The Strange Turn of the Covid Vaccine Debate
CNN aired a special on Saturday with “Sesame Street” explaining the vaccine to children ages 5-11, who are now eligible for the injection.
Meanwhile, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not. Then he lied about it. And now he’s trying to explain it away.
Room for debate. The vast majority of doctors and the public health community are on board with vaccines. But the support is not unanimous. It is not fully regulated within the National Institutes of Health, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, according to a Sunday report in the Wall Street Journal.
He will participate in a debate streamed to NIH staff, according to the Journal, and he is apparently willing to quit his job rather than get the Covid-19 shot.
Who can enter the US? Fully vaccinated travelers from 33 countries – including the UK and much of Europe – can now enter the US without going into quarantine, provided they have proof of vaccination and a negative viral test.
Where does the virus proliferate? Large swathes of Europe are battling to curb the rise of the Delta variant amid the easing of restrictions and the rollout of stuttering vaccines in some countries, with the WHO warning that half a million Europeans could die from Covid- 19 in a potentially devastating winter.
Germany registered its highest seven-day incidence rate since the start of the pandemic on Monday…
…neighboring Austria banned unvaccinated people from restaurants and hotels amid a spate of cases.
Iceland has also reintroduced masks and social distancing rules after a surge. And cases are hovering at record levels in Russia, Ukraine and Greece.
From the report: Endemic means that a disease is constantly present in a population, but does not affect an alarmingly large number of people, as is typically seen in a pandemic. Even in early 2020, as the pandemic intensified, World Health Organization officials predicted that the novel coronavirus could “become another endemic virus in our communities” and will never go away.
The backlash against Covid-19 policies could last for years. CNN’s Pamela Brown sat down with a group of Virginia women who voted for Joe Biden in 2020 but supported Republican Glenn Youngkin in the state’s governor race last week.
“I had to figure out what I can do to make sure this never happens again,” Shawnna Yashar said of school closures.
From the report: As the election year approaches, the country’s troubled landscape appears to be shifting. With the latest wave of Covid-19 infections easing and prices rising, the economy (36%) is surpassing the coronavirus pandemic (20%) as the main problem facing the country. Immigration (14%) and climate change (11%) follow and are the only other issues to hit double digits, followed by national security (8%), racial injustice (5%) and education (3%).
Biden’s approval rating is less than 50%, a dangerous political position and comparable to past presidents such as Donald Trump and Barack Obama, who suffered midterm election losses and lost majorities on Capitol Hill.