Arizona Governor Will Withhold Covid-19 Relief from Schools with Mask Mandates

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) announced that the state will withhold Covid-19 relief funds from schools that have mask mandates in place.

“Parents are in the driver’s seat, and it’s their right to make decisions that best fit the needs of their children. Safety recommendations are welcomed and encouraged — mandates that place more stress on students and families aren’t,” Ducey said in a statement. “These grants acknowledge efforts by schools and educators that are following state laws and keeping their classroom doors open for Arizona’s students.” read more

YouTube Suspends Rand Paul for One Week After He Lied About the Effectiveness of Mask-Wearing

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YouTube has suspended Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) from its platform after he claimed that wearing a mask is an ineffective safeguard against Covid-19.

“This resulted in a first strike on the channel, which means it can’t upload content for a week, per our longstanding three strikes policy,” a YouTube spokesperson told CBS News in a statement. “We apply our policies consistently across the platform, regardless of speaker or political views, and we make exceptions for videos that have additional context such as countervailing views from local health authorities.” read more

Twitter Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene for One Week for Tweeting Covid-19 Misinformation

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Twitter announced it has suspended the account of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) after she violated the platform’s rules regarding Covid-19 misinformation.

In a tweet yesterday, Greene claimed that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “should not approve the covid vaccines” and that vaccines were “failing” and not actually curbing the spread of the virus. read more

Fauci Expresses Concern About States With Low Vaccination Rates

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Speaking on CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, said he is concerned about states with low vaccination rates.

What my concern is, is in those states in which you have relatively few, compared to others, people vaccinated, when you’re below 50 percent of the people being vaccinated, that’s when you’re going to have a problem,” he noted during his appearance on “New Day,” adding that “the one thing we want to make sure is that we don’t declare victory prematurely and feel that because things are going in the right direction that we don’t have to keep vaccinating people.” read more

Biden Administration to Share Millions of Vaccines with Other Countries

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President Joe Biden is set to announce that the United States will share millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines with other countries. This number will be in addition to the 60 million doses of AstraZeneca he has already committed to sharing by July 4. The United States will release 20 million doses of Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as well as AstraZeneca to areas abroad once the vaccines are approved by federal regulators. read more

Milestone: White House to Announce That 100 Million Adults Are Now Fully Vaccinated

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The United States has reached an important milestone: More than 100 million adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

That’s what the White House, via coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients, is expected to announce later today. The United States, as of this morning, has administered more than 237 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as the United States continues to lead much of the world in the global vaccination effort. read more

Doctor Laughs at Orange County Republican Who Asked If Covid-19 Vaccine Contained a Tracking Device

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Doctors and other medical professionals have had to face an uphill battle against a tide of disinformation about Covid-19-related matters, particularly on vaccines. Vaccine hesitancy has the potential to undercut the United States’s efforts to lower Covid caseloads and ease the burden on hospitals; much disinformation spreads through social media; since the pandemic began, conspiracy theorists have suggested––among other things––that the virus was manufactured by the Chinese to wage war against the U.S. and that the vaccine could be used to “track” individuals who receive it. read more

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Says He Will Ban Vaccine Passports in His State

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) pushed back against requiring vaccine passports in his state, saying he wouldn’t allow them.

“We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” he said. “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.” read more

Fox Business Producer Dies of Covid-19

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Eric Spinato, who worked as the head booker and senior story editor for Fox Business, died Sunday of Covid-19.

“I’m so broken and lost for words,” Spinato’s brother, Dean Spinato, wrote on Instagram. “This man was an amazing father, brother and friend. I’m sorry to say this but this day broke me hard. I will make you proud for the rest of my life.” read more

Representative Grace Meng Says Trump’s Behavior Led to Increase in Anti-Asian Violence

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Former President Donald Trump was often criticized over the last year for his use of the phrase “China virus” to refer to the novel coronavirus, the virus that causes Covid-19. Trump would often employ the phrase in official communications via his Twitter account. It was also picked up by right-wing news outlets like Fox News, which have designed their coverage to explicitly blame the Chinese government for the pandemic and its effects on American life. read more