The Daily Mail revealed that scientists at Boston University created a Covid strain that combined Omicron with the original Wuhan strain and found that it killed 80% of mice.
The lead scientist for the Israeli government has condemned this saying, “This should be totally forbidden, it's playing with fire.”
This is gain of function research, the type that was so hotly debated around the start of the pandemic. Researchers took the spike proteins of Omicron and merged them with the Wuhan strain because the Omicron virus had so many spike proteins, which is what makes it so contagious. When they gave the merged virus to mice, 80% of the mice died. But when they exposed the mice to standard Omicron, they all lived.
The authors of this study say that more research should be done because they still have questions about mutations and they’d like to move on from mice to primates to get a better sense of how this affects humans. Maybe they should not do that?
The Centers for Disease Control will vote this week on whether or not they will recommend the Covid vaccine be added to the routine vaccine schedule for children, which means the routine vaccines that children are given from infancy and up, such as polio, diphtheria, etc.
This seems strange when you consider that the flu virus is not included in that schedule. It is recommended for children but not a requirement for most school-age children. If the CDC approves adding the Covid vaccine to the routine vaccine schedule, some states could require children to receive this vaccine in order to attend school. The Surgeon General of Florida, Joseph Ladapo, said on Tuesday that this would not fly in Florida, no matter what the CDC votes.
Why would the CDC do this? Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a lawyer and yes a member of THE Kennedy family, says that if the CDC does this, it gives permanent immunity to the pharmaceutical companies that they would not otherwise have if their emergency use authorization is revoked. If that is true, and this is done to bridge the liability gap, that is…concerning.
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Nearly 100 migrants were reportedly found naked at the border of Greece and Turkey this week. They were not a part of a nudist colony. They were migrants who had been stripped of their clothes on their way from Turkey to Greece.
The group consisted mostly of men but there were also children. They were from Afghanistan and Syria and many had bodily injuries.
The United Nations has demanded an investigation into this matter. Authorities from Turkey and Greece are blaming one another for this abuse.
George Floyd is trending because his family is suing Kanye West for claims he made about Floyd’s death on a TV show.
Steve Bannon is trending because a judge recommends that he receive a 6-month sentence for defying a subpoena.
News By The Numbers
$6.99. That is how much Pizza Hut is selling the Pizza Hut Melt. It is the first time the chain has sold individual slices but this is not a single slice. It’s a double-decker.
$3,000. That is how much some Americans may save on hearing aids due to new rules that allow them to be sold over the counter without a prescription. Note: People in other countries do not pay anywhere near that for hearing aids.
40%. That is the approval rating for President Biden according to a Reuters poll. That low number is not a good sign in the run-up to the midterm elections.
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Poor guinea pigs are the most surrendered animal this year, according to animal shelters. Cats and dogs are being surrendered, too, because families have to choose between feeding their humans or feeding their pets.
According to Forbes, the cost of pet food has inflated more than human food, if you can believe that, to a tune of 0.6%. Many families say that they would not be able to afford an unexpected vet bill, and 44% said that they’d have to use a credit card to pay for it.
A study done last year showed that most families kept the pets they adopted during the pandemic; 90% of dogs and 85% of cats stayed in their homes. But the numbers are much lower for guinea pigs. One New York shelter said that they’ve had over 600 guinea pigs returned this year alone. In a normal year, they get about 250. There is a proposal to ban the sale of guinea pigs in pet shops but it has been stalled.
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