WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Capitol Police on Friday were investigating an incident in which a Republican lawmaker was found carrying a concealed gun while trying to enter the floor of the House of Representatives, a Capitol official said. Republican Representative Andy Harris, a staunch gun-rights advocate, set off a magnetometer going through security on his way to the House floor late on Thursday and was found to be carrying a firearm, according to a congressional press pool report. The Maryland Republican then tried to hand the gun off to Republican Representative John Katko, who refused, ...
According to the upcoming book "Peril," by The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley was elated at President Joe Biden's inauguration due to the fact that Donald Trump had lost the 2020 election.
Milley "thought he might be one of the happiest people up there. Not because it was President Biden, but because Trump was out of the presidency and it looked like another peaceful transfer of power," Business Insider reports, citing an excerpt from an advanced copy of the book.
In the wake of the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Milley issued a rare public memo to the military calling the event "a direct assault on the US Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process."
"The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection," the memo said, adding that on January 20, "President-elect Biden will be inaugurated and will become our 46th Commander in Chief."
According to the book, Milley took the memo to the joint chiefs and told them he would sign it on his own "or we can all sign it."
Five days after Biden was the official winner of the 2020 election, the book says Milley described the state of the country as "a plane with four engines and three of them are out."
"Just steady," he was quoted as saying. "Breathe through our noses. Steady as a rock. We're going to land this plane safely. We've got a plane with four engines and three of them are out. We've got no landing gear. But we're going to land this plane and we're going to land it safely."
Read the full report over at Business Insider.
A new study released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday is the latest to suggest the Moderna Covid vaccine confers better long-term protection against hospitalization than Pfizer.
CDC researchers conducted an analysis of nearly 3,689 adults who were hospitalized with severe Covid from March 11 to August 15, 2021 -- a period that precedes and includes the dominance of the Delta variant.
Overall, 12.9 percent were fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine, 20.0 percent were vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech, and 3.1 percent were vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson.
Over the entire period, the Moderna vaccine was 93 percent effective against hospitalization, Pfizer was 88 percent effective, and J&J was 68 percent effective.
The loss of efficacy against hospitalization for Pfizer was particularly pronounced: it fell from 91 percent in 14-120 days after vaccination to 77 percent more than 120 days after vaccination.
By contrast, Moderna fell from 93 percent to 92 percent when comparing the same two periods.
The study also included a separate analysis of the levels of different types of antibodies provoked by the vaccines, taken from 100 volunteers.
The Moderna vaccine elicited higher levels of antibodies compared to Pfizer and J&J for a key part of the virus' spike protein, which it uses to invade cells.
There is accumulating research suggesting the Moderna vaccine's superiority over the Pfizer vaccine, including a previous CDC studies released last week.
The reasons aren't fully clear, but it could be because the dosage levels are higher -- 100 micrograms against 30.
It could also be tied to the dosing interval, with the Pfizer shots given three weeks apart versus Moderna, which are given four weeks apart.
The Food and Drug Administration was holding a meeting of leading independent experts on Friday to weigh the question of giving third doses of Pfizer to the general population, not just immune compromised people.
The White House correspondent for the right-wing Newsmax network suggested on air that the Biden administration was withholding COVID-19 medication from Florida to politically hurt Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Emerald Robinson agreed with host Rob Finnerty, who was, in turn amplifying a conspiracy theory floated by Donald Trump Jr., that President Joe Biden was punishing his political enemies by "restricting their ability to secure life-saving monoclonal antibody treatments for all that need them."
"This is sinister to say, but could this be about 2024?" Finnerty suggested. "The worst you make Ron DeSantis look, the less viable of a candidate he is."
Robinson readily agreed that was a reasonable assumption after the federal government took over distribution of the treatment to ensure doses were allocated more evenly across the states.
"I have talked to providers and members from the governor's office, [and] it doesn't make sense medically or, you know, scientifically because the prevalence of the cases have been in those southern states," Robinson said. "So, yeah, there's more of a need there and keep in mind that the rest of the nation wasn't really using monoclonal antibodies in the same way that Gov. DeSantis was pushing them in Florida, and now that they've had some good results with it."
Before the Biden administration stepped in, seven states -- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas -- accounted for about 70 percent of all monoclonal antibody doses that were distributed.
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