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coronavirus, COVID-19, Healthcare, Science, Speed desk, Vaccine

CDC: The coronavirus could be’just a few mutations’ away from evading the vaccines

The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that the coronavirus is "just a few mutations potentially away" from possibly evading the available COVID-19 vaccines. "The largest concern that I think we in public health and science are worried about is that virus and the potential mutations away we are from a very transmissible virus that has the potential to evade our vaccines, in terms of how it protects us from severe disease and death," CDC director Rochelle Walensky said during a press briefing. Walensky added, "The big concern is that the next variant that might emerge-just a few mutations potentially away-could potentially evade our vaccines. "She explained that "f...
Military & Defense, Politics, Retail, Speed desk

DOJ seized the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet — a portion of the epic of Gilgamesh — from Hobby Lobby

The Department of Justice announced that it seized a tablet from the Epic of Gilgamesh. According to the DOJ, the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet was smuggled into the US and then auctioned off. The ancient tablet had been bought by Oklahoma-based arts and craft superstore Hobby Lobby. LoadingSomething is loading. The Department of Justice announced on ...
capitol riot, Captiol siege, Politics, Speed desk

Police officer who was beaten during the Capitol insurrection breaks down in tears during House hearing

US Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, who was beaten with a flagpole and hit with chemical spray during hand-t0-hand combat during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, broke down in tears during a House hearing about the riot on Tuesday. The officer cried as video of the deadly insurrection played at the beginning of the House hearing investigating the mob attack.Gonell later testified that he heard "specific threats" against the lives of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and then-Vice President Mike Pence."My fellow officers and I were punched, kicked, shoved, sprayed with chemical irritants, and even blinded with eye-damaging lasers," he said.This is a developing story. Check back for updates. ...
Breaking, coronavirus, coronavirus vacccine, COVID-19, Doctors, Healthcare, Hospitals, Speed desk, United Kingdom, Vaccine

A British ICU doctor described seeing her patients regret not getting vaccinated:’You can see it dawn on them’

A British ICU doctor says the "vast majority" of her COVID-19 patients have been "completely unvaccinated." Samantha Batt-Rawden told The Guardian that many regret not getting the jab after they wind up hospitalized. "You can see it dawn on them that they potentially made the biggest mistake of their lives," she said. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
News UK, Politics, Senate, Speed desk, Wyoming

Former GOP Sen. Mike Enzi has died at 77 after a biking accident

Former GOP Sen. Mike Enzi has died at age 77. He had been admitted to the hospital after a biking accident. A statement said he "passed away peacefully ... surrounded by his family." LoadingSomething is loading. Mike Enzi, a former Republican senator for Wyoming, had died aged 77 after being hospitalized for injuries from a biking accident.A st...
CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronavirus, coronavirus vaccine, News UK, Science, Speed desk

The US could see daily COVID-19 cases quadruple next month as vaccinations hit a wall, former CDC director says

Dr. Tom Frieden warned the US could see 200,000 new COVID-19 cases a day in four to six weeks. That rate was last seen in January. He said it was due to people not getting vaccinated, and there would be "preventable deaths." LoadingSomething is loading. Daily coronavirus cases in the US could quadruple next month as a large number of people are...
coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccine, Politics, Speed desk, Veterans Affairs Department

US Department of Veterans Affairs becomes the first federal agency to require healthcare workers get vaccinated

About 115,000 of the US Department of Veterans Affairs' healthcare workers will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The department is the first federal agency to require COVID-19 vaccinations. Veterans Affairs is the largest integrated healthcare system in the US, serving more than 9 million veterans. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
Arab Spring, International, Politics, Speed desk, Tunisia

The president of Tunisia — the only democracy that lasted after the Arab Spring — fired the prime minister and suspended parliament

President Kais Saied of Tunisia — the only democracy that lasted after the Arab Spring — fired the country's prime minister and froze parliament for 30 days over the weekend. Saied announced the moves on Sunday, saying that a new prime minister would take up executive authority from Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi."We have taken these decisions… until social peace returns to Tunisia and until we save the state," he said in a televised address, according to the Washington Post.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
Activision Blizzard, Speed desk, Tech Insider, World of Warcraft

Resurfaced video shows Activision Blizzard execs on panel that joked about over-sexualized female characters

A video showing Activision Blizzard executives joking about over-sexualized female video game characters in "World of Warcraft" resurfaced on Twitter. The video resurfaced amid news the company is being sued, in a lawsuit accusing it of having a "frat boy" culture where women were routinely harassed. Activision Blizzard called the allegations "distorted, and in many cases false" in a statement. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
Confederate, KKK, Speed desk, Tennessee

Bust of Confederate general and KKK leader Nathan Forrest removed from Tennessee Capitol building

A bust of Ku Klux Klan leader and Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest was removed from Tennessee's state capitol building on Friday. The bust is being relocated into the Tennessee State Museum.Video shared on Twitter by Tennessean reporter Natalie Allison showed the bust being taken off its pedestal to be wheeled out of the capitol building. —Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) July 23, 2021 "Museums preserve historical objects to provide connections to the past and offer public spaces for reflection. We are prepared to place these artifacts in that setting," Tennessee State Museum Director Ashley Howell told CNN of the bust's relocationThis is a developing story. Please check back for updates....