Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued an executive order banning the mandate for employees or customers of the Kovid-19 vaccine, a pre-order extension limited to government agencies.
Abbott asked lawmakers to address the issue at the current special legislative session, ensuring that “no unit in Texas can force a Kovid-19 vaccine.”
“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and our best defense against the virus, but must be voluntary and never insist,” Abbott said in a statement.
Abbott, who previously vaccinated and then tested positive for Kovid-19, urged Texans to vaccinate throughout the epidemic, but school districts, cities, counties and government agencies have banned the need for shots. The state legislature passed legislation earlier this year known as “vaccine passports”, meaning private businesses are not required to wear a parent mask, but employees are allowed to work in companies until Monday.
Texas has seen a recent decline in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. But the state is rapidly approaching a total of 67,000 deaths since the epidemic began in 2020, the latest death toll from the recent rise from the delta mutation.
-Madlin Meckelberg, Austin American-Statesman
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The union of Southwest Airlines and its pilots has denied that workers went out of work to protest the federal vaccine order after thousands of flights were canceled this weekend.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves extended the state’s Kovid-19 Emergency Declaration on Monday as the state continues to recover from the epidemic.
Party Tea Party firebrand Allen West, a Republican nominee for Texas governor, was hospitalized Sunday with Kovid-19 but said he was “doing a good job.”
Numbers Today’s numbers: According to Johns Hopkins University, the US recorded more than 44 million cases of COVID-19 cases and more than 714,000 deaths. Global totals: more than 238 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. More than 187 million Americans – 56% of the population – have been completely vaccinated, according to the CDC.
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Moderna has no plans to share its COVID-19 vaccine recipe
Moderna has no plans to share its Kovid-19 vaccine recipe because executives have concluded that increasing the company’s own production is the best way to increase global supply, the company’s president said Monday.
The United Nations Health Organization has urged Moderna to share its vaccine formula. The company has analyzed whether it is better to share Messenger RNA technology and has decided to expand production by 2022 and deliver billions of additional doses.
“Over the next six to nine months, the most reliable way to make high-quality vaccines and to make them efficient is if we make them,” said Moderna president Nauber Afayan. Asked about the appeals of the World Health Organization and others, he argued that such arguments “assume that we are not capable enough, but in fact we know we can.”
The COVID-19 vaccine is Moderna’s only commercial product. The company announced plans to open a vaccine plant somewhere in Africa last week. Aphean said he hoped the exact location would be decided soon. Still, it may take years to start and operate the plant.
– Associated Press
Health workers and teachers see high vaccination rates with vaccine mandates
Almost all Washington and North Carolina state health workers have completely vaccinated against Kovid-19, but 99.99% of Cincinnati Public School employees have followed the district’s mandatory vaccine policy.
High vaccination rates may be the result of vaccinations mandates from the federal government, states and local school districts. The White House released a report last week that vaccine orders could cause millions of Americans to be vaccinated.
The report found that businesses that set up vaccine orders increased their total vaccinated workers by more than 90%.
The number of California coronavirus deaths has crossed 70K as cases decrease
California’s coronavirus death toll has reached another milestone once unidentified – 70,000 people – the state has emerged from a recent epidemic of new cases among all states with a low rate of new cases.
At this time last year, the state was on the rise, and by January California was under a terrible spike in the epidemic and was the epicenter of the nation’s virus. Daily deaths have reached 700.
The latest surge began in the summer and was primarily driven by a delta mutation aimed at non-vaccinators. Worse during this spike, California’s average daily death toll is in the low 100s.
Contribution: Associated Press