A vaccine to ward off the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 was said to be the panacea for the pandemic.
But the rapid development of the vaccines, along with early reports of side effects — some serious — has put people off to taking them, including those at the front lines.
“I don’t want to be a guinea pig,” Sheena Bumpas, a certified nursing assistant at a home in Duncan, Okla., told The New York Times last month.
Since then, thousands of health care workers across the U.S. have refused to get COVID-19 vaccines. “Up to half of health care workers in one California county and a Texas hospital say they will not get the shot, 60 percent of nursing home staff in Ohio are turning down the jab and 40 percent of frontline workers in Los Angeles won’t get it either, polls reveal,” the Daily Mail reported.
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President Trump Set to 'Declassify Everything' Because of Democrat 'Lying' and 'Treason'
With the end of President Trump's first presidential term coming to a close it appears he is ready to go out with a bang. It's time to "declassify everything."
President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that he intends to “declassify everything,” over his own apparent concern that the Department of Justice and Attorney General William Barr withheld information about an ongoing DOJ investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Nancy Pelosi Secures Another Term As Speaker Of The House
Long-time San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 80, secured her fourth term as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Sunday afternoon when the 117th Congress, which will serve until 2023, convened for the first day of the new session in Washington, DC.
Pelosi, who has served in Congress since the 1980s, received 216 votes for speaker, seven more votes than the runner-up, Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Since she declared her intent to run for speaker again, Pelosi has not drawn any public challenges from other members of the caucus, although some have previously refused to disclose how they would vote.
‘Amen And Awoman’: Minister Invokes Hindu God, Offers Gender Lesson During Opening Prayer For 117th Congress
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), who is an ordained United Methodist minister, opened the first session of the 117th Congress on Sunday by praying in the name of a Hindu god and twisting the word “amen” into a commentary on gender.
“Eternal God, noiselessly we bow before your throne of grace as we leave behind the politically and socially clamorous year of 2020,” began Cleaver, who served as the pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1972 to 2009.
Pfizer Chairman: We're Not Sure if Vaccine Will Shed, Transmit Virus
According to Pfizer chairman Albert Bourla, the pharmaceutical company is "not certain" if the coronavirus vaccine will prevent the transmission of the virus.
“This is something that needs to be examined,” he said during an interview with Dateline.
WATCH: Viral Video Of Canadian Police Battling Residents After Neighbor Alerts Them Of New Year’s Eve Gathering
On New Year’s Eve in Gatineau, Canada, a city in western Quebec, a neighbor notified police about a residence where a group of six people gathered to celebrate, triggering the police to arrive just before midnight to confront the residents, which precipitated a violent brawl with two of the residents getting arrested. Part of the incident was caught on video and went viral.
“Quebec is currently in lockdown, meaning visitors from another address are not permitted inside people’s homes at the moment,” CBC noted. Gatineau is the fourth-largest city in the province after Montreal, Quebec City, and Laval.
New York Has Administered ‘Less Than A Third’ Of COVID Vaccines After Criticising Trump Vaccine Plan
New York has administered less than a third of its allocated COVID-19 vaccines and New York City has administered just a quarter of its shots, state data shows, despite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s complaints about the Trump administration’s virus distribution plan.
The New York Post reports that only “around 630,000 vaccine doses have been sent to the Empire State, but just 203,000 doses had actually made their way into New Yorkers’ arms as of Wednesday, state data shows.” New York City fares even worse, with just “around 22.5 percent of the 12.4 million doses distributed.”