Joe Biden provides an update on the federal response to the surge of troops to Omicron
The Supreme Court has struck down the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate that would have required 80 million workers to either be vaccinated or undergo regular testing.
In a blow to the president’s pressure to vaccinate more Americans, the ruling comes as health experts believe the United States may be nearing the peak of the latest wave of Covid-19 brought on by the highly contagious variant Omicron.
Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci defended remarks made during a recent Senate committee hearing on health, education, work and pensions.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was heard calling Senator Roger Marshall a “moron” when the senator questioned whether he should have a publicly available financial disclosure form on Tuesday.
Dr. Fauci told MSNBC on Wednesday that he was shocked to learn that “the current US senator does not realize that my financial statement is publicly known.”
The infectious disease expert also clashed with Senator Rand Paul during the hearing, who accused him of politicizing the epidemic and “fueling maniacs” with his remarks. Since then, Dr. Paul has doubled down on his observations.
Republicans are drawing comparisons to the Nazi regime ahead of new vaccine mandates in the capital
The vaccine’s mandate given to Washington, D.C. companies has been met with hostility by many Republican politicians.
The mandate, announced by Mayor Muriel Bowser in December, will force many businesses — from gyms and theaters to bars and restaurants — to require customers over 12 to show proof of a coronavirus vaccination before entering, DCist reports.
News of the new law, due to be introduced on January 15, has sparked outrage among many Republicans — though none have been as overblown as Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio). in a Last Tweet, compared the mandate to Nazism and seemed to imply that Washington would eventually round up and kill people who chose not to vaccinate.
“Let’s remember that the Nazis dehumanized the Jews before they was isolated, segregated before they were imprisoned, imprisoned them before they were enslaved, and enslaved them before they massacred,” he wrote, encouraging people not to comply.
Thomas FentonJan 14 2022 10:57
Less than a third of voters trust coronavirus information from Fauci . poll
This week’s NewsNation poll of 1,000 voters showed that less than a third (30.8 percent) trust Dr. Anthony Fauci when it comes to coronavirus information.
The question asked participants to choose from a list of sources they trust when it comes to information about Covid-19. They can choose more than one answer.
Fauci (30.8 percent), President Biden (15 percent), federal health authorities (49.8 percent), your doctor (63.2 percent), and the media (10.2 percent) were included.
It said the margin of error was 5.8 percent.
Former Trump adviser Steve Curtis criticized Dr Fauci when he shared the findings on Twitter on Thursday.
is a gloveJanuary 14, 2022 10:10
Biden urges companies to create their own vaccine mandates
After the Supreme Court’s decision to block the Biden administration’s plans to introduce a vaccine mandate for large corporations, the president said he was “disappointed that the Supreme Court chose to block rational, life-saving requirements for employees in established large corporations. It is straightforward in both science and law.”
He called on companies to set their own vaccination requirements, noting that a third of Fortune 100 companies have already done so.
US companies with their own vaccine mandates include Door Dash, Deloitte, McDonalds, Google, Facebook and more.
Ella GloverJan 14 2022 09:10
Covid-19 pill shortage as Omicron rages
There are shortages of two new Covid-19 pills from Pfizer and Merck that were supposed to be critical in fighting the pandemic, and played little part in combating the Omicron surge.
The Biden administration ordered the two pills late last month, which will reduce the burden on hospitals.
However, it has not issued mass orders as it has with vaccines, the Associated Press reported.
Pfizer said that it takes six to eight months to manufacture its Baxlovid pills and can only provide about 250,000 treatment cycles by the end of this month.
Merck’s pills, Molnupiravir, were produced in larger quantities, but final testing showed the drug was much less effective than Pfizer’s pills.
It also has potential side effects for pregnant women and is considered a last resort, according to federal government guidelines.
While the federal government has sent 164,000 Pfizer pills to states, their allocation by state population health officials has said it is not enough.
There is also a shortage of antibody drugs, with federal officials limiting shipments to 50,000 doses per week.
Sravasti DasguptaJan 14 2022 06:44
19 states have less than 15% ICU capacity
With omicron cases on the rise across the United States, hospitals are becoming overwhelmed.
Data from the US Department of Health and Human Services shows that 19 states have less than 15 percent of intensive care capacity as the number of hospitalizations continues to rise.
These include Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana, New Hampshire, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont.
The data also showed that hospitals in four of those states, Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana and New Hampshire, had less than 10 percent capacity for intensive care.
As of Wednesday, hospital admissions across the United States had reached a record high of 151,261.
Sravasti DasguptaJan 14 2022 06:10
Why Anthony Fauci called Republican Senator a ‘moron’
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, found his way into the headlines this week after he was heard into a hot microphone calling the Republican senator “moron” during a committee hearing.
It followed a relentless wave of criticism from conservatives, writes John Bowden.
Oliver O’ConnellJan 14 2022 05:30
Rand Paul says Fauci ‘he deserves everything he gets’
Senator Rand Paul suggested that Dr. Anthony Fauci “deserves” criticism for his handling of Covid and told independent He “resented” the top US medical adviser and blamed him for threats against the chief infectious disease expert.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 14 2022 04:40
The Biden administration is sending medical teams to six states
President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will send medical teams to six states to help care for Covid-19 as hospitals and health care systems have been inundated with the variable Omicron outbreak.
Military medical teams will be sent to New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Michigan and New Mexico.
The teams will support health care systems in major state hospitals.
A defense official said more than 40 medical teams from the Army, Air Force and Navy, comprising a total of 1,000 active-duty military medical personnel are available.
Teams will continue to be mobilized and deployed as they are needed in the coming weeks.
This is a “first wave of deployments,” a White House official says, and other teams will also be dispatched to areas where they are needed.
Sravasti DasguptaJan 14 2022 04:34
US general surgeon ‘disappointed’ with SCOTUS blocking vaccine authorization
US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy said the Supreme Court’s decision to ban the nationwide vaccine and authorize testing to large companies was “disappointing”.
Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Plitzer, Dr. Murthy said: “As a physician and public health professional, today’s news has been disappointing.”
“We know that workplace vaccination requirements are an important part of how we can keep workplaces safer, both for workers and customers.”
He added that given the high US case records led by the Omicron variant, the next few weeks will remain challenging.
“I think the next few weeks are going to be difficult. We will continue to see large numbers of cases. Our hospital systems in parts of the country are strained and that will continue to be,” he said.
Sravasti DasguptaJan 14 2022 04:19
SCOTUS stops authorizing Biden vaccine to companies
The Supreme Court voted 6-3 to rescind Joe Biden’s mandate for businesses that require those with more than 100 workers to initiate vaccination or regular testing requirements Thursday.
John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 14, 2022 03:45