The false tweet from the House Judiciary Committee Republicans' official account, which was posted Thursday afternoon, read: "If the booster shots work, why don't they work?" The tweet received a wave of backlash before it was taken down and came at a time when Covid cases are spiking across the US following the Omicron variant's emergence, and public health experts are encouraging people to get boosted to protect themselves and others.
While most Republicans have said they support Covid-19 vaccines but oppose mandates, many members of the GOP -- especially those on the far-right -- have continued to spread disinformation, conspiracy theories and anti-vaccine sentiments. Elected Republicans have crusaded against mandates as part of their resistance to the Biden administration's pandemic response efforts.
According to CNN's latest polling, a 65% majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents report having received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. (By contrast, only about one-quarter see vaccination requirements as an acceptable way to increase the vaccination rate.)
Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/31/politics/republican-judiciary-committee-deletes-tweet-covid-vaccine-disinfo/index.html
The warning came as the United States reached a record high in COVID-19 cases, while federal officials issued more travel warnings and reportedly prepared to authorize booster shots for 12 to 15-year-olds next week.
For the second day in a row, the United States had a record number of new reported cases based on the seven-day average, with more than 290,000 new infections reported each day, a Reuters tally showed.
At least 18 states and Puerto Rico have set pandemic records for new cases, according to the tally. Maryland, Ohio and Washington, D.C., also saw record hospitalizations as overall U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations rose 27%.
In a Thursday filing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss claims against Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, after both complied with the six-month deferred prosecution agreements they agreed to in May.
Epstein was found hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug. 10, 2019, while awaiting trial for sex trafficking, in what New York City's medical examiner called a suicide.
Noel and Thomas were accused of falling asleep and surfing the internet that night rather than checking on Epstein every 30 minutes.
Source: Washington Post
About two dozen trains on both its Northeast Corridor and long-distance routes will be affected.
Amtrak regrets any inconvenience, the railroad said in a statement. We are continuing to monitor changing conditions and will make any further adjustments as required.
Amtrak says 97 percent of its workforce is vaccinated against the coronavirus, but it has seen an increase in positive cases in line with the surge around the country. The railroad had said this week the surge wasnt leading to cancellations.
Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/12/30/amtrak-trains-canceled-weather-omicron/
Of UW Medicines 12 community testing sites, nine will soon start limiting appointments. Three, however, including in Ballard, and at Seattle City Hall and Lake Sammamish State Park, will close temporarily.
The high positivity rate measuring more than 40% at some South King County testing sites is creating a challenge in UW Medicines testing process and slowing scientists ability to parse out which samples are actually positive, Dr. Geoff Baird, chair of laboratory medicine and pathology at UW Medicine, said in a news briefing Thursday morning.
UW scientists normally opt for a pool testing system common throughout the country to speed up the testing process, which means they take four or five samples from testing sites, extract a small portion of each, then mix them together in one vial for testing.
Question: does this scare off some people from testing because theyre worried about being in close proximity to likely infecteds?
Source: Seattle Times
As of 10 a.m. Thursday, airlines had canceled 289 arrivals and departures at Sea-Tac Airport more than a quarter of all of Thursdays scheduled flights, and the highest number of any airport in the world according to the website FlightAware.com.
The cancellations, which scrapped 148 departures and 141 arrivals, bring Sea-Tacs cancellation total to more than 1,450 since Sunday, when heavy snow on top of ongoing staffing issues began snarling domestic air travel, according to the flight tracking site.
Thursdays cancellations brought more frustration for many travelers who had already been hit by cancellations that were starting to surge even before Christmas.
Read more: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/more-snow-in-seattle-means-more-cancellations-and-delays-at-sea-tac/
It is barely above freezing, and every night since Sunday has been in the 20s.
"We're running as much train service as we can with the crews we have available."
...and yet "they" didn't bump her off while she sat in prison.
Sometimes a suicide is just a suicide.
Four of the five candidates listed are running against incumbent Democrats. One is apparently listed as running in a District to be eliminated.
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