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Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, October 13: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

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The company’s new vaccine mandate announced Tuesday will require unaffiliated Boeing workers to act quickly to keep their jobs under deadlines. But “our members are polarizing on the issue,” says the head of the Machinist Union.

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‘This is not Satanism’: Zimbabwean church leaders preach vaccines

Members of an Apostolic Christian Church group gather for a prayer meeting on the outskirts of the capital Harare, Friday, September 10, 2021.  The Apostolic Church is one of Zimbabwe's most skeptical groups when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines.  Many of these Christian churches, which combine traditional beliefs with Pentecostal doctrine, preach against modern medicine and demand that adherents seek healing or protection from illness through spiritual means such as prayer and the use of holy water.  To combat this, authorities have formed teams of preachers who are also church-goers to clear misconceptions about vaccines in their churches.  (AP photo/Swangirai Mukwazhi)

Yvonne Binda stands in front of a church congregation, all in pristine white robes, and tells them not to believe what they have heard about COVID-19 vaccines.

“The vaccine is not linked to Satanism,” she says. Members of a Christian Apostolic Church in the southern African nation of Zimbabwe, the congregation is adamant. But when Binda, a vaccine evangelist and herself an apostolic church member, promises them soap, buckets and masks, “Amen!” enthusiastic slogans.

The apostolic groups influencing traditional beliefs in the Pentecostal doctrine are among the most skeptical in Zimbabwe when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, with an already strong distrust of modern medicine. Many followers believe in prayers, holy water, and anointing stones to ward off illness or heal ailments.

The congregation Binda, addressed in the rural area of ​​Seke, sang about being protected by the Holy Spirit, but has at least acknowledged soap and masks as a defense against the coronavirus. Binda is trying to persuade them to get vaccinated too – and it’s a tough sell.

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—Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press

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‘We’ve lost the war’: Idaho doctor says COVID to stay in state as state reports more cases, deaths

With the pandemic in its 19th month, Idaho intensive care units still have high numbers of COVID-19 patients.

As of Thursday, Idaho hospitals had 185 COVID-19 patients in ICUs, according to data from the Department of Health and Welfare. And 705 patients were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

Health experts have long argued that if state and/or country vaccination rates do not reach high enough levels, COVID-19 will become endemic, meaning it will be routinely detected and not eradicated. On Tuesday, St. Alphonsus Health System’s chief clinical officer Dr. Steven Nemerson told reporters at a health and wellness briefing that the virus is here to stay.

“Today I am here to tell you that we have lost the war,” said Nemerson. “The reason we’re here is because we can’t vaccinate enough of the public to completely eradicate the disease. And not being able to do that… we now need to go to the stage of recognizing that COVID is a disease.” The long-term is a disease to be managed for the future.”

As of Tuesday, 53.3% of the state’s eligible population (12 and older) have been vaccinated against COVID-19, lower than the nationwide average of 66%.

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-Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman

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