HHS Secretary Azar resigns, says US doesn’t have reserve vaccine stockpile – The Jerusalem Post

“We now have enough confidence that our ongoing production will be quality and available to provide the second dose for people. So we’re not sitting on a reserve anymore. We’ve made that available to the states to order,” Azar said.  Source: HHS Secretary Azar resigns, says US doesn’t have reserve vaccine stockpile – The Jerusalem Post

When Covid Deaths Aren’t Counted, Families Pay the Price | Kaiser Health News

The count has profound implications for families and the country. Omitting covid-19 on death certificates threatens to undercount the toll of the pandemic nationwide. For Davis’ family and others, it can pile financial hardship onto emotional despair, as death benefits and other covid-19 relief programs are withheld. Interviews with families across the U.S. shed light on reasons covid deaths are being undercounted — and the consequences loved ones have endured.

When covid patients die, the “immediate” cause of death is always something else, such as respiratory failure or cardiac arrest. Residents, doctors, medical examiners and coroners make the call on whether covid was an underlying factor, or “contributory cause.” If so, the diagnosis should be included on the death certificate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Partly because of a lack of training in how to fill them out, “the quality of the death certificates is not good,” said Dr. James Gill, vice president of the National Association of Medical Examiners. And in cases in which people had other chronic conditions, it can be difficult to determine whether covid was a contributing cause of death, he said. That was especially true early on, when reliable testing was not widely available.

Source: When Covid Deaths Aren’t Counted, Families Pay the Price | Kaiser Health News

Marianne Faithfull: ‘I was in a dark place. Presumably it was death’ | Music | The Guardian

‘I really annoyed people somehow. I wasn’t a conventional artist – and they couldn’t handle it’ … Faithfull. After battling Covid-19 for three weeks in hospital, Faithfull went on to finish her 21st solo album – and possibly her last. She reflects on how she might never sing again, her hatred of being a 60s muse and why she still believes in miracles

Source: Marianne Faithfull: ‘I was in a dark place. Presumably it was death’ | Music | The Guardian

Kentucky nurse loses job after entering Capitol during riot | TheHill

Nurse loses job after admitting of entering US Capitol building during riot https://www.14news.com/2021/01/15/ascension-st-vincent-nurse-loses-job-involvement-us-capitol-riots/

Lori Vinson, of Morganfield, Ky., was among rioters who stormed the Capitol last week. She recorded the events on her phone and posted them to social media, NBC station 14News reported. Vinson stated that she was not involved in criminal behavior and maintained that she did nothing wrong when she entered the Capitol on Jan. 6.

“I participated in none of that. I would never participate in that,” she said. “I was there for a peaceful protest and that’s what I was doing. I felt like I have done nothing wrong and I wouldn’t change it.”

Source: Kentucky nurse loses job after entering Capitol during riot | TheHill

Texas woman who took private plane to DC charged with participating in riot

Jenna Ryan, a real estate broker from Frisco, Texas, who took a private plane to Washington, D.C., last week, has joined those charged over the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol…

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Jenna Ryan, a real estate broker from Frisco, Texas, who took a private plane to Washington, D.C., last week, has joined those charged over the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol, which she documented on social media, …

Covid: Fake news ‘causing UK South Asians to reject jab’ – BBC News

Reena Pujara is a beauty therapist in Hampshire and a practising Hindu. She said she’s been bombarded with false information.

“Some of the videos are quite disturbing especially when you actually see the person reporting is a medic and telling you that the vaccine is going to alter your DNA,” she said.

“For a layman it is very confusing. And also when you read that the ingredients in the vaccine derive from a cow – and as Hindus the cow is sacred to us – it is disturbing.”

About 100 mosques have a joined a campaign to counter vaccine disinformation and persuade their communities to take the vaccine. They’ve said they’ll use their Friday sermons to urge people to have the jab.

“There should be no hesitation in taking [the vaccine] from a moral perspective,” said Qari Asim, chair of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), which has organised the campaign. “It is our ethical duty to protect ourselves and others from harm.”

Source: Covid: Fake news ‘causing UK South Asians to reject jab’ – BBC News