Dr. Eric Coe jumped at the chance to help test a COVID-19 vaccine.At his urging, so did his girlfriend, his son and his daughter-in-law. All received shots last week at a clinical research site in central Florida.“My main purpose in doing this was so I could spend more time with my family and grandchildren,” Coe said, noting that he’s seen them only outside and from a distance since March.“There’s a lot less risk to getting the vaccine than contracting the virus,” said Coe, 74, a retired cardiologist. “The worst thing that can happen is if I get the placebo.”The Coes’ eagerness to offer up the...
A New York man facing 10 charges related to his participation in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has been found mentally competent in regards to charges that he made around 143 harassing calls to Michigan 911 dispatchers, MLive reports.
Jonathan Joshua Munafo was charged with two counts of interstate threatening communications, and one count interstate harassing telephone calls.
Munafo made the calls on Jan. 5, where he told a dispatcher that he would kill her and attack her family if he was not connected to a police officer.
“B*tch, I’m gonna cut your throat. I’m gonna make you eat your f*cking nose," Manafo said during the call. "I’m gonna hurt you bad for this. It won’t be today, it won’t be tomorrow, it’ll be f*cking soon, though, you stupid c*nt. Insurrection Act, I’m coming to your door first, and it’s public knowledge, you stupid, stupid b*tch.”
Munafo allegedly punched a U.S. Capitol Police officer during the riot and used a flagpole to break windows on the Capitol building. He also allegedly stole a police officer's riot shield, according to proesecutors.
By Jeff Mason and Ahmed Aboulenein
(Reuters) -It is too early to know whether Omicron variant of COVID-19 will lead to severe disease, but preliminary information from South Africa indicates it does not result in unusual symptoms, top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday.
Fauci said there were 226 confirmed cases of the variant in 20 countries as of Tuesday morning but Omicron had not been detected yet in the United States.
Fears about the variant have rattled financial markets and sparked concerns about the strength of the global economic recovery as the world continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
"It is very difficult to know whether or not this particular variant is going to result in severe disease," Fauci told reporters in a briefing. "Although some preliminary information from South Africa suggests no unusual symptoms ... we do not know, and it is too early to tell."
President Joe Biden and his administration have pressed Americans to take advantage of vaccines and booster shots, but vaccine hesitancy in a segment of the U.S. population has thwarted efforts to tame the virus' spread. About 69% of Americans aged 12 and up are fully vaccinated.
"We are hoping, and I think with good reason, to feel good that there will be some degree of protection," against the variant from the vaccines, Fauci said. "If you're unvaccinated, get vaccinated. And if you're vaccinated, get boosted."
Biden, whose poll numbers have suffered in part amid frustration that the pandemic is not under control, on Monday urged Americans not to panic about the new variant.
"To beat the pandemic, we have to vaccinate the world as well," the president said.
Asked on Tuesday if the United States was doing enough to vaccinate the rest of the world, Fauci noted the United States was doing more than other nations.
"'Enough' is a tough word. Are we doing a lot? We are doing an awful lot," he said.
Fauci said getting vaccines into people's arms in southern African countries and other low- and middle-income countries had proven difficult logistically and many doses that were shipped went unused.
"Other African countries ... have actually told us not to ship any more vaccine because they have not been able to adequately utilize it," he said.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Ahmed Aboulenein; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Cynthia Osterman)
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch (R) defended her state's 15-week abortion ban on Tuesday by insisting that today's women are empowered with benefits like maternity care.
Fitch made the remarks on Fox News just one day before the U.S. Supreme Court convenes to hear arguments in the case against the abortion ban.
"What do you say to a woman who does not share your point of view," Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked, "who says that she believes that she has the right over her own body to make that decision and she does not want that right to be taken away from her?"
"You know, for 50 years, we didn't really help those women," Fitch replied. "We didn't talk about how we could empower them, we didn't talk about opportunities, where if you look at the statistics now, I mean, women are successful. We have been able to balance our professional lives and our family lives. We didn't do that before."
"And now you have maternity leave, paternity leave, so many things that were not available to women," she added. "And so, now is the right time to have that conversation."
Zippia estimates that only 16% of women working in private industries have access to paid maternity leave.
Watch the video below from Fox News.