close Video Was Pausing Johnson & Johnson's Covid Vaccine a Good Idea? Paul Gigot interviews Dr. Marty Makary. The CDC is investigating a "handful" of potential additional cases of severe side effects involving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine , the agency’s chief said Monday. Use of the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine was halted in the US last week amid reports that six women in the country developed dangerous blood clots — including one who died — after receiving the immunization. CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW CDC chief Dr. Rochelle Walensky — asked at a White House press briefing if there were any more reports of "severe adverse effects" involving J&J doses in the US — replied, "There have been a handful of cases — not an overwhelming number of cases. "We’re going through and adjudicating them and verifying whether they do in fact reflect a true case," she said. CLICK HERE FOR FULL … [Read more...] about CDC probing ‘handful’ of new potential J&J vaccine reactions
Fifteen Senate Republicans have signed a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter pledging to oppose lifting the earmark ban that has been a Senate GOP conference rule since 2010. Republican senators are expected to vote by secret ballot on the issue Wednesday. Senate Republicans will take up the issue after the House Republican Conference voted in March to lift the earmark ban it adopted in March of 2010, which effectively put a stop to lawmakers putting pet projects into spending bills. ADVERTISEMENT Sen. Mike Lee Michael (Mike) Shumway Lee Hillicon Valley: Apple approves Parler's return to App Store | White House scales back response to SolarWinds, Microsoft incidents | Pressure mounts on DHS over relationship with Clearview AI 15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban Apple approves Parler's return to App Store MORE (Utah) and 14 other Senate Republicans on Monday informed colleagues they “stand committed to the ban on earmarks.” “We will not … [Read more...] about 15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban
The nation’s top miners union on Monday said it will back the White House’s plan to transition fossil fuel industries to renewable energy production if the Biden administration can guarantee the preservation of jobs. “There needs to be a tremendous investment here,” United Mine Workers of America President Cecil E. Roberts told The New York Times on Monday. “We always end up dealing with climate change, closing down coal mines. We never get to the second piece of it.” Roberts made the announcement Monday at an event with Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin Joe Manchin On The Money: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change | Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act | Consumer bureau rolls out rule to bolster CDC eviction ban Miners union to back Biden on green energy if it retains jobs Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act MORE (D-W.Va.), whose vote will almost certainly be required for any major … [Read more...] about Miners union to back Biden on green energy if it retains jobs
Advocates in favor of raising the federal minimum wage met with Sen. Joe Manchin Joe Manchin On The Money: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change | Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act | Consumer bureau rolls out rule to bolster CDC eviction ban Miners union to back Biden on green energy if it retains jobs Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act MORE (D-W.Va.) on Thursday in hopes of convincing the moderate Democrat to reconsider his opposition to a $15 an hour rate. Manchin, who has signaled support for a smaller minimum wage increase, held the virtual meeting with representatives from groups such as the Poor People’s Campaign and Service Employees International Union. Rev. William J. Barber II, president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, said a $15 minimum wage shouldn’t be a partisan debate. ADVERTISEMENT “No politician, Democrat [or] Republican … can say this is a left issue or … [Read more...] about Manchin meets with advocates pushing for $15 minimum wage
School children wearing facemasks walk outside Condit Elementary School in outside Houston, Texas. Photo: François Picard/AFP via Getty Images On Monday, every adult became eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. So when will children be able to get their shots? While children under 16 have not been approved to receive any of the currently available shots, clinical trials to get shots in little arms are underway. Delivering the vaccine to children will be necessary to tame the virus, experts say, and could remove uncertainty around when students will fully return to in-person learning as they already prepare for the upcoming fall 2021 school year. Here’s what we know so far about the vaccine and children. Drug companies have launched critical trials for younger children and their results are expected to be released to the public by the summer . Both Pfizer and Moderna are testing their two-dose vaccines in children as young as 6 months old. (Clinical trials in children require … [Read more...] about Shots in Little Arms: When Can Kids Get the Vaccine?