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AP Fact-Check: Biden Goes Too Far in Assurances on Vaccines
President Joe Biden offered an absolute guarantee Wednesday that people who get their COVID-19 vaccines are completely protected from infection, sickness and death from the coronavirus. The reality is not that cut and dried.
The vaccines are extremely effective but “breakthrough” infections do occur and the delta variant driving cases among the unvaccinated in the U.S. is not fully understood. Also Biden inflated the impact of his policies on U.S. jobs created in his first half-year in office, misleadingly stating his administration had done more than any other president. He neglects to mention he had population growth on his side in his comparison.
CDC ‘Corrects’ Number of Reported Deaths After COVID Vaccines by Dumping Foreign Reports
A sudden reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) following COVID vaccination is not correct and was the result of an “error,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC said July 16 that since the mid-December rollout of COVID vaccines in the U.S., VAERS had received 12,313 reports of death among people who received a COVID vaccine — a sharp increase from the 6,079 U.S. deaths reported by the CDC the previous week.
However, as of 3:30 p.m. ET on July 21, the CDC website had revised downward the number of U.S. VAERS reports related to COVID vaccination deaths — from 12,313 to 6,079 deaths occurring between Dec. 14, 2020 and July 19, 2021, Precision Vaccinations reported.
Lawmakers: Parental Ok Needed for Minors to Get COVID Shot
Two Tennessee Republican lawmakers said Wednesday they received assurances that the state’s health agency won’t vaccinate minors for COVID-19 without parental consent, doubling back on a decades-old provision about children’s vaccination rights that was a lightning rod in the firing of the state’s top vaccine official.
The announcement came during a meeting of the same legislative panel that last month grilled Department of Health officials — among them, then-vaccine chief Michelle Fiscus. The state has since terminated Fiscus in what she contends was a move to appease some GOP lawmakers who fumed over state outreach for COVID-19 vaccinations to minors. Some even threatened to dissolve the Health Department.
CDC Advisers Will Meet Thursday to Discuss Need for Coronavirus Boosters and J&J Vaccine Safety
Vaccine advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet Thursday to make recommendations on how to address new safety issues concerning the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and to review preliminary data on whether COVID-19 vaccine boosters will be needed in the future — especially for people with compromised immune systems.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to meet from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. There are no plans for the panel to vote on issues included on the agenda.
Exc: Daszak’s Donors Are Bankrolling an ‘Independent’ COVID Commission.
Entities funding the task force – the Rockefeller Foundation, Skoll Foundation, and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s philanthropic fund – have decades-long ties to Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance. The effort, headquartered at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, is the brainchild of Schmidt, who has also served as Executive Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet:
“The work, which has attracted scant public notice, grew out of a telephone call in October from Eric Schmidt, the philanthropist and former CEO of Google, to Philip D. Zelikow, who was the executive director of the commission that investigated Sept. 11. Schmidt urged Zelikow to put together a proposal to examine the pandemic, which has caused 600,000 deaths in the United States alone.”
New Jersey Officials Say Nearly 50 Fully Vaccinated Residents Have Died From COVID
Donna Leusner, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health, told the news outlet that all 49 people who died were over 50 years old. Thirty were over 80 years old, 13 people were between 65 and 79 years old, and six were between 50 and 64 years old.
Biden Administration to Spend $1.6 Bln for COVID Testing in High-Risk Settings — Official
President Joe Biden’s administration will announce on Thursday it is directing $1.6 billion for COVID-19 testing in high-risk settings, such as prisons, according to an official familiar with the plan.
NBC News first reported the administration is accelerating investments in testing as it battles an infection surge in places with low vaccination rates.
Joe Biden Outlines Timeline for COVID Vaccinations in Children
Joe Biden has cautiously outlined a timeline for when he expects the COVID-19 vaccine to be offered to children under 12 in the U.S.
Speaking at a CNN town hall in Cincinnati on Wednesday, President Biden said the decision would be led by scientific data, but added that he expected the rollout to begin between the end of August and October.
Henry County Teacher Dies From COVID Months After Getting Vaccine
A husband is mourning the loss of his wife after she died from COVID-19. Randy Ferguson says it’ll be hard to imagine a life without his soulmate, Amy.
“It’s hard, of course,” he said. “We were married for 32 years and dated four years before that. So that’s over half my life, well over half my life.”
Amy was a math teacher at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School. She worked at Henry County Public Schools for more than three decades.
RARE REACTION: I Was In a Coma for 14 Days & Nearly Died After Getting a Blood Clot After the Astrazeneca Jab – I’m Still Pro-Vaccine
When the Melbourne mum-of-two was told she had been in a coma for 14 days after having a stroke due to a “significant sensory reaction to the vaccine” her understandable reaction was “what the f**k?”
“I honestly had no idea… that was a fun conversation to wake up to,” Alyssa says, reliving the incredibly surreal moment to Kidspot.
“My little sister kept saying ‘I can’t believe we get to keep you’.” Alyssa’s husband, mother and sisters had been told three times by the hospital that there was nothing else they could do.
“My sisters had been preparing about how to tell my daughters, who are only three and five.”