March 15th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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Marvin Hagler health update before death sparks anti-vaccine messages, Thomas Hearns tries to quiet noise A health update on Marvelous Marvin Hagler hours before the boxing legend died Saturday night raised eyebrows. Fellow boxing great Thomas Hearns shared with his followers that Hagler was “fighting the after effects of the vaccine” before the former undisputed middleweight ultimately passed away. “A real true warrior Pray for the king and his family.. he’s in ICU fighting the after effects of the vaccine! He’ll be just fine but we could use the positive energy and Prayer for his Full Recovery !” Hearns wrote. Hours after Hearns shared the post asking for prayers, Hagler’s wife Kay announced that one of the best middleweight fighters of all-time had died. Kay Hagler revealed the update in a Facebook post and did not immediately mention the cause of death. “I am sorry to make a very sad announcement. Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire. Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time,” she wrote on social media. A post on Hagler’s website read that the boxer died of “natural causes.” “We are very sad to report that Marvelous Marvin Hagler died on March 13 of natural causes near his home in New Hampshire. He was a champion until the end. His family asks for privacy at this time of sorrow,” the message said.
Reports of Deaths After COVID Vaccines Up by 259 in 1 Week, CDC Data Show Data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the number of injuries and deaths reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) following COVID vaccines remain consistent with previous weeks, with the exception of a 31% spike in reports of Bell’s Palsy. Every Friday, VAERS makes public all vaccine injury reports received by the system as of Friday of the previous week. Today’s data show that between Dec. 14, 2020, and March 5, a total of 31,079 total adverse events were reported to VAERS, including 1,524 deaths — an increase of 259 over the previous 7 days — and 5,507 serious injuries, up 1,083 over the same time period.In the U.S., 85.01 million COVID vaccine doses had been administered as of March 5. VAERS is the primary mechanism for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed. This week’s 31% increase in reports of Bell’s Palsy marks a break with past trends. Otherwise, today’s data reflect trends that have emerged since The Defender first began tracking VAERS reports related to COVID vaccines.
Major European nations suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine Germany, France, Italy and Spain became the latest countries Monday to suspend use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine over reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients, though the company and European regulators have said there is no evidence the shot is to blame. AstraZeneca’s is just one of three vaccines in use on the continent. But the cascading number of nations raising the alarm amounts to another setback for the European Union’s vaccination drive, which has been plagued by shortages and other hurdles and is lagging well behind the campaigns in Britain and the U.S. The EU drug regulatory agency called a meeting for Thursday to review experts’ findings on the AstraZeneca vaccine and decide whether action needs to be taken. The furor comes as much of Europe is tightening restrictions on schools and businesses amid surging cases of COVID-19. Germany’s health minister said the decision to suspend AstraZeneca shots was taken on the advice of the country’s vaccine regulator, the Paul Ehrlich Institute, which called for further investigation into seven cases of clots in the brains of people who had been vaccinated. “Today’s decision is a purely precautionary measure,” Jens Spahn said. French President Emmanuel Macron said his country will likewise suspend shots until at least Tuesday afternoon. Italy’s drug regulator announced a temporary ban, less than 24 hours after saying the “alarm” over the vaccine “wasn’t justified.” And Spain said it will stop using the vaccine for two weeks while experts review its safety.
Sweden Reports Fewer Deaths in 2020 Than 2012 — After Rejecting Globalist Consensus on COVID-19 Policy Swedish television station SVT issued a report earlier this month showing how COVID-19 affected mortality in the nation frequently criticized by globalists for refusing to institute Draconian lockdown policies throughout the pandemic. “But how many more than usual died during the Corona year of 2020? To find that out we asked the demographer Örjan Hemström from Statistics Sweden who researches morality,” the news clip stated in a translation from Swedish to English. The reporter asked Hemström “how many more died” in 2020 in comparison to other years. He responded that “approximately 7,000” more people died than in the last five years. “In the beginning we had fewer dead than in recent years. But at the end of March, we saw a big rise and we had an excess mortality up until June,” Hemström explained. “But from July until October it was back to normal. I mean as few or fewer dead than in the years prior. And then in November and December we see again that the number of deaths has risen,” he continued. Hemström analyzed the death rates in Sweden going back to 1900 to put the COVID-19 pandemic in its proper context.
Fauci torched for backtracking ‘6 feet:’ Based on the science? ‘Think again’ Dr. Anthony Fauci backed a new study that recommends reducing coronavirus-related physical distancing guidelines for in-person learning from six-feet to three in the classroom. The Biden medical adviser was asked about a new Massachusetts study that found “no significant difference in coronavirus spreading” between 6 feet of physical distancing versus a reduced 3 feet in a Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Does this study suggest to you that three feet is good enough?” CNN host Jake Tapper asked. “It does indeed,” Fauci said, explaining that the “CDC is very well aware that data are accumulating making it look more like 3 feet are okay under certain circumstances.” The 6 feet standard has become one of the largest hurdles schools face as they look toward reopening in accordance with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) health and safety guidelines. Fox News confirmed last week that the CDC would “soon” ease its physical distancing guidelines for in-person learning after reportedly misinterpreting data on safe distancing in the classroom.
One year later, Americans still ‘panic-buying’ essential goods during COVID-19 It turns out the coronavirus pandemic isn’t just changing how Americans live, it’s changing how they shop as well. According to a new study, the pandemic has permanently changed spending and shopping habits for a majority of American consumers. In a survey of 2,000 Americans, 60 percent report that 2020 has forever affected their budget and how they spend their money. Commissioned by Slickdeals and conducted by OnePoll, the survey finds that while U.S. consumers spent much less money overall on things like movies (49%), luxury goods (46%), clothes (42%), video games (42%), entertainment (41%), and restaurant dining (41%), more money went into purchasing essential goods and subtleties. In 2020, Americans increased their spending on groceries (41%), self-care products (23%), and takeout (22%). Nearly half the poll (49%) said they started “panic-buying” essential goods at the beginning of the pandemic. The most common panic-buys during this time included toilet paper (50%), cleaning supplies (42%), hand sanitizer and water (41%), and paper towels (40%).
‘Unity’: Biden says America can be back to normal by July 4 if everyone does their part President Joseph R. Biden said that if every American plays their part in crushing the coronavirus then it could open the door for families to celebrate July 4 with their loved ones, and move the nation past one of its “darkest” period. Mr. Biden said the key to emerging from the virus is national “unity.” “Even if we devote every resource we have, beating this virus and getting back to normal depends on national unity and national unity isn’t just how politics and how politicians vote in Washington or what the loudest voices say in cable or online,” Mr. Biden said in an address to the nation. “Unity is what we do together as fellow Americans because if we don’t stay diligent and conditions change then we may have to reinstate restrictions to get back on track,” he said. Mr. Biden delivered the remarks on the anniversary of the beginning of the pandemic. Mr. Biden said every American adult will be eligible to get a vaccination shot for the coronavirus no later than the beginning of May. “All adult Americans will be eligible to get a vaccine no later than May 1,” Mr. Biden said. “That is much earlier than expected”
The White House is set to unveil a wide-reaching, billion-dollar campaign aimed at convincing every American to get vaccinated The White House will soon unveil a wide-reaching public relations campaign aimed at boosting vaccine confidence and uptake across the U.S., Biden administration aides told STAT. This television, radio, and digital advertising blitz, set to kick off within weeks, will focus on Americans outright skeptical of vaccines’ safety or effectiveness as well as those who are potentially more willing to seek a Covid-19 immunization but don’t yet know where, when, or how. Specifically, the campaign will target three groups in which access, apathy, or outright skepticism may pose a barrier to vaccinations: young people, people of color, and conservatives, according to a Biden aide. Congress and the administration have set aside over $1.5 billion for the effort. The effort highlights a looming and underappreciated public health challenge: Though millions of Americans are currently clamoring to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, in a few short months, or even weeks, the opposite may be true. Instead of scrambling to manufacture doses, the government may soon be scrambling to find arms willing to receive them.
No mask, no child custody. COVID-19 is a new factor in family law Melanie Joseph wants to see her son, but a judge won’t let her — for no reason except that she won’t wear a mask. Joseph’s 14-year-old son has asthma, a condition that could put him at risk of contracting COVID-19 during this pandemic, court filings show. Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen called the mother an “anti-mask person” who had the “audacity” to brag about it on Facebook. Conservatives take issue with the decision, but it illustrates how judges in family court now must consider the health risks of COVID-19 on top of juggling the interests of feuding ex-spouses, single parents and reluctant child-support payers. COVID first made family law news in South Florida early in the pandemic, when an emergency room doctor treating coronavirus patients was stripped of custody of her 4-year-old daughter. An appeals court quickly overturned the decision, and the child’s estranged parents eventually resolved their custody disagreement. The doctor’s attorney, Steven Nullman, conceded that judges face a challenge when balancing parental rights and health concerns. “There are so many unknowns with this disease,” he said. “Making the right decision is not easy.” Other cases followed across the country, most involving at least one parent working on the front lines of the crisis. An Orlando woman didn’t want her ex-husband, a firefighter newly engaged to an emergency room nurse, to share custody of their son. The judge sided with the father. And in a Deerfield Beach case in April, a dermatologist had to fight for visitation with his 6-year-old son.
Spending time in nature has always been important, but now it’s an essential part of coping with the pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of green spaces and urban parks, especially during periods of lockdown. Even a short walk, an ocean view or a picnic by a river can leave us feeling invigorated and restored. There is now a growing body of evidence establishing the link between such nature encounters and our mental and physical well-being. In my new book, I explore these nature benefits and put out a challenge to urban planners and decision makers to include more green spaces in our towns and cities. One of the earliest studies to draw a conclusive link between time spent in nature and well-being was published in 1991. It found a 40-minute walk in nature, compared with walking in an urban space or reading a magazine, led to significant improvements in mood, reduced anger and aggression, and better recovery from mental fatigue. In more recent studies, exposure to nature or urban green space has been associated with lower levels of stress, reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improved cognition in children with attention deficits and individuals with depression. Research also suggests the benefits of growing up with access to lots of green space has a lasting effect into adulthood. A Danish study in 2019 found children who grow up surrounded by green spaces are less likely to develop mental disorders as adults.