May 24th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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CDC investigates dozens of reports of heart inflammation in teenagers and young adults that occur four days after their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine safety group is investigating reports that a ‘small number’ of teens and young adults who have been vaccinated against coronavirus have experienced heart problems days after receiving their second jab. The condition, known as myocarditis, results in an inflammation of the heart muscle which can occur following certain infections. Very little detail was provided by the safety group which stated there were ‘relatively few’ cases which may even be completely unrelated to vaccination. Nevertheless, several dozen cases in kids and young adults have been reported after taking their second dose of one of the mRNA vaccines, which are Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. The CDC is said to be reviewing the reports and is still in the early stages of examining the data before it can determine for sure whether there is a link between the vaccine and sudden heart condition. Doctors were first alerted to the possible link between myocarditis and vaccines on May 14. The working group then reviewed the data on myocarditis on May 17.
Faced with anti-vaccination parents, teens are helping one another get Covid shots The Gen Zer from Ohio who made a splash two years ago for defying his mother to get his childhood immunizations has a message for teenagers seeking Covid-19 vaccinations and getting pushback from their parents — get one if you can. Ethan Lindenberger, 20, got his first dose three weeks ago and said doing so “could save someone’s life.” “Teens faced with this have to weigh things like ‘I know vaccines are lifesaving, but I don’t want to become homeless,’” he said. “So I tell them if you can’t have that loving conversation with your parents and you’re of age, weigh those consequences seriously. “Don’t get yourself kicked out or seriously in trouble … but, if you’re able to have that conversation, please get your shots as soon as possible,” he said. Summer Johnson McGee, dean of the University of New Haven’s School of Health Sciences, said she wholeheartedly approves that message. “Ethan’s advice is spot on for encouraging teens to undertake education and straight talk with parents about their desire to be vaccinated,” she said. “Teenagers who do not share their parents’ views on vaccination are in a tough spot, but should advocate for their own decision-making to be vaccinated if they wish.”
Anthony Fauci Reverses Course: ‘Not Convinced’ Chinese Coronavirus Developed Naturally Dr. Anthony Fauci reversed course May 11, claiming he is “not convinced” the Chinese coronavirus developed naturally and that its origins merit investigation. “No, actually. … No, I’m not convinced about that. I think that we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we find out to the best of our ability exactly what happened,” Fauci said during an interview when a PolitiFact reporter asked, “There’s a lot of cloudiness around the origins of COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] still, so I wanted to ask, are you still confident that it developed naturally?” “Certainly, the people who’ve investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals,” Fauci continued to backtrack, “but it could’ve been something else, and we need to find that out. So, you know, that’s the reason why I said I’m perfectly in favor of any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus.” His new opinion on coronavirus origins comes after an interview in May of 2020, when he was asked, “Do you believe or is there evidence that SARS-CoV-2 was made in the lab in China or accidentally released from a lab in China?”
Question of The Day!
Hey Robert and Don
I wrote in a few days ago about my work place requiring those who are unvaccinated to continue to wear masks at work (there are only a few people still wearing them) and also all staff to disclose if they have been vaccinated or not by the 10th of June.
I am contacting you again because this is a very important time!! If I go along with their demands I’m giving into their tyranny and it is the next step in the total control plan. I am going to fight this but will probably lose my job and as a professional who earns fairly good money I will not be able to continue to support myself in the same manner as before.
The main issue here is our freedoms and I know that is what you stand for! I’ve learned a lot of this from your show.
I need help to fight this!!! Is there someone you know that could give me some legal help? I probably could wear the mask as I already have been but I will NOT disclose my personal information about taking an experimental vaccine!! I am going to try and contact the Children’s Health Network but I really could use some help or I will just have to give in and let them win. It is a large company located all over the country so I’m sure there are others.
Comment of The Day!
Robert, I have a comment regarding the guest you had on today — I believe it was Michelle — who works at the fertility clinic.
During her segment Michelle was trying to relate the suspicion that doctor had expressed in a paper or article published back in December regarding the possible impact of the vaccine on female fertility. That doctor had said that the virus spike protein we would be manufacturing in our cells, and then developing antibodies against, resemble the cells that form the placenta. So his concern was that once a woman’s body began to form the placenta her antibodies could mistake those placenta cells for being the spike protein, and attack them, thereby preventing the fetus to develop any further.
However, if you think about it, this concept does not apply to her egg donor’s situation. The egg donor contributed her eggs to another couple, and those eggs were being fertilized and the cells grown OUTSIDE of her body. Therefore, her antibodies obviously would not in any way be impacting the embryo — it’s impossible, obviously.
So, while it of course is a great concern that the zygote didn’t develop beyond that stage of forming a placenta, there is no way that this interruption can at all be related to that doctor’s hypothetical notion (which may still be a valid theory — just not proven with Michelle’s case study).
Response from “Michelle”:
Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I completely agree that it makes sense we should have seen this response present in vivo rather than in vitro – so after implantation. One theory as to how we could see this in vitro is that the process of oogenesis builds up a store of cytoplasmic enzymes, organelles, metabolic stubstrates and mRNAs. When the oocyte resumes meiosis after its prolonged dictyate state, it goes from 10 μm to 80 μm. The spike protein antibodies are humoral and thus could be in close contact with the oocyte during this stage. The results of this case could indicate cytoplasmic uptake into the oocyte itself during the maturation process. Of course, as mentioned in the interview, what this case truly highlights is the need for longitudinal data (hopefully before we proceed with putting this into more of our young, germline population meant to carry humanity forward) because we simply don’t know the mechanisms of action at this point.
Rand Paul: ‘I’m not getting vaccinated’ Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he will not be getting vaccinated against COVID-19. During an interview with John Catsimatidis on his radio show on WABC 770 AM, Paul, an ophthalmologist, said he’s making the personal decision because he’s already had COVID-19. Paul tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2020. At the time, he was the first known senator to have contracted the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that those who have recovered from COVID-19 get vaccinated because experts are unsure about how long natural immunity lasts. However, the Kentucky senator told Catsimatidis that until he sees evidence suggesting that immunity from the vaccine is better than natural immunity, he’s not going to get vaccinated. “Until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers or being hospitalized or getting very sick, I just made my own personal decision that I’m not getting vaccinated because I’ve already had the disease and I have natural immunity,” Paul said. The comments come as the U.S. seeks to push through a decline in demand following the mad dash for the jab earlier in the year. Data from the CDC shows that 60.8 percent of adults have received at least one vaccine and that 48.8 percent have been fully inoculated.
Carnival Cruise Line Requires No COVID-19 Vaccinations for Guests Yesterday, Carnival Cruise Line executive Christine Duffy stated that her cruise line doesn’t plan to require COVID-19 vaccination for guests. The comments were made during a television interview with NBC’s Lester Holt and were first reported on Seatrade Cruise News. Ms. Duffy defended Carnival’s absence of a vaccine requirement for passengers, commenting “There’s no mandate for any other business to have that requirement.” The CDC has indicated that cruise ships can resume sailing without first conducting simulated test cruises provided that 98 percent of crew members and 95 percent of passengers are fully vaccinated (and the companies satisfy the other conditional sailing requirements). Ms. Duffy also stated that “. . . I think that’s where we have the challenge of working through the details because, for our cruise line, children under 12 are a big part of the cruise experience in a summer, you know a family vacation, and as it stands right now, we wouldn’t be able to have kids under 12 on board.” Readers of Cruise Law News’ Facebook page expressed feelings ranging from surprise to confusion to disappointment over the Carnival Cruise Line president’s comments. Most cruise lines, including Carnival’s rivals in Miami like Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean / Celebrity Cruises, have announced that they will require passengers to be fully vaccinated (Travel & Leisure and The Points Guy have excellent summaries of all cruise lines which require vaccinations at this point).
Most employers shy away from mandating coronavirus vaccines The email set out an ambitious — and uncompromising — goal: Get vaccinated or get ready to find another job. “We must lead by example and get vaccinated ourselves,” Houston Methodist CEO Marc Boom wrote to his managers on March 31. Boom’s vaccine mandate is among only a handful issued by health-care institutions in America. While more than 380 colleges and universities, generally in blue states, and a few travel companies have imposed vaccine mandates, most other employers have held back, worried about the difficult politics surrounding the coronavirus vaccines and the untested legal issues involving vaccines cleared under the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency authority. Boom’s mandate worked — more than 98 percent of the hospital’s 26,000 employees are now vaccinated ahead of a June 7 deadline, including more than 3,000 who got the shots after Boom’s call to action. But the hospital chain fired its director of corporate risk and insurance for refusing to get inoculated, and it is now facing a broader backlash. Several employees are vowing to skip the shot, rallying around Jennifer Bridges, a nurse who has worked in the hospital’s coronavirus unit and who is threatening to sue. Bridges says she’s willingly submitted to “every vaccine known to man,” but believes the coronavirus vaccines need further study.
OSHA won’t enforce ruling on counting vaccine reactions as ‘recordable injuries’ The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will not enforce its ruling on requiring companies who mandate COVID-19 vaccines to treat adverse reactions as “recordable injuries.” OSHA said it reversed its ruling in order to avoid “the appearance of discouraging workers” from getting the vaccine as well as deterring companies’ vaccination efforts, according to the agency’s website. The reversal could help the construction industry’s push to vaccinate more of its workers, though many company leaders were opposed to mandates. Initially, OSHA said companies would have to treat adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine as “recordable injuries,” if they mandate the vaccine. Bob Clark, executive chairman of construction firm Clayco, said he worried that would harm a company’s safety record and cause higher workers’ compensation costs. Clayco was one of the leading companies to mandate the vaccine before OSHA’s initial ruling. Clark called the reversal “great news” and said he plans to reinstate his company’s mandate, though he did not know when that would occur.
Nearly half a billion people on the planet now have diabetes — though many have no idea As one pandemic begins to fade away, a new study finds another is continuing to grip the entire world. Researchers find that almost half a billion people globally have diabetes, although many don’t know they have it. The number of cases have more than quadrupled since 1980, when there were around 108 million living with the condition. The study also shows, however, that only one in 10 are getting the level of care they need to make their lives healthier, longer, and more productive. Although researchers say diabetes was more common in affluent countries in the past, it is now more likely to affect impoverished nations in Africa, the Americas, and South East Asia. “Diabetes continues to explode everywhere, in every country, and 80 percent of people with it live in these low and middle income countries,” says lead author Dr. David Flood from the University of Michigan in a release. Failing to control blood sugar levels can have devastating health consequences. Diabetes triples the risk of a heart attack and leaves people 20 times more likely to undergo a leg amputation. It can also lead to stroke, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, and complications during pregnancy. “We can prevent these complications with comprehensive diabetes treatment, and we need to make sure people around the world can access treatment,” Dr. Flood explains.
How UFO sightings went from joke to national security worry in Washington In 2007, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid called his colleagues Ted Stevens and Daniel Inouye to a specially secured room in the Capitol where highly classified information was discussed. Stevens, a Republican from Alaska, and Inouye, a Democrat from Hawaii, controlled funding for supersecret Pentagon operations. Reid wanted to put an idea on their radar, one that needed to be kept hush-hush not just for national security but because it was, as Reid’s aides told him, kind of crazy. He wanted the Pentagon to investigate UFOs. “Everyone told me this would cause me nothing but trouble,” said Reid, a Democrat who represented Nevada, home of the military’s top-secret Area 51 test site, a central attraction of sorts for UFO hunters. “But I wasn’t afraid of it. And I guess time has proven me right.” That’s because official Washington is swirling with chatter — among top senators, Pentagon insiders, and even former CIA directors — about UFOs. What was once a ticket to the political loony bin has leaped off Hollywood screens and out of science-fiction novels and into the national conversation. There are even new government abbreviations. For some Navy pilots, UFO sightings were an ordinary event: ‘Every day for at least a couple years’ “This used to be a career-ending kind of thing,” said John Podesta, who generally kept his interest in UFOs to himself when he was President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff. “You didn’t want to get caught talking about it because you’d be accused of walking out of an ‘X-Files’ episode.” But now there isn’t just talk.