Michigan’s three-week pause that was instituted in mid-November is supposed to end on December 8th, but will it? Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Thursday it is “sadly possible” that current restrictions will be extended to slow the spread of COVID-19
During her news conference on Thursday, in which Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist revealed progress by the racial disparities task force, the governor and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun revealed details of the COVID-19 vaccination, which is expected to be in Michigan in 12 days. But distribution for the public will be much later.
“We expect it to be as early as December 15th. This is really exciting,” Khaldun said. “We will not promote the vaccine in Michigan unless the science is clear and it is safe and effective.”
With a light at the end of the tunnel, case rates are still not good.
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Millions of Americans are still hoping for a second round of stimulus checks to help them cope with the financial fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government is preparing to distribute vaccinations to the American public in order to put an end to the public health crisis.
Now, one proposal aims to help both efforts by giving people $1,500 stimulus checks in exchange for getting immunized.
The idea comes from entrepreneur John Delaney, a former Democratic congressman for Maryland who also ran for president in 2020.
“The faster we get 75 percent of this country vaccinated, the faster we end Covid and the sooner everything returns to normal,” Delaney said in an interview with CNBC.com.
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Despite having the regulatory backing to make getting the COVID vaccine a mandatory condition of employment, most companies in the U.S. are unlikely to do so for fear of provoking a backlash.
That’s according to a Reuters report, which notes that, “Private U.S. companies have the right under the law to require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.”
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission previously ruled that employees had to get a COVID test before returning to work and this could set the precedent for vaccines.
“Companies have every good reason to get all of their employees vaccinated and also have an obligation to keep all employees and customers safe,” said Lawrence Gostin, a global health law professor at Georgetown University.
However, Robert Field, a law and public health professor at Drexel University, said that companies were in uncharted territory given the rushed approval of the COVID vaccine and its emergency use authorization, which has no precedent.
Americans will receive a ‘vaccination card’ showing they’ve taken the COVID-19 shot, raising the prospect that airlines and venues could refuse service to those who are not immunized.
“Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,” Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition, told CNN.
The vaccination card will be issued by the CDC and patients will be asked to provide a cell phone number so they can be contacted when it is time to receive their second dose.
Vaccination clinics will also send records of who has taken the shot to state immunization registries and every dose administered will also be reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While the first doses of the vaccine will be made available to health care workers, 100 million Americans are expected to have been vaccinated against COVID by February, according to Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed.
A peer review of the paper on which most Covid testing is based has comprehensively debunked the science behind it, finding major flaws. They conclude it’s utterly unsuitable as a means for diagnosis – and the fall-out is immense.
Last week, I reported on a landmark ruling from Portugal, where a court had ruled against a governmental health authority that had illegally confined four people to a hotel this summer. They had done so because one of the people had tested positive for Covid in a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test – but the court had found the test fundamentally flawed and basically inadmissible.
Now the PCR testing supremacy under which we all now live has received another crushing blow. A peer review from a group of 22 international experts has found 10 “major flaws” in the main protocol for such tests. The report systematically dismantles the original study, called the Corman-Drosten paper, which described a protocol for applying the PCR technique to detecting Covid.
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The Welsh government has announced that people who take the COVID vaccine will get immunisation ID cards, raising the prospect that people could need to prove they’ve taken the shot before being allowed to enter venues.
“Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething confirmed on Wednesday that people there will receive a credit-card sized immunisation card which states the type of vaccine and the date it was administered,” reports the Daily Mirror.
“Those receiving a Covid-19 vaccination will be given a credit card-sized NHS Wales immunisation card which will have the vaccine name, date of immunisation and batch number of each of the doses given handwritten on them,” said Gething.
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Arguing that the benefits of the vaccine “far outweigh the risks” from expedited approval, British regulator MHRA – Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency – has become the first in the West to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use, a landmark decision that has once again lifted the market’s mood as the never-ending procession of vaccine news continues.
Dr. June Raine, the executive director of the British regulator, assured the public that “no corners were cut” in the approval process, which was carried out under EU law (which the UK is obliged to honor until Jan. 1). Now, the UK, which has been testing large-scale delivery systems for the vaccine (which has very cumbersome temperature requirements (it must be stored at a temperature that’s colder than the north pole) will be the first in the West to test its logistical prowess as regulators in the US and Brussels scramble to catch up.
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Despite the warnings about traveling, Disney World can be irresistible.
So, if you’re thinking of spending some holiday time in the Land of the Mouse, you’ll want to note that things just aren’t the same there.
COVID has complicated the rules.
Earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Chapek told investors that the maximum capacity of its theme parks would increase to 35%, up from 25%, because its parks in Orlando were seeing high demand and strong attendance, according to ClickOrlando.com.
It still won’t look like how it used to.
Since the parks reopened in July, COVID-19 has changed the Disney park experience, with a reservation system in place to control how many people are inside at a time. There is also a bunch of social distancing rules to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading among visitors and employees (guests and cast members in Disney talk).
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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (D) claims mask mandates have been effective in reducing COVID rates, adding that he won’t shut down the city’s economy if people continue to wear masks.
“Detroit actually has the lowest infection rate in the state of Michigan,” Duggan told “Face The Nation” on Sunday. “And it’s because behavior changed. In March and April, Michigan was hammered along with New York, and we had within a few weeks, a thousand people hospitalized and 50 of our neighbors dying every day.”
Despite Detroit having the lowest infection rate in the state, with about 1 or 2 Covid-related deaths per day, Duggan says it’s still too high to lift restrictions.
Besides Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) telling inhabitants of the Mid-Atlantic state this week that they have ‘no constitutional right‘ to refuse wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor has also dispatched “compliance units” to enforce coronavirus safety measures at businesses, including bars and restaurants.
Starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Maryland State Police and local officials will combine forces in “high-visibility compliance units” to monitor capacity levels, mask-wearing, and social distancing at bars and restaurants, reported WBAL TV.
For the first time since June, the state recorded 32 new virus-related deaths in a single day – also reporting 4,325 new cases – adding to total cases of more than 185,000. The positivity rate of 6.6%, makes it a red zone state.