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(RepublicanWire.org) – After promising to end COVID-19 in his bid for the presidency, President Joe Biden has recently pivoted his stance, acknowledging that the virus will not be eradicated. This repositioning is reportedly an attempt to limit Democrats’ damage in the midterm elections.

The White House and top health officials continue promoting the mask, caution, and vaccination messaging. But in a revealing change in longstanding messaging, Biden officials have also mentioned the innocuous effects of the Omicron variant, supporting schools reopening and accepting the virus spreading as an inevitable occurrence.

This recent shift suggests the Biden administration has acknowledged that, as is commonplace, the Democratic Party will lose seats in the midterm elections. Considering that to gain the majority, Republicans only need one more senate seat and five additional House members, Biden needs to appeal to voters, many of whom are critical of the president’s handling of the pandemic.

According to data released from FiveThirtyEight, Biden’s approval rating continues to decline to new lows, which has likely forced the president to change his stance on declaring “independence” from COVID in the summer of 2021 to acknowledging that COVID-19 would remain in the world.

However, it remains to be seen if Biden’s stance on the unvaccinated will help Democrats in the midterms. As recently as Thursday, Biden said, “the unvaccinated are dying from COVID-19,” before saying that since 210 million Americans had been fully-vaccinated, “the majority of the country is safe from severe COVID-19 consequences.” Biden would also add that although “the number of cases among vaccinated Americans goes up, deaths are down dramatically from last winter.”

On Thursday, when questioned Vice President Kamala Harris about the administration’s changing pandemic strategy, Harris battled to answer convincingly or coherently. Instead, she said, “It is time for us to do what we have been doing in that time as every day,” adding that “every day, it is time for us to agree that there are things and tools that are available to us to slow this thing down.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – The World Health Organization (WHO) recently suggested a booster for healthy children and adults is most likely not needed.

On Tuesday, the specialized agency’s chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, said there is no evidence to currently support the idea that adolescents in good health need an extra dose of the COVID- 19 vaccine. During the news briefing, Swaminathan assured more research is needed to determine who needs the boosters and who doesn’t.

“The aim is to protect the most vulnerable, to protect those at highest risk of severe disease and dying,” she explained. “Those are our elderly populations, immuno-compromised people with underlying conditions, but also healthcare workers.”

Swaminathan also mentioned the decrease of vaccine immunity over time against the Omicron variant. She confirmed that a group of experts are set to convene this week to discuss boosters and further determine what populations should be considered in receiving them.

However, booster shots have not been completely ruled out according to Dr. Michael Ryan, the executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program. He said there is no answer just yet as to how many more shots people need; potentially two or three more depending on future variants.

Their remarks come about two weeks after the CDC approved booster shots for kids aged 12 to 17. Additionally, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID, called on Americans to “step up their game” and get boosted. He warned the possible deterioration of the two initial shots of the MRNA vaccine as Omicron takes the country by storm.

The Chief Medical Advisor to the U.S. President also said at the very least a shot will be needed every year. Furthermore, Dr. Fauci is pushing for one last shot, which would be a universal vaccine that would potentially protect against all variants after most people have already gotten three shots.

Dr. Paul Offit, member of the FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee, stressed the need for boosters, but admitted they may only offer protection for a couple of months before needing another.

“I think you’re going to be less protected against mild disease and so then the question becomes, if you get a booster dose will (that) likely increase your protection against mild disease?” he questioned. “But then the questions becomes for how long? Will that only be for three-months, six-months, nine-months a year? We’ll see.”

Meanwhile, there is reportedly some concern that too many boosters can affect the immune system in a way that can weaken the effectiveness of future shots.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Yale University wants to make sure that it does everything it can to keep its students safe. They’ve had vaccine and mask mandates all year long. However, neither the vaccines nor the masks seem to be doing its job. As COVID cases have increased across campus, the Ivy League School decided that it would do the unthinkable – quarantine.

Students are now unable to go to restaurants. They’re on lockdown. It’s deliveries and groceries are allowed only across campus – and many are struggling.

Yale Daily News shared the protocol for students. Those starting the spring semester will be required to quarantine in their residences. The only time they can leave is to pick up food or to get a COVID test until they’re able to get the results of their arrival test.

The campus-wide quarantine is set to last until February 7. Considering that we’re more than two weeks away from that date, they’re going way above and beyond anything that the CDC would suggest. Oh, and they’ve already said that they would consider extending the quarantine depending on what the public health conditions look like at the moment.

Students have been told that they cannot visit any New Haven businesses – restaurants or anything else. They can only do curbside pickup.

This is a bold and drastic response to COVID, especially when you look at what’s being done in other parts of the country where COVID rates are a lot higher than they are in New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven is dealing with a surge in COVID with a 7-day average of around 2600 cases. In contrast, Miami, Florida is also dealing with a surge, with a 7-day average of around 15,000 cases.

It’s all a difference in how the Democrats versus the Republicans handle things. Connecticut’s governor is a Democrat while Florida’s governor is a Republican. Ned Lamont would assume see everything locked down in an effort to protect.

Are COVID deaths surging? No. Hospitalizations? Not really. It’s why Ron DeSantis is fine with allowing people to maintain freedoms. No one at the University of Miami is being told that they can only do curbside.

We could just trust the process. Vaccinate. Wear a mask. Eat wherever the heck you want because you’re protected. And, if you do end up with COVID, you quarantine for five days. Life goes on.

Yet, Yale is showing that they’re not the smarties that they’ve always claimed to be. Students are learning virtually. In-classroom lectures will begin after the quarantine is up on February 7 unless New Haven continues to be out of control (insert eye roll here) with their COVID cases.

As word has gotten out about what Yale is doing, many on social media have referred to it as “tyranny” and “insane.”

COVID is highly survivable, and the omicron variant generally results in symptoms that are similar to the common cold. Meanwhile, Yale students, who are considered the best of the best, will be forced to order pizza and Chinese takeout since they can’t really leave.

We’ve heard of the Freshman 15 and the Quarantine 15. What kind of weight gain will Yale students see as they’re forced to eat their feelings while in quarantine for the next few weeks? We can only imagine…

(RepublicanWire.org) – Well, folks, it’s long overdue, but we’re here! After all the back and forth, now and only now are health experts and employee groups claiming the CDCs new COVID-19 guidelines have way too many holes in it.

Health experts are worried people will be exiting their isolation period per the CDC and be rapidly infecting everyone while still contagious while running around with a false sense of security. Especially now with the new Omicron variant upon us with very mild symptoms for the most part.

Back in early 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic, if anyone had suspicions of being infected with the virus it was recommended that they quarantine for 14 days, which eventually changed depending on whether or not they had symptoms or had been vaccinated

As of Monday, the CDC has changed the guidelines to cut the isolation time in half depending on someone having exposure to a person that had contracted it or if they’ve just had a positive test with no symptoms.

The newest guidelines the CDC has put out do not include receiving a negative test before leaving isolation however it does state that after you have been isolated for 5 days you should wear a mask for the next 5 days.

Is it just me, or is anyone else laughing right about now? We all saw the videos on people vaping with a mask on and how much masks did not help. If anything more of us than not will attest to the fact that we never touched our faces so much in public in our lives.

Not more than that year we were all mandated to wear a mask, for our safety…

After being pressured by business groups due to lack of staff as a result of isolation times, now the CDC has decided it isn’t necessary to quarantine for the original fourteen or Ten days. This was a decision made shortly after deciding healthcare workers didn’t need to be isolated for the full time either.

Does anyone else think if this was for our safety we would still be isolating the whole time?

Studies have shown that people with COVID Pneumonia need to in fact isolate longer due to the infection in their lungs, however, not all patients were being treated with the same measures.

All that should be pointed out here is if we’re noticing the vaccines aren’t preventing us from contracting COVID-19 or spreading it, why are we not re-evaluating vaccine mandates as well? I digress…

With at-home tests being so difficult and near impossible to find, prices are so high people can’t afford to quarantine with no pay and purchase testing kits.

If we are going to shorten isolation days because you showed absolutely no symptoms, that’s one thing and even has science to back it up but to just say 5 days because you were mildly symptomatic that’s a whole other story entirely.

The phrase “mildly symptomatic” is very subjective and not one I would want to hang my hat on. Slowly but surely as time passes it seems as though the CDC isn’t as concerned about the people as much as they claim or as much as we would want them to be.

It appears as though they are more concerned with what is most convenient and what fits their agenda.

If they can shorten isolation time for the sake of keeping people at bay, we know they can drop the vaccine requirements for business people to board planes. It’s not about what’s best for us. It’s more or less what they need to do, to get what they want.

The real and the most alarming question we must ask ourselves is, what do they want?

In an interview with CNN, Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, criticized Presidents Joe Biden’s lack of preparedness nearly two years into the pandemic, adding that a lack of testing would be “costly in this holiday season.”

Speaking to CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent, Kaitlan Collins, Jha expressed frustration that the administration focused on vaccines – which he believed was “terrific” – but had not paid “enough attention to testing.”

In the interview, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins mentioned how Biden acknowledged “pretty bluntly they need to do better when it comes to testing” before also acknowledging the nationwide shortage of at-home tests, saying it was “very difficult to just walk into a store and get one.” The journalist then highlighted what officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci, who believed the problem would be “solved by mid-January,” which she pointed out was only a few weeks away, said, before asking Jha, “how critical is the window that we’re missing right now for testing?”

In a scathing response, Jha replied that he thought it was “incredibly critical.” The Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health expressed shock that the administration was still dealing with such trivial issues, “almost two years into the pandemic,” before stating that “everyone saw it coming.”

His remarks come as the Biden administration – including Vice President Kamala Harris – have avoided accountability, saying no one could have seen that the virus had different mutations and variants. These remarks seemed to be seconded by Biden, who blamed a lack of demand for testing in the summer months as the reason the administration did not have enough tests for demand as the Omicron variant – which is more infectious than Delta – was spreading rapidly in the country.

(RepublicanWire.org) – There’s no reason to worry about COVID anymore, according to Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post columnist) . She told Americans to “stop agonizing” over Covid 19 cases. Her comments have left people asking why she now has suddenly changed her opinion. Some of her critics have even labeled her a hypocrite. This is because she has blamed former President Trump for the pandemic whenever she has had the chance. However, she had a sudden change of heart when it came to the Biden administration struggles to control the growing omicron surge.

Outkick founder Clay Travis responded to Rubin by saying, “Now that Joe Biden is about to have an all time covid case high set one year into his administration his allies are suddenly arguing cases don’t matter and it’s time to get back to normal for most people. Anyone with a functional brain has been arguing this since last summer.” 

Travis wasn’t alone. Many went to twitter to relay the same message to Rubin.

These tweets are in response to  Rubin’s tweet which said, “As we recognize that covid-19 is not a deadly or even severe disease for the vast majority of responsible Americans, we can stop agonizing over ‘cases’ and focus on those who are hospitalized or at risk of dying.” 

Until recently Rubin was very concerned with Covid 19,  just last year she  went as far as  blaming Trump for the 200,000 deaths while he was in office. Yet, she hasn’t blamed Biden or his administration for their dismal attempts to get the virus under control.

Empire State considers being a minority a health ‘risk factor’ due to ‘longstanding systemic health and social inequities’

The state of New York said it will prioritize non-White people in the distribution of COVID-19 treatments in short supply.

New York’s Department of Health released a document detailing its plan to distribute the treatments, such as monoclonal antibody treatment and antiviral pills.

The plan includes a section on eligibility for the scarce antiviral pills that people must meet to receive the treatment, including a line stating a person needs to have “a medical condition or other factors that increase their risk for severe illness.”

One such “risk factor” is being a race or ethnicity that is not White due to “longstanding systemic health and social inequities” 

“Non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor, as  longstanding systemic health and social inequities have contributed to an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19,” the memo reads.

The Empire State’s plan received backlash online for discriminating based on ethnicity and skin color.

New York’s plan to distribute medical treatment on racial lines comes as the state sees a record number of COVID-19 cases.

Additionally, protests against the New York City vaccine mandate on Monday resulted in five people being arrested by police during a protest in a Burger King.

Similar protests against vaccine passports have erupted across Europe, with protesters criticizing governments for preventing the unvaccinated from living their lives normally.

The New York Department of Health did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

(RepublicanWIre.org) – Vaccine maker Pfizer said Friday that trials of its vaccine in children ages 2 to 5 show that it did not provide the expected immunity in kids this age. So their response is just adding a third dose to the regimen.The company decided to add the third dose for all children and babies ages 6 months to 5 years after its independent outside advisers took a look at the data so far.It showed that two child-sized doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine were not producing the expected immunity in the 2- to 5-year-olds, although they were doing so for the babies up to age 2.So the company said it would “amend” the trial to add a third dose.”The study will now include evaluating a third dose of 3 micrograms at least two months after the second dose of the two-dose series to provide high levels of protection in this young age group,” it said.

Pfizer had taken the dosage size down for children. For the 12 and up age group, the dose is 30 micrograms of vaccine. Pfizer and BioNTech stepped this down to 10 micrograms for kids 5 to 11 and took it even lower, to 3 micrograms a dose, for the youngest children.

Early tests had indicated that this small dose would produce a strong immune response in the children and minimize the risk of side effects.But the interim data — which the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board can see without giving details to the company or investigators — indicates this small dose regimen did not produce the expected immune response in the 2- to 5-year-olds.”No safety concerns were identified and the 3 microgram dose demonstrated a favorable safety profile in children 6 months to under 5 years of age,” Pfizer said in a statement.

Most parents still have concerns about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines for children, survey finds”. Not sure doubling down and just adding more shots is going to make the parents feel any better about getting their kids shots.

Big Bird joined the growing list of celebrities pushing vaccine propaganda — but his was aimed entirely at impressionable children. On Saturday, the beloved children’s character’s Twitter account sent out a message announcing that Big Bird has gotten the COVID jab — a hot-button issue that has tempers flaring as Joe Biden and the Democrats push vaccine mandates on the rest of us. But conservatives absolutely ravaged Sesame Street and its large avian mutant after Big Bird pushed vaccine propaganda on kids.

“I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy,” Big Bird’s tweet says. He then credits CNN “journalist” Erica Hill for telling him he’s “been getting vaccines since [he] was a little bird. The tweet, of course, fails to mention that these vaccines were entirely different than standard childhood vaccination and carry health risks and side effects that have not been adequately studied.

Big Bird has indeed been getting vaccinated since at least 1972, but the rest of the tweet is just sick.

“I called it yesterday on Tucker Carlson Tonight with @willcain that Big Bird was going to get canceled so fast unless he gets vaxxed,” Fox News columnist Karol Markowicz said of the tweet. “Elmo, you’re next.” But of course, Elmo can’t get vaccinated according to his tweet.

“Government propaganda…for your 5 year old!” Senator Ted Cruz said. Political commentator Stephen Miller informed the bird,  “You’re not real and can’t catch Covid.”

Florida House of Representatives candidate Lavern Spider savaged the “propaganda,” calling it what it is: “evil.”

Forcing this disgusting propaganda on children is enough to make us wonder why Sesame Street still receives public funding. Your tax dollars are paying for a large yellow mutant bird to tell your kids that you don’t know what’s best for them and that the COVID vaccine is what they need. Everyone behind this show should feel ashamed — but we all know they won’t.

This should come as no surprise to anyone, but conservatives are more likely to accurately estimate the COVID death risk, according to a new report. Rasmussen Reports says that people who watch conservative news channels rather than the leftist fake news stations are more likely to have a more honest view of the threat posed by COVID-19 — and to feel that officials are not being honest about the safety of vaccines, which have yet to all receive full FDA approval.

If you ask Americans, according to a new poll, the death numbers are all over the place. In fact, only 30 percent of Americans accurately say that the death rate is less than 2 percent. An astounding 17 percent say that the mortality rate is as much as 10 percent. An even more shocking 19 percent think the mortality rate is over 10 percent. While 14 percent say they aren’t sure, that answer could easily apply to the incredibly stupid people who say that ridiculously high numbers die from the virus, which kills only 1.6 percent of those diagnosed with it. The truth is that we still don’t know much about this virus — but with death rates, conservatives are more likely to be right:

More viewers of Newsmax (40%) and Fox News (34%) correctly estimated the COVID-19 mortality rate than viewers of CNN (22%) or MSNBC (24%). Twenty-one percent (21%) of One America News (OAN) viewers correctly estimated the coronavirus mortality rate. Among Americans who say they don’t watch cable news at all, 38% correctly estimated the mortality rate as less than 2%.

In July, 32 percent of Americans said public health officials lie about the safety of vaccines. Now, that number has increased to 37 percent with 19 percent saying they are unsure. Only 44 percent trust the government and its lackeys to tell the truth. Once again, the people who trust the official word are viewers of conservative news:

The highest levels of distrust are among those who say they most often watch conservative channels. Sixty-two percent (62%) of Newsmax viewers think public health officials are lying about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, as do 60% of OAN viewers and 49% of Fox News viewers. Only 26% of CNN viewers and 25% of MSNBC viewers believe officials are lying about vaccine safety.

With vaccines, we don’t quite know everything — or even much. But it’s good to see that conservatives are smart enough to ask the important questions and to question the information we are given by people who lie to us all the time.