Coronavirus

Biden: I’ll Get The Vaccine When Fauci Says It’s Safe

The Associated Press reports: During the town hall, Biden repeated that he does not trust President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus. But he said he would take a vaccine approved by the Trump administration — if Dr. Anthony Fauci said it was safe. “I don’t trust the president on vaccines. I trust Dr. Fauci,” Biden said. “If Fauci says …

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Covidiot Pastor: Lockdowns Are “Hitler False Science”

“Hitler used false science. Hitler used false science about race as a people, about Black people and about Jewish people. He tried to basically use that false science to lock down the Reichstag in Nazi power. That is essentially what’s happening in California, and even across the country. “The false science of this virus is being used again as a …

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NYC Eateries Allowed To Add 10% COVID Surcharge

Gothamist reports: Restaurants will now be allowed to add the “COVID-19 Recovery Charge,” up to 10% of a customer’s total bill. It passed in a 46-to-2 vote on Wednesday, and as of now, it will be permitted until 90 days after full indoor dining is once again permitted. “This bill will give restaurants the freedom they need to increase revenue …

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Mask Defiant Pastor Hospitalized, Five Staffers COVID+

The Spokesman-Review reports: A Coeur d’Alene pastor who opened his large church in early May for in-person services that allowed and even encouraged unmasked congregants to gather has been recovering from COVID-19 at the Kootenai Health intensive care unit. Paul Van Noy, the senior pastor at Candlelight Christian Fellowship, has spent the past two weeks in the ICU while his …

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WH Nixed Plan To Mail Five Masks To Every Household

The Washington Post reports: At one point in April, USPS leaders drafted a news release announcing plans to distribute 650 million masks nationwide, enough to offer five face coverings to every American household. The document, which includes quotations from top USPS officials and other specifics, was never sent. Before the news release was sent, however, the White House nixed the …

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Qantas Airways Sells Out 7-Hour “Flight To Nowhere”

The Washington Post reports: A seven-hour “flight to nowhere” advertised by Australian airline Qantas sold out within 10 minutes on Thursday. To comply with restrictions on interstate travel, the flight will depart Sydney on Oct. 10 and return on the same day, with no stops along the way. But passengers are promised views of the Great Barrier Reef, the Uluru …

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Biden: I Trust Vaccines But I Don’t Trust Trump [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Joe Biden on Wednesday said he doesn’t trust President Donald Trump to safely oversee the federal government’s approval and dissemination of a Covid-19 vaccine. “I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump,” Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. Trump has repeatedly pledged to “produce a vaccine in record time,” and has …

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White House Mum On Reports Of COVID+ Staffers

CBS News reports: White House staff members have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump visited Philadelphia. Globo News reporter Raquel Krahenbuhl says she was informed of the positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday, but Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says he is not releasing any further information. “I don’t comment on any health-related issues as …

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Federal Agencies Unveil Plan For Free COVID Vaccines

The Associated Press reports: The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land. In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans …

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Mike Pence “Wouldn’t Hesitate” To Get COVID Vaccine

The Hill reports: Vice President Pence “wouldn’t hesitate” to get a COVID-19 vaccine once it’s FDA approved and said the administration will be urging Americans to get flu shots as public health experts warn of the potential dangers of flu season coinciding with the coronavirus pandemic. Pence told The Hill in an exclusive interview that the Department of Health and …

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NY Student Gets One-Year Suspension For Trespassing After Defying Orders To Say Home For Remote Lessons

The New York Daily News reports: A Long Island student has been suspended for a year after repeatedly defying his school’s remote learning schedule, insisting that classes should always be held in person — even during a pandemic. Maverick Stow, a senior at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, will not be allowed on school grounds for any “school-sponsored …

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HHS Sec Overrode FDA Concerns On Testing Quality

Politico reports: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar led an escalating pressure campaign against his own FDA this spring and summer, urging the agency to abandon its responsibility for ensuring the safety and accuracy of a range of coronavirus tests as the pandemic raged.  Then in late August, Azar took matters into his own hands. Overriding objections from FDA …

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Connecticut To Fine Mask Refusers, Event Organizers

Hartford’s NBC News affiliate reports: Fines will now be implemented for those who are not following Connecticut’s mask orders and event size limits, according to Governor Ned Lamont. The governor said a $100 fine will be implemented for individuals who do not follow the state’s mask order. Also, people will now have to pay a $500 fine for organizing an …

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Maine Reception Now Linked To 7 Deaths, 175 Cases

The Associated Press reports: At least seven people have died in connection to a coronavirus outbreak that continues to sicken people in Maine following a wedding reception held over the summer that violated state virus guidelines, public health authorities said. The August wedding reception at the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket is linked to more than 175 confirmed cases of …

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Indonesian Mask Refusers Forced To Dig Graves

The Jakarta Post reports: Eight people in Gresik regency, East Java, were ordered by local authorities to dig graves for those who have died of COVID-19 as punishment for not wearing face masks in public. Cerme district head, Suyono, said that he punished residents who did not wear face masks by making them dig graves at a public cemetery in …

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Trump Judge Overturns PA Gov’s Lockdown Orders

The Associated Press reports: Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down are unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, sided with plaintiffs that included hair salons, drive-in movie theaters, a farmer’s …

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NYC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade To Go Virtual

NBC New York reports: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a nearly century-old New York institution, will be sidelined from its usual live format due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, officials said Monday. The department store announced that it had to “reimagine” the upcoming 94th edition of the parade on Nov. 26 and said it’ll be staged in a manner similar …

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Israel To Enter Second Lockdown Amid Surge In Cases

The Washington Post reports: Israel will head into a second coronavirus lockdown, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in a televised news conference Sunday night, following a sharp escalation in the number of new infections in the country in recent weeks. The lockdown, which requires schools, stores, malls and hotels to close and reinstates restrictions on people’s movements for at least …

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Pfizer: We’ll Know About Our Vax By End Of October

Axios reports: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that his company will know whether its coronavirus vaccine is effective by the end of October and that it has already manufactured hundreds of thousands of doses in anticipation that the vaccine will receive FDA approval. Why it matters: There has been a major push by the …

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AstraZeneca Resumes COVID Vaccine Trials In UK

CNBC reports: Phase three trials for AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine have resumed in the U.K. after they were halted earlier this week over safety concerns, the company announced Saturday. AstraZeneca said it received confirmation from the United Kingdom’s Medicines Health Regulatory Authority that it was safe to resume clinical trials. The company declined to disclose medical information about the pause of …

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