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Democrat Governor: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Is ‘A Problem For All Of Us’

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Gretchen Whitmer
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Democrat Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer discussed President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate this week, saying that the mandate is “a problem for all of us.”

“We’re an employer too, the state of Michigan is,” Whitmer said. “I know if that mandate happens, we’re going to lose state employees. That’s why I haven’t proposed a mandate at the state level. Some states have. We have not, we’re waiting to see what happens in court.”

“But we have a lot of the same concerns that you just voiced, and it’s going to be a problem for all of us,” she added.

According to the Detroit Free Press, “The governor made the remarks in response to a comment from the head of a home health care provider during a meeting with business leaders in Howard City, about 35 miles north of Grand Rapids.”

Whitmer’s comments come shortly after a federal judge in Georgia blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate nationwide for federal contractors and subcontractors.

U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker of the Southern District of Georgia said that the seven states that had challenged the mandate – led by Georgia – would likely succeed in their lawsuits, and that the mandate “goes far beyond addressing administrative and management issues in order to promote efficiency and economy in procurement and contracting.”

COVID-19 vaccine mandates have led to mass firings across the country. At New York’s Northwell Health, the state’s largest provider of health care, thousands of employees were fired after refusing the vaccine. Additionally, UMass Memorial Health fired 200 employees this week after they missed their COVID-19 vaccination deadlines.

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  1. Scott

    December 9, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Anything to get re-elected! She’s a fraud and a lying hypocrite! She was of the worst offenders when it came to mandates, lockdowns, and attacks on Citelli RN rights.

  2. Witt

    December 13, 2021 at 8:51 am

    little Hilterit walking Michigan, now facing election consequences !

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New data reveals NIH scientists collected $710 Million in royalties during pandemic

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New data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reveal that the agency and its scientists collected $710 million in royalties from late 2021 through 2023. These payments, made by private companies such as pharmaceutical firms, are for licensing medical innovations developed by government scientists. A significant portion of these funds — $690 million — was directed to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, and its 260 scientists.

An in depth report by the New York Post reveals that the vast majority of the royalties collected during the pandemic era went to NIAID, the subagency under Dr. Fauci. The NIH has been secretive about disclosing details of this private royalty complex. OpenTheBooks.com, an organization advocating for government transparency, had to sue to uncover royalties paid from September 2009 to October 2021, which amounted to $325 million over 56,000 transactions. A second lawsuit, with Judicial Watch as counsel, was necessary to release the latest data.

During the pandemic, royalty payments to the NIH more than doubled compared to the previous twelve years combined, amounting to $1.036 billion. However, it remains unclear if royalties from COVID-19 vaccines, particularly from Pfizer and Moderna (the latter having agreed to pay $400 million to NIH), are included in these figures. The NIH has not provided clarity on this matter.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key figure in the U.S. COVID-19 response, is set to testify before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic to address potential conflicts of interest and transparency issues that have plagued NIH’s handling of royalties and FOIA requests.

Fauci’s deputy, Dr. David Morens, has been implicated in using strategies to circumvent the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), such as misspelling words and using physical couriers for messages. These actions have drawn significant criticism and calls for greater transparency.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has sponsored the Royalty Transparency Act, which has unanimously passed the committee stage and is awaiting a floor vote. This act aims to provide greater transparency regarding royalty payments to government scientists.

 

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