Biden team regroups after court loss on COVID shots-or-test
WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned but not giving up, President Joe Biden is anxiously pushing ahead to prod people to get COVID-19 shots after the Supreme Court put a halt to the administration's sweeping vaccinate-or-test plan for large employers. At a time when hospitals are being overrun and record numbers of people are getting infected with the omicron variant, the administration hopes states and companies will order their own vaccinate-or-test requirements. And if the presidential “bully pulpit” still counts for persuasion, Biden intends to use it.
Real Madrid midfielder and Brazil international Casemiro was asked about the absence of teammate Renan Lodi during a press conference ahead of Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Thursday. © Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images
“Well, the answer is more or less in the line I have spoken. My thinking is independent of football and anything else. Health first. My opinion is to listen to the specialists who are doctors, specialists who worked and studied. I listen to the specialists who say that the vaccine is important that the virus has not gone away, that it is still there, and it is important to take care of yourself.”
CDC guidelines for antivirals give the unvaccinated the lion's share
Based on current supplies, unvaccinated patients will receive most of these lifesaving medications. Beyond its inherent unfairness, the decision to prioritize unvaccinated patients for scarce therapies is based on assumptions regarding risk factors, and the data regarding which risk factors contribute to a poor prognosis is weak at best. It is this very paucity of evidence that explains the lack of clear prioritizations in the initial vaccine rollout.Health systems and society are benefiting greatly from a renewed focus on health equities. Underpinning it all is the question of fairness.
“Of course, there are people with Covid who have not made the decision not to be at home. There is one thing I put first and that is health. Regardless of wins or losses. If Lodi made that decision, I don’t know why. I saw on the news that he has the first dose, but the ones I listen to are the specialists and doctors. Everyone has their opinion and thought and mine is that you have to get vaccinated and respect because health comes first.”
Lodi will miss the qualifier after Brazil head coach Tite omitted him from the squad due to the fullback’s status. Tite explained his reasoning and said, “He missed the chance to compete.”
Ecuador requires players and anyone entering the country to be fully vaccinated while Lodi reportedly has only received the first dose of the vaccine. Brazil was required to omit the 23-year-old and Tite proceeded to call up Dani Alves and Phillippe Coutinho to the squad as replacement.
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