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District of Columbia | October 26, 2021

Marine Corps Warns Marines Will Be Kicked Out for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

District of Columbia | October 26, 2021

New guidance from the U.S. Marines has said that Marines who don’t get the COVID-19 vaccine face separation.

A Marine Administrative Message (MARADMIN) was posted to the Marine Corps’ website over the weekend, saying that “Marines refusing the COVID-19 vaccination, absent an approved administrative or medical exemption, religious accommodation, or pending appeal shall be processed for administrative separation [in accordance with] this MARADMIN and supporting references.”

“General Court-Martial Convening Authorities (GCMCA) retain authority to take any additional adverse administrative or disciplinary action they deem appropriate,” said the message, which was signed Oct. 23. It applies to both active-duty and reservists.

An order handed down by the Department of Defense several months ago stipulates that active-duty Marines face a Nov. 28 deadline to get fully vaccinated, while reservists face a Dec. 28 deadline to do the same…. (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | October 26, 2021

Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine for Young Children to Be Reviewed by FDA Advisers

District of Columbia | October 26, 2021

Experts advising the Food and Drug Administration are scheduled to meet Tuesday to consider endorsing the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc. for use in young children. Their positive recommendation would likely soon lead to an expansion of the U.S. vaccination campaign to millions of young children. The FDA last week said the results from the companies’ late-stage study met the criteria for immune responses in children 5 to 11 years. The agency also confirmed data from the companies showing that the shot was found to be safe and 90.7% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in a study of the youngsters.
The expert panel, called the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, is expected to review scientific data about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness in children, and vote to recommend whether the FDA should authorize the use…. (Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal)

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District of Columbia | October 22, 2021

NIH admits Fauci lied about funding Wuhan gain-of-function experiments

District of Columbia | October 22, 2021

Two years after Wuhan hosted the 2019 Military World Games, determined to be one of the planet’s first superspreader events of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a top official at the National Institutes of Health has conceded that the agency did indeed fund highly dangerous gain-of-function research on bat-borne coronaviruses in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. In a letter to Kentucky Republican James Comer, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, Lawrence A. Tabak of the NIH admitted that “out of an abundance of caution,” and, of course, after two years of conspicuous indignant behavior that anyone would consider the lab-leak hypothesis, the nation’s top medical research agency conducted an additional review of how the funds authorized by Dr. Anthony Fauci and friends were used by EcoHealth Alliance, the New York City-based nonprofit organization headed by frequent WIV collaborator Peter Daszak. (Excerpts from the Washington Examiner)

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District of Columbia | October 21, 2021

Over 12,000 Air Force Personnel Poised Not to Meet COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Deadline

District of Columbia | October 21, 2021

Over 12,000 active-duty Air Force personnel are poised not meet an upcoming deadline to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19, according to newly released data from the military branch.

In a new update on compliance with the Air Force’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, officials said 3.8 percent of the force remains unvaccinated as of Oct. 18.

That amounts to approximately 12,100 active-duty personnel, down from 13,055 the week prior, according to an Epoch Times analysis of Air Force data.

Fully vaccinated means an airman must get the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna jab, or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, no later than two weeks before the Nov. 2 mandate deadline.

The mandate details were announced by Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall on Sept. 3 under the direction of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin…. (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | October 17, 2021

Republican AGs Say There Is No Federal Vaccine Mandate for Private Workers, Vow to Sue

District of Columbia | October 17, 2021

Several Republican attorneys general have said that President Joe Biden’s federal mandate for COVID-19 vaccinations hasn’t yet come into effect for private businesses, adding that if it is ordered, they will file lawsuits against it.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, a Republican, noted that the White House only last week submitted the text of its emergency rule regarding vaccinations to the Office of Management and Budget, meaning it hasn’t gone into effect.

But, Knudsen noted that “no such rule or regulation is currently in effect,” adding (pdf) that there has been a “great deal of confusion” over Biden’s announcement last month.

“Further, my office is preparing to immediately challenge and enjoin this federal overreach on a variety of grounds when the Biden administration issues its announced rule,” he said…. (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | October 17, 2021

Pentagon Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Vaccine Mandates on Military, Federal Employees and Contractors

District of Columbia | October 17, 2021

Service members from all five branches of the U.S. military, federal employees, and federal civilian contractors have joined in a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Defense over its COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The 24 plaintiffs “face a deadline under the Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate to receive a COVID-19 vaccine that violates their sincerely held religious beliefs, and have been refused any religious exemption or accommodation,” according to Liberty Counsel, the Christian legal firm that filed the lawsuit… (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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