- An advisor to Joe Biden and another to Nancy Pelosi vaccinated were diagnosed with covid
- A judge allows universities to make their students have the covid vaccine if they want to attend classes
- UNICEF representatives ask countries that have vaccines to donate to countries that do not have
Washington, Jul 20 (EFE News) .- A White House official and one of the spokespersons for the president of the US Lower House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, tested positive for covid-19 despite being vaccinated , official sources reported Tuesday. Neither of the two affected, who were not identified, had close contact with the president of the United States, Joe Biden, or with Pelosi, according to those sources.
“Yesterday, a fully vaccinated White House official tested positive for COVID-19 when he was off campus,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki at her daily press conference. That person is isolated, with “mild symptoms” and it has not been determined for now that he has had “close contacts” with “other high-ranking personnel” of the White House, added Psaki.
More cases are reported in the White House
The spokeswoman acknowledged that in recent months there have been more cases of White House personnel who have tested positive for covid-19 despite being vaccinated, but did not want to specify how many and only clarified that none of them is an adviser who has frequent contact with Biden. Both the White House official and the Pelosi spokesperson who tested positive were at an outdoor reception at a Washington hotel last week alongside a delegation of Texas state legislators who are visiting the capital, according to the newspaper. digital Axios.
At least two of those Texas lawmakers tested positive this weekend, days after also meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris, whose team still determined that she had not run the risk of infection and therefore should not quarantine. Psaki assured this Tuesday that Biden -who is vaccinated- takes a covid-19 test “every two weeks”, as well as a good part of his advisers, while journalists who have access to the president are forced to submit to a quick test the day they go to see it.
Covid protocols are maintained
The White House does not seem willing to change its protocols in light of the new contagion and Psaki assured that “infections from vaccinated people (result in symptoms that) are normally mild.” Since the end of May, both the White House staff and the journalists who cover it have been working from the narrow West Wing without wearing a mask, as long as they are vaccinated, following the guidelines of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . (CDC, in English).
After months with reduced capacity, Psaki’s daily press conference has been held again with dozens of journalists in the seats and corridors of the small room, although practically all of them are vaccinated, according to the Association of House Correspondents. White. Capitol employees and reporters who cover them also work without a mask, who in many cases nevertheless returned to put on the mask on Tuesday after learning that a spokesperson for Pelosi had tested positive, according to The Hill newspaper. That spokesperson has not had contact with Pelosi and both he and the rest of the press office staff worked this Tuesday from home to exercise extreme precautions, explained an adviser to the Speaker of the Lower House, Drew Hammill, in a statement. EFE News
US judge allows university to require vaccination against coronavirus from its students
New York, Jul 19 (EFE News) .- A US federal judge ruled this Monday that Indiana University may require its students to receive the covid-19 vaccine before the start of the course this fall if they want to attend to the classes. “(…) The Fourteenth Amendment allows Indiana University to seek due and reasonable process of vaccination in the legitimate interest of the public health of its students,” said Judge Damon Leichty in a 101-page document published this Sunday.
The ruling comes after eight students filed a lawsuit claiming that the school’s vaccination policy was unconstitutional and violated both the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution and state law. His lawyers alleged that asking students to be vaccinated violates their right to their integrity and bodily autonomy, while stressing that the vaccine against covid-19 only has an emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA).
Problems due to this situation
“What is happening here is that the Government is forcing you to do something that you completely oppose and also, your body is being invaded in the process,” explained attorney James Bopp Jr., who pointed out that the sentence will be appealed. Indiana University announced last June for the first time its plan to require students, faculty and staff at the center to receive the anticovid vaccine before starting the next course in September. “A federal court ruling has confirmed the Indiana University covid-19 vaccination plan designed for the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff,” the center said in a statement.
“We appreciate the fast and rigorous sentencing that allows us to focus on a full and safe return,” he added. Indiana’s is just one of more than 100 US colleges that are requiring their students to get vaccinated. Historically, the US Supreme Court has allowed public schools to impose vaccination campaigns, while Judge Leichty’s ruling recalls other vaccines that are required to attend Indiana schools. “Indiana requires all public university students to be vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and meningococcal disease before attending the center. All these vaccines, except one, have been required since 1993, ”the text states. EFE News
Thirty UNICEF ambassadors ask the G7 to donate covid vaccines
New York, Jun 8 (EFE News) .- Some thirty UNICEF goodwill ambassadors, including pilot Fernando Alonso, former soccer player David Beckam or singer Billie Eilish, asked the leaders of the G7 countries to donate coronavirus vaccines to the poorest countries. “The world has been a year and a half fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, but the virus is still spreading in many countries and producing new variants with the potential that we all return to the starting point,” says a letter signed by 28 personalities from different artistic and sports disciplines.
For the UNICEF ambassadors “this means more school closings, more interruptions in medical care and greater economic consequences, which threatens the future of families and children everywhere.” The signatories are Ramla Ali, Fernando Alonso, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, José Manuel Calderón, Sofia Carson, Gemma Chan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Olivia Colman, Billie Eilish, Pau Gasol, Whoopi Goldberg, David Harewood, Chris Hoy, Angelique Kidjo, Téa Leoni, Lucy Liu and Juan Manuel López Iturriaga.
You need to be united to defeat the coronavirus
Also signed were Ewan McGregor, Alyssa Milano, Andy Murray, Liam Neeson, Liam Payne, Katy Perry, Sergio Ramos, Claudia Schiffer, Teresa Viejo and Pink. All of them urge the heads of state of the G7 countries, who will meet between June 11 and 13 in Cornwall (United Kingdom), to guarantee a “fair and equitable supply” of vaccines to income countries low and medium. The G7 meeting will bring together the leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan, and will facilitate bilateral meetings such as the one scheduled between French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart, Joe Biden.
“The pandemic will not end anywhere until it has ended everywhere, and that means getting vaccines to all countries, as quickly and equitably as possible. The G7 Summit this weekend is a vital opportunity for you to agree on actions that will take vaccines where they are most needed and quickly, ”the document reads. Unicef estimates that the G7 countries will soon have enough doses to donate 20% of their vaccines between June and August, which would represent a total of 150 million doses, without this translating into a “significant delay” in the plans of vaccination of its adult population. “We ask that you make these urgent donations before August and establish a roadmap to increase donations as supplies increase,” underscore the signatories, who conclude the note with a shout: “DONATE 20% OF VACCINES AVAILABLE. PROTECT US ALL. DONATE DOSE NOW ”. EFE News