The agencies overseeing New York's bridges, trains and seaports will require their workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine or get tested weekly starting next month amid rising cases of the Delta variant, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo also told a briefing that he was urging bars, restaurants and other private businesses to consider requiring all customers be vaccinated before entering. He also said that vaccines could become mandatory for nursing home workers and teachers if case numbers do not improve. He said they learned “a painful lesson” with nursing home deaths. “How did it get into the nursing homes? It came in with an aid,” he said Monday. "If you want to teach my kids, I think you should be vaccinated," Cuomo said, adding that schools should quickly formulate policies for teachers on vaccines and testing before schools reopen in the coming weeks.
Former President Barack Obama is creating a “nightmare” by trying to get nearly 700 peopleto his 60th birthday bash in Martha’s Vineyard, a source told The Post Monday — as news of the lavish party drew fire amid a national surge of the COVID Delta variant and new restrictions.
George Clooney, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are among the 475 guests expected to attend alongside about 200 hired hands.
“Democrats are imposing unscientific mask mandates while contemplating more lockdowns. Meanwhile, President Obama is hosting over 500 elites at his Marthas Vineyard mansion. If you or I did that it would be called a super-spreader event by the Democrats,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik, chair of the House Republican Conference. “Typical liberal ‘do as I say, not as I do’. This is what socialism looks like.” Read More
Canada has for more than the past year become known as having arguably the most stringent and far-reaching travel screening and lockdown/quarantine polices of any country. For example the US-Canada border is still closed, but isset to openAugust 9th -only for the fully vaccinated.
Throughout what's essentially been more or less a 'permanent' state of lockdown since the start of the pandemic, even Canadians re-entering the country from outside have had to quarantine for at least two weeks if they can't show proof of vaccination. This policy has been in effect in other countries as well, especially in Europe, which has perhaps made it inevitable that foreign travelers have sought to find ways around the restrictions. Authorities have worried aboutfake vaccination certificates popping up globally as the concept of 'COVID passports' has remained under discussion and is already fast becoming a reality at least in practice. Read More
Concerns are growing in China as it tries to contain its largest COVID-19 outbreak since Wuhan. A cluster that began in Jiangsu has spread rapidly, driven by the Delta variant. 55 more cases have been confirmed -- including seven new infections in Wuhan -- taking China's total over the last two weeks to 360. Millions are lining up to get tested, while others are confined to their homes as residential compounds are cordoned off.
No longer science fiction, farm robots are already here — and they have created two possible extremes for the future of agriculture and its impacts on the environment, argues agricultural economist Thomas Daum in a Science & Society article published on July 13, 2021, in the journalTrends in Ecology & Evolution. One is a utopia, where fleets of small, intelligent robots farm in harmony with nature to produce diverse, organic crops. The other is a dystopia in which large, tractor-like robots subdue the landscape through heavy machinery and artificial chemicals.
He describes the utopian scenario as a mosaic of rich, green fields, streams, and wild flora and fauna, where fleets of small robots fueled by sustainable energy flit around the fields, their whirrs intermixed with insect chirps and birdsong. “It’s like a Garden of Eden,” says Daum (@ThomDaum), a research fellow at the University of Hohenheim in Germany studying agricultural development strategies. “Small robots could help conserve biodiversity and combat climate change in ways that were not possible before.” Read More
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The FDA is taking an "all-hands-on-deck" approach to review Pfizer's applicaiton for full approval "as rapidly as possible in keeping with the high-quality complete assessment that the public expects from the FDA."
As theJournalnotes, full approval will ease restrictions on distribution and advertising, and will allow more states, schools and employers to force people to take the jab, according to attorneys and current/former FDA officials. Once full approval is granted,the vaccine would be eligible for prescriptions as booster dosesby physicians.
According to a June Kaiser Family Foundation survey,over 30% of unvaccinated Americans would be more likely to get it if the FDA grants full approval.
"The vast difference in vaccination rates across the country tell a story about what the perceptions are about risk across the country," said Harvard University associate professor Joseph Allen, head of the university's Healthy Buildings program. "If you’re a company operating in all 50 states and even internationally, it’s hard for them to move on the vaccine mandate and having a full FDA approval and authorization would make that easier."
Pfizer says it initiated a rolling submission process in May, while Moderna did the same in June - allowing them to submit finished sections of their applications without having to wait for full completion.
"It’s like if you said not all the Christmas presents are under the tree, but you can start unwrapping them," said former FDA chief scientist, Dr. Jesse Goodman. Read More
Florida Hospital Association President Mary Mayhew joins Morning Joe as the state becomes the leader in per capita hospitalizations for the coronavirus. Mayhew stresses the need to convince younger individuals in Florida to get vaccinated.
The FBI arrested a California man after receiving a tip of his involvement in the January 6 Capitol riot from a member of a church prayer group.
Glenn Allen Brooks "boasted of his active participation" in the riot and "sent photos of his attendance" to a text chat group full of church prayer members, acriminal complaintsaid.
A member of the group — who was not identified in the complaint — provided that information to the FBI, leading to Brooks' arrest on Thursday.
On the day of the riot, Brooks texted the group "a selfie photo of himself inside the Capitol," the complaint, dated July 27, said. Weeks later, the unnamed group member passed it along to officials investigating the insurrection. Read More
Thegrowing spread of the COVID-19 Delta variantis creating an increasingly stark choice that could make the difference between more reopenings — or a return to restrictions that decimated the world's economy, a World Health Organization expert suggested on Friday.
Amid the leak of internal documentsfrom the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), comparing the transmissibility of Delta variant to that of chickenpox, new discoveries are sparking furious debate about how vulnerable the vaccinated could be to transmitting COVID-19, should they get it.
It also highlighted the struggles of public health officials to boost the mass vaccination effort, and encourage the voluntary use of masks in public.
Dr Bruce Aylward, senior adviser to the World Health Organization's Director General, suggested that Delta's spread is posing a challenge to relaxing restrictions that are feeding a rise in infections.
"More transmissible means more cases, more sick people, more hospitalizations, more ICU's filling up," he said. Aylward was responding to a question from Yahoo Finance about how to best communicate the seriousness of the virus to the public. Read More
A pharmacy in the Tampa Bay area of Florida started making home visits to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to those unable to get outdoors as the Delta variant causes a spike in cases in the state and around the nation.
Human rights abuses are accelerating worldwide, as governments claim dominion over people’s bodies and minds. In the Philippine city of Lapu-Lapu, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chansigned a terror-inspired executive orderthat bans the “unvaccinated” from department stores, convenience stores, supermarkets and grocery stores. Individuals who do not submit their body to the experimental covid-19 protocol will be excommunicated from society, starved out, segregated into perpetuity. This divide-and-conquer strategy uses terror and humiliation to achieve absolute compliance. Food and basic resources are now being used as weapons against humanity.
A new wave of Nuremberg trials are warranted, as governments repeatedly violate and mock informed consent and basic medical ethics.
Mayor Chan’s executive order (No. 2021-040) lists numerous restrictions on the population until August 25. After that date, the general restrictions end for those who submitted to the initial vaccine requirements. The abuse will continue against the unvaccinated and will increase against the vaccinated, who will soon be required to obey again by getting booster shots. Anyone who doesn’t comply with the government’s vaccine threats will be segregated, socially ostracized, starved, restricted from living their lives. This abuse could go on into the foreseeable future because too many people are complying and too few are standing up to these tyrants.
Section 4 of Mayor Chan’s executive order states: “Effective August 25, 2021, only vaccinated persons, upon presentation of their vaccination cards, shall be allowed to enter public and private markets including department stores, supermarkets, grocery stores and convenience stores.” Read More
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