Omicron COVID variant was in Europe before South African scientists detected and flagged it to the world

Dutch health authorities announced on Tuesday that they found the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus in cases dating back as long as 11 days, indicating that it was already spreading in western Europe before the first cases were identified in southern Africa. The RIVM health institute said it found Omicron in samples dating from November 19 and 23.Continue reading “Omicron COVID variant was in Europe before South African scientists detected and flagged it to the world”

The Netherlands and Australia find the omicron variant as curbs spread

The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus on Sunday and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travelers arriving from southern Africa. A raft of curbs being imposed by nations around the world as they scramble to slow theContinue reading “The Netherlands and Australia find the omicron variant as curbs spread”

Florida Republican Who Mocked Fauci Hospitalized With Severe COVID – Ring of Fire

A Republican councilman from the state of Florida is hospitalized with what is being described as “severe COVID.” In the past, Councilman Fred Lowry had attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci as “Dr. Falsey” and has repeatedly touted unproven and dangerous regimens for COVID victims. He has also made dubious claims about the origin of the virus.Continue reading “Florida Republican Who Mocked Fauci Hospitalized With Severe COVID – Ring of Fire”

95 percent of US counties now seeing ‘high’ COVID-19 transmission rate: CDC data

More than 95 percent of U.S. counties are now seeing “high” rates of COVID-19 transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC’s COVID Data Tracker revealed on Tuesday that 95.19 percent of counties in the U.S. are seeing a “high” rate of transmission, meaning there were at least 100 new cases reported perContinue reading “95 percent of US counties now seeing ‘high’ COVID-19 transmission rate: CDC data”

Pentagon to seek approval to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory

The Pentagon on Monday said that it will seek U.S. President Joe Biden’s approval by the middle of September to require military members to get vaccinated against COVID-19. After setting COVID-19 rules for federal workers, Biden last month directed the Pentagon to look into “how and when” it will require members of the military toContinue reading “Pentagon to seek approval to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory”

US now averaging 100,000 daily COVID infections as Delta surges

Health officials urge vaccines as the US sees rising cases, hospitalisations and deaths tied to the highly contagious variant. The United States is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections per day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge as health officials urge people to get vaccinated to stem a surging spread of theContinue reading “US now averaging 100,000 daily COVID infections as Delta surges”

Ron DeSantis’ Anti-Fauci Florida Merchandise Prompts Outrage: ‘This Is Madness’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been criticized online after it emerged he is selling merchandise mocking Dr. Anthony Fauci and the U.S. coronavirus restrictions. A variety of items are available to purchase via the governor’s official website. They include hats, flags and T-shirts featuring the slogan “Keep Florida Free” as well as beverage coolers and other clothing emblazoned withContinue reading “Ron DeSantis’ Anti-Fauci Florida Merchandise Prompts Outrage: ‘This Is Madness’”

Lauren Boebert campaigns against all government benefits — and it may haunt the GOP in the 2022 midterms

Controversial Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) excited the left on Saturday after a clip from her speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) provided fodder heading into the 2022 midterm elections. While Republicans have largely avoided talking about policy while instead focusing on manufactured culture wars outrages, Boebert laid out her vision. “We’re here toContinue reading “Lauren Boebert campaigns against all government benefits — and it may haunt the GOP in the 2022 midterms”

How political polarization broke America’s vaccine campaign

The US’s partisan divides have left much of the country vulnerable to Covid-19 — leading to unnecessary deaths. The Covid-19 epidemic in the United States risks becoming a tale of “two Americas,” as Anthony Fauci warned in June: a nation where regions with higher vaccination rates are able to beat back the coronavirus, while those with lowerContinue reading “How political polarization broke America’s vaccine campaign”

Fauci warns of ‘two Americas’ due to widening gap between vaccinated and unvaccinated

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases doctor, on Tuesday said he is concerned that the widening gap between the vaccinated and unvaccinated in America will get worse, leading to possible spikes in coronavirus cases.  “When you have such a low level of vaccination superimposed upon a variant that has a high degree of efficiency ofContinue reading “Fauci warns of ‘two Americas’ due to widening gap between vaccinated and unvaccinated”

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