June 8th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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Why the mask culture wars may never end You can wear a mask inside Fiddleheads Café, but it will cost you. “$5 added to orders placed while wearing a face mask,” reads a sign pasted on a window of the restaurant, located in the Northern California town of Mendocino. On the other side of the country, at the Middle Eastern restaurant Little Sesame in downtown Washington, D.C., there is also a sign greeting visitors. “No mask, no hummus,” that sign declares. Culture wars have a funny way of sneaking up on America. The NRA was once a sedate club of gun enthusiasts. Some conservative Christians initially supported the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal nationwide. Eighteen months ago, it would have been difficult to imagine that a strip of fabric was about to become the most contentious topic of public discourse, the stuff of presidential politics and “Saturday Night Live” sketches. That some people would burn masks in protest, while others wore $465 silken face coverings from the Beverly Hills boutique House of Bijan. Yet here we are. Fiddleheads owner Chris Castleman told Yahoo News that a recent count of passersby yielded a 90 percent rate of masking outdoors. He estimates that about 1 out of 3 drivers he sees driving past his restaurant is still wearing a mask. “It’s a psychological thing,” Castleman said. “I don’t think they will ever go away completely.”
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FDA approves much-debated Alzheimer’s drug panned by experts Government health officials on Monday approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn’t been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug from Biogen based on study results showing it seemed “reasonably likely” to benefit Alzheimer’s patients. It’s the only therapy that U.S. regulators have said can likely treat the underlying disease, rather than manage symptoms like anxiety and insomnia. The decision, which could impact millions of Americans and their families, is certain to spark disagreements among physicians, medical researchers and patient groups. It also has far-reaching implications for the standards used to evaluate experimental therapies, including those that show only incremental benefits. The new drug, which Biogen developed with Japan’s Eisai Co., did not reverse mental decline, only slowing it in one study. The medication, aducanumab, will be marketed as Aduhelm and is to be given as an infusion every four weeks. Dr. Caleb Alexander, an FDA adviser who recommended against the drug’s approval, said he was “surprised and disappointed” by the decision.
You can get a free joint if you get vaccinated in Washington State thanks to a ‘Joints for Jabs’ policy. Edibles and bongs are off limits Adults in Washington State are now able to get a free joint alongside their COVID-19 vaccine after the state approved a “Joints for Jabs” policy. As part of the push to encourage adults to get the shot, the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board is letting people get a free pre-rolled joint if they get vaccinated at a clinic located in a state-licensed cannabis retailer. But edibles, bongs, and more creative ways of smoking or inhaling marijuana are off-limits, and only people aged 21 and over are eligible. The joint has to be claimed at the time of vaccination, too. The board approved the policy Monday and said it would stay in place until July 12. Retailers will be able to advertise that they’re offering complimentary joints alongside the jab. Under a separate policy introduced in May, the state is also allowing bars to give out free beer, wine, and cocktails to people who can prove they’ve been vaccinated. Nearly half of people in the state have been fully vaccinated, but 42% haven’t received their first shot, per The New York Times’ vaccine tracker.
Special Guest Joshua Coleman
V is for Vaccine is a grassroots campaign to raise public awareness about very BASIC facts regarding vaccines that are not common knowledge. Through peaceful educational demonstrations, we are providing the public with these basic facts and their sources to provoke thought and further research into a medical procedure that is not as innocuous as people are led to believe.
Anti-vaccine protesters, dressed up as Marvel superheroes, camp out in front of Disneyland At least a dozen people dressed up as assorted Marvel superheroes are posted outside of Disneyland to protest what they believe to be a supposed lack of information surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. The protest is sprawled out on Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim early Friday morning, near a line of thousands of Disneyland attendees waiting to enter the park on the pedestrian entrance to the park. With posters designed to look like comic books, with the pun “Marvel at the Facts,” the protesters claim that the safety measures were flouted in the lead-up to its approval in the United States. One sign reads, “Rushed COVID-19 vaccines bypassed critical safety steps,” while another claims that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have repeatedly repudiated any claims that the approval process for the vaccine was rushed, noting that vaccines “were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials” and met multiple “rigorous scientific standards” in order to receive emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA. Among the Marvel superheroes in attendance are people dressed up like Iron Man, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man; the protest is taking place on the same day as the opening of the much-awaited Avengers Campus area at Disney’s California Adventure. The costumed anti-vaccine demonstrators have not been kicked out by Disney yet, likely due to the location of their protest — set up carefully on a public sidewalk but close enough to the park that attendees will inevitably see the demonstration.
United Airlines says it, too, won’t hire unvaccinated workers United Airlines is following in Delta’s flight path in saying it won’t hire employees who have not been vaccinated against “As we welcome new employees to the company, it’s important we instill in them United’s strong commitment to safety,” the carrier stated in a memo to employees. “Effective for all job offers made after June 15, 2021, we will require any external candidates for U.S.-based jobs to attest that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date.” New employees will be required to upload their vaccination card into United’s system within seven days of joining the company. Delta Air Lines last month implemented , calling the shots “safe, effective and essential to the future of the airline and our world.” United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby in January signaled his airline would likely join others if they began mandating employee vaccinations, calling it the “right thing to do” for his airline and other companies. “We need some others to show leadership, particularly in the health care industry,” Kirby told an employee town hall. “So, if others go along and are willing to start to mandate vaccines, you should probably expect United to be amongst the first wave of companies that do it.”
Vaccine passports would encourage over a third of unvaccinated to get Covid jab, survey finds More than a third (37%) of unvaccinated people would feel ‘more inclined’ to get a Covid-19 jab if vaccine passports were introduced domestically, a study has shown. This number increased to 43% if vaccine passports were introduced internationally, it found. The survey of 17,000 people – of which 6,338 were unvaccinated – was conducted in April by the Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Support was lower among people who have not yet been offered a vaccine and are vaccine hesitant, it found, with 33% saying they would be more likely to get a jab if passports were introduced internationally. The introduction of passports could therefore ‘drive more hesitancy’ among an ‘already hard-to-vaccinate’ group, the report said. Almost two thirds (63%) of the same group of respondents (not yet invited and hesitant) said they wished to be ‘free to reject a vaccine without consequences on their ability to attend social events’, and 55% said vaccine passports would ‘infringe’ on their personal liberties. There are currently no published plans to make Covid documents a requirement of entry to mass events domestically – despite several months of consideration – although a Government roadmap review published earlier this year said ‘the NHS solution will facilitate international travel where certification is required’. Patients are currently able to access their digital health records to prove their vaccination status, with practice managers reporting an increase in the number of these requests.
As grocery prices rise, alt-meat takes a bigger bite of Big Meat’s burger Plant-based meat was having a moment before the pandemic, nabbing celebrity investors, record-setting IPOs, “Whopper” fast-food deals and high-end chefs who transformed pea protein and soy into savory, expectation-defying deliciousness. Then the pandemic hit, restaurants closed, and many Americans were stuck at home battling anxiety and sourdough starters. Industry experts wondered whether enthusiasm for this new food category would falter and sales flag — would plant-based meat turn out to be a fad rather than a movement? It fleetingly looked grim: Last April, plant-based protein shipments to restaurants fell 27 percent, according to market research firm NPD Group. However, it appears that those worries were ill-founded. “Alt-meat” has emerged stronger than ever, much of it because of one thing: price. Myriad pandemic pressures upended the pricing formulas for both traditional meat and plant-based proteins, making alt-meat a more competitive choice at the grocery store, far more quickly than any expert could have predicted. It used to be that plant-based proteins generated a ton of hype and heady righteousness for health-oriented and environmentally focused consumers, yet a pound of ground Impossible Burger was still way more than double that of even the fanciest ground beef — making this new generation of faux meat a reach for the cost-conscious cook.