The Duchess of Cambridge has received her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as Britain expands its inoculation program to young residents.
Prince William’s wife formerly known as Kate Middleton, 39, received her photo at the Science Museum in London, a mass vaccination center near the couple’s home in Kensington Palace, according to a photo posted on their Twitter feed.
Middleton was shot on Friday, weeks after her husband, Prince William, who contracted COVID-19 last year. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles are among the other members of the royal family who have received vaccines publicly to promote vaccinations. Great Britain is one of the world leaders in immunization.
“Yesterday I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Science Museum in London. I am extremely grateful to everyone playing a role in the deployment – thank you for all you do,” she said. written on social networks.
Also in the news:
►The Department of Veterans Affairs has lifted all restrictions on the size of gatherings, as well as mask and social distancing requirements, for those fully vaccinated at national veterans cemeteries in time for the weekend of Memorial Day.
►Oklahoma state agencies will not be allowed to require a mask or coronavirus vaccination as a condition of being allowed into a state building or office under an executive order signed by the governor Kevin Stitt.
►CVS is offering a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl, a vacation to Bermuda, or cash prizes to attract more customers for COVID-19 vaccinations. Kroger also offers customers, workers or individuals who have the chance to win $ 1 million or free races for one year.
►Missouri Supreme Court lifts state court guidelines to protect employee and public safety during the coronavirus pandemic. Court officials said restrictions were lifted on June 15 due to a decrease in national and local levels of COVID-19 cases and the effectiveness and availability of vaccines, the Jefferson City News reported. Tribune.
►The European Union Medicines Agency has approved the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 to 15, making it the first vaccine authorized for this age group in the EU.
►Eli Lilly has halted the distribution of its monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 in eight states, fearing it may not be as effective against viral variants. The break is not related to the safety of the treatment.
📈 The numbers of the day: The United States has more than 33 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 594,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 170 million cases and 3.5 million deaths. More than 134 million Americans have been fully immunized – 40.5% of the population.
📘 What we read: COVID-19 cases have again increased in some ICE detention centers. Critics say the ICE has failed to vaccinate inmates.
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Mandatory vaccines for universities come under scrutiny
About 400 colleges plan to require that students who wish to learn in person be vaccinated. But this request could clash with Republican lawmakers. The state of Indiana recently passed a law banning the use of “vaccine passports.” Indiana University argued that the law does not apply to the university, but the state attorney general disagreed. So far, the university is sticking to its vaccine demands, even as Tory lawmakers continue to ask it to relinquish its tenure. This could be a recurring theme as the new school year approaches.
– Chris Quintana
Can your boss demand that you be vaccinated? Yeah.
Companies can require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 without violating federal laws from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to the agency. Companies can also offer incentives to employees to get vaccinated or provide vaccination documents “as long as the incentives are not coercive,” the EEOC said in a statement. The updated EEOC guidelines say employers must make “reasonable accommodations” for employees who do not get vaccinated because of a disability, religious beliefs, or pregnancy.
– Julia thompson
Nearly 60,000 doses of Arkansas coronavirus close to expiration
Nearly 60,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine award by Arkansas are nearing their expiration date and should be thrown away if not used by the end of June, according to a health official of State. The Johnson & Johnson doses administered so far include 11,150 doses from May 1 through Friday – an average of less than 400 per day, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“What we have done is move them, ‘to different vaccination sites’, so that doses that expire earlier can be used,” State epidemiologist Jennifer Dillaha told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “States all over the world are in a similar situation where they don’t order doses.”
Vietnam says new variant is highly contagious
Vietnam has detected a new variant of the coronavirus which, according to laboratory tests, could spread more easily than other variants of the virus, Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said. Scientists who have examined the genetic makeup of the virus say the variant is a hybrid of strains first found in India and the UK, Long said. Long said the new variant could be responsible for an increase in cases in Vietnam, as the country has confirmed more than 3,500 new cases and 12 deaths in recent weeks. The outbreak has resulted in a nationwide ban on religious events and other large gatherings, as well as the closure of public parks and non-essential businesses such as restaurants, bars, clubs and spas.
A hat seller in Nashville, Tennessee deleted an Instagram post after fueling controversy on social media over the sale of a patch that resembles the Jewish Star of David. HatWRKS, run by hatter Gigi Gaskins, posted a photo of a woman wearing a bright yellow star sticker with the words: “Not vaccinated.” Social media users responded with the hashtag #HateWorks, calling for the fix anti-semite and “repugnant.” Instagram’s original post contained thousands of comments before it was deleted.
About 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, when the Nazis forced Jews to identify themselves by wearing a yellow six-pointed star. The company responded with an Instagram statement saying it did not want to downplay the horrors of the Holocaust.
– Sandy Mazza, Nashville Tennessean