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Obama, Clinton and Bush pledge to take Covid vaccine on TV to show its safety | Barack Obama

Former US presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton have pledged to get vaccinated for coronavirus on television to promote the safety of the vaccine.

The trio’s effort comes as the Food and Drug Administration prepares to meet next week to decide whether to authorize a Covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech.

More than 3,100 people died from the coronavirus in America on Wednesday, a record single-day high and more than the number of people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Obama, Bush and Clinton’s willingness to address the seriousness of the pandemic is markedly different from the attitude of Donald Trump, who remained silent as the US passed 250,000 coronavirus deaths in November.

In an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison, Obama said that he would trust Anthony Fauci if the infectious disease expert declares a coronavirus vaccine to be safe.

“People like Anthony Fauci, who

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Social media must prepare for flood of Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

Nearly two years ago, public health experts blamed social media platforms for contributing to a measles outbreak by allowing false claims about the risks of vaccines to spread.



Moderna says it will ask US and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.


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Moderna says it will ask US and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.

Facebook pledged to take tougher action on anti-vaccine misinformation, including making it less prominent in the news feed and not recommending related groups. But shortly after, Facebook-owned Instagram continued to serve up posts from anti-vaccine accounts and hashtags to anyone searching for the word “vaccines.” Despite actions against anti-vaccine content since then — some as recent as last month — Facebook has failed to totally quash the movement on its platforms.

Now, with Covid-19 vaccines potentially making their way to some Americans as soon as this month, the tech companies will

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Trump’s legacy is the plague of extreme lies. Truth-based media is the vaccine

Normal presidents start to think about their legacy long before the final weeks of their time inside the West Wing. But if there’s anything we have learned from the lab rat experiment of the last four years, it’s that Donald Trump is entirely abnormal.



Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis are posing for a picture: Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images


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Whether he knows it or not – and all the evidence suggests he knows nothing worth knowing – Trump’s legacy is the toxic politics of lies: a permanent campaign of fabrications and falsehoods.

No matter that he clearly lost the 2020 election by landslide margins in the electoral college and the popular vote. What matters is the never-ending sense of grievance that someone or something, somewhere – liberals, minorities, judges, reporters – have conspired to wrong Trump and oppress his long-suffering fans.



Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis are posing for a picture: ‘They are people like Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor, who spent most of the 2020 campaign sounding like a Trump clone’


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‘They are people like Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor, who

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India’s Modi visits key vaccine facilities as COVID-19 case load surges

By Nidhi Verma



Narendra Modi standing in front of a building: FILE PHOTO: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi


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FILE PHOTO: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured three of the nation’s leading vaccine development and manufacturing sites on Saturday as coronavirus case counts continue to soar.

India has recorded 9.35 million COVID-19 infections, second only to the United States. It reported 41,322 new cases and 485 deaths on Saturday.

The western state of Maharashtra – home to India’s financial hub, Mumbai – has been particularly hard hit by the virus. Its tally of 1.68 million cases is higher than countries such as Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Modi conducted a whirlwind three-city tour and visited the Zydus Cadila facility in the western city of Ahmedabad, Bharat Biotech’s facilities in the southern hub of Hyderabad and the Serum Institute

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he will not take coronavirus vaccine

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday evening that he will not take a coronavirus vaccine, the latest in a series of statements he has made expressing skepticism toward coronavirus vaccination programs.



Jair Bolsonaro wearing a suit and tie: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia


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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia

In statements broadcast live over multiple social media platforms, the right-wing leader added that Congress was unlikely to require Brazilians to take a vaccine.

Brazil has the second highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world, and Bolsonaro has for months played down the seriousness of the pandemic despite being infected with the virus in July.

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“I’m telling you, I’m not going to take it. It’s my right,” he said.

Bolsonaro also expressed skepticism over the

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Palestine negotiating possible production of Russian Sputnik V vaccine – newspaper – Society & Culture

MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. Palestine is negotiating with Russia possible production of the Sputnik V anti-coronavirus vaccine at its medical establishments, Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal said in an interview with the Izvestia daily that came out on Thursday.

“We know about the Russian vaccine and are following its trials. We are waiting for the launch of the vaccination campaign in Russia. Now we are in talks with Moscow on purchases of the vaccine. We are also negotiating possible production of the Russian vaccine at our medical establishments after we receive it,” he said.

According to the diplomat, a permit from the Israeli health ministry is needed to import the Russian vaccine to Palestine. “As far as I know, they (the Israeli authorities – TASS) are not planning to develop a vaccine of their own in the mid-term perspective. They plan to buy preparations from the United States,

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Why This Smaller Vaccine Player Is Making Powdered COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

A smaller player in the race to a COVID-19 vaccine, Arcturus  (ARCT) – Get Report, is in the middle of trials for its vaccine candidate.

On Nov. 9, it released earnings and updates on its candidate.

“This has been an exciting period for Arcturus highlighted by our preliminary ARCT-021 Phase 1/2 COVID-19 vaccine study results. These data, as well as those from our ARCT-810 Phase 1 study, illustrate a highly productive period of clinical advancement of our novel mRNA based therapeutic candidates. The ARCT-021 Phase 1/2 data provide clinical validation for our unique vaccine candidate and suggest that our self-replicating mRNA-based investigational vaccine could have a differentiated clinical profile and may allow vaccination at low doses. We believe that ARCT-021 could play an important role in the massive global vaccination campaigns that will be necessary to control the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to rapidly moving ARCT-021

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U.S. aims to send out 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in coming weeks

Nov. 25 (UPI) — More than 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses will be allocated to states and could begin distribution early next month, U.S. health officials say.

A Food and Drug Administration panel overseeing vaccines is set to meet in two weeks to consider granting emergency authorization to the potential vaccine under joint development by Pfizer and BioNTech — which has proven in clinical trials to be 95% effective.

“If all goes well, we could be distributing a vaccine soon after Dec. 10,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters Tuesday.

Azar said 6.4 million doses of the vaccine will be distributed to states and territories based on population size rather than the number of people in high-risk groups, as was recommended by government health experts.

“We wanted to keep this simple,” Azar said. “We thought it would be the fairest approach, and the most consistent.”

Once the

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The Health 202: Team Biden can finally start preparing for the massive coronavirus vaccine effort

“This is a big problem — but it’s been solved,” Mike Leavitt, who served as health and human services secretary under President George W. Bush, told me. “It opens up access for information and the coordination in between the ingoing and outgoing administrations.”

Setting the transition in motion means Team Biden can view the government’s vaccine distribution plans.

Thirty-five volunteers assigned to the Department of Health and Human Services — along with some assigned to other agencies also involved in the vaccine effort — can now participate in the nitty-gritty details of how the Trump administration is planning to manufacture, distribute and administer hundreds of millions of vaccine doses beginning in December and continuing through the bulk of 2021.

The massive effort, central to restoring the United States to more normalcy next year, probably will be in its early stages once Biden is sworn in as president in late January. 

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