Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch “will buy America’s next beer tour” when the country meets President Joe Biden’s goal of 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated, the company said.
“At Anheuser-Busch, we are committed to supporting the safe and secure recovery of our nation and to being able to be together again in the places and with the people that we have missed so much,” CEO Michel Doukeris said on Wednesday. “This commitment includes encouraging Americans to get vaccinated, and we are delighted to buy Americans over 21 a round of beer when we reach the White House target.”
Adults 21 and over will be able to upload a photo of themselves “in their favorite place to have a beer” at MyCooler.com/Beer to participate and receive one of the company’s beers, including Budweiser and Bud Light.
Several states offer giveaways and run lotteries to encourage vaccination. West Virginia will offer firearms as a reward to residents who have received a vaccine – as part of a Father’s Day lottery that also includes trucks, purses and $ 1 million in prizes.
Governor Jim Justice has said all vaccinated West Virginia will be eligible for the prizes, which include five custom shotguns and five custom shotguns. Justice said the June 20 lottery will mark the start of the weekly giveaways that will run until August 4.
“Save a life and change your life,” Justice said. “The more we can get vaccinated, the faster we can save all kinds of extra lives.”
Also in the news:
►California has agreed to pay more than $ 2 million in legal fees as part of a settlement with churches that challenged pandemic closure orders.
►The International Labor Organization says the COVID-19 pandemic has created an “unprecedented” global labor market crisis that will be felt for years to come. The United Nations agency said about 8.8% of total working hours were lost last year, “the equivalent of hours worked in a year by 255 million full-time workers.”
► Colorado will offer scholarships of $ 50,000 to 25 students who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus as part of another incentive to vaccinate as many state residents as possible. Governor Jared Polis said Wednesday that Colorado resident students aged 12 to 17 who have received at least one dose of the vaccine are eligible.
►Biden announced a multi-fronted effort to reach 70% of American adults who are at least partially vaccinated, including plans to recruit 1,000 black-owned barbershops and hair salons to provide “Shots at the Shop” and promote immunizations nationwide.
Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 33.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 595,800 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 171.7 million cases and 3.69 million deaths. More than 136.1 million Americans have been fully immunized – 41% of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What we read: Wisconsin lawmakers are presenting a list of bills that would prohibit business owners, university leaders or government officials from requiring COVID-19 vaccination or treating unvaccinated people differently.
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“What I don’t understand is why 40% of my nurses who have worked with me in my COVID unit, where three patients die every day, still say no,” he said.
– David Heath
Wisconsin lawmakers advance bill to ban the requirement for proof of vaccination
Wisconsin lawmakers are presenting a list of bills that would prohibit business owners, university leaders or government officials from requiring COVID-19 vaccination or treating unvaccinated people differently. An Assembly committee heard hours of testimony on the five proposals, one of which Democratic Gov. Tony Evers suggested on Tuesday that he would not sign the law. This bill would prohibit any government official or business owner from requiring anyone to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of receiving services, accessing buildings, attending events, or for any business transaction. The Wisconsin Medical Society, which represents doctors, says these rules help ensure that patients and hospital workers don’t get sick.
– Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentry
Anti-mask vandals degrade school mural in honor of essential workers
A colorful 90-foot mural honoring essential workers at a rural California school district office has been vandalized with anti-mask graffiti, causing more than $ 10,000 in damage. The spray-painted messages read “NO.2 MASKS” and covered the faces of the “larger than life” farm workers, first responders, teachers and “everyday heroes” hung on the wall of the Kings Unified School District office. Canyon. The mural had been in place for barely a month when the May 21 incident forced the district to remove it.
“We spent five months working and planning this mural as a tiny token of our appreciation for honoring the people who make life a little better in our community every day,” said Renee Delport, District Communications Manager. “Sadly, a month later this vandalism took place … It is a very sad day for our students and for our community.”
– Joshua Yeager, Visalia Times-Delta
Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, and The Associated Press contributed to this column.