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Governor Tom Wolf: Mask Mandate To Remain In School Till Students In Pennsylvania Above 12 Get Vaccinated

Students in Pennsylvania School
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Mask Mandate In Schools By Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Causes Divide

Almost a month ago, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a mask mandate for schools. The students and staff members were asked to wear the mask in all circumstances during school hours. Schools shut down during the pandemic and it is still risky to open it as the cases are rising in the US. However, Governor Wolf decided to take the risk, like most of the Governors but also issued a mask mandate. It has caused a divide among the people as many feel that the mask mandate is an infringement on the freedom of people.

Students going to school in Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf To Keep The Mask Mandate Till School Students Vaccinated

The only way to combat the spread of the virus is through vaccination. At present, the US has allowed students above the age of 12 to get vaccinated with Pfizer. However, still, a large population of students has not taken the vaccine. There is a big possibility that schools can become a breeding ground for the spread of virus and mask mandate is the only way to contain it. Governor Tom Wolf made it clear that the mask mandate would remain in place till students above the age of 12 get vaccinated. Moreover, he said, “We have a problem here. And as soon as kids under 12 can get the vaccine, that’s gonna continue to be our strategy: the vaccine. Right now, we don’t have that.”

Lebron James Says Its Not His Job To Advocate People To Get Vaccinated

Lebron James
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Lebron James Thinks It’s Not His Job To Encourage People To Take The Vaccine

Lebron James has been vocal about his skepticism for vaccines. However, after doing his research, he decided to get vaccinated. Many celebrities are coming forward asking their fans to get vaccinated. Lebron is not of the same opinion as he thinks that is not his job. Moreover, he said, “We’re talking about individuals’ bodies. We’re not talking about something that’s political, or racism, or police brutality, or things of that nature. We’re talking about people’s bodies and well beings. So I don’t feel, personally, I should get involved in what people should do for their bodies and their livelihoods.”

Lebron James
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No Talks Of Getting Vaccine In The Dressing Room, Says Lebron James

Lebron revealed that there is no talks inside the Lakers dressing room for getting the vaccine. Instead, the team is focussing on winning the championship. Moreover, he said, “t the end of the day, you’re always trying to figure out the ways to always be available and protect one another, and put yourself at the best possible chance so you’re available to your teammates, available to what you need to do on the floor. The ultimate goal is to obviously win a championship.”

After Being Skeptic About The Vaccine, Lebron James Confirms He Is Vaccinated

Lebron James
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Lebron James Finally Gets His COVID Vaccine

Vaccination has become a big issue in the US as there is a lot of debate around the mandate. Many feel mandates are necessary as people are not taking the vaccine by themselves. On the other hand, others feel mandate is taking the freedom of people to make decisions regarding their health.  Basketball legend and LA Lakers player Lebron James was skeptical about taking the vaccine. However, after researching about it, he decided to take the vaccine. He said “I know I was very skeptical about it all, but after doing my research and things of that nature, I felt it was best for not only me but for my family, for my friends. That’s why I decided to do it.”

Lebron James
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Lebron James Thinks People Should Have The Right To Make Decisions Regarding Vaccination

James thinks it is not the right approach to force people to take the vaccine. As per him, people who are comfortable regarding vaccination should take the vaccine. It should be left to the individual and shouldn’t be forced by the government. Moreover, James said, “When it comes down for me, I can speak about myself. I think everyone has their own choice to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family.”

Lebron James
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No Vaccine Mandate For NBA Players Yet

The NBA has not come up with a vaccine mandate for its players. When talks started for such a mandate, the player’s association protested against it and it was never implemented. Lebron thinks his decisions are only driven by the thought of his family and not his fans or the public in general. He said, “Anything that I talk about, I don’t talk about other people and what they should do. I speak for me and for my family, that’s what it’s about.”

Governor Kathy Hochul Wants New York Christians To Be Her Apostle To Spread The Word On Vaccine

New York Governor Kathy Hochul
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Governor Kathy Hochul Appeals To Christian New Yorkers To Get Vaccinated

New York Governor Kathy Hochul is trying her best to get the unvaccinated population to take the COVID vaccine. Many people in New York are still skeptical and Hochul is repeatedly trying to convey that the vaccine is safe and effective. She recently addressed the worshippers at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn and asked them to take the COVID vaccine. She said, “Yes, I know you’re vaccinated. They’re the smart ones, but you know, there are people out there who aren’t listening to God and what God wants. You know this. You know who they are.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul
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Kathy Hochul Wants Christian New Yorkers To Be Her Apostle And Talk About The Vaccine

Hochul tried to come up with Christian phrases to lure the people at the Christian Cultural Center. She asked them to be her apostle and spread the word that the vaccine is safe. Moreover, she said, “I need you to be my apostles. I need you to go out and talk about it and say, ‘We owe this to each other. We love each other.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul
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Kathy Urges Christians To Get Vaccinated

All the Governors across the US are asking their people to take the vaccine. Kathy is also doing the same. She said, “Jesus taught us to love one another. And how do you show that love, but to care about each other enough to say, ‘Please get vaccinated because I love you. I want you to live.'”

Governor Kathy Hochul: Vaccination Among Healthcare Workers Up In New York

New York Governor Kathy Hochul
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul Releases Data Showing The Effect Of Vaccine Mandate For Healthcare Workers

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has issued a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in her state. Many of the healthcare workers think the mandate is an infringement on their personal freedom. Even then, the vaccination rate among healthcare workers has gone up. As per the statement from Hochul’s office, ‘Vaccine Rates Increased Considerably Over Last Four Weeks — 92% of Nursing Home Staff Compliant as of Monday Evening, Up from 71%’. Moreover, she said, “This new information shows that holding firm on the vaccine mandate for health care workers is simply the right thing to do to protect our vulnerable family members and loved ones from COVID-19.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul
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Kathy Hochul Is Pleased That Healthcare Workers Are Getting Vaccinated

Hochul is happy that the healthcare workers are complying with the mandate and taking the vaccine instead of fighting the mandate. Furthermore, she said, “I am pleased to see that health care workers are getting vaccinated to keep New Yorkers safe, and I am continuing to monitor developments and ready to take action to alleviate potential staffing shortage situations in our health care systems.” Hochul promised to keep New Yorkers updated regarding the COVID situation in the state.

Joe Biden Gets His Pfizer Booster Shot, Urges People To Get Vaccinated

Joe Biden
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Joe Biden Gets Pfizer Booster Shot Against COVID-19

There has been a lot of chat in the US regarding booster shots. The FDA and CDC finally approved a booster shot for the Pfizer vaccine. However, you need to meet certain eligibility criteria to get the booster shot. The first condition is that it should be six months post your second vaccine shot. Moreover, you should be over 65 or prevailing from health conditions like diabetes, obesity, etc. Moreover, you are also eligible if you are at increased risk of COVID-19 because of where you work. US President Joe Biden was also eligible for the booster shot and received his dose publicly. He said, “The Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, looked at all the data, completed their review, and determined the boosters for the Pfizer vaccine.”

Joe Biden
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Biden Stresses On The Importance Of Getting Vaccinated

Biden revealed that there is still one-fourth of the eligible population that is yet to receive even one dose of vaccine. He advised people to get their vaccine shot ASAP to prevent the spread of the vaccine. Moreover, he said, “Boosters are important. But the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated. The vast majority of Americans are doing the right thing. Over 77% of adults have gotten at least one shot. About 23% haven’t gotten any shots.”

Misinformation Causing Great Harm In The Vaccination Process, Says Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci
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Trying Hard To Convince People To Get Vaccinated: Dr. Anthony Fauci

President’s Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke in an interview about the lack of vaccination in the US at the moment. A large portion of the population is vaccinated in the US. However, there are still many Americans who have not taken a single dose of vaccine. Fauci revealed that the government is trying very hard to convince people to take the vaccine. He said, “We are trying our best to get trusted messengers to convince people to get vaccinated. We could dramatically diminish the rate of infection if we got the majority of the population to accept vaccine.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci
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Misinformation A Problem Against The Vaccination Program, Says Dr. Fauci

There are many mediums through which false news is being spread about the vaccines available in the US. Some politicians, media outlets are spreading misinformation that is discouraging people to come forward for vaccination. Fauci also underlined that it is a major block in the vaccination program. Furthermore, he said, “That is being propagated by disinformation being spread through social media. We have a real problem with the spread of misinformation and disinformation. It is quite disruptive to a public health effort that you want to be successful.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci Thinks Travel From Ireland To The US Is Safe

Dr. Anthony Fauci
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Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Travel From Ireland To The US Is Safe

Ever since the COVID pandemic, international travel has become a major concern for governments across the globe. People want to travel to different countries but many countries have banned people from countries that are recording high COVID numbers. Many students travel from Ireland to the US every year for studies and other reasons. President’s medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed that travel from Ireland is safe. He said, “I think the combination of the fact that it will be in November, and there will be a requirement for vaccination and testing, that it will be safe for people in Ireland to travel to the United States. I believe our Irish friends and colleagues who come from Ireland to the United States with vaccination and testing can have a safe visit.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci
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Dr. Fauci Gives His Take On Children Travelling From Ireland Without Vaccination

Dr. Fauci was asked if it was safe for kids to travel from Ireland. He acknowledged that it was still a risky affair. However, he recommended the kids wear masks. Furthermore, Fauci said, “Everything is relative. Planes, given the filtering on board, are relatively safe. If you have children that come over from Ireland, we recommend that they wear masks in congregated settings.”

CDC Says Schools Without Mask Mandate More Likely To See COVID Outbreaks

Mask mandate in the US
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Schools With Mask Mandate Better Protected Against COVID, Says CDC

There is a big debate going on in the US regarding the implementation of the mask mandate in schools. Democrats are all for mask mandates as they think it will help in limiting the spread of the virus. On the other hand, Republicans think mandates violate the personal freedom of people and should be avoided. Now the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC has released a statement saying that schools with mask mandates have shown lesser outbreaks of COVID. Moreover, CDC said, “These studies found that school districts without a universal masking policy in place were more likely to have COVID-19 outbreaks.”

Mask mandate in the US
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CDC Tags Mask Mandate As Important For Reopening Of Schools

Schools across the US closed down due to the COVID outbreak last year. Since then, states have been trying their best to reopen schools in a safe manner. Most states in the US have now gone ahead with the reopening of schools. However, many schools have not implemented the mask mandate yet. As per CDC, the mask mandate has proven to be an effective prevention strategy against COVID. The statement further read, “Universal masking is an important component in the recommended layered prevention strategy for schools, and this study continues to demonstrate that facemasks when used as part of the larger strategy can reduce spread of COVID-19 and prevent outbreaks in schools.”

Kamala Harris Meets Ghana President, Pledges 1.3 Million Doses Of Pfizer Vaccine

US Vice President Kamala Harris and Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo

US To Donate 1.3 Million Doses Of COVID Vaccine To Ghana

US Vice President Kamala Harris met with the President of Ghana to discuss many things which included the pandemic. The US had earlier donated 1.2 million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Ghana. Harris revealed that the US decided to donate another 1.3 million doses of COVID vaccine to Ghana. However, the US will now donate Pfizer instead of Moderna. Furthermore, Harris said, “The United States is proud to be a member of Kovax and the African Union, and has donated more than 1.2 million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Ghana. And I’m proud to announce that we will shortly send more than 1.3 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.”

US Vice President Kamala Harris and Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo
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Kamala Harris Talks About Improving Economic Relationship Between The US And Ghana

Kamala Harris talked about the need for the US and Ghana to further improve their economic relationship. She thinks Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo has created a business-friendly environment that allows US companies to operate smoothly. Moreover, the US VP said, “Finally, we are working together to expand our economic relationship. American companies continue to ramp up in Ghana, understanding the significance of the work that they do there to America’s economy, much less to the partnership between Ghana and the United States.”