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Military to distribute nearly half million vaccines a day: FEMA reports

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Nearly half a million people could receive the coronavirus vaccine every single day beginning in the near future with a new deal the Pentagon is moving to close on.

The Pentagon and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are working on a deal to have the military distribute around 450,000 COVID -19 vaccines a day if that many are available, according to CNN.

The agency reported Friday this number could be reached with the deployment of 10,000 troops to 100 distribution centers across the nation.

“The department is evaluating the request, and what kinds of support it can provide. Given the significance of the request, it will be reviewed urgently but carefully to determine what DOD assets can safely be made available to support the effort,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday, according to CNN.

CNN reports that the military would not receive additional doses, that it would be based on the amount of doses the states could get.

The details of the deal are not final and can be changed.

The news agency reports that the locations would distribute vaccinations for 16 hours a day with two 8 hour shifts. The report also says the troops would be deployed within 96 hours of a final agreement.

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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