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Israel Shortens Time Between Vax Doses, Adds Fourth Shot for Ages 60 and Over

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The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made a fourth coronavirus vaccine shot available for immunocompromised people, but Israel is the first to officially suggest that anyone over the age of 60 and medical workers receive the extra dose.

“Help us overcome the Omicron wave that is sweeping the world,” said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. The Health Ministry said that the Pandemic Response team ruled Tuesday night that the fourth shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine should be utilized, available four months after receiving the third dose.

Bennett applauded Israel for being the first in the world to provide a third shot and is leading the way to administer the fourth. “No need to wait” tweeted Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz. “Go get vaccinated.”

“Another vaccine for people over the age of 60 and for medical staff of all ages” Horowitz suggested. “This is our top priority for Omicron: protecting the adults who are most vulnerable and keeping the medical staff safe.”

Not only is the fourth dose being recommended, but the Pandemic Response Team also says the time between one’s second and third vaccine doses should be decreased from five months to three months.

Additional details and a formal announcement are expected to be made by Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash in the next few days.

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Internal docs show Amazon censored books on vaccinations due to pressure from Biden White House

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Recently released internal Amazon emails reveal the company caved to pressure from the Biden White House to suppress available vaccine information.

Provided to the House Judiciary Committee, the emails light on the extent of the Biden White House’s influence over the retail giant regarding vaccine-related content. The emails disclose a concerning narrative of pressure from government officials to suppress information deemed unfavorable to their agenda.

Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio took to Twitter to disclose the findings, stating that the emails reveal direct pressure from the White House on Amazon to censor books expressing views contrary to those endorsed by the administration. One email, albeit redacted, explicitly poses the question of whether the administration requested the removal of certain books, to which the answer was affirmative.

National Review highlights the successful efforts of the Biden administration in persuading Amazon to limit the visibility of titles skeptical of vaccine efficacy. White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, Andrew Slavitt, expressed concerns about Amazon’s role in propagating what he termed as “misinformation” regarding vaccines. His emails illustrate a push for action to address what he perceived as a proliferation of dissenting views.

In response to Slavitt’s inquiries, Amazon initially hesitated to take overt action, fearing backlash from conservative media outlets. The company’s internal deliberations reflect a concern for public perception and the potential amplification of the issue if intervention were too conspicuous.

Despite initially refraining from manual intervention, Amazon eventually succumbed to pressure, engaging in discussions with White House officials. The company’s internal documents reveal deliberations on whether the administration sought outright book bans or alterations to search results. Amazon’s stance, as expressed in their meeting with the White House, emphasized the provision of diverse viewpoints and the distinction between online retail and social media platforms.

 

 

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