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WHO Chief urges governments to ‘bring back face masks’ and Los Angeles may be first



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Americans fought for their freedom from mandates surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic for over two years and the World Health Organization and city of Los Angeles may take it all back in the blink of an eye.

The Associated Press reports “Los Angeles County, home to 10 million residents, is facing a return to a broad indoor mask mandate later this month if current trends in hospital admissions continue, county health Director Barbara Ferrer said this week.”

On Tuesday, the White House response team urged all adults 50 and older to get a booster shot if they haven’t yet this year. The White House also suggested getting any available booster shot, and not wait for the next wave.

The AP notes that the latest variant, BA.5, is highly transmissible and now accounts for 65% of cases. Its “cousin” BA.4 makes up another 16% of cases. “The variants have shown a remarkable ability to get around the protection offered by vaccination.”

World Health Organization Chief Dr Ghebreyesus is urging all governments to reinstate Covid measures like masking and ventilation due to an “increasing trend of deaths”

“I am concerned that cases of Covid-19 continue to rise – putting further pressure on stretched health systems and health workers,” he said. Governments should “deploy tried and tested measures like masking, improved ventilation and test and treat protocols.”

Requiring masks again “helps us to reduce risk,” Ferrer told Los Angeles County supervisors. She is expected to discuss details of the potential new county mandate during a public health briefing Thursday afternoon.

“I do recognize that when we return to universal indoor masking to reduce high spread, for many this will feel like a step backwards,” Ferrer said Tuesday.

For most of the pandemic, Los Angeles County has required masks in some indoor spaces, including health care facilities, Metro trains and buses, airports, jails and homeless shelters. The new mandate would expand the requirement to all indoor public spaces, including shared offices, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, retail stores, restaurants and bars, theaters and schools.



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Former troops who lost livelihood over Biden’s vaccine mandate sue for billions in lost wages



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Three separate lawsuits with plans to be turned into a class action lawsuit is in the works on behalf of all service members who suffered due to Biden’s military vaccine mandate. Former troops involved in the lawsuit were either kicked out or illegally ordered to stop drilling, resulting in loss of pay or benefits, reports Breitbart.

Attorney Dale Saran, a retired Marine, and fellow attorneys Andy Meyer and Brandon Johnson are representing the former troops in the lawsuit, stating, “It’s worth billions. That’s just flat-out. That’s what it is in backpay. It’s billions of dollars,” said Saran.

The lawsuits were filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which Saran said is a specialized court where illegal discharges are heard. Saran estimates there are 80,000 to 100,000 service members — both active-duty and reservists — who were impacted by the mandate. While more than 8,000 active-duty troops were kicked out, tens of thousands of reservists were told not to drill anymore or were moved to inactive status, he said.

“They were basically [without] the benefit of any due process. No boards were held. They didn’t hold any administrative separation boards; they didn’t hold any hearings. They didn’t do any federal recognition boards; none of the administrative or judicial procedures were used. They just flat-out did it. And then…they got the Coast Guard to follow along, and they got a bunch of Coasties too,” Saran said.

Saran said the monetary damages were not only from lost backpay but also from repayment of enlistment bonuses. He explained, “Say you enlisted for five years, you got a bonus and $50,000…And then, now, they’re like, ‘Hey, we’re gonna inject you with this.’ You’re like, ‘Yo, that’s experimental. Like, that’s not actually licensed. And the defense secretary’s order was we’d only have to take licensed vaccines — that says experimental.’”

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