October 19th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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Worldwide Protests of Vaccine Mandates Everywhere But in U.S. … Are Americans Comfortable with Authoritarianism? During a recent segment of The Hill’s “Rising,” journalist and political commentator Kim Iversen covered the worldwide protest movement against national vaccine mandates and vaccine passport requirements, a story Iversen argued is getting “almost zero coverage in the American mainstream media.” Iversen began her tour around the world in Italy, where thousands are protesting the COVID Green Pass. “The pass is needed for all types of public transportation, including busses and trains,” she said. “It’s required for all workers in the entire country and has recently been mandated for any parent entering their child’s school. Protesters have been met with water cannons and rubber bullets.” Iversen explained that thousands are on the streets, objecting to the Swiss COVID certificate, “which is required for anyone to enter, or work in, indoor restaurants, bars and theaters.” Moving on to Amsterdam, Iversen said The Netherlands “has also seen widespread protests with some people carrying signs reading ‘QR is going too far,’” in reference to the digital QR code given to citizens to prove their immunity status.
Chicago Police Union President Estimates More Than 3,000 Officers Defying City’s Vaccine Reporting Mandate The back and forth between the mayor and the Chicago police union continues, with the city sending out a flurry of emails and memos as its vaccine mandate enters its first full week in effect. CBS 2’s Mugo Odigwe obtained the latest threatening memo sent out to officers. At least two memos have gone out since Friday’s deadline for all city workers to report their vaccination status to the city, but Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said thousands of officers are still refusing to do so. “The unofficial number we have is about over 3,200; so about of third of the department,” Catanzara said. Catanzara has said the mandate is illegal, because the city didn’t negotiate terms with the union. He said officers who are still refusing to report their vaccination status will be called in by supervisors on Monday, and once again will be asked will be asked to comply with the mandate. “If they refuse, it sounds like they’re going to go into a no pay status, effective immediately,” Catanzara said. He said the dispute with the Lightfoot administration is no longer about the vaccine, or personal beliefs, but collective bargaining rights.
Current, Former Southwest Airlines Workers Protest COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates At HQ Current and former Southwest Airlines workers gathered to protest recent COVID-19 vaccination mandates on Monday, Oct. 18. They gathered to celebrate “medical freedom” at the airline’s headquarters in Dallas. Chopper 11 flew over the group of hundreds of people holding signs that said, “Terminate the mandate,” “freedom not force” and “no jabs for jobs,” Southwest set its deadline the first week of October under a federal vaccination mandate for employees of companies holding contracts with the U.S. government. But workers can seek medical or religious exemptions. Workers have until late November to comply with the vaccine mandate. Other major airlines: United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines — have said they will follow President Biden’s executive order requiring workers to get the shots. The SWA pilots union told CBS 11 they were not involved in Monday’s protest. The protest comes on the heels of last week’s massive cancellations that left tens of thousands of passengers stranded. In an online post, company President Mike Van de Ven expressed his regrets for what happened. “Let me begin with our heartfelt apology to everyone whose travel was disrupted by these events,” Van de Ven said. “We are truly sorry.” Van de Ven said at first bad weather that stalled the carrier’s Florida operations for hours caused the cancellations.
PHOTOS: Seattle Cops Unfurl ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Flags on Patrol Cars to Protest Vaccine Mandate Seattle police cars were spotted with Gadsden flags hung over their windows before Washington state’s vaccine mandate takes effect. “Some officers plan on taking time off to decide what they will do long term. They don’t seem eager to stay with SPD. Others explained that they are going to leave the SPD by the end of the year as a result of this,” KTTH radio show host Jason Rantz said in a social media post. “Officers took these photos in protest of the mandate,” he added. Washington state workers are required to submit proof they have been vaccinated by Monday, according to Fox News. Meanwhile, Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan noted officers will not face immediate termination but will face a hearing where they can publicly explain why they chose not to comply with the mandate prior to formal separation from the force. A recent video showed a Washington State Trooper saying “Jay Inslee can kiss my ass” during his resignation as the Democrat governor’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for state employees approached the October 18 deadline.
94 unvaccinated staff at Yale New Haven Health lose their jobs When it came down to the deadline, 94 people in the Yale New Haven Health System lost their jobs Monday because they didn’t get a COVID-19 vaccination. “We did pretty well, I think, all things considered,” Dr. Ohm Deshpande, associate chief clinical office, said. “We’re at 94 at this moment who are subject to termination.” All 94 had been on suspension.“They’re getting notified today that they’re being separated from the organization,” Deshpande said.The number expected to be terminated had been at 225 a week ago, out of more than 28,000 employees. “Just over 700 have been granted exemptions,” Deshpande said. “Many more applied but not all of them received them. They’re the only ones who will get weekly testing.”“I think in the last few days, people either got vaccinated or extremely delayed sent in their proof of vaccination,” Deshpande said. He said some may have gotten their shots at the last minute because they knew “we weren’t going to blink. In some ways it’s better than we expected.”
Conservative pundit Dan Bongino threatens to quit radio giant over vaccination mandate In late May, the massively influential radio network Westwood One debuted a new daily talk show from Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and New York City cop who gained stature in conservative media during the presidency of Donald Trump. The show occupies the noon-3 p.m. time slot once dominated by Rush Limbaugh, setting Bongino up as one of the key challengers for his audience. Within two months, the show had reached distribution on more than 300 stations, which the company described as “impressive growth.” Now, Bongino is threatening to walk away completely. He has taken issue with a vaccination mandate imposed in August by Westwood One’s owner, Cumulus Media. Chief executive Mary Berner gave all employees until Sept. 27 to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus before an expected return to the office and wrote that “it would neither be fair nor do we have the bandwidth to make exceptions based on individual preferences,” according to industry publication Inside Radio.
Study: Medicare spends millions on cancer treatments without clinical benefit Medicare spent nearly $600 million over a three-year period to pay for cancer care involving four drugs later found to provide no clinical benefit for some forms of the disease for which the Food and Drug Administration approved them, an analysis published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine found. More than $170 million of this spending was for products voluntarily withdrawn by their manufacturers after clinical trials showed that they did not improve overall survival in people with various types of cancer, including breast and lung as well as liver and urinary tract cancers, the data showed. All of the drugs included in the analysis were cleared for use under the FDA’s “accelerated approval” program, which expedites the evaluation process for select new treatments so that patients can have access to them sooner. That program has come under scrutiny recently, though the agency did not respond to UPI’s requests for comment on the study findings.
Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. Adults Affected by Joint Pain, Stiffness: CDC Report Conditions like arthritis and gout that cause stiff and painful joints affect almost 1 in 4 adults in the United States, a new federal report says, and the numbers are growing as the population gets older. As a result, many of these people — nearly 44% — are physically limited and can’t fully take part in activities like hobbies or housework. Researchers also report that people with disabilities and those who are poorer are most vulnerable to these disorders. The findings, based on estimates from 2016 to 2018, “fall right in line with the trends that have been observed in arthritis over the past 20 years,” says Boston University School of Public Health biostatistician Michael LaValley, PhD. “The prevalence is increasing.” The CDC report, published Oct. 8, is based on in-person interviews done with tens of thousands of U.S adults as part of the National Health Interview Survey. Researchers estimate that 24% of adults in the U.S. — or about 58.5 million people — have been diagnosed with general arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. The number has increased by 4.1 million from the CDC’s previous set of estimates that covered the years 2013-2015.
‘Take the flu shot,’ experts urge, as lifting COVID-19 restrictions could trigger flu outbreak A study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases has predicted a severe influenza outbreak once COVID-19 control measures are lifted, with increased levels of flu in the following years. The researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Health used computer modeling to quantify the reduction in transmission and incidence of flu after the implementation of control measures. They used these data together with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FluView websiteTrusted Source to project influenza transmission over the next 5 years. Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), such as mask-wearing, physical distancing, travel restrictions, and school closures, led to a 60% drop in flu infections during the 10 weeks after their introduction last year. The study suggests that the reduced exposure to flu during the control measures will have led to reduced immunity. Dr. Jonathan Stoye, head of virology at the Francis Crick Institute in London, United Kingdom, told Medical News Today: “This modeling study […] suggests that the reduced numbers of infections in 2020 will lead to waning population immunity and that this may, in turn, contribute towards a surge in flu infections for several years.”
Religious exemptions threaten to undermine US Covid vaccine mandates This month, California became the first state to require Covid-19 vaccines for all schoolchildren but the provision came with a loophole: students will be granted religious exemptions. California, which currently has the lowest coronavirus case rate in the US, has been issuing a series of sweeping mandates, requiring that healthcare workers, state employees, care workers and schoolteachers staff all get the vaccine. But in each case, Californians are able to ask for personal belief exemptions – and they are doing so in droves. Epidemiologists are concerned that the loophole will embolden the vaccine-hesitant to evade requirements and undermine the state’s progress against the pandemic. And lawyers and legal experts are bracing for a deluge of complaints over the blurry lines that define “sincerely held” objections to the vaccine. Many parents and even some teachers have raised opposition to the mandates, with walkouts and protests already taking place across the state. In rural northern California and conservative patches of the south, parents picketed against the public health measures on Monday, insisting that they wouldn’t “co-parent with the government”. Last week, teachers at a school district in Los Angeles who were denied religious exemptions demonstrated outside the headquarters.
Your next doctor‘s prescription might be to spend time in nature Dr. Robert Zarr loves to write prescriptions that you don’t have to take to the pharmacy. Instead, he sends patients outside to soak in the healing powers of nature, combining the benefits of exercise with the therapeutic effects of fresh air and green space. “Going back millions of years, we’ve evolved outdoors,” said Zarr, a pediatrician who recently relocated to Ottawa, Canada, from Washington, D.C. “Why should we exist indoors? We need to be outdoors. The health benefits of being in nature are obvious.” The idea isn’t new. The 16th century Swiss physician Paracelsus declared that “the art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician.” In Japan, public health experts promote shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, as a key to physical and psychological health. The premise is backed up with science. A 2018 meta-analysis in the journal Environmental Research reviewed more than 140 studies and found exposure to green space was associated with wide-ranging health benefits, including lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of diabetes, stroke, asthma, heart disease and overall death.