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    Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Crom Carmichael in studio to discuss Tennessee 5th Congressional District candidate Kurt Winstead’s support of Governor Bill Lee’s inaction against COVID-19 vaccine mandates for Tennessee’s National Guardsmen. Leahy: Crom, we are about to give one of the 5th Congressional District candidates a very hard time. One of the front runners, the three front runners are Beth Harwell, Andy Ogles, Kurt Winstead, and others in the race. One of them, Geni Batchelor, will be here on Wednesday. Of course, Kurt is a retired brigadier general in Tennessee National Guard. We’ve also had on the program Jeff Bierlein, who’s a Blackhawk pilot, major West Point grad, who sort of has a different point of view on this particular issue. And by the way, Kurt, you are welcome to come in and face the fire on this issue and maybe some others, because we have some questions...
    The US company says the booster worked well against BA.4 and BA.5 in a new clinical study. Moderna hopes the company will see its new Covid 19 booster vaccine candidate approved in the fall on Wednesday, which could be effective against the latest Omigron subtypes. The American Institute of Biotechnology recently announced that its “bivalent” vaccine (targeting both the initial strain of the virus and the Omigran variant) has yielded better results than its original vaccine, known as Spikewax. The new clinical study results show that the booster also works well against BA.4 and BA.5, with the latest Omicron variant being dominated by their ability to escape from previous immunity and their better spread. Elevated antibody levels in previously infected and non-infected The bivalent booster revealed high levels of anti-infective antibodies against BA.4 and BA.5 in previously infected and non-infected individuals. However, even these higher levels are only a third of the levels achieved against the original Omigron strain, BA.1. “We will urgently submit this data to regulators and prepare to deliver our next-generation bivalent booster from August, with SARS-CoV-2...
    New York gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Giuliani has been banned from the studio where a primary debate is to be held due to his lack of a Covid vaccination. The son of the former New York City mayor — and personal attorney to former President Donald Trump —Rudy Giuliani, has been considered a long shot to eventually become governor of the Empire State, which has long been a Democratic stronghold. Gothamist reports: At a press conference outside of CBS headquarters on Sunday, Giuliani accused the network, which is hosting Monday’s debate, of failing to provide him proper notice of the vaccination policy. He said he was initially told that he only needed to provide proof of a negative COVID test, before learning this weekend that the broadcast center requires all guests to provide proof of vaccination. “I don’t think that’s something that even someone who has chosen to get the shot should have to do, from a constitutional standpoint,” the 36-year-old candidate, who is the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a former adviser to President...
    (CNN) — Moderna said on Wednesday its bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster that contained a vaccine targeting the Omicron variant showed a stronger immune response against the variant. Bivalent boosters address two viral strains in the same vaccine. The updated booster contains Moderna’s original vaccine and a vaccine candidate that targets the Omicron variant. READ MORE: Gas Prices Force Mid-Michigan Sheriff To Put Brakes On His DeputiesThe vaccine was generally well-tolerated, the company said, with side effects similar to booster doses of the current vaccine. The 50-microgram bivalent booster, called mRNA-1273.214, generated a stronger antibody response against Omicron than the original Moderna vaccine. Omicron subvariants are driving virtually all the new Covid-19 cases in the United States right now. READ MORE: Whitmer: Major Road Projects in Benzie, Cheboygan, Emmet & Wayne Counties To Start Next WeekStéphane Bancel, chief executive officer of Moderna, said in a news release “we anticipate more durable protection against variants of concern with mRNA-1273.214, making it our lead candidate for a Fall 2022 booster.” He said the company will submit its preliminary data and analysis to regulators so that...
    Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley signaled her support for a vaccine mandate for children in an interview with The Ohio Capital Journal. Whaley, who covered her positions on multiple issues in the interview, compared a coronavirus vaccine mandate to those of established requirements for other diseases. “Kids need to stay in school no matter what,” Whaley told the news outlet. “Having the requirement, once this is FDA-approved, like all other vaccines, makes a lot of sense.” However, critics of the candidate argue the decision would completely remove a parent’s ability to make a decision for their child. “Nan Whaley’s big government approach to force vaccines on children is out of touch with Ohio values and will ensure her defeat,” said RGA Spokesman Chris Gustafson. “Ohioans overwhelmingly support Governor DeWine and his agenda that puts families first, and look forward to re-electing him in November.” Previously, Gov. DeWine and the state legislature enacted a ban on mandates for vaccines that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, multiple coronavirus vaccines have since received full approval...
    (CNN)Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to mull over what the future of Covid-19 booster shots might look like -- and they acknowledge that entirely different vaccine formulations could be needed.At their meeting Wednesday, the members of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices discussed their next steps around recommending additional booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines for the general public.Currently, additional booster doses are recommended only for certain people with weakened immune systems and adults 50 and older. Whos eligible for second Covid-19 booster shots -- and when to get them"Policy around future doses require continued evaluation of Covid-19 epidemiology and vaccine effectiveness, including the impact of both time and variants, and the ability of doses to improve this protection," the CDC's Dr. Sara Oliver, an epidemic intelligence service officer with the Division of Viral Diseases, said at the meeting.Before recommending future doses of Covid-19 vaccines, Oliver said, the committee members would need to assess the nation's recent case counts, hospitalization rates, vaccine effectiveness -- including whether it's waning over time -- and the...
    Another coronavirus vaccine option could soon be available as Sanofi announced that its more traditional vax is 100% effective against severe COVID-19 disease and hospitalizations. Sanofi and GSK said they will be seeking regulatory authorization for their protein-based vax candidate, which produced robust immune responses in their trials. In the primary series trial, two doses of the Sanofi-GSK vaccine was: 100% effective against severe COVID-19 disease and hospitalizations; 75% effective against moderate or severe COVID-19 disease; and 57.9% effective against any symptomatic COVID-19 disease. When the Sanofi-GSK vaccine was used as a two-dose primary series followed by a booster dose, neutralizing antibodies increased 84- to 153-fold compared to pre-boost levels. The vax can also be used as a booster for other vaccines, including the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines. In participants who had received a primary series of an mRNA or adenovirus vaccine, the Sanofi-GSK booster vax produced a significant increase in neutralizing antibodies of 18- to 30-fold. “The evolving epidemiology of COVID-19 demonstrates the need for a variety of vaccines,” Roger Connor, president of GSK Vaccines, said Wednesday. “Our...
    Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem (R), who has been endorsed by former President Trump for Arizona secretary of state, called the COVID-19 vaccine a "crime against humanity" and shared other conspiracy theories related to the vaccine, according to a report by CNN's Kfile. CNN linked to multiple posts from Finchem on Gab, a social media network popular with conservatives and the alt-right, where he shared anti-vaccine views. He said in July last year that he refused to get vaccinated because of the "potentially deadly gene therapy." in one post shared on Gab in August 2021,  Finchem, who began serving in Arizona's legislature in 2015, wrote: "It ain't a vaccine!!! Call it what it is, a crime against humanity." His campaign did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment. The Jan. 6 panel in the U.S. House subpoenaed Finchem on Tuesday over the efforts to falsely declare Trump the winner of the 2020 election.  The state lawmaker attended the Jan. 6 "Stop the Steal" rally and was in touch with organizers. He was also scheduled to speak at their event at the Capitol that day and organized an event in Arizona seeking to combat...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Chris Doughty, a Republican candidate for Massachusetts governor, joined WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller to discuss the state of the COVID pandemic, his voting record and more. Doughty is the only candidate currently running against Geoff Diehl in the Republican primary. This is his first time running for governor. READ MORE: 'She Showed Me What Was Possible': Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia Says Rev. Liz Walker Shaped Her LifeThe businessman from Wrentham was asked about the current state of COVID in Massachusetts and his stance on mask mandates. “I think all of us, we’re all looking forward to this being in our rear-view mirror. I think we have to be understanding, and compassionate and watch the data to figure out what is the best path,” Doughty said. “You want citizens to feel safe, but not controlled. So I think just finding that correct balance so we can get to that off-ramp and put this behind us.” Doughty said he does not support vaccine mandates similar to the one in place in Boston. READ MORE: 11-Year-Old Westford Boy...
    State Rep. Jamie Smith (D), a candidate in the Democrat primary attempting to unseat Gov. Kristi Noem’s (R) in this year’s gubernatorial, told Breitbart News on Thursday he supports mandating vaccines for some residents while pushing others to “wear a mask.” “There are people in certain professions – that I believe in the health systems – have asked me to support mandates in health systems, for example. They’ve reached out to me and said, ‘please, because of what we do, we need to make sure all of our people are vaccinated,'” Smith said about his vaccine mandate position. Smith, who has been an ardent supporter on multiple accusations of wearing masks indoors, told Breitbart News, via phone call at a press conference, he also agrees with President Biden’s health experts that masks should be worn “when appropriate.” “The way we can be the safest is to be vaccinated, boosted, and wear a mask when appropriate,” Smith continued. Dr. Anthony Fauci said in December that wearing a mask indoors is a “prudent” preventative measure to combat the coronavirus. “If you have to be in an indoor...
    Gaithersburg’s Novavax Inc. has submitted its long-awaited request for approval in the U.S. for its experimental Covid-19 vaccine, following several months of manufacturing delays and buildup, as well as a flurry of similar submissions and authorizations in other countries. The biotech, which has faced a ticking clock on its domestic launch since it started developing its own Covid vaccine product, said Monday that it has submitted its application to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of its protein-based coronavirus vaccine candidate, called NVX-CoV2373. That means the company has completed all of the required data — from preclinical studies to clinical trials to manufacturing data — for regulators to consider making it available to U.S. patients. In a statement to the Washington Business Journal, Novavax said it couldn’t specify a timeline going forward. “While we can’t comment on how much time the FDA may take to review our request, we are confident… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    Candidates running for Los Angeles County sheriff took the stage together for the first time Wednesday evening, trading platform ideas — and some insults — during a forum hosted by deputy unions. Much of the debate focused on the department’s $3.5-billion budget and incumbent Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s fractured relationship with the elected officials who oversee it. “The Board of Supervisors funds us. Open hostility is not a plan of the future, it is the plan of our demise,” said Britta Steinbrenner, a captain in the Sheriff’s Department who heads security for libraries, hospitals and other county buildings. “I want to eliminate the division within the department.” Retired Capt. Matt Rodriguez, a onetime supporter of Villanueva, pointed to L.A. Metro’s ongoing discussions about reducing law enforcement’s presence on the transit system. “You’re being defunded, right before your eyes,” Rodriguez said in remarks directed at deputies. “They’re not going to re-up the contract under this sheriff.” Villanueva touted some of his initiatives in office, saying he turned a budget deficit into a surplus, rolled out body cameras for deputies and managed coronavirus...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Harvard professor Danielle Allen said she is running for governor in an attempt to bring a “people-powered approach” to Beacon Hill. Allen is one of three current Democratic candidates in the race to replace Gov. Charlie Baker, who will not seek a third term in office. WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller talked to Allen about what she believes makes her the best candidate to be the next governor. “I care about the future. Future for our young people, for all of us. We’ve got to do work together with all of us to deliver the democracy, healthy communities, the healthy climate we need,” Allen said. Allen said Attorney General Maura Healey, who joined the race last week and is considered by many to be a front-runner in the election, represents the status quo. “We need solutions that are coming from the people, a people-powered approach for our politics, not top-down solutions from Beacon Hill. The Attorney General has been working on Beacon Hill over the last eight years,” Allen said. Keller asked Allen about several topics related...
    Assembly candidate Benjamin Yu wasn’t vaccinated when he spent New Year’s in Las Vegas. A week later, when he was back home, the Lake Forest resident was so sick with COVID-19 and his oxygen levels so dangerously low that a local hospital admitted him to intensive care. The previously healthy 39-year-old said he’s lost “weight, stamina and strength” over the past two weeks. Family and friends who helped take care of Yu also have become sick. At times, he said he’s wanted to bump his head against the wall to “relieve the pain and hopelessness.” As of Thursday, Yu was still on oxygen at home and struggling to speak. But he used written messages to communicate that he believes he’s now on the path to recovery. In “hindsight,” Yu said he realizes that being vaccinated “may possibly reduce the severity or duration of the episode.” (Data shows unvaccinated adults are 13 times more likely to end up hospitalized and 20 times more likely to die from the virus.) Yu said he’s considering getting vaccinated when he’s well, “possibly after a...
    Orange County Deputy District Attorney Kelly Ernby, who ran for state Assembly in 2020 and had become a leader with the Republican Party of Orange County, has died suddenly, a week after telling friends she was very sick with COVID-19. She was 46 years old. “I lost a dear friend to Covid complications,” Ben Chapman, chair of the Greater Costa Mesa Republicans, tweeted Monday. “You’ve been nothing but an inspiration to many of us here in Orange County.” Condolences were pouring in online Monday for Ernby, who was a Huntington Beach resident and presumed 2022 candidate for Assembly. “Thanks for always standing up for victims of crime and fighting the good fight balancing the scales of justice and for always making our communities and public safety a priority,” tweeted Patricia Wenskunas, founder of Crime Survivors Inc. Ernby was the daughter of two Navy veterans and the sister to a Marine. She graduated from Bonita Vista High in Chula Vista in 1993, earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from UC Santa Barbara, her law degree from the University of San...
                 U.S. Senate candidate JD Vance slammed President Joe Biden for hurting the U.S. Marines with a vaccine mandate for members of the military. Vance, who served as a Marine during the Iraq War, has remained an outspoken critic of “wokeness” within the U.S. military. “I talked to the dad of a junior Marine officer a couple of days ago. Told me his son got the jab against his wishes because he worries the net effect of the mandates is to turn the military woke. He wanted to stay and fight back,” Vance said in a tweet. The Biden admin is destroying one of the few American institutions that still functioned. — J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) January 1, 2022 “The Biden admin is destroying one of the few American institutions that still functioned.” Vance’s remarks follow a report from Fox News that detailed almost 200 Marines have been discharged for refusing to take the coronavirus vaccine. The Department of Defense and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin have claimed service members may apply for a religious exemption from the mandate...
                 U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance on Tuesday blasted Dr. Anthony Fauci for suggesting the U.S. should consider a coronavirus vaccine requirement for domestic air travel. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases explained, in an interview with MSNBC, that he believes the mandate “is reasonable to consider.” Vance, who has remained an outspoken critic of President Joe Biden’s mandates, said the idea would further hurt the economy, as the country is in the middle of another coronavirus wave. “Every time Fauci opens his mouth, the entire country groans in unison. We are in the midst of a massive national COVID wave despite readily available vaccines, yet, instead of focus on making therapeutics like Monoclonal Antibodies available to anyone who wants them, our bureaucrat in chief just proposed a freedom-crushing and economy-crippling vaccine mandate for domestic airline travel,” Vance said in a statement. pic.twitter.com/PiCDjz22F7 — J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) December 28, 2021 Furthermore, the Senate contender reiterated calls, made by conservatives across the country, for Dr. Fauci to lose his job. “This new proposal won’t...
              more   Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Tuesday backed a measure by Ohio lawmakers to block vaccine mandates in the state. House Bill 218, which was approved by the House of Representatives earlier this month, would provide broad exemptions to any vaccine mandate. For example, individuals would not have to receive the coronavirus because of religious beliefs, medical conditions, or if they have natural immunity. Schools and employers would also be prohibited from requiring a student or employee to receive a vaccine if it has not been granted full approval by the FDA. According to Renacci, the legislation is needed for residents of the state. “HB 218 needs to pass because history has taught us that we can’t trust Mike DeWine to fight for the rights of Ohioans and to resist lockdowns and mandates,” Renacci said in an emailed statement. “Anthony Fauci is an unelected Washington bureaucrat and should never be dictating policy for the state of Ohio. Ohioans deserve a Governor who is committed to fighting for our economy and protecting our fundamental liberties. That’s precisely the...
    Author J.D. Vance, an Ohio U.S. Senate candidate, proposed Monday that Republicans should shut down the government until President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate ends. Speaking at an Ohio GOP Senate Forum, Vance said Republicans should avoid giving Democrats a “bipartisan flag to wave around” as they did with the infrastructure bill, setting his sights on the upcoming debt limit. “We gave the Democrats a bipartisan flag to wave around Washington DC that they are going to use to spend more money,” asserted Vance. “Now, what should we be doing? Right now, we have the Biden administration enorcing a vaccine mandate down people’s throats,” he continued. “At the same time, we have a debt limit coming up. Instead of giving them a bipartisan flag to wave, we should shut down the government until the vaccine mandate ends.” The suggestion solicited applause from the audience. “We keep on getting out played, so as long as we keep sending people to Washington to get outplayed by the Democrats, we’re going to keep losing our country,” he concluded. “Right now we have a Biden...
    The unvaccinated wife of an Iowa school board candidate has died of COVID-19, her husband said on Friday. Trent Murphy, from Ankeny, shared on Facebook the passing of his wife Renee Murphy, 51, who had opted out of the COVID-19 shot because of concerns it would affect her lone kidney after she lost the other battling cancer. 'We talked about it, we discussed it, we had done all that,' her husband told the Des Moine Register. He said she just 'wasn't ready to get the vaccine.' COVID-19 vaccines have not been contraindicated for people with kidney diseases and experts say there is no evidence of adversary effects. Renee, who was a teacher at the Ankeny Leadership Institute, wore a mask as a protection against the virus, her husband said. Renee Murphy, 51, (left)  had opted out of the COVID-19 shot because of concerns it would affect her lone kidney after she lost the other battling cancer. Her husband, Trent Murphy, who is an Ankeny Community School Board candidate confirmed the news on Facebook  Renee, who was a teacher at the Ankeny Leadership...
    A Nevada gubernatorial hopeful announced she is shooting for the governorship Tuesday in a flamboyant and aggressive campaign video. Michele Fiore, a Republican and "pro-Trump " member of the Las Vegas City Council, introduced her campaign platform by firing bullets at beer bottles labeled "CRT," "vaccine mandate," and "voter fraud" in the video. Each bottle was apparently meant to represent a point of her proposed "three-shot plan" to "ban vaccine mandates, ban critical race theory, and stop voter fraud." "We need outsiders, fighters, not the same old, boring, moderate, compromise, blue-blazer politicians," Fiore said before whipping out a handgun. OPIOID OVERDOSES SPIKED 55% IN NEVADA LAST YEAR, STATE SAYS Fiore touted her status as the first female Republican majority leader in the Nevada Assembly and one of the first elected officials to support former President Donald Trump in the ad, which showed her driving a pickup truck with a bumper sticker reading, "Trump 2024: Take America back." The three topics have caused deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats, as the national conversation...
    Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat running for Virginia governor , has stormed out of an interview with a local news channel, telling the reporter he should have asked 'better questions.' ABC affiliate WJLA-TV published in-depth interviews with McAuliffe and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday, but noted that McAuliffe cut the interview short just halfway through. In the interview recorded last week, a McAuliffe staffer is heard interjecting 10 minutes in to the scheduled 20-minute interview, prompting the candidate to cut short the questioning from reporter Nick Minock. 'Alright, we are over. That's it. That's it. Hey I gave you extra time. C'mon man,' McAuliffe tells the reporter. 'You should have asked better questions early on. You should have asked questions your viewers care about.' Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat running for Virginia governor, stormed out of an interview with a local news channel, telling the reporter he should have asked 'better questions' Reporter Nick Minock (above) had promised both candidate an interview of exactly 20 minutes to give them equal time, but McAuliffe cut his interview short and left after just...
    Washington, DC (CNN)Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, has pitched himself as a businessman and a political outsider.The former co-chief executive of the private-equity firm Carlyle Group, a global investment firm, Youngkin defeated six other nominees in the state's Republican primary earlier this year. Now, he's vying to be Virginia's first Republican governor since Bob McDonnell left office in 2014. After growing up in Richmond and Virginia Beach, Youngkin attended Rice University, where he studied engineering and played basketball, as well as Harvard Business School. He has worked in finance and spent 25 years at the Carlyle Group. Youngkin has also served on the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations and co-founded the Virginia Ready Initiative -- which was built in response to Covid-19 and helps Virginians find new jobs. Youngkin has from the start put a heavy emphasis on cultural issues important to the Republican base. Read MoreThe GOP candidate says he wants to cut taxes, prioritize small businesses and boost economic growth following the Covid-19 pandemic. He's focused on combating crime, says he wants to "defend...
                        Former congressman and GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Thursday argued that Ohio House Bill 435 does not go far enough to protect individuals from COVID-19 mandates. The legislation, which stalled in the House on Wednesday, would allow workers to receive religious, medical, or natural immunity exemptions for coronavirus vaccine mandates. “HB 435 was another ineffective bill that would not have protected every Ohioan from unconstitutional vaccine mandates and requirements. Since Mike DeWine refuses to take a stand against any and all vaccine mandates, the legislature must keep working on a solution that safeguards personal freedom and choice,” Renacci said in a statement. In the potential law, employees in intensive care units, children’s hospitals, or hired after the bill becomes law wouldn’t be exempt As Renacci has continuously repeated, he encouraged Governor Mike DeWine to take action against mandates. However, instead, DeWine has encouraged mask mandates in some environments. “DeWine should be taking cues from states like Texas and Florida that have signed executive orders and passed legislation...
    A Texas fundraiser has hit out at Georgia US Senate candidate Herschel Walker's campaign after he canceled an event she was hosting for him when it was revealed her Twitter profile image was syringes shaped into a swastika. The Walker campaign had planned to attend the event Saturday in suburban Dallas at the home of film producer Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais. The event required a $500 donation to get in and $5,800 for a VIP private reception.  But the campaign called off the event Wednesday amid outrage at the profile picture on Viviano-Langlais' Twitter account. 'Herschel is a strong friend of Israel and the Jewish community and opposes hatred and bigotry of all forms,' campaign spokesperson Mallory Blount said on Wednesday. 'Despite the fact that the apparent intent behind the graphic was to condemn government vaccine mandates, the symbol used is very offensive and does not reflect the values of Herschel Walker or his campaign.' Initially, the campaign denied that the symbol was a swastika, with a spokeswoman saying it is  'clearly an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic.'   Viviano-Langlais told DailyMail.com that the decision...
    Sean Rayford/Getty Images Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker is reportedly cancelling a fundraiser with a supporter whose Twitter profile picture was a vaccine swastika. The former NFL star has raised over $3 million in the Republican primary thus far. He is running to challenge Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock. On Wednesday morning, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Walker would be attending a fundraiser this coming weekend by film producer Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais. What drew attention to this fundraiser was Viviano-Langlais’ Twitter profile picture — a swastika made up of vaccines. There have been several prominent individuals who have been condemned for comparing vaccine mandates to the horrors of the Holocaust. As of this posting, that profile picture has been swapped out with another. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the initial response from the Walker campaign was to say “the symbol is ‘clearly an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic’ and that the Republican opposes antisemitism and bigotry.” Given, well, how not-subtle the imagery is, they followed up with a statement hours later that actually condemned the invocation of Nazi iconography to decry vaccine...
    Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West stressed the need for alternative treatments to COVID-19 besides "forcing" inoculation, sending a video message after the unvaccinated hopeful for the Republican nomination was released from the hospital Monday after contracting the virus.  In a video standing in what appeared to be his living room, Col. West said he was released from Medical City Hospital in Plano, Texas at about 5 p.m. CT Monday and was back at home. He attributed his release after a three-day hospital stint to the success of Regeneron monoclonal antibody infusion therapy and Budesonide nebulizer treatments, thanking his doctors and nurses for recommending those protocols.  ALLEN WEST, TEXAS GOP HOPEFUL GUBERNATORIAL HOPEFUL, HAS COVID-19  "There are so many other protocols out there that we should be recommending to people. This should not be about forcing people to take a certain shot," West said, wearing blue jeans and an American flag Wrangler T-shirt. "We should be offering and making sure people are aware of all these protocols that are out there and that’s one of the things that I’m going to...
    (CNN)Allen West, Republican candidate for governor of Texas, announced Monday night that he had been released from Medical City Plano and will be recovering from Covid-19 at home until he tests negative. West, who had not been vaccinated and was first admitted for treatment on Saturday, thanked the doctors and nurses who treated him and praised the monoclonal infusion therapy he received as treatment. "This should not be about forcing people to take a certain shot," he said in a short video posted to Twitter and Facebook. "But we should be offering and making sure people are aware of all of these protocols that are out there. And that's one of the things I'm going to be committed to doing." West had posted on Sunday that he and his wife, Angela -- who had been vaccinated for Covid-19 -- received monoclonal antibody infusion therapy treatment in Dallas. While his wife was released, he was sent to Medical City Plano due to what he described as concerns over pneumonia related to Covid. Texas governor bans Covid-19 vaccine mandates by any employer...
    Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West, who is currently recovering from a case of COVID-19, said his hospitalization with the virus has made him “more dedicated to fighting against vaccine mandates.” West, who announced Saturday night that he has coronavirus-related pneumonia, advocated for monoclonal antibody infusion therapy as a way to combat COVID-19 instead of vaccines. “I can attest that, after this experience, I am even more dedicated to fighting against vaccine mandates. Instead of enriching the pockets of Big Pharma and corrupt bureaucrats and politicians, we should be advocating the monoclonal antibody infusion therapy,” Allen said on Twitter from the hospital Sunday morning. 5/ I can attest that, after this experience, I am even more dedicated to fighting against vaccine mandates. Instead of enriching the pockets of Big Pharma and corrupt bureaucrats and politicians, we should be advocating the monoclonal antibody infusion therapy.— Allen West (@AllenWest) October 10, 2021 Allen and his wife Angela underwent monoclonal antibody infusion therapy at a Dallas emergency room on Saturday, the candidate revealed in a tweet. He said he now has natural immunity...
    Former Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe is leading Republican Glenn Youngkin in the Virginia governor’s race, according to a poll conducted by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. According to the survey, released Monday, 43 percent of likely voters support McAuliffe — nine points higher than the 34 percent who chose Youngkin. This reflects a greater lead than McAuliffe saw last month, when he led Youngkin by three percentage points, 40 percent to 37 percent. “With Election Day only six weeks out, a significant number of Virginia’s voters remain undecided or unwilling to vote for either candidate in each race. In the governor’s race, 23% of voters remain undecided or unwilling to vote for either candidate — the same percentage as August,” the survey noted: 2021 #VAGov Poll: Terry McAuliffe (D) 43% (+9)Glenn Youngkin (R) 34%@VCU ~ 731 LV ~ 9/7-9/15https://t.co/3H7JLGjv8G — PollTracker (@PollTrackerUSA) September 20, 2021 “Our recent poll relative to the governor’s race and statewide elections showed interesting results,” former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder (D) said of their survey, noting that neither candidate...
    To many prominent Republicans, vaccination mandates are on par with the persecution and slaughter of millions. Prominent Republicans in multiple states have compared President Joe Biden's recent announcement of vaccine mandates and increased testing to the actions of the Nazi regime in Europe during World War II. Biden on Sept. 9 announced a plan to be enforced by the Department of Labor requiring, among other efforts, that employers with 100 employees or more to ensure workers are either vaccinated against the coronavirus or tested weekly for it. The new initiative came in response to increased numbers of coronavirus infections, particularly due to the highly contagious delta variant infecting people who have not been vaccinated against the virus. Mark McCloskey, who is running for the Republican nomination for the Missouri Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Roy Blunt, took offense at the executive order. "Actually accusing us of being the enemy. That this is 'a pandemic of the unvaccinated.' I mean, if we had Stars of David on our chests 70...
    Stephen Montemoyer writes in the Star Tribune: “Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen is calling for ‘civil disobedience’ among Minnesotans and businesses in the state, asking them to ignore vaccine and mask guidance intended to stem the spread of COVID-19. Jensen, a Chaska family physician and former state senator, released a YouTube video Friday announcing that he was drafting language for a proposed bill to make Minnesota a ‘health freedom sanctuary state’ after President Joe Biden said he would use his executive powers to sidestep GOP governors resisting his call for new federal vaccine requirements.” For KARE 11, Dana Thiede reports: “ A prominent Twin Cities synagogue is closed Friday after being targeted by a threat posted on a national website. St. Louis Park police say they were informed of the threat involving Beth El Synagogue … Thursday. It was originally posted on the national website for the Anti-Defamation League, and specifically referenced Beth El. Authorities believe the threat originated in the Twin Cities. Police say the not-yet-identified sender of the message indicated people could be harmed at a religious service...
                        Ohio GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance, running to replace Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), issued a strong recommendation to the business community in response to President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate: “I have a simple message for America’s business community: DO NOT COMPLY,” Vance instructed of businesses with more than 100 employees. On Thursday, President Biden announced that his administration and the Department of Labor plan to require all businesses with more than 100 employees to require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing, potentially affecting approximately 100 million Americans. Immediately, a swarm of leaders throughout the country questioned the constitutionality of the move. “Joe Biden’s proposed covid mandates are not only illegal and unconstitutional, they’re morally reprehensible. While Joe Biden likes to talk about millions of American citizens as if they’re nothing more than vermin to be ruled by him and his friends, he’s revealed himself to be nothing more than a geriatric tyrant,” Vance continued. "No American citizen should ever be forcibly segregated by the government over their vaccine status." JD...
                        Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci on Friday took aim at President Joe Biden’s newly-imposed vaccine mandate. “The pandemic and shutdown have already killed so many jobs and businesses, now Joe Biden and his new proposed COVID mandate wants to finish off the rest,” Renacci said in a statement. The statement from Renacci follows Biden’s announcement on Thursday that his administration and the Department of Labor plan to require all businesses with more than 100 employees to require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing, potentially affecting approximately 100 million Americans. If employers do not enact the mandate or weekly testing, businesses could face thousands of dollars worth of fines. “What Biden is trying to do is pit employers against their employees with the threat of government fines if they do not comply. This unconstitutional mandate will not hold up in a court of law, but Biden has shown he is not worried about the lawfulness of his policies. He is more interested in inflicting as much pain as he can...
    GLENDALE (CBSLA) – With less than one week before the California recall election, the top Republican candidate, Larry Elder, held a Thursday rally in Glendale, while all the other candidates were also out stumping, attempting to drum up support for their campaigns. Flanked by a group of firefighters supporting him for his stance on ending COVID-19 vaccine mandates, despite the fact that the coronavirus is the leading cause of death among law enforcement officers, Elder said he was there Thursday in support of freedom. READ MORE: Hikers Advised To Think Twice Before Bringing Dogs After 3 Canines Die From Heat-Related Illnesses “I’m not anti-vax, contrary to what the ads say. I’ve been vaccinated. Because of my age, because of an underlying comorbidity, my doctor strongly advised me to be vaccinated. So, I did,” Elder said. “But a lot of people followed the advice of Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, when both of them said, ‘If Donald Trump told me to take the vaccine, I’m not going to take it.’ Maybe a lot of people followed their advice. Other people have...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — With just two weeks before California’s recall election, the leading GOP contender in the bid to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom is under fire for his comments on kids and the coronavirus. In a sitdown interview with CNN’s Joe Johns, Republican recall candidate Larry Elder made these false claims about the coronavirus pandemic and young people. READ MORE: Animals Are Running For Their Lives: Wildlife Rescue Groups Rush Animals Away From Flames “I don’t believe that the science says young people can be vaccinated. I don’t believe the science suggests that young people should have to wear masks at school. I’m not sure the science is settled on that at all. And young people are not likely to contract the coronavirus and if they do, they’re likely to be mild and if they do, they’re not likely to be hospitalized and certainly not likely to die,” Elder told Johns. Doctor Yvonne Maldonado, a Stanford physician says Elder is wrong. “We are seeing a really unprecedented surge in the number of kids who have gotten...
    BREAKING: Following the full FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this morning, I’m calling on EVERY Virgini… https://t.co/fR5EdY3ZSf — Terry McAuliffe (@Terry McAuliffe)1629736126.0 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that is has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals 16 and older, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine to secure the agency's full approval. "The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals," according to the FDA. McAuliffe, who previously served as governor of Virginia from early 2014 until 2018, is facing off against Republican Glenn Youngkin in the state's gubernatorial contest this November. "I made the choice to get vaccinated and encourage everyone to join me in doing that, but ultimately it is a personal decision to do so," Youngkin tweeted.I made the choice to get vaccinated and encourage everyone to join me in doing that, but ultimately it is a persona… https://t.co/ezxjyULcED — Glenn Youngkin (@Glenn Youngkin)1629752139.0During remarks on Monday, President Joe...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The gubernatorial recall election is about one month away and mail ballots have already started going out in some counties.Candidates looking to replace Governor Gavin Newsom are making a final push to rally voters.Republican Candidate for Governor of California Larry Elder was greeted by cheers from a packed crowd at Calvary Church in San Jose Thursday afternoon.RELATED: Gov. Newsom to kick off 'Vote No' campaign with rally tomorrow in SFWith the election inching closer, Elder took aim at Gavin Newsom as he looked to rally support."This man that I'm going to defeat on September 14, he shut down the state in the most severe way than any of the other 49 governors have," Elder said.The crowd came from across the state to the South Bay to hear their favorite candidate speak on ways he would improve California, including cost of living, forest management, homelessness and crime.VIDEO: 'Full-scale war': CA governor recall election remains neck-and-neckEMBED More News Videos As ballots are being sent out to every registered voter across California, polls show Gov. Newsom locked in a...
    "There's a long history in this country of people needing to show their papers — whether we talking about this from the standpoint of, you know, as a way to, after — during slavery, post-slavery, as recent as, you know, what the immigrant population has to go through here," she explained helpfully. "We've heard Trump with the birth-certificate nonsense," she added. "Here, we want to make sure that we are not doing anything that would further create a barrier for residents of Boston or disproportionately impact BIPOC communities," Janey concluded, referring to the acronym for black and indigenous people of color. She went on to say that her office was focusing on expanding the availability of vaccines and didn't say whether she would issue a vaccine mandate. Janey's comments were condemned by Andrea Campbell, a mayoral candidate, who called her rhetoric dangerous. "Showing proof of vaccination is not slavery or birtherism," Campbell added. "Anyone in position of leadership should be using that position to build trust in vaccines," said...
    Kari Lake, a former news anchor for Fox 10 Phoenix and candidate for governor of Arizona in 2022, said the dangers of Covid-19 have been exaggerated. Lake resigned from the station earlier this year, and in a video for PragerU originally released in June, she alleged liberal bias in the news media. PragerU re-upped perhaps the most notable part of that appearance on Sunday. “I feel there was a narrative of, ‘Let’s keep this going,'” she said. “‘Really hard on Covid. Covid, Covid.'” And it’s a travesty. But @karilake has courage. pic.twitter.com/b5NlqRuWpA — PragerU (@prageru) August 1, 2021 Lake acknowledged the “horrible stories” of families negatively impacted by the virus. “I’m not discounting that,” she said. “But there are also thousands of stories of people who got it, maybe didn’t even know they had it, or had very mild symptoms, or it felt like a cold or flu and they got over it. How many times did people hear those stories?” The former TV anchor said she felt she was delivering “nonstop news that’s making that worse.” She...
    With the recall election just weeks away, a new poll this week placed Larry Elder at the front of the pack of candidates hoping to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom. Here are five things to know about the conservative radio host hoping to become California’s next governor. 1. He’s a Los Angeles native Elder, 69, grew up in South Central Los Angeles with a father who served in World War II and ran his own restaurant, a mother who worked for what is now known as the U.S. Department of Defense (then the U.S. Department of War), and two brothers. He studied political science at Brown University in Rhode Island before earning a law degree from the University of Michigan. 2. His followers are known as “Elder-ados” and “Elderberries”  Dubbed “The Sage from South Central,” Elder currently hosts The Larry Elder Show, a syndicated radio show on the Salem Radio Network, where he discusses everything from the recall to homelessness. After graduating from law school, Elder worked for a Cleveland law firm before opening his own firm. In the last few...
    In this article 5CV-DEA volunteer receives a dose of CureVac vaccine or a placebo during a study by the German biotech firm CureVac as part of a testing for a new vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Brussels, Belgium March 2, 2021.Yves Herman | ReutersCureVac stock plunged 50% in extended trading Wednesday after the German biopharmaceutical company released preliminary efficacy results for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate that failed to meet success criteria. The vaccine candidate demonstrated an interim efficacy of 47% against Covid-19 disease "of any severity," according to a press release. The company said final analysis of the results would be completed in the coming weeks. The late-stage clinical trial of approximately 40,000 participants across 10 countries found high prevalence of virus variants, in particular the lambda strain first detected in South America. "While we were hoping for a stronger interim outcome, we recognize that demonstrating high efficacy in this unprecedented broad diversity of variants is challenging," CEO Franz-Werner Haas said in a statement. "As we are continuing toward the final analysis with a minimum of...
    Scott Jensen, a prominent Minnesota Republican candidate for governor with a track record of COVID-19 theories not shared by the medical community, has signed onto an effort to stop vaccinations for 12- to 16-year-olds. Jensen, a family physician from Chaska who served in the state Senate from 2017 to 2021, is the first named plaintiff in a petition filed in federal court in Alabama by America’s Frontline Doctors, a group that has attempted to diminish the pandemic that has killed more than 590,000 Americans and pushed misleading and false information about the coronavirus, its lethality and debunked treatments and preventions, such as the use of hydroxychloroquine. The group’s leader, Simone Gold, was among those who entered the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection that sought to halt the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory over then-President Donald Trump, Gold has confirmed to the Washington Post. She was later arrested and faces charges of entering a restricted building or grounds, violent entry and disorderly conduct. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved under an “emergency use authorization “for everyone as young...
    PARIS – Production of another potential vaccine against COVID-19 will begin within weeks, its developers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline said Thursday as they launched a large trial enrolling 35,000 adult volunteers in the United States, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The study will test vaccine candidate formulas against the original coronavirus that spread from Wuhan, China, and against the variant first seen in South Africa, the pharmaceutical firms said. If the trial is successful, regulators could approve the vaccine for use in the last three months of the year, the drugmakers said in a statement. "Manufacturing will begin in the coming weeks to enable rapid access to the vaccine, should it be approved," they said. Their statement quoted Thomas Triomphe, who leads vaccine research and development at Sanofi Pasteur, as saying: "We are encouraged to see first vaccinations starting to take place in such an important, pivotal Phase 3 study." MILD CORONAVIRUS INFECTION LEAVES BEHIND LASTING ANTIBODY PROTECTION, RESEARCH SUGGESTS Earlier this month, the firms said their vaccine candidate triggered strong immune responses in all adult age groups in preliminary trials...
    PARIS -- Production of another potential vaccine against COVID-19 will begin within weeks, its developers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline said Thursday as they launched a large trial enrolling 35,000 adult volunteers in the United States, Asia, Africa and Latin America.The study will test vaccine candidate formulas against the original coronavirus that spread from Wuhan, China, and against the variant first seen in South Africa, the pharmaceutical firms said.If the trial is successful, regulators could approve the vaccine for use in the last three months of the year, the drugmakers said in a statement."Manufacturing will begin in the coming weeks to enable rapid access to the vaccine, should it be approved," they said.Their statement quoted Thomas Triomphe, who leads vaccine research and development at Sanofi Pasteur, as saying: "We are encouraged to see first vaccinations starting to take place in such an important, pivotal Phase 3 study."Earlier this month, the firms said their vaccine candidate triggered strong immune responses in all adult age groups in preliminary trials after an earlier setback, boosting optimism the shot may join the fight against the pandemic...
    A spokeswoman for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) state health sector encouraged people in the country to receive a third “booster” dose of the Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine candidate “Sinopharm” on Tuesday, despite the fact that Sinopharm officially requires just two doses. “As part of the state’s proactive strategy to provide maximum protection for society, the door has been opened for the public to receive an additional supportive dose of Sinopharm vaccine candidate for people who have received the vaccine previously and who have completed more than six months on the second dose,” U.A.E. health sector spokeswoman Dr. Farida Al Hosani said on May 18. The W.H.O. Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization recommends just two doses of the Sinopharm product on the official W.H.O. website: WHO recommends an interval of 3–4 weeks between the first and second dose. If the second dose is administered less than 3 weeks after the first, the dose does not need to be repeated. If administration of the second dose is delayed beyond 4 weeks, it should be given at the earliest possible...