White House to meet with South African doctors as it assesses risks of new Omicron variant
Anthony S. Fauci, in an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” said the new variant has “some mutations” that “are raising some concern” – including “with regard to possibly transmissibility increase and possibly evasion of immune response.”washingtonpost.com
Jimmy Kimmel Rips Into Trump’s Deeply Embarrassing Picture-Book Tour
ABCOn Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel took aim at Trump’s ongoing press tour for his egregiously overpriced picture book—which included a sit-down interview with “the interminable” Mark Levin on Fox News, where the former president was asked a total of zero hard-hitting questions.“Before COVID flew in from the dust, came in from China—which, by the way, Dr. Fauci, who I got along with actually quite well, but I usually did the opposite of what he suggested,” offered Trump in the interview regarding tnews.yahoo.com
Texas doctor on Biden's COVID-19 strategy and caring for patients
Dr. Ogechika Alozie, an infectious disease specialist in Texas, joins CBSN to discuss President Biden's strategy to fight the pandemic with measures including vaccine mandates. He also discusses how health care workers are dealing with COVID-filled hospitals and ICU beds.news.yahoo.com
Eye Opener: Biden unveils new COVID-19 vaccine mandate
President Biden unveils a sweeping new COVID-19 vaccine requirement which will affect roughly 100 million Americans. Also, the Justice Department filed suit against the state of Texas over its law that bans abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.news.yahoo.com
Amid new virus surge, Florida skeptics reconsider vaccines
In a rural stretch of northeastern Florida where barely half the people have gotten a coronavirus shot, Roger West had no problem telling others he was “adamantly anti-vaccination.” “I do not trust the Federal Government,” West wrote recently. West drove to the Winn Dixie supermarket and rolled up his sleeve for the first of two injections of the Moderna vaccine.news.yahoo.com
Fauci says U.S. is headed in ‘wrong direction’ as coronavirus cases spike among unvaccinated
While official guidance has not changed, Fauci hinted that a return to indoor mask mandates for vaccinated people and booster shots might be necessary to once again curb the spread of the virus.washingtonpost.com
Biden lambasts Trump’s ‘big lie’ in impassioned defence of voting rights, asking GOP ‘Have you no shame?’
In his most significant remarks on the state of voting rights, as Congress faces a narrow path towards expanding access to the ballot, President Joe Biden condemned a wave of Republican-backed legislation fuelled by Donald Trump’s persistent lies about the 2020 election. More follows...news.yahoo.com
64 cases of COVID-19 Delta variant identified in Illinois so far, as strain is added to CDC’s ‘variants of concern’
The Illinois Department of Public Health has identified 64 cases of the Delta variant, a COVID-19 strain first found in India that federal health officials have labeled a “variant of concern.”chicagotribune.com
Gaza and West Bank, Mexico and Canada among regions to receive 25 million Covid vaccine doses from Biden
US officials have announced plans to distribute the first wave of 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses in an effort to boost the global vaccine supply and combat more-contagious variants amid the coronavirus pandemic. The US will rely on its federal supply, not supplies sent to states, to supply doses from theJohnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to Covax, the World Health Organization’s vaccination effort, as well as other countries. Roughly 75 per cent of the first wave of 25 million doses to be distributed as part of a strategy to send 80 million doses will be shared with Covax, according to the White House.news.yahoo.com
Biden reportedly has a 'short fuse'
Even Uncle Joe gets angry sometimes. President Biden has "a short fuse" at times, especially when aides and advisers are unable to answer his many hyper-detailed questions, current and former associates told The New York Times in a report published Friday. It's a description seemingly at odds with the congenial and easygoing persona the American public usually sees. Driven by a strong "sense of urgency," the president is reportedly susceptible to "flares of impatience," and a tendency to "cut off conversations," per the Times. Occasionally, he's even hung up the phone "on someone who he thinks is wasting his time." Yet he is also slow to make important decisions, often gathering advice and detail from "scores" of experts before sharing his findings in the self-assured, "plain-speaking" manner he presents publicly. "He has a kind of mantra: 'You can never give me too much detail,'" National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told the Times. It's a difficult minefield to navigate, however; at risk of "an outburst of frustration," those fielding Mr. Biden's questions must go "beyond the vague talking points [the president] will reject" while also avoiding "responses laced with acronyms or too much policy minutiae." Advisers, aides and speechwriters become "hyperprepared" so as to avoid irritation. Despite his displeasure when staff lack answers to reportedly "obscure" (but important) questions, the president is also "prone to displays of unexpected warmth." He never launches into Trump-esque "fits of rage" and frequently phones his grandchildren, who he calls "the center" of his world. Read more at The New York Times. More stories from theweek.comThe Republican theory of unemployment is classic MarxThere's growing speculation that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will name their daughter 'Philippa'A short history of White House catsnews.yahoo.com
India's virus surge pressures Modi to impose strict lockdown
With coronavirus cases still surging to record levels, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a harsh nationwide lockdown amid a debate whether restrictions imposed by individual states are enoughwashingtonpost.com
Medical Minute: Your mask-wearing questions answered
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. Over the weekend, Dr. Fauci said mask-wearing may continue into 2022. Even after almost a year since the pandemic began, many Houstonians may still have questions about masks and how they are protecting use. From cloth to paper, doubling up and vaccinations, infectious disease expert with Memorial Hermann, Dr. Linda Yancey, answers everything you need to know to stay protected in today’s Medical Minute. If you have any questions about masks or COVID-19 you can head to MemorialHermann.org.
Local experts agree with double masking, some residents not on board
“Maybe we need to produce some masks that have a little bit more layers,” Virginia Weigel said. “But not so much thickness, but a little more filtration perhaps.”But medical professionals are welcoming the new guidance. “When you’re at the grocery store, when you’re where there are more people around if you’re traveling,” she said. “If you’re at the doctor’s office it’s probably a good idea.”Dr. Sarfraz Aly with Oakbend Medical Center would concur. “People need to wear the right mask and a good mask,” Safraz said.
The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand
All remain in quarantine at a Christchurch hotel, and health officials say they expect more to test positive. — British PM Johnson imposing strict coronavirus restrictions on Greater Manchester, England’s second-largest urban area, after talks fail on financial support. Local health officials said Tuesday that the surge is overwhelming their ability to confront the pandemic. Officials say coronavirus cases related to the university represent 61% of the total in Washtenaw County, compared to just 2% in August. ___PHOENIX — Arizona reported more than 1,000 daily coronavirus cases for the second time in a week.
White House turns on Fauci as disaster grows out of aggressive state openings
Fauci has contradicted Trump's false claims that the United States is leading the world in the coronavirus fight. Last week, Fauci said that some states had opened too early -- a position supported by the evidence of fast-rising Covid-19 infections. The White House apparently sees no irony in attacking his track record when the President spent weeks denying the virus would be a problem, praising China for its handling of it and predicting a "miracle" that would cause it to disappear. DeVos played on those concerns in demanding a full opening of schools on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. Brian Kemp even angered Trump with the speed of his state openings.