who is a close ally of President Donald Trump, was seen by reporters earlier this week on Capitol Hill wearing a face mask. Related Articles COVID-19: Santa Clara County reports outbreak of 77 cases at youth basketball event FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19 East Bay businesses sue to overturn COVID-19 outdoor dining ban COVID vaccine rollout raises data privacy questions in California White House pressures FDA chief for quick vaccine approval Nunes’ exposure to the coronavirus brings CNN’s tally of members of the House of Representatives who have had Covid-19 to 35, including 11 Democrats and 24 Republicans. Eleven members of the US...
    [The stream is slated to start at 11:30 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to hold a press briefing Friday on the coronavirus pandemic as the state prepares to receive a Covid-19 vaccine that could be authorized and delivered in the coming days. Cuomo will be joined by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM). The Democratic governor has said that New York is expected to receive an initial allocation of 170,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes the shots. New York could receive the doses as soon as this weekend, Cuomo's office said in a press release Wednesday. Meanwhile, New York is weighing whether to impose restrictions on indoor dining if the state's...
    FALMOUTH (CBS) – When Britain started inoculating its citizens against COVID-19, one of the first to get the shot was 91-year-old Martin Kenyon, who saw on the London news his local hospital was doing it. “It didn’t hurt at all,” Kenyon said in an interview with CNN that went viral. “I didn’t know the needle had gone in until it had come out.” As it turns out, Kenyon has family on Cape Cod. He’s the cousin of State Rep. Dylan Fernandes’ grandmother. Martin Kenyon received a COVID vaccine in London (Image credit CNN) “He’s always the life of the party, has a ton of energy,” Fernandes said. “The last time I saw him was about five years ago he gave away my aunt at a family wedding.” He’s 91, but the twinkle in his eyes tell of a life well lived. He was a diplomat, and counts Desmond Tutu...
    When COVID-19 first emerged as a global threat, it was truly a "novel" coronavirus. It did not resemble the typical coronaviruses, like the common cold, that regularly circulate. In so many ways, the scientific community was starting from scratch. The need was urgent. Time was of the essence. As a physician, soldier, and member of Congress, I have made the health and safety of my fellow Americans a top priority throughout my service. Without the foundation that health and security provide, we are unable to exercise our fundamental freedoms or do what we do best as American citizens: innovate, create opportunities, and build a better, brighter future. NEWLY CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASES IN MAINE REACH SINGLE-DAY RECORD HIGH These are very same strengths that we have harnessed through Operation Warp Speed (OWS), empowering the scientific community to achieve historic breakthroughs in record time in the fight against the novel coronavirus. On...
    A doctor who doubts the legitimacy of vaccines, including the coronavirus vaccine, and promotes controversial anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment, will testify at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday as the lead witness. The decision comes just as health officials are pushing for the upcoming coronavirus vaccine, prompting a backlash from Democrats. Dr. Jane Orient is the executive director of the politically conservative Association of American Physicians and Surgeons — a group of doctors who oppose government involvement in medicine and consider mandatory vaccines a violation of rights. “A public health threat is the rationale for the policy on mandatory vaccines. But how much of a threat is required to justify forcing people to accept government-imposed risks?” Orient wrote in a statement to the Senate last year, exclaiming that vaccine mandates are “a serious intrusion into individual liberty, autonomy, and parental decisions.” Despite...
    Minnesota and other blue state liberals are calling their latest coronavirus shutdowns temporary restrictions, but they are ultimately permanent closures for small businesses, according to Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., on Newsmax TV. "What Gov. [Tim] Walz has done with his latest round of lockdowns, I dont think is good," Hagedorn, who held off House Speaker Nancy Pelosi-backed Dan Feehan, told Tuesdays "Spicer & Co." "He says its a temporary order, but for many of these businesses, like for restaurants and bars, itll be a permanent closure, and itll lead to a lot of unintended consequences." Hagedorn believes "there is about $50 million of CARES Act money in the hands of Gov. Walz." "He needs to release that immediately, especially if hes going to lockdowns these bars, restaurants, and others," Hagedorn told co-hosts Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith. "We have to make sure they get to one side of the coronavirus...
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says the U.S. government should push hard to get a coronavirus vaccine released and that Dr. Anthony Fauci is trying to slow down that process, saying the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases wants to keep us masked until the end of time. The masks aren’t working, social distancing’s not working. What is my proof? The numbers. The numbers are going through the roof, Paul said Thursday during an appearance on Newsmax TV’s American Agenda." So all these mask mandates have had no effect on it. The incidence of the virus has gotten worse since we’ve done lockdowns. We should not comfort ourselves with masks, we should push hard to get the vaccine released. I think it’s ready to go, for those who are willing to sign an informed consent and voluntarily take it. And I think millions of people would sign...
    An agreement on coronavirus relief could come if "five or six people would just come off their high horses" and sit down and bargain, Rep. Tom Cole said Tuesday.  "The choice is not between $2.2 trillion and $1 trillion," the Oklahoma Republican said on MSNBCs "Morning Joe." "Its really between about a trillion and a half and zero and the only reason its at zero is because we have people unwilling to put on the floor things that both sides agree to." Both sides agree on $105 billion to reopen schools and on stimulus payments for people making less than $75,000 a year, said Cole.  "We need more help for small businesses," he added. "The best thing we can do for whoever the next president is to act now. That will help the economy enormously and it will keep us on whats been a positive trajectory for about the last...
    Former Rep. Katie Hill said this week she was “skeptical” of the impending coronavirus vaccine. “I’m a big fan of vaccines but DAMN I’m skeptical of one that‘s supposed to have been developed, tested, produced, and distributed in 6 months — right in time for the re-election of our very own dictator,” the California Democrat wrote Wednesday on Twitter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a letter to governors this week instructing them to be prepared for a vaccine by Nov. 1. Three vaccine candidates by drugmakers AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTec, respectively, are currently in late-stage Phase 3 clinical trials. FORMER REP. KATIE HILL QUESTIONED BY 'THE VIEW' ABOUT AFFAIR, SAYS BISEXUALITY FUELED HEADLINES  Some have expressed concerns that the administration might pressure the FDA to fast-track approving a vaccine before the 2020 election. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn and other federal health officials have sought to quell...
    Rep. Katie Porter is demanding a “full, independent” inspector general investigation into whether President Donald Trump flouted longstanding ethics laws to put a former pharmaceutical executive with a slew of potential conflicts of interest in charge of the White House initiative tasked with developing a Covid-19 vaccine. In a letter Wednesday to the inspectors general of the Health and Human Services Department and the Office of Personnel Management, the California Democrat expressed alarm at “reports that President Trump is violating ethics laws and established procedures in order to place individuals at the helm of his administration’s vaccine research and development efforts without subjecting them to standard requirements of government employees.” “Abiding by clear and longstanding ethics guidelines prevents distrust and confusion,” Porter wrote. “By evading these longstanding laws, the administration is harming public trust in the vaccine effort. As such, I request that you conduct an investigation into Dr. Moncef...
    On Friday morning,  leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and other members of the White House coronavirus task force testified before a House subcommittee on the Trump administration’s coronavirus response. The hearing took place as more than 150,000 lives have been lost to the novel coronavirus and the country leads the world in total cases with over 4 million Americans infected. Despite these grim numbers, some states continue to reopen, and many are planning on sending kids back to school this fall. The piecemeal approach to control the virus in the U.S. has been scrutinized and the subject of debate, especially as other countries have seemingly managed to control its spread and lower the number of infections. Fauci, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Adm. Brett Giroir, addressed concerns about vaccine development,...
    An Indiana congresswoman on Friday demanded a separate hearing on “Chinese espionage” into the US’s efforts to develop a vaccine – prompting a terse response from her colleague on the special coronavirus committee. Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski made the request while questioning Dr. Anthony Fauci on China’s role in the spread of the virus during the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing. “I don’t know how in the world that we could stand there and say no, I don’t think China is a threat to a vaccine for this country when we just indicted two people,” Walorski said, referring to the recent arrest of two Chinese hackers charged with trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research from government agencies and private companies. “I think we need to investigate that answer on cybersecurity. Why can’t we have a hearing in here?” she asked, before demanding a “commitment” from Rep. Maxine...
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