While mask mandates and vaccine requirements are constantly changing, one thing remains the same: hypocrisy. On Thursday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced he was ending the employer vaccine mandate… only for the elite world of professional athletes and performers.
“Today I signed an emergency executive order expanding the performance exemption to the private employer vaccine mandate” said Adams in a press conference.
Not long ago, New York City residents were not allowed to go to the gym and were refused service by any public place without showing a vaccination card. Not long ago, our country’s most valued frontline workers and military men and women in uniform were fired from their jobs, their livelihoods completely shattered because they remained unvaccinated.
But not to worry, Adams assured the people his decision was not made “loosely or haphazardly.” That must make the nurses, cops and teachers who can’t pay their rent feel much better.
Nope; then comes the biggest slap in the face of all. “We’re making it because this city has to function” said Adams. And that right there is the liberal mindset. Millionaires playing with leather balls is more valuable to society and its continued function than literally anyone else.
Adams continued, saying the definition of healthy should not just mean “only physically healthy” but also “economically healthy.” Yet again, tell that to the thousands of individuals who were forced out of their lifelong careers for the very thing, Mr. Mayor, that you are allowing millionaires, also known as ‘economically healthy’, people to do.
National Review reports:
The exemption for athletes and entertainers comes ahead of the upcoming baseball season, opening the field for unvaccinated Mets and Yankees to play home games too. Roughly two-thirds of Yankees players and at least ten Mets remain unvaccinated and will now be able to participate, Jon Heyman of the MLB Network noted.
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Fauci’s NIH gives another $3.5 million to EcoHealth despite dangerous past of coronavirus research
Just before he retires, Dr. Anthony Fauci has pushed through a new five-year grant for EcoHealth. EcoHealth Alliance, is the U.S. nonprofit that Fauci and the National Institute of Health’s funds, “to conduct dangerous coronavirus research in partnership with China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology prior to the global Covid-19 pandemic” reports National Review.
Over the next five years, the troublesome EcoHealth will receive over $3.25 million; their first check comes this year for $653,392. The grant is one of four concurrent NIH grants that EcoHealth has; three of the grants were awarded after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The description of the grant on the NIH RePORTER website is to analyze “the potential for future bat coronavirus emergence in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.”
“This is high-risk research that involves going into remote, often inaccessible areas, and sampling bats and bat excreta, and then returning those samples to laboratories in population centers where they attempt to isolate the virus … and then seek to characterize the threat level posed by the virus,” said Richard Ebright, a biosafety expert and professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University. “This is one of the kinds of research that may have been directly responsible for the current pandemic.”
The term gain-of-function research has become very controversial since the global Covid-19 pandemic, and National Review reports on the subject:
This newest EcoHealth project wouldn’t qualify as gain-of-function research, Ebright said. Gain-of-function research involves extracting viruses from animals and engineering them in a lab to make them more transmissible or dangerous to humans. But Ebright said two of EcoHealth’s grants do involve gain-of-function research and enhanced potential pandemic research on coronaviruses. And even if the current description of the new project doesn’t involve gain-of-function research, that doesn’t mean it couldn’t later.
From securing funding to completing the research, it is a six-year process, Ebright said, and the project is bound to change over those six years. “If researchers robotically followed what they proposed six years ago, they would not be taking into account developments in their own labs and in the field at any point along the way,” he said. “You have to have this flexibility. That also means you need oversight to make sure the flexibility isn’t going into forbidden areas.”
Going into forbidden areas is exactly how EcoHealth and its president, Peter Daszak, previously got into trouble. Starting in 2014, the U.S. government temporarily paused funding for gain-of-function research due to concerns over biosafety and biosecurity. When some of EcoHealth’s research – involving infecting genetically-engineered mice with hybrid viruses – seemed to cross that line, NIAID staff and EcoHealth leaders crafted work-around guidelines to allow the nonprofit to continue its work.
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