FROM THE MNM:
HIGH TEXAS DEATH RATES DUE TO UNVACCINATED PEOPLE
(J. Harris: Several sources for this story. See the chart below as well from the TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES: SEE ATTACHMENT FOR COMPLETE REPORT)
CHILDHOOD VACCINATION Now that a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is authorized for children ages 5 to 11 years in the US, state regulators—along with parents, pediatricians, and public health officials—are contemplating when and if the shots should become mandatory for children. All 50 US states have requirements for school-age children to be immunized against other diseases such as polio, chickenpox, and measles. The nation’s second-largest school district, Los Angeles Unified School District in California, already has said children aged 12 and older must be vaccinated by mid-December to continue in-person learning, and several other jurisdictions and states have plans to make SARS-CoV-2 vaccination mandatory for children and adolescents to attend school as soon as the US FDA grants a vaccine full approval for those age groups.
Breaking News: Pfizer is expected to ask the F.D.A. to expand authorization of its Covid booster to all adults, a request the agency is likely to grant.
Pfizer and BioNTech are expected on Tuesday to ask federal regulators to expand authorization of their coronavirus booster shot to include all adults, according to two people familiar with the situation….An advisory board of outside experts to the Food and Drug Administration voted against a similar request from Pfizer in mid-September. Instead, the committee recommended booster shots on an emergency basis for those 65 and older or at high risk of Covid-19 because of their medical conditions or jobs.
Those categories were still broad enough to cover at least 60 percent of the population….All Johnson & Johnson recipients are eligible for a second shot as a booster. And adult recipients of all three brands for their initial shots are allowed to pick which brand they would prefer as a booster shot. Nearly 25 million people have received additional shots so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including those who are eligible because of immune deficiencies.
In Romania, Hard-Hit by Covid, Doctors Fight Vaccine Refusal
COPACENI, Romania — As a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic crashed over Eastern Europe last month, devastating unvaccinated populations, an Orthodox Church bishop in southern Romania offered solace to his flock: “Don’t be fooled by what you see on TV — don’t be scared of Covid.”
Most important, Bishop Ambrose of Giurgiu told worshipers in this small Romanian town on Oct. 14, “don’t rush to get vaccinated.”
The bishop is now under criminal investigation by the police for spreading dangerous disinformation, but his anti-vaccine clarion call, echoed by prominent politicians, influential voices on the internet and many others, helps explain why Romania has in recent weeks reported the world’s highest per capita death rate from Covid-19…
”….Vaccine hesitancy, stoked by powerful forces online and in the real world, has left Romania with Europe’s second-lowest vaccination rate; around 44 percent of adults have had at least one dose, ahead of only Bulgaria, at 29 percent. Overall, the European Union stands at 81 percent, with several countries above 90 percent….
”…Bulgaria, too, has a very high Covid mortality rate, with already overwhelmed hospitals flooded by new patients. This past week, one of the big hospitals in the capital city, Sofia, issued a plea for medical students and volunteers to help…“Fake news has a huge influence on our population, and in Eastern Europe in general,” said Valeriu Ghorghita, an army colonel leading Romania’s vaccination effort. ‘Something we all have in common in this part of Europe is our political history of communism.’…..”
WHY DOES HARRISON COUNTY HAVE A LOWER OVERALL VACCINATION RATE THAN ROMANIA?
WOW, WE AT LEAST BEAT BULGARIA WHO HAS ONLY 29% ALL AGE VACCINATIONS COMPARED TO OUR 36%. …WE ACTUALLY HAVE READERS FROM BULGARIA, AND I WISH THEM LUCK. HOWEVER, THEY SHOULD BE CAREFUL LEST SOME OF OUR VACCINE-HESITANT POPULATION WANT TO VACATION IN BULGARIA.
I WENT TO SEE THE DOCTOR ABOUT MY SHORT-TERM MEMORY PROBLEMS. THE FIRST THING HE DID WAS MAKE ME PAY IN ADVANCE.
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