When asked by a Milwaukee nurse how he will address the racial disparities in healthcare concerning COVID vaccines during a CNN Town Hall Tuesday night, President Joe Biden said community health centers in needy cities will be provided with a million doses of vaccinations weekly and he will also be introducing mobile vans that will travel to neighborhoods to provide vaccines to those in need.
Biden then went on to explain that many Hispanic and African-Americans are not able to register for a COVID vaccine because of internet illiteracy issues.
“A lot of people don’t know how to register,” Biden said. “Not everybody in the community, in the Hispanic and the African-American community, particularly in rural areas that are distant and/or inner city districts, know how to get online to determine how to get in line for that COVID vaccination at the Walgreens or at the particular store.”
He continued, saying he will spend 1 billion dollars on public education to help minorities learn how to understand the online process. “I’ve committed to spend a billion dollars on public education to help people figure out how they can get in there,” Biden said.
Later in the evening, Biden falsely stated that there was no COVID vaccine when he took office. “It’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn‘t have when we came into office,” Biden said.
Biden received the second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Jan. 11, over a week before he was sworn into office. That vaccine and others like, Moderna were developed under the Trump administration’s ‘Operation Warp Speed.’
Biden also said it was a “mistake in communication” when White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that schools would be considered “open” if they held in-person classes one day a week.
“That’s not true. There was a mistake in the communication,” Biden told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper when asked about the one-day-per week goal. Moreover, Biden said he would be “close to” meeting his goal of reopening the majority of K-8 schools by the end of April.
“We’ve had a significant percentage of them being able to be open,” he said, adding “My guess is they’re going to be probably pushing to open all summer to continue like it’s a different semester.”
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Key findings of the report are below.
“Persuaded to return”
According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.
Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.
The Nine Forbidden Countries
China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.
According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.
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