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Monkeypox vaccines will be made available at Gay Pride and other events as part of a new pilot program to stem the fast spread of the virus, US health authorities said Thursday.
US cases have quickly soared to 13,500 since May, when the current outbreak began in Europe. Latest official data shows 98 percent of cases have been among men, and 93 percent among men reporting recent sexual contact with other men.
Hispanic and Black people are both disproportionately impacted.
The federal government "is launching a pilot program that will provide up to 50,000 doses from the national stockpile to be made available for Pride and other events," White House monkeypox response coordinator Bob Fenton told reporters.
Notable upcoming events include Black Pride in Atlanta and Southern Decadence in New Orleans, both around Labor Day on September 5 and the preceding weekend.
The reopening of colleges this fall is also expected to accelerate the spread.
State health departments can put in orders based on the size of the event and its ability to reach attendees at highest risk, added Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walenksy.
But she added that since the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine comes in two doses, recipients will be advised that they won't receive instant protection at the event itself and must follow up on their second shot.
Overall, the US has delivered around one million vaccine doses to state and other local jurisdictions, and will start to make available for order an additional 1.8 million doses from next week, said Fenton.
The federal government will also be sending out 50,000 courses of antiviral treatment TPOXX.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration authorized a new procedure for injecting the vaccine -- in between the upper layers of the skin rather than deeper, beneath it -- to get five times more out of the same amount of substance.
A U.S. Capitol Police sergeant testified this Wednesday that a Capitol rioter on Jan. 6 pulled on his shoulder so hard that he needed surgery, the Portland Press Herald reports.
“Definitely one of the worst pains I’ve felt in my life,” Sgt. Aquilino Gonell told a D.C., courtroom.
Gonell testified in the trial of Kyle Fitzsimons, 38, of Maine, who prosecutors say assaulted Gonell and two officers from Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department during the riot.
Gonell said that Fitzsimons grabbed onto his shield while he was trying to help another officer who had fallen, adding that he believed Fitzsimons was trying to pull him into the mob of rioters. He also said he considered pulling his gun on Fitzsimons, but didn't want to make things worse for other officers.
Gonell has testified in Congress about the events of Jan. 6 and on Wednesday he said he is working on a book.
Read more at the Portland Press Herald.
ABC News cited an old interview with Kash Patel, the former chief of staff for the Defense Department under Donald Trump, in which he revealed his plot to post declassified documents on his personal website. While ABC noted his remarks came weeks before the FBI search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, there are at least six other times where Patel outlined his plot, legal analyst Marcy Wheeler and Just Security noticed.
The same day that Kash Patel bragged he would take on his new job organizing Trump's National Archives directory, the Justice Department gave Trump the subpoena that he turn over surveillance footage from Mar-a-Lago. Patel, who previously worked for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), then went on other right-wing streaming "shows" to talk about his plot.
Conservative writer John Solomon penned a column revealing in June that Trump was subpoenaed for videos looking at the place where the government documents were being kept. It was then revealed that Solomon was also given the National Archives assignment that Patel scored too.
"That’s because if Trump deliberately allowed people not permitted access to classified documents or his negligence allowed people to remove such documents, it would trigger other parts of the Espionage Act than the one that prohibits someone from stealing classified documents and refusing to give them back (and all are covered by the warrant)," wrote Wheeler.
As Just Security pointed out, Patel tipped his hat that the documents were actually classified.
“Part of that transparency comes in the form of, you know, providing the American public with information that should never have been classified or kept from them in the first place," he said. He went on to explain that Trump "declassified" the documents "on the way out of the White House." There's no paper trail to confirm this, however.
As Wheeler pointed out, however, Patel's understanding of the documents began as early as May 2022, when he told Breitbart that Trump had declassified all of the documents but that there was no prior effort at the White House to declassify the documents. It means that months ago, Patel not only knew all of this was coming, but he was already blaming "the left," saying they would claim Trump was disclosing classified information from Russiagate and the attempted bribery of Ukraine that resulted in his first impeachment.
“The White House counsel failed to generate the paperwork to change the classification markings, but that doesn’t mean the information wasn’t declassified,” Patel said. “I was there with President Trump when he said ‘We are declassifying this information.’"
At the end of June, Trump specifically directed the National Archives "to give him access to the documents related to the Russia probe that were declassified in the final days of his administration," wrote Politico. John Solomon then got to look through the documents to write about. Through Solomon, Trump then claimed that he has a blanket power to declassify anything he wants.
As it turns out, Trump's White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy, Patrick Philbin, were talking to the FBI about Trump taking documents to Mar-a-Lago, the New York Times also reported this week.
On July 4, Patel told another right-wing streaming show that the government bureaucrats "stopped the declassification process." So, again, he confessed that the documents Trump had were still classified.
"I apologize I can’t get it declassified overnight, but I’m on it,” he said.
Throughout the whole interview, he kept wavering on whether the documents were declassified while saying he was working to declassify them.
He went on to talk about how he knows "first hand" what some of the documents were about. "If Kash knows that [it's] because Trump let him wade through Top Secret documents he was no longer cleared to access — then Trump may have additional criminal liability," wrote Wheeler.
The New York Times reported, “It is not clear why Mr. Trump had classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. There is no evidence yet that he was planning to release the material.” But as Just Security explained, that flies in the face of the interviews with Patel leading up to the search warrant.
On another note, Michael Flynn's protege Ezra Cohen-Watnick was appointed to the chairperson of the Public Interest Declassification Board before Christmas in 2020. Politico reported not long after the 2020 election that prior to the appointment to the board, Cohen-Watnick "has been acting in the role of top spec ops official since the summer and became the Pentagon’s acting top intelligence official last week."
President Joe Biden has been good about ensuring that Trump appointees were removed from boards, but these seem to be flying under the radar.