The death from COVID-19 problems of former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Monday figures so as to add gasoline to those that oppose vaccines, contemplating his household stated he was absolutely vaccinated.
In actuality, Powell’s passing at 84 really underscores the significance of vaccination towards the coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that among the greater than 187 million Americans who had been absolutely vaccinated as of Oct. 12, it had received reports of 7,178 deaths from breakthrough infections. That’s one fatality for each 26,000 vaccinated individuals, a strong testomony to the vaccines’ effectiveness at preserving lives towards a illness that has killed practically 725,000 on this nation.
“I’m afraid people will say the vaccine didn’t help him,” said Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
“But the mortality rate for vaccinated people is 11 times less than unvaccinated. People still die from the disease, especially if you are 84 and have underlying health risks. He is one of the unfortunate ones, but he was very high risk.”
Powell reportedly had battled Parkinson’s disease and multiple myeloma, a cancer that impairs the body’s ability to fight infections.
Even among seniors in their 80s, who tend to have more underlying conditions that make them susceptible to disease, the unvaccinated have died of COVID at six times the rate of those who got the shots.
Powell’s death, mourned by his many admirers internationally, was the exception to the vaccines’ protection, not proof they don’t work, health officials say.
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- FDA may allow boosters different from original vaccine, report says
- Chicago police officers lose pay, face sanctions after failing to report vaccination status
- Australian chief minister rebuffs Texas Sen. Cruz
- Fauci urges police to get vaccinated
- Can judges decide whether to force hospitals to administer ivermectin?
- Cities hope to loosen rules on spending federal pandemic aid
The Food and Drug Administration may give its OK this week to administering booster shots that are different from recipients’ original COVID-19 vaccine, the New York Times reported Monday. The decision would fulfill the requests of state health officials, who have been seeking increased flexibility in giving the vaccines.
On Friday, an expert panel that advises the FDA recommended booster shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine a day after voting in favor of the Moderna booster. That same committee received the results of a study that showed recipients of the J&J vaccine would get enhanced protection from a second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, which rely on a different technology.
Pfizer boosters were authorized for certain populations last month. The Moderna and J&J boosters are expected to be cleared this week.
A “very small number” of Chicago law enforcement officials had been despatched residence with out pay and will face disciplinary motion after they declined further alternatives to report their vaccination standing Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated.
Chicago has been engaged in an escalating dispute with the police union over the city’s vaccination policy. On Sunday night, Police Superintendent David Brown threatened in a memo to fire officers who don’t comply with the policy, adding that those who retire rather than adhere to the requirements might be putting their retirement benefits at risk.
Nearly 36% of Chicago’s police officers did not comply with a city mandate to report vaccination status, the most of any department in the city, according to city data released Monday. More than 4,500 officers did not report their vaccination status, encouraged by the union to flout the mandate. Of the 8,227 officers who reported their status, 1,333 said they were unvaccinated, or 16%.
Asked at a new conference if she had concerns about police morale, Lightfoot said: “What I have concerns about is seeing more officers die needlessly from COVID-19.” She noted that four Chicago police officers died last year from the disease.
— Grace Hauck
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ventured into Australian politics last week with a tweet critical of the country’s pandemic response. On Monday, someone who’s actually involved in Australian politics — Michael Gunner, chief minister of the Northern Territory — essentially told Cruz to stay in his lane.
Among other bits of information shared via tweet, Gunner pointed out the Northern Territory, with a population of about 250,000, hasn’t had a single COVID death, compared to nearly 70,000 in Texas. Gunner also said the Northern Territory has been under lockdown for only eight days during the pandemic, and its schools and businesses are currently open.
“We do not want your lectures, thanks mate. You know nothing about us,” Gunner wrote. “And if you stand against a life-saving vaccine, then you sure as hell don’t stand with Australia.”
The rebuff was in response to Cruz’s tweet Wednesday, in reaction to Australia’s vaccine mandate.
“I really like the Aussies,” Cruz wrote. “Their history of rugged independence is legendary; I’ve always said Australia is the Texas of the Pacific. The Covid tyranny of their current government is disgraceful & sad. Individual liberty matters. I stand with the people of #Australia.”
A prominent one among them doesn’t stand with Cruz.
Police officers and other public safety workers have a responsibility to get vaccinated, the nation’s top infectious disease physician said Sunday.
“I’m not snug with telling individuals what they need to do below regular circumstances, however we aren’t in regular circumstances proper now,” stated Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in an interview with Fox News. “Take the police. We know now the statistics, extra law enforcement officials die of COVID than they do in different causes of death. So it would not make any sense to not strive to guard your self in addition to the colleagues that you just work with.”
COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for American law enforcement officers, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit tracking police officer deaths.
Police unions and officers have pushed back on vaccine mandates by filing lawsuits to block them. In Chicago, the head of the police union called on members to defy the city’s deadline for reporting their COVID-19 vaccination status. Seattle’s police department sent detectives and non-patrol officers to emergency calls this week because of a shortage of patrol officers, which union leaders fear will become worse because of vaccine mandates.
“Think about the implications of not getting vaccinated whenever you’re able the place you have a accountable job and also you need to defend your self since you’re wanted at your job, whether or not you are a police officer or a pilot or another of these sorts of occupations,” Fauci said.
Judges are struggling with the question of whether they have the power to order hospitals to give grievously ill COVID-19 patients ivermectin, a drug that hasn’t been approved for use to treat people with the virus.
Florida Circuit Judge James Nutt said state law is unclear. And permitting judges to revoke physician’ selections may set a harmful precedent, he stated.
“So every drug combination cocktail or procedure that is debated as to its efficacy … the hospital is going to be taken to court?” Nutt asked. “It’s problematic where this is going.”
Judges in New York, Ohio and Delaware ruled that hospitals couldn’t be compelled to administer ivermectin. However, a Jacksonville, Florida, judge last month ordered a hospital to give it to a COVID-19 patient, according to records submitted to Nutt.
At least two lawsuits have been filed nationwide seeking to force a hospital to administer ivermectin.
– Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post
At the Loma Verde Recreation Center south of San Diego, demolition work is underway on a $24 million project that will rebuild the facility from the ground up, complete with a new pool. An hour’s drive to the north, the iconic bridge to the Oceanside pier is deteriorating because the city lacks the money for a roughly $25 million rehabilitation.
A reason one project is moving ahead and the other isn’t revolves around the American Rescue Plan – the sweeping COVID-19 relief law championed by President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats that is pumping billions of dollars to states and local governments.
Under rules developed by the U.S. Treasury Department, some governments have more flexibility than others to spend their share of the money as they want. That’s why the new swimming pool is a go, and the rehabbed pier – at least for now – is a no.
Similar disparities among cities across the country have prompted a pushback from local officials, who want Treasury to loosen its rules before the program progresses much further.
– Associated Press
Contributing: The Associated Press