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justinssportscorner · 5 days ago
David Cobb at CBS Sports:
Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich has been fired for cause after refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine and being noncompliant with both state and university policies, the university announced Monday evening. Rolovich sought, and appears to have been denied, a religious exemption from those mandates, which required employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18 if they wished to continue working.
Four Washington State assistant coaches have also been terminated: Ricky Logo (defensive tackles), John Richardson (assistant head coach, cornerbacks), Craig Stutzmann (co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks) and Mark Weber (offensive line).
Defensive coordinator Jake Dickert will serve as the team's interim coach.
The saga over Rolovich's vaccination status first took public stage in July when the second-year coach announced he would participate remotely in the Pac-12's football media day. The league required in-person participants to be vaccinated.
"I have elected not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for reasons which will remain private," Rolovich said in a statement at the time.
Rolovich later said he was not "against" vaccinations, adding that he respected and supported "all the work being done by the state of Washington, who as a state has one of the highest percentages of vaccinations in the country." In August, he stated that he planned on following the mandate instituted by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
Even if he were to have received an exemption to the state mandate, Rolovich still faced hurdles at Washington State, which enacted a vaccination requirement for employees before a similar policy for all state employees went into effect.
"It certainly skews the perception of our message," Washington State University president Kirk Schulz told the New York Times. "At most universities, people pay attention to what the university president, the football coach, the basketball coach and the athletic director have to say -- that's just the reality. People look at them for leadership because they're highly visible and highly compensated. It doesn't help when you have people who are contrary to the direction we're going."
Kudos to Washington State Cougars for firing 5 members of its coaching staff (including head coach Nick Rolovich) for refusal to comply with the university and state’s vaccine mandate. 
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saywhat-politics · 3 months ago
Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday shocked observers when he linked the push to get people vaccinated against the novel coronavirus to eugenics.
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Alex Young at Consequence Of Sound: 
In an ironic twist of fate, Ted Nugent has been diagnosed with the very virus he previously blasted as fake. In a video posted to Facebook on Monday, Nugent revealed his ongoing bout with COVID-19.
“I’ve got an announcement to make,” Nugent said to begin his video. “Everybody told me that I should not announce this. I have had flu symptoms for the last ten days. I thought I was dying. Just a clusterfuck.”
“I was tested positive today. I got the Chinese shit,” Nugent continued. “I’ve got a stuffed up head, body aches. My God, what a pain in the ass. I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days… So I was officially tested positive for COVID-19 today.”
Just last week, Nugent downplayed the severity of the coronavirus crisis and questioned “why weren’t we shut down for COVID-1 through -18?”
“There was a COVID-1, and there was a COVID-2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8, -9, -10, -11, -12, -13, -14, -15, -16, -17, -18,” Nugent proclaimed. “COVID-1 through -18 didn’t shut anything down, but woah, COVID-19 [did], even though it’s 99.8 percent survivable. Why didn’t we shut down for the AIDS epidemic or the flu or the Spanish Flu or the bird flu or the West Nile flu or influenza every year?” (Editor’s note: The “19” in “COVID-19” doesn’t stand for the 19th COVID, rather it refers to the year in which the virus was first discovered, as in Coronavirus Disease 2019.)
Additionally, Nugent falsely claimed that the number of reported deaths are inflated. “Bullshit. I believe that medical examiners in all 50 states have gone, ‘I put down on the death certificate that he died of asphyxiation, but they made me put COVID.’ ‘Well, this guy was stabbed to death, but they made me put down COVID.’ ‘This guy was run over by a tandem gravel truck doing a four-wheel drift and the crows be pecking at your flesh, but they made me put down COVID-19.”
Yet, even after his own infection, Nugent isn’t about to change his stance on COVID-19, especially when it comes to vaccines. “Nobody knows what’s in it,” Nugent said, “if you can’t even honestly answer our questions of exactly what’s in it and why are you testing it on human beings and forcing it on people in such a short period of time.” This is of course also not true.
COVID denier and anti-vaxxer extremist Ted Nugent tested positive for COVID-19.
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thoughtlessarse · 6 months ago
THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY is pouring resources into the growing political fight over generic coronavirus vaccines.
Newly filed disclosure forms from the first quarter of 2021 show that over 100 lobbyists have been mobilized to contact lawmakers and members of the Biden administration, urging them to oppose a proposed temporary waiver on intellectual property rights by the World Trade Organization that would allow generic vaccines to be produced globally.
Pharmaceutical lobbyists working against the proposal include Mike McKay, a key fundraiser for House Democrats, now working on retainer for Pfizer, as well as several former staff members to the U.S. Office of Trade Representative, which oversees negotiations with the WTO.
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This is essentially the US, and to a lesser extent Europe, foisting US healthcare methods upon the whole world. I wonder if having an African woman, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, as the DG of the WTO will have any influence on the outcome. I hope so as it would make the pointless US opposition to her appointment al the sweeter but sadly I suspect it will be business as usual.
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bluesyemre · a month ago
LET’S GET BACK TO THE MAGIC OF LIVE EVENTS.‍ STOP THE INTERRUPTIONS. VACCINATE THE NATION. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of all lands on which we reside and pay our respects to their elders – past and present. We honour the important role music has played and continues to play on these lands for thousands of years.
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crimemore · 4 months ago
In a new briefing released today(May 14), Amnesty International urges Nepalese lawmakers to put their differences aside and take decisive action in the next weeks to save thousands of lives as the country grapples with a devastating second wave of Covid-19
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dailytimesindiablog · 5 months ago
EU Commissioner says he's ready to talk about Covid Vaccine Patent Waivers
EU Commissioner says he’s ready to talk about Covid Vaccine Patent Waivers
EU Commissioner says he’s ready to talk about Covid Vaccine Patent Waivers President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday that Brussels is ready to negotiate a plan supported by the United States to waive patents on Covid-19 vaccines. “The European Union is still ready to discuss any plan that effectively and pragmatically tackles the crisis, “she said “That is why we…
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phillipschneider · 6 months ago
There's no way in hell I'm taking one of those things.
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justinssportscorner · 11 days ago
TAMPA, Fla. -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has only four unvaccinated players as it opens up the 2021-22 season.
Bettman was in attendance for the regular-season opener as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Tuesday night.
"Everybody banding together to do the right thing," Bettman said. "Maybe that's why hockey is the ultimate team sport."
Bettman said NHL officials and all the personnel who come into contact with the players are vaccinated.
Great news in the NHL: only four of the league's contracted players are unvaccinated for COVID. The NBA, NFL, and even MLB can only dream of the NHL's success in getting its players vaxxed.
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saywhat-politics · 5 months ago
On Monday, Fox personality Laura Ingraham ranted about mask wearing, while suggesting oppositions to vaccines will be a campaign issue.
"Mandating the masking of children, though? That is going to go down as a very dark chapter for the Democrats and the public health experts who advocated it," Ingraham argued.
She suggested a conspiracy to encourage vaccinations, while suggesting it will be a campaign issue for Republicans.
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Amber Jamieson at BuzzFeed News: 
Good 4 her.
Olivia Rodrigo wants you to stay happy and healthy, so she drove up to the White House on Wednesday as part of a campaign encouraging young people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as the country moves one step forward and three steps back in its fight against the virus.
The 18-year-old pop star fronted the lunchtime press briefing where she was introduced as someone "who traversed red lights and stop signs to see us,” because ain't it funny when the government makes the same sour jokes as us.
"I am beyond honored and humbled to be here today to help spread the message of youth vaccination,” said Rodrigo from the podium.
“It’s important to have conversations with friends and family members encouraging all communities to get vaccinated, and actually get to a vaccination site, which you can do more easily than ever before," said Rodrigo.
Currently only 34.8% of teens (ages 12 to 17) have received at least one vaccination jab, as have just 46% of young people between 18 and 24, according to CDC data.
Hospitals around the country are seeing a surge in younger people sick and dying from COVID, as the more contagious Delta variant spreads across the country, with 99% of those now dying from the virus being unvaccinated.
The New York Times recently reported that some teens are getting the vaccine without their vaccine-skeptic parents knowing. (Surely, they won't feel betrayed when their children become immunized against a deadly virus.)
Pop singer Olivia Rodrigo went to The White House today to spread the message to get vaccinated if you haven't done so already, especially if you're in the younger demographic (12-30). 
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bluesyemre · 2 months ago
Libraries join effort to boost COVID-19 Vaccine confidence
Libraries join effort to boost COVID-19 Vaccine confidence
Access to information about vaccines and trusted messengers to effectively convey it locally is a matter of life and death. The American Library Association (ALA) this week announced that it is partnering with Communities for Immunity, a collaborative effort among libraries and museums to boost Covid-19 information and vaccine confidence in communities across the United States. “Access to…
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crimemore · 4 months ago
Restaurants, Cafes, And Bars In Moscow Have Been Instructed To Only Serve Guests Who Have Been Vaccinated, Have Had COVID-19 During The Last Six Months, Or Have Had A Negative PCR Test Within The Preceding Three Days As Of June 28
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garudabluffs · 5 days ago
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This Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 file photo shows vials for the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at a temporary clinic in Exeter, N.H. In September, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved extra doses of Pfizer’s original COVID-19 vaccine after studies showed it still works well enough against the delta variant. And the FDA is weighing evidence for boosters of the original Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Why COVID boosters weren’t tweaked to better match variants OCT.19,2021
"The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are made with a piece of genetic code called messenger RNA that tells the body to make harmless copies of the spike protein so it’s trained to recognize the virus. Updating the formula merely requires swapping out the original genetic code with mRNA for a mutated spike protein."
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swachhkhabar · 5 days ago
Pooja Bedi tests COVID positive: Why her stance on not taking the vaccine and believing in 'natural immunity' is problematic - Times of India
Pooja Bedi tests COVID positive: Why her stance on not taking the vaccine and believing in ‘natural immunity’ is problematic – Times of India
Actress and wellness coach, Pooja Bedi is the latest celebrity to have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The 51-year-old made the announcement on social media, revealing that she’s been down with COVID for a while, and has tested positive for COVID along with her partner and house help. While there have been several accounts of people testing positive for COVID despite being vaccinated (what is now…
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the-sticky-post · 8 days ago
US Will Accept Mixed Doses of Covid-19 Vaccines from International Travelers
US Will Accept Mixed Doses of Covid-19 Vaccines from International Travelers
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late on Friday that it will accept mixed-dose coronavirus vaccines from international travelers, a boost to travelers from Canada and other places. The CDC said last week that it would accept any vaccine authorized for use by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization. “While CDC has not recommended mixing types of vaccine in a…
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