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Thailand says China’s Sinovac Covid vaccine safe to use after investigation into stroke-like symptoms reported in 6 recipients - rt

Thailand says China’s Sinovac Covid vaccine safe to use after investigation into stroke-like symptoms reported in 6 recipients

Thailand has stood by its ongoing use of the Chinese Sinovac Biotech Covid vaccine following six recipients reporting stroke-like symptoms, after an inquiry found no connection between the jab and the illnesses.
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‘We Owe Darnella Frazier’: People Are Thanking the Teen Who Filmed George Floyd

‘We Owe Darnella Frazier’: People Are Thanking the Teen Who Filmed George Floyd's Murder

Her cell phone footage from that day shocked the world, rallied people to the streets, and played a key role in holding Derek Chauvin to account.
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Babysitter ‘gripped toddler’s head like a football and wrestled him to death’ - metro

Babysitter ‘gripped toddler’s head like a football and wrestled him to death’

Marvin Lake, 24, has been accused of killing toddler Ahren DeHart, a child he was supposed to be taking care of while his mother was at work
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‘A means, not an end’: EU proposes ‘human centric’ approach to AI regulation in draft rules - rt

‘A means, not an end’: EU proposes ‘human centric’ approach to AI regulation in draft rules

The European Commission has proposed regulations on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) through a risk-based rules framework that calls for heavy fines, partial bans on surveillance, and safeguards for high-risk applications.
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India’s indigenously developed Covaxin jab 78% effective against Covid-19 in trials, maker Bharat Biotech says - rt

India’s indigenously developed Covaxin jab 78% effective against Covid-19 in trials, maker Bharat Biotech says

The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Indian pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech has been found to be 78% effective in preventing symptoms of Covid-19 and 100% against severe disease in stage three trials, the company said.
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French president planning to remove Covid travel restrictions as early as start of May - rt

French president planning to remove Covid travel restrictions as early as start of May

President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to ease existing lockdown restrictions, imposed after France was hit by a third wave of coronavirus, by the start of May if, as health officials expect, cases begin falling. 
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Oxygen leak kills 22 at Indian hospital as country battles short supplies amid record surge in Covid-19 cases - rt

Oxygen leak kills 22 at Indian hospital as country battles short supplies amid record surge in Covid-19 cases

At least 22 people have died at a hospital in India's western Maharashtra state after an oxygen leak caused a serious disruption to patient supplies, the region's health minister has said.
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Ohio Police Shot a 16-Year-Old Girl and a Cop Wore a ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Mask to the Crime Scene - vice

Ohio Police Shot a 16-Year-Old Girl and a Cop Wore a ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Mask to the Crime Scene

16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was shot dead by Columbus police on Tuesday.
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Urgent appeal for three missing teenagers who vanished last night - metro

Urgent appeal for three missing teenagers who vanished last night

Leona Derbyshire, 14, Matej Bulander, 14, and Allyx Queen, 16, all disappeared on Tuesday.
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‘National Rape Day’ Isn’t Real, But TikTokers Keep Spreading Panic Anyway - vice

‘National Rape Day’ Isn’t Real, But TikTokers Keep Spreading Panic Anyway

There’s reams of posts on social platforms spreading misinformation.
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First picture of convicted murderer Derek Chauvin in jail jumpsuit - metro

First picture of convicted murderer Derek Chauvin in jail jumpsuit

Derek Chauvin wore an orange jail jumpsuit and did not smile in the mugshot
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Walker crawled down hill for hours after breaking his arm, leg ands ribs - metro

Walker crawled down hill for hours after breaking his arm, leg ands ribs

The man slipped while hiking in the Lake District.
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Search underway for Indonesian submarine missing north of Bali, 53 on board – military - rt

Search underway for Indonesian submarine missing north of Bali, 53 on board – military

An Indonesian submarine has gone missing following a navy drill in the Bali Sea, prompting fears that the vessel has sunk. There are 53 people on board, Indonesia’s military said.
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George Floyd’s killer Derek Chauvin placed on suicide watch in high-security jail - metro

George Floyd’s killer Derek Chauvin placed on suicide watch in high-security jail

The former Minneapolis cop spent his first night in a high-security prison last night after being convicted for Floyd's death
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Israel doesn’t need the AstraZeneca jabs it ordered, says pandemic coordinator, govt trying to ‘divert them elsewhere’ - rt

Israel doesn’t need the AstraZeneca jabs it ordered, says pandemic coordinator, govt trying to ‘divert them elsewhere’

Israel’s coronavirus response chief said the country is trying to divert millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine which have already been ordered, claiming the government has enough supply through to 2022.
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QAnon Is Spewing Racist Conspiracies About the Derek Chauvin Verdict - vice

QAnon Is Spewing Racist Conspiracies About the Derek Chauvin Verdict

In QAnon world, the trial was a sham, Chauvin is a “crisis actor,” and it’s all part of the deep state’s unending effort to take control of the country.
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Syria’s long-time ruler, Bashar Assad, submits candidacy for upcoming presidential election - rt

Syria’s long-time ruler, Bashar Assad, submits candidacy for upcoming presidential election

The Syrian president has put his name forward to run for a fourth term as the country’s leader in an election planned for May 26. The election has been widely criticized by opposition leaders and the US.
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Thousands gather in Berlin to protest more Covid restrictions as parliament debates giving Merkel’s govt power to impose lockdowns - rt

Thousands gather in Berlin to protest more Covid restrictions as parliament debates giving Merkel’s govt power to impose lockdowns

Demonstrators have gathered in the thousands in the German capital as the nation’s parliament debates whether to give Merkel’s government more power to impose lockdowns on areas with high Covid-19 infections.
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London Bridge station evacuated after ‘incident’ and trains diverted - metro

London Bridge station evacuated after ‘incident’ and trains diverted

'The police are everywhere evacuating the station and forcing people off the platforms.'
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Myanmar military’s violent post-coup crackdown displaces 250,000 – UN envoy - rt

Myanmar military’s violent post-coup crackdown displaces 250,000 – UN envoy

Violent clashes between the Myanmar military and anti-coup protesters in the wake of the junta’s coup that removed Aung San Suu Kyi from power has displaced around 250,000 people, according to a UN envoy monitoring the situation.
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The GOP Wants to Save You From ‘Vaccine Passports’ That Mostly Don’t Exist

The GOP Wants to Save You From ‘Vaccine Passports’ That Mostly Don’t Exist

vice - 1 week ago

Conservatives have opened up the latest front in the culture war, and it’s “vaccine passports.”

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order banning the state and local governments, as well as organizations receiving state funding, from requiring documentation of inoculation.  

"Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” Abbott said in a statement announcing the move. “We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health—and we will do so without treading on Texans' personal freedoms."

The “passport” is some form of documentation, either digital or physical, that shows your vaccination status. In broad use, these passports could be used by sports arenas, music venues, and other spaces to ensure that the events they hold are as safe as possible. Such passports could also help the federal and government and states maintain the veneer of safety as they accelerate toward reopening; this week, President Joe Biden pushed the deadline for states to make vaccines available to all adults to April 19. 

Last month, New York became the first state to roll out such a voluntary program, using an app created by IBM called Excelsior Pass, and it’s been used at NBA and NHL games in New York. Also last month, Walmart announced a plan to make the vaccine records of people inoculated at their stores available digitally. 

But so far, the backlash has outpaced the project itself. 

Texas is one of four states whose governors have either signed laws or announced executive orders barring these so-called “passports,” along with Florida, Idaho, and Utah. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the first governor to weigh in, signed an executive order last week that not only bars state agencies from issuing such documents but also bans businesses from requiring customers to be vaccinated as well. 

"It's completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society," DeSantis said at a press conference last week. 

On Wednesday, a group of more than two dozen House Republicans led by Rep. Russ Fulcher sent a letter to the White House to “express concern” about how such a program “may endanger our constituent’s data privacy, as well as potential violations” of HIPPA, the national health privacy standards. 

It’s yet another example of the political lines drawn over COVID-19. Some states, schools, and workplaces have required other vaccinations for years, such as measles and tetanus shots. And the GOP 

“In some ways, this is not unusual at all,” Jeff Hirsch, a University of North Carolina law professor who focuses on labor law, told VICE News. “Workplaces have done this for a long time too, particularly in the healthcare setting.”

Hirsch said that typically, businesses are allowed to do whatever they want so long as they aren’t discriminating. “Governments passing something changes the equation completely,” he said, noting that it was an “interesting twist” away from the traditionally laissez-faire approach Republicans have taken towards business self-conduct. 

So far, the Biden White House has attempted to avoid the emerging controversy as it gains currency on the right. Though the number of Americans who’ve said they would get the vaccine has steadily increased over the past year—and a third of the country has been vaccinated, as an average of  3 million doses a day have been given over the past week, according to NPRa Pew poll in March found that just 56 percent of Republicans planned to get the vaccine, in contrast to 83 percent of Democrats. 

“The government is not now, nor will we be, supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters earlier this week. “There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical advisor and a bogeyman on the right, also said earlier this week that such documents are “not going to be mandated from the federal government.”

But for now, conservatives are howling about it. In a Wednesday tweet, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy addressed the issue after giving the appropriate penance to former President Donald Trump and Operation Warp Speed for the “safe vaccines.” 

“But forcing Americans to carry a ‘vaccine passport’ to go about daily life is unacceptable in a free society,” McCarthy said. “That's something you'd expect in Communist China. Not in the United States of America.”

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