April 12th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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Only Vaccinated People Can Be Evacuated From Island to Escape Volcano, Says Prime Minister St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves declared that only vaccinated people can be evacuated from the Caribbean island following the eruption of a nearby volcano. Gonsalves said in a press conference Saturday that only vaccinated people are eligible to board cruise ships volunteering to transport people to nearby islands for refuge. “The chief medical officer would be identifying the persons already vaccinated so that we can get them on the ship,” Gonsalves said, reiterating that “those that are vaccinated, she can get them going on the vessel.” “Those who are not yet vaccinated but who would be vaccinated, you wouldn’t send them immediately after vaccination,” he said, because of the possible side effects like “wooziness in the head.” La Soufriere volcano, which has been dormant for decades, erupted early Friday on the eastern side St. Vincent, shooting ash columns six miles into the air. St. Vincent and the Grenadines are home to about 100,000 people, and 16,000 of them within the “red zone” of the eruption needed to be evacuated.
Vaccine Requirements Spread in U.S., Sowing Concern on Overreach Covid-19 vaccination requirements are fast becoming facts of life in the U.S., spreading business by business even as politicians and privacy advocates rail against them. Brown, Notre Dame and Rutgers are among universities warning students and staff they’ll need shots in order to return to campus this fall. Some sports teams are demanding proof of vaccination or a negative test from fans as arenas reopen. Want to see your favorite band play indoors in California? At bigger venues, the same rules apply. A Houston hospital chain recently ordered its 26,000 employees to get vaccinated. Yet it’s another matter how people prove they’ve had their shots or are Covid-free. Republican politicians and privacy advocates are bristling over so-called vaccination passports, with some states moving to restrict their use. Given the fraught politics, many companies are “not necessarily wanting to be the first in their sector to take the plunge,” said Carmel Shachar, executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Still, “we’re going to see employers start to require vaccinations if you want to come into the office, if you will have a public-facing job.”
More Colleges Say They’ll Require Students To Have COVID-19 Vaccines For Fall Duke University in North Carolina has announced that it will require students to have a COVID-19 vaccine when they return this fall. And the list of campuses with such policies is growing. Rutgers University in New Jersey was the first, and since then more than a dozen residential colleges have followed. The University of Notre Dame; two Ivy League universities, Brown and Cornell; and Northeastern University in Massachusetts are among those requiring the vaccine for the fall. Cleveland State University will do so for all students living on campus. As vaccines become more widely available, it’s likely that many more colleges will add their own mandates. Thirty-seven states are now vaccinating all people ages 16 and up, and by April 19, all states in the U.S. will join them. “Vaccinations are an important tool for making the fall semester safe,” says Antonio Calcado, who leads Rutgers’ COVID-19 task force. “We felt that just simply encouraging would not have the same effect as a requirement.”
New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: 6 in 10 Democrats want ‘vaccine passports.’ 6 in 10 Republicans don’t As with masks, lockdowns and seemingly everything else about the COVID-19 pandemic, Republicans and Democrats are now sharply divided over the emerging prospect of “vaccine passports” designed to provide proof of immunization against the coronavirus, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll. The survey of 1,649 U.S. adults, which was conducted from April 6 to April 8, found that a significant majority of Democrats (61 percent) would favor certain businesses requiring verification of vaccination from customers — while a near-identical share of Republicans (62 percent) would oppose such a requirement. (Forty-five percent of independents — a plurality — are also opposed.) As a result, Americans as a whole are evenly divided on the idea, with 39 percent for and 40 percent against. Regardless of this split, vaccine passports may become a fact of life in post-pandemic America. In Israel, a “Green Pass” that allows vaccinated citizens to visit restaurants, concerts and sporting events is already in effect. U.S. universities such as Rutgers, Brown and Cornell have announced they will require proof of vaccination for students in the fall. This week, the Miami Heat became the first NBA team to cordon off “vaccinated only” sections. And according to the New York Times, at least 17 companies or nonprofits are developing verification websites or apps for use by businesses that are afraid customers will stay away unless they know other patrons have been inoculated.
Why Vaccine Passports Would Be More Popular If We Just Called Them Something Else Like so many other topics these days, the notion of vaccine passports has become hotly politicized in the United States. In the past month, we’ve seen Republican governors in Florida, Texas, Utah and Idaho ban vaccine passports in their states, arguing that they would violate users’ privacy rights and discriminate against unvaccinated Americans, as GOP elected officials hammer the idea on social media. But others counter that vaccine passports are a really smart way to open up the economy faster. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, launched a digital pass in the Empire State, saying it would help people quickly and safely return to concerts, sports events and indoor dining. Developed by IBM, New York’s Excelsior Pass is a free, voluntary digital app that verifies if an individual user is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or has recently tested negative for the illness. Businesses across a wide spectrum of industries have expressed the need for secure, standardized ways to verify the Covid status of individuals. A growing number of organizations, from cruise lines to colleges, are laying down vaccination mandates. The NBA announced that the Miami Heat would be the first — but likely not the last — pro basketball franchise to designate “vaccinated only” sections in arenas.
Another Covid Myth Dies the Death Going to the grocery store in Massachusetts in 2020 guaranteed you would breathe heaps of sanitizer. A full-time employee scrubbed down shopping carts between customers. Conveyor belts at the checkout counter were blasted and wiped between every sale. Glass surfaces were sprayed as often as possible. The plastic keypads on credit machines were not only covered in plastic – why putting plastic on plastic stopped Covid was never clear – but also sprayed between uses. Employees would carefully watch your hands to see what you touched, and as you exited the space would cover the area with cleaning spray. It was the same at offices and schools. If a single person turned in a positive PCR test, the entire place had to be evacuated for a 48-hour fumigation. Everything had to be wiped, sprayed, and scrubbed, to get rid of the Covid that surely must be present in the bad place. The ritualistic cleaning took on a religious element, as if the temple must be purified of the devil before God could or would come back. All of this stemmed from the belief that the germ lived on surfaces and in spaces, which in turn stemmed from a primitive intuition. You can’t see the virus so it really could be anywhere. The human imagination took over the rest.
Comment of The Day!
Dear RSB and Super D,
I love your show, thank you for your fantastic information. Please let Jonathon E. know I am enjoying his book. Our family has been placed in the middle of extreme government over reach. My children lost their religious exemption to vaccine mandates in NYS in June of 2019, they were kicked out of school in September of 2019. We had to move to another state to reenroll them in public school. No family should have to go through what we have, our religious freedoms should forever be protected in the US and I will certainly fight for that.
Blessings to you all,
Study finds COVID variant affects vaccinated individuals more than unvaccinated The South Africa variant of the coronavirus might evade the Pfizer vaccine, according to a new study from Tel Aviv University and Israel’s largest healthcare provider. The study, which was published Saturday and still requires peer review, looked at 400 individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus despite receiving at least one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and compared the prevalence of the South African variant, B.1.351, with the same number of people who have not yet received a vaccination. “We found a disproportionately higher rate of the South African variant among people vaccinated with a second dose, compared to the unvaccinated group,” said Adi Stern of Tel Aviv University. “This means that the South African variant is able, to some extent, to break through the vaccine’s protection.” Not only could the variant “break through” protections offered by the Pfizer vaccine, but it uniquely affects those who have been vaccinated (around eight times higher) than those who have not received the vaccine — 5.4% to 0.7%. Stern said the result came as a surprise, based on larger patterns.
Hundreds of people descend on GraceLife Alta. church protesting government closure Hundreds of people were seen singing hymns, chanting, and gathering outside the fenced-off GraceLife Church west of Edmonton on Sunday. Chain-link fencing was erected Wednesday around GraceLife after its congregation met for months in violation of provincial COVID-19 orders. Alberta Health Services (AHS) said it “physically closed” the building and will be preventing access to it until GraceLife “can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health’s restrictions.” Dozens of RCMP cruisers controlled traffic at roadways around GraceLife Sunday and blocked off the north entrance. Mounties also had tow trucks to remove parked cars blocking highway access. A convoy identifying themselves as “patriots” drove from Calgary to Edmonton on Sunday to protest GraceLife’s closure. More than 20 cars left the Deerfoot City parking lot in front of the Rec Room in Calgary around 6:30 a.m. The convoy was scheduled to meet with “fellow patriots” in Red Deer at Gasoline Alley to then arrive at GraceLife for 10 a.m. In addition to the convoy, an estimated 1,000 people gathered outside the church.
Questions of The Day!
Hi RSB & SuperD
Thank you for your work in helping us reclaim our health freedom! Y’all are awesome! Just wondering what you can suggest for an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), I don’t have Graves’ disease (in case you’re wondering). I’m not keen on taking the conventional route ie drugs for managing an overactive thyroid. Thanks!!
I’m planning on starting with the silver-aloe-probiotic protocol you promote, but I have a few questions because I want to do it as correctly and effectively as possible:
1. If I usually wake up and have black coffee (NOT sweetened) first thing in the morning, should I do my first silver/aloe dose 30-45 minutes before the coffee? Or should I avoid the coffee altogether?
2. Do you recommend a specific diet while doing this protocol?
3. I’ve read a bunch about bad gut bacteria protecting itself in biofilms. Will this protocol deal with that also, or do I need to take something to assist in biofilm breakdown?
Pilot flies family kicked off Southwest flight over face mask to Austin A family posted a Facebook video after they were kicked off their flight to Austin because their two-year-old child was not wearing his mask. A local pilot who heard the Harvey family’s story and stepped up to help with his private plane. Erik Harvey, his wife Michelle, and their two-and-a-half-year-old son Jackson were all set to fly from Denver to Austin through Southwest Airlines on April 1st. Being very aware of the federal mask mandate for all flight customers over the age of 2, the Harvey family knew they had to get their son used to wearing his mask before their departure. “I practiced with him at least two or three times at the house and every time he threw it off, but I figured that [Southwest] would work with us on the plane because he’s two,” said Michelle. Michelle says when the family boarded, Jackson was wearing his mask. It was when they were seated when he took it off. “The [flight attendant] came up to me and, at that point, Jackson had taken off his mask. She said, ‘I’m sorry, ma’am. You’re going to have to get off the plane. Your son needs to wear his mask’.”