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Dr. Siegel warns WHO of ‘enormous backlash’ over mask mandates for vaccinated people

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel reacted Sunday to the World Health Organization recommending masks for even vaccinated people. This latest recommendation comes as cases in COVID-19’s Delta variant rise. WHO has called this variant the “most transmissible” so far.

“I’m really worried about it,” Siegel told co-host Pete Hegseth on Fox and Friends “I don’t like that they’re doing it in Israel right now with only 200 cases a day and less. They had 10,000 back in January. And Israel has 60% of the population fully vaccinated, plus the natural immunity. I can’t believe Israel is doing it for such small numbers.”

In his medical opinion, it’s a strategy that shouldn’t be applied in the United States. “I don’t think we should do it,” Siegel said. “I’m very fearful because the left gave the CDC a lot of criticism when they changed the mandates. And if they try to roll it back, it will have an enormous backlash from us. I’m against it. Leave things the way they are.”

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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