Speaking to CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, urged Americans to avoid having large New Year’s Eve gatherings, and to not attend any events where they don’t know the vaccination status of guests.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, has tested positive for COVID-19, the latest breakthrough case among members of Congress.
“Tonight, I received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This is a breakthrough case, and I am asymptomatic,” Clyburn tweeted. “America is in a new phase of this pandemic. No one is immune. I urge anyone who has not done so to protect themselves by getting vaccinated and boosted.”
CNN’s Don Lemon expressed his frustration with unvaccinated Americans, accusing them of prolonging the Covid-19 pandemic and saying that it’s time to “shun” them for their inaction. Lemon added that they were “harmful to the greater good.”
According to a new Axios-Ipsos poll, the majority of Americans––that’s 60%––support President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates.
The mandates will affect roughly 100 million Americans. It will include a vaccine mandate for all federal workers and contractors, in addition to a requirement that large companies must mandate vaccines or regular testing for employees.
Former President Donald Trump, whose administration ignored or downplayed the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic from the start, claimed President Joe Biden is to blame for vaccine hesitancy. He also pushed back against vaccine mandates, calling them “unnecessary.”
Even though Covid-19 has surged across Arkansas in recent weeks, the state’s Republican Governor, Asa Hutchinson, insisted that President Joe Biden’s recent vaccine mandate for employers will only “harden resistance” among those who have refused to get vaccinated against the virus in the first place.
Former Vice President Mike Pence criticized President Joe Biden’s sweeping Covid-19 vaccination requirements. Pence lent himself to hyperbole, saying the announcement was “unlike anything I have ever heard from an American president.”
South Dakota Kristi Noem (R) has vowed to fight President Joe Biden’s sweeping Covid-19 vaccination requirements. Noem has explicitly refused to follow the guidance of medical experts throughout the pandemic, actions that resulted in South Dakota harboring one of the worst outbreaks in the United States.
President Joe Biden is expected to announce a vaccine mandate for all federal employees with no option for testing or opting out.
These steps are part of a 6-point Covid-19 action plan.
“We know that increasing vaccinations will stop the spread of the pandemic we’ll get the pandemic under control, we’ll return people to normal life. That’s what our objective is,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, slammed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for being “completely wrong” about Covid-19 vaccines.
Fauci’s comments came after DeSantis insisted that whether or not a person gets a Covid-19 vaccine comes down to “personal choice.”
On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) insisted that whether or not a person gets a Covid-19 vaccine comes down to “personal choice.”
“It’s about your health and whether you want that protection or not. It really doesn’t impact me or anyone else,” he said at the time.
Donald Trump, thankfully is out of office. And some may have hoped the the COVID situation would get better with him gone. Except it hasn’t gotten better at all.
Governors in red states had tried their best to emulate Trump by fighting any kind of COVID mitigation. And Ron DeSantis has fought harder than any others. This has resulted in Florida becoming the epicenter of COVID-19.
Republicans just can’t keep themselves from talking about Nazi Germany while talking about COVID-19 restrictions. Marjorie Taylor Greene, of course, did it on multiple occasions.
But Taylor-Greene got away with her actions. Kevin McCarthy chided her, she visited a Holocaust museum, but in the end, she faced no repercussions for her actions.
Kayleigh McEnany did not exactly develop a sterling reputation when she served as Donald Trump’s press secretary. During her first day on the job, she promised to never lie. She broke that promise on a number of occasions.
Anti-Vaxxers have had a tough week. First, the FDA advised people not to take Ivermectin, a medicine used to de-worm cows and horses. The drug had been pushed by multiple Conservative talking heads.
Then, the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer vaccine. Many anti-vaxxers have claimed that they were waiting for FDA approval before getting their shot.
In some parts of the country, notably, the American South, school has already started. And many red state governors are already making it difficult to keep children safe.
Ron DeSantis has been one notable example. Bill Lee is another one. Now Tennessee is seeing skyrocketing COVID cases with children making up 1/3rd of the positive tests.
On the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement that it had fully approved Pfizer and BioTech’s Covid-19 vaccine, New York City will require every Department of Education employee to have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by September 27. There is no ability to opt out.
As expected, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine. The move clears the path for widespread vaccine mandates and comes as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to pose health risks and threatens the nation’s economic recovery.
During an appearance on MSNBC, Florida School Superintendent Dr. Carlee Simon explained why she continues to defy Governor Ron DeSantis’s ban on mask mandates.
“Masks are not a medical device,” she said. “Masks are preventive. They are preventive safety devices. It would be just as though we were asking a student to wear a baseball helmet when they go up to bat at a baseball game,” she said.
Despite the city of Cullman, Alabama declaring a state of emergency just days before, Donald Trump held a rally there last night. And the adoring crowd hung on his every word. The only time they jeered him was when he encouraged them to get vaccinated.