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Pentagon pauses vaccination plan for Guantanamo Bay prisoners after massive blowback from public

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After massive blowback, the Pentagon has changed its policy on vaccinating prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

“No Guantanamo detainees have been vaccinated. We’re pausing the plan to move forward, as we review force protection protocols. We remain committed to our obligations to keep our troops safe,” press secretary for the Pentagon John Kirby said in a Saturday tweet.

The original policy was going to see prisoners including the alleged mastermind behind 9/11 get vaccines before most Americans.

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A prosecutor in the case against five Gitmo prisoners who allegedly conspired in the 9/11 attacks confirmed the vaccinations will be given to the prisoners. Khalid Shekih Mohammad, the accused mastermind of the horrific 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people is one of the prisoners set for vaccination.

The prosecutor confirmed in an email saying “that an official in the Pentagon has just signed a memo approving the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine to the detainee population in Guantanamo,” according to The Blaze.

DOD officials confirmed that an order was signed that the vaccines will be “offered to all detainees and prisoners,” according to the New York Post.

“It will be administered on a voluntary basis and in accordance with the Department’s priority distribution plan,” spokesman Michael Howard informed the New York Post.

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Study finds harmful levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in popular bandage brands

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A new consumer study tested several brands of bandages and found higher levels of fluorine in bandages from Band-Aid, CVS Health, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target and Curad, which contain harmful levels of “forever chemicals,” also known as PFAS.

The study by Mamavation and Environmental Health News revealed that out of 40 bandages from 18 different brands, 26 contained organic fluorine, an indicator of PFAS.

“Because bandages are placed upon open wounds, it’s troubling to learn that they may be also exposing children and adults to PFAS,” said Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, the study’s co-author and the former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

News Nation reports that the study found the chemicals present in the adhesive part of the bandages. Mamavation said some brands likely used the PFAS in bandages “for their waterproof qualities.”

“It’s obvious from the data that PFAS are not needed for wound care, so it’s important that the industry remove their presence to protect the public from PFAS and opt instead for PFAS-free materials,” Birnbaum said.

According to the study, the chemicals are linked to several health effects, including “reduced immune system, vaccine response, developmental and learning problems for infants and children, certain cancers, lowered fertility, and endocrine disruption.”

While the exposure risk to PFAS through the skin isn’t clear, skin exposure “poses similar health risks” as eating or drinking food contaminated with PFAS, according to a previous study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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