Dr. Anthony Fauci is encouraging people to get vaccinated as numbers begin to plateau.
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 154 million as India's case tally above 20.6 million
The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose above 154 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 3.2 million. The U.S. continues to lead the world in cases and deaths by wide margins, with 32.5 million cases and 578,500 deaths, or about a fifth of the worldwide tallies. President Joe Biden said Tuesday he is aiming to have 70% of adults in the U.S. have at least one vaccine dose by July 4, up from 56% currently. The vaccine program has started to slow as more older adults have now been inoculated and the federal government is planning an outreach program to reach people in more remote areas. India is second to the U.S. by cases at 20.6 million and third by fatalities at 226,188. Indian hospitals are still overwhelmed by cases and lacking in supplies including oxygen. Brazil is third with 14.9 million cases and second by fatalities at 411,588. Mexico has the fourth-highest death toll at 217,740 and 2.4 million cases, or 15th highest tally. The U.K. has 4.4 million cases and 127,803 deaths, the fifth-highest in the world and highest in Europe.
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The coronavirus pandemic is not over yet, despite restaurants and bars reopening in most cities. Cases are dropping, but on the flip side, vaccinations are slowing, as some remain hesitant to get theirs, including young people. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to warn all Americans that we need more people vaccinated, and shared other ways you can stay safe until all this is over even if you are vaccinated. Read on for 5 key life-saving tips—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 98 Symptoms To Watch For During This Pandemic. 1 Dr. Fauci Warned You Could Inadvertently Kill Someone if You Don't Get Vaccinated Kimmel asked Fauci if it was frustrating to have a vaccine that works—and then have people not take it. "It is very frustrating," answered Fauci. "Not only because you care about everyone in the country, you care about the health and the safety of individuals, but also, there's a societal responsibility that we should all have to put an end to this outbreak. And if you have a group of people who understandably may think that they're invulnerable because they're young and healthy and statistically the chances of their getting into trouble [is low]…therefore it doesn't make any difference if they get infected because they likely will do well. That's really not the right attitude for the following reason: One, you're not exempt from a serious outcome because we still see now a number of young people getting seriously ill, but also what happens if you let yourself get infected, it, isn't just you in a vacuum, you may inadvertently and innocently infect somebody else who infects someone who really get in trouble. That could be someone's grandmother or grandfather, someone's wife, who's on chemotherapy for breast cancer. So you can't think about yourself in a vacuum. You have to think about somewhat of your societal responsibilities. So that's, that's really the frustrating part." 2 Dr. Fauci Said It's About to Get Easier to Get Your COVID Vaccine "No, you don't want to give up on people," he said. "Do you want to give them the opportunity? First of all, to make it very, very easy for them to get vaccinated? Do you know the President today made the announcement that we're going to pull back from the big, massive vaccination programs and really have a walk-in type thing where you can walk into any of tens of thousands of pharmacies, get vaccinated without an appointment." He said we should also show concern and help countries like India. "That doesn't mean that we still should not pay attention, which we should do, the suffering throughout the rest of the world. Because I do believe we have a moral responsibility to be able to do what we can to get those people vaccinated." 3 Dr. Fauci Called Social Media a "Mixed Blessing"—Be Careful of Disinformation Of social media, which can spread information and disinformation, Fauci said: "It's total mixed blessing. I think it's both good and bad getting information out to people. You can do it quickly and you can do it in bulk, but also when you get this information, conspiracy theories out now, fabrications—that gets frustrating because someone people go through social media, sometimes they can't distinguish the complete nonsense from the things that are really important to them. That's the problem." 4 Dr. Fauci Said You Might Need a Booster After Your Vaccines Will we all need a third shot? "It is conceivable that you might," said Fauci, "we don't know for sure right now, but if the level of protection that you have starts to taper down over a period of time—we're following that in a large number of patients. So it is conceivable that you might, so I wouldn't be surprised and you can expect that that might happen. And if it does happen, you should definitely take it if it gets recommended."RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers 5 Dr. Fauci Reiterated That You Put Other People in Danger By Not Getting Vaccinated A Kimmel viewer asked why kids need to be vaccinated. "You want to protect yourself, but also you don't want to be part of the propagation of the outbreak, because if you get infected, even though you're young and healthy, you could, as I said, it would be inadvertently and innocently, pass it on to someone else who could have a severe outcome," said Fauci. "And when you get infected, you are propagating the outbreak. You're not being a dead stop. You're allowing the virus to continue from you to someone else. So even though you don't get any symptoms, because you're generally a young, healthy person, you don't want to be part of the continuation of the outbreak. You want to be a roadblock to the outbreak." So be a roadblock, and get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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Fox NewsIn what has become a commonplace occurrence these days, Fox News host Tucker Carlson addressed a controversy purely of his own making on Thursday night, this time regarding his dangerous and sloppy suggestion that dozens of Americans a day are dying from the coronavirus vaccines.How did he explain away the highly misleading and disingenuous speculation? Well, by blaming it all on President Joe Biden, of course.Carlson, who has increasingly sought to cast doubt on the efficacy and safety of the highly effective vaccines, took his vaccine skepticism to new heights on Wednesday night when he cited a faulty open-sourced database dubbed a “a breeding ground for misinformation” to suggest that thousands of Americans have died from the shots.“Between late December of 2020 and last month, a total of 3,362 people apparently died after getting the COVID vaccine in the United States,” Carlson exclaimed, citing the Center for Disease Control’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. “That is an average of roughly 30 people every day. So, what does that add up to? By the way, that reporting period ended on April 23, and we don’t have numbers past that.”While acknowledging that there’s been criticism of the VAERS database’s numbers and insisting he believes “vaccines aren’t dangerous,” Carlson still spent 15 minutes speculating that the federally authorized COVID-19 vaccines are leading to an untold number of deaths.“The actual number is almost certainly higher than [30 people every day], perhaps vastly higher than that,” he said at one point.Of course, Carlson never once noted that the CDC itself had analyzed the reports of deaths submitted to VAERS—which is nothing more than open-access data—and offered the following conclusion: “A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines.”Following a 24-hour period in which he was roundly criticized and fact-checked—including from his own Fox colleagues—Carlson issued his rebuttal. And he wanted his critics to know he was “just asking questions.” Oh, and it’s also Biden’s fault.“We looked up the numbers the Biden administration has gathered on vaccine safety. Then last night, we boldly read those numbers on television—the Biden numbers,” Carlson began with a mocking tone.“As we did that, we noted the administration’s reporting system for injuries—it’s called VAERS—has been credibly accused of being inaccurate,” he added. “We also noted that very same system has been used for a long time.”Once again insisting that “more deaths have been connected to the new COVID vaccines over the past four months than all previous vaccines combined” in recent years—again, something the CDC has thoroughly knocked down—Carlson claimed he was just seeking answers.“Very same system, very different results,” he said, adding: “How does this happen? So what is that explanation? We still don’t know. Instead of answering that simple and important question, the usual chorus of partisans started screaming and calling for censorship!”After mocking his critics for telling him the VAERS numbers are untrustworthy, he wanted to know why “hasn’t the Biden administration fixed its reporting system” and “what are the real numbers.”Carlson, meanwhile, ended the segment by flipping the indignation over his reckless speculation back onto his critics, insisting they are actually the ones who are doing harm to the public.“It’s fair to ask how much harm this medicine causes. No one has told us,” he declared. “Their position is, you don’t need to know the rate of injury! That doesn’t matter. Anyone who asks about harm is immoral. That’s what they’re arguing. If you ever find yourself arguing that, you will know for certain you have lost the thread. You are no longer arguing for public health. You’re doing something else entirely.”Carlson, of course, could just read the disclaimers when searching the database to realize that it’s not a typical government data source and the numbers don’t reflect direct causation.“Reports may include incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental and unverified information,” one disclaimer reads, while another warns: “The number of reports alone cannot be interpreted or used to reach conclusions about the existence, severity, frequency, or rates of problems associated with vaccines.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Dr. Rajendra Kapila, an infectious disease expert and professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, died of COVID-19 last month while in India. Kapila, 81, died on April 28, three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, ABC News reports. India is the world's biggest COVID-19 hotspot, and Kapila went to the country to help care for relatives, his ex-wife, Dr. Bina Kapila, told WABC. She said he only planned on staying in India for a short period of time. In a statement, Rutgers called Kapila a "genuine giant in the field of infectious diseases" who was "recognized worldwide and sought out for his legendary knowledge and extraordinary clinical acumen in diagnosing and treating the most complex infectious diseases." Kapila founded Rutgers' Division of Infectious Diseases, was a founding member of the New Jersey Infectious Disease Society, and "provided care to tens of thousands of patients and trained numerous generations of medical students, residents, and fellows," Rutgers said. His wife, Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila, said her husband was fully vaccinated before traveling to India; while it is extremely rare for a vaccinated person to die of COVID-19, most who have died had underlying health conditions and were older, ABC News reports. Kapila's ex-wife told WABC he had heart issues and diabetes. More stories from theweek.comHouse GOP leader Kevin McCarthy apparently pays $1,500 to live in a 12-bedroom, 16-bath penthouseThe insurrectionists are winningElise Stefanik tells Steve Bannon in 2022, Republicans need Trump and 'his coalition of voters'
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Raffaele Esposito, the 19th century Neapolitan credited with inventing Italy's most famous type of pizza, may be turning in his grave: Rome has a new vending machine which slides out freshly cooked pizzas in just three minutes. "It looks good but it is much smaller than in a restaurant and there is less topping," said Claudio Zampiga, a pensioner. People have been eating forms of flat bread with toppings for millennia, but it is generally accepted that pizza was perfected in Naples, where it was a street food for the poor.
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Qatar's finance minister was being questioned over alleged abuse of power and misuse of public funds in the energy-rich state after the attorney general ordered him arrested, state-run media reported Thursday. The detention of Ali Sharif al-Emadi is a rare move that analysts said could herald a larger campaign to increase transparency and root out graft in the sheikhdom. The Qatar News Agency said the attorney general had ordered al-Emadi detained but did not provide other details about the graft case involving the minister, who has held the post since 2013.
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Democrats renew calls to end the filibuster after McConnell said he's '100%' focused on stopping Biden
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