Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases says now is the time for COVID vaccine mandates. He appeared on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah Monday to call for more mandates. Monday was the first live recording for the show since the pandemic began. Yet, Fauci phoned in for the interview.
“This is a public health issue, and, as you said very appropriately a moment ago, the common enemy is the virus,” Fauic told host Trevor Noah. “There shouldn’t be the divisiveness that we’re seeing.”
As a result of the “divisiveness,” Fauci says the solution is mandating that everyone get vaccinated. “We’re trying to convince people but you’re reaching a certain point that you almost hit a wall that you’re not going to get to a certain group of people. That’s where mandates come in,” Fauci said. “No one likes to mandate people to do things they may not want to do, but sometimes for the greater good of society, you have to do that. You know, same thing like seat belts and things like that. You have to do it.”
Meanwhile, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that over 209 million Americans have received at least one does of the vaccine. Now 53,9% of them are fully vaccinated.
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TN Republican introduces legislation to fight opioid shipments into U.S.
Tennessee Republican Representative Diana Harshbarger is attempting to fight the opioid crisis and epidemic through new legislation. Introduced Friday, Harshbarger told the Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, which addresses what Harshbarger calls a “loophole.” The legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act to specifically require registrants to investigate reports of suspicious orders of controlled substances and halt them if necessary. Under the version of the act currently in force, drug manufacturers and distributors are only required to report suspicious orders of opioids and other controlled substances to the DEA.
“Breaking the opioid epidemic’s stranglehold on our nation is one of my foremost priorities. In an effort to do so, my colleagues and I have identified a loophole that allows distributors to continue order fulfillment, even under suspicious circumstances.”
“My bill closes that loophole with the requirements and guardrails needed to ensure these addictive and potentially dangerous drugs do not fall into the wrong hands while the DEA investigates. The future of our nation depends on us solving the addiction crisis, and this is a step towards that outcome” Harshbarger continued.
The Daily Caller reports:
According to a congressional report released in September, the opioid crisis cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CDC says 93,331 people died from overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, the highest in 50 years. Opioid-related deaths made up nearly three-quarters of the total.
Pharmaceutical companies have been blamed for contributing to the opioid epidemic. The Department of Justice is currently suing the pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen over allegations the company failed to report suspicious orders of opioids to federal law enforcement.
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