Two conservative groups have filed lawsuits against President Joe Biden’s workplace safety mandate, which requires private employers to ensure that workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The OSHA requires companies with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly, and failure to do so could result in a $ 14,000 policy violation.
In Arizona, the governor refuses to stop using federal coronavirus aid money for an education grant program clearly targeted at schools that do not enforce mask requirements.
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Croatia plans new restrictions due to spike in viruses
The Croatian authorities will restrict gatherings and increase the use of COVID-19 passes to contain the rise in infections after the number of infected again sets new records on Friday.
Like most countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Croatia has seen a huge increase in infections and hospitalizations in recent weeks due to low vaccination rates and relaxed virus regulations.
Most countries in the region have a vaccination rate of about 50% or less, below the European Union average of about 75%.
Alarmed by the raging virus, some Croats who have not yet been vaccinated were lining up Thursday night to get vaccinated at a vaccination site in the capital Zagreb.
Drago Coric said he was “skeptical” about vaccines but changed his mind after the number of new cases peaked to several thousand daily.
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—Darko Bandic, Associated Press
In Peru, rumors are fueling indigenous reluctance for vaccines.
Maribel Vilka didn’t even bother going to a community meeting to educate her indigenous community about COVID-19 vaccines.
“What happens if I die from the vaccine? I have small children, ”she said, expressing mistrust in government health services after failing experiences during two pregnancies.
Fears, voiced by a 38-year-old woman who lives near the shores of Lake Titicaca, are pervasive among Peru’s indigenous population, which makes up about a quarter of the country’s 33 million people, and have complicated the nationwide vaccination campaign.
Although over 55% of Peruvians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, only about 25% of people in indigenous areas have been vaccinated.
Despite overwhelming evidence based on more than 7 billion doses of the vaccine delivered worldwide, serious side effects are very rare, Wilka said she fears the shot could kill or harm her.
Rumors of vaccines, sometimes spread on local community radio in Quechua, often mimic Q-Anon disinformation spread on US and European social media about microchip tracking or dire side effects, and play on deep-rooted mistrust of government authorities.
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—Franklin Briseno, Associated Press
The viral wave in Russia is strong; some regions are planning to resume work
On Friday, Russia reported about 1,200 COVID-19 deaths in the last day, slightly less than a record in the persistent wave of coronavirus infections that closed most businesses in the country this week.
The National Coronavirus Task Force said 1,192 people have died in the past 24 hours and 40,735 new infections have been reported. Daily records of 1,195 deaths and 40,993 infections were received earlier this week.
In Russia, the nationwide period that the government has imposed to contain the spread of the virus is out of service for six days.
Several regions, including Novgorod in the northwest, Tomsk in Siberia, Chelyabinsk region in the Urals, Kursk and Bryansk regions southwest of Moscow, have extended the non-working period until the end of next week. But Moscow and Russia’s annexed Crimea will resume work next week.
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– Jim Heinz, Associated Press
Traveler with Biden tests positive for virus in Scotland
The administration confirmed Thursday that a man traveling with President Joe Biden to Europe last week tested positive for the coronavirus, saying the man had no close contact with the president.
The fully vaccinated person is asymptomatic and remains quarantined in Scotland while they undergo additional tests following a positive sidestream test issued by the UK government, which is required for all attendees of the UN Climate Summit in Scotland. The White House said Biden tested negative for the virus on Tuesday.
Breakthrough infections are rare among fully vaccinated people, but they are somewhat more common as the more transmitted delta variant of the virus has become the dominant strain in most parts of the world. Vaccines continue to significantly reduce serious illness and death.
The White House says that due to great caution – and in addition to the leadership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – several employees who were in close contact with the man did not return to the United States aboard Air Force One, and instead flew home. another government plane.
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– Associated Press
Thousands of intelligence officers refuse to rule out vaccine risk
Thousands of intelligence officers could soon face layoffs for failing to comply with U.S. government vaccination requirements, prompting some Republican lawmakers to raise concerns about firing employees from agencies critical to national security.
As of the end of October, at least 20% of employees were not vaccinated by several intelligence agencies as of the end of October, according to US spokesman Chris Stewart, a Utah Republican who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee. Some agencies in the 18-member intelligence community have not vaccinated up to 40% of their employees, Stewart said, citing information the administration provided to the committee but did not release. He declined to name the agencies because the full information on vaccination rates was classified.
While many people are likely to still get vaccinated before the administration’s November 22 deadline for civilian workers, resistance to the mandate could leave major national security agencies without some personnel.
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—Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press.
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As COVID-19 vaccines arrive for children aged 5 to 11, School districts in Washington are planning to vaccinate, expanding testing – and, at least in Seattle, are fighting over the idea of a vaccine. These new pediatric vaccines raise all sorts of questions … such as what to do if your child is about to turn 12 and how to find an appointment in Washington State. Our Q&A has helpful answers.
Good news: Infection rates among Washington children are declining. The bad news is that they are still three times the delta level seen last summer. See how the children are doing in your part of the state.
Pfizer’s COVID-19 Pill Dramatically Reduces Hospital Admissions and 90% death among high-risk adults, the company said today. He’s joining Merck in the race to bring the game-changing pill to market (here’s what you should know about Merck’s molnupiravir). But COVID-19 pills should not be seen as a substitute for vaccines, health experts explain.
US borders officially open on Monday. just in time for millions of vacationers to take to the skies and the roads. Here’s what you need to know about new testing requirements, vaccines, and more.
Fired WSU football coach Nick Rolovich will appeal his firing. His lawyer sent a 34-page letter to the university outlining Rolovich’s case for his objections to the vaccine and threatening to “sue in federal civil rights court” if WSU does not change its position.
The effectiveness of all three COVID-19 vaccines plummeted Over time, the delta variant increased dramatically, according to researchers who studied the records of nearly 800,000 US veterans. Booster shots can help; see if you fit.
Seattle Times and News Staff