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Poll: Most voters think COVID-19 likely came from Chinese lab

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According to the most recent Rasmussen poll, most likely American voters agree that the origin of the COVID-19 virus is suspicious enough that it should be investigated. A majority also suspects it came straight from a Chinese laboratory.

53% of respondents believe it is “very important” for authorities to investigate the virus’s origins. Meanwhile, 29% responded it was “somewhat important” to do so. Ages 65+ had the highest majority that was for an investigation, then the 40-64 age group, then the 18-39 age group. This comes the day after President Biden announced that he “asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion,” according to a statement. Biden demanded a report within 90 days.

Further, 43% believed it was very likely that it originated from a Chinese lab. Reports have claimed that staffers from the Wuhan Virology Instituted came down with COVID-like symptoms as early as November 2019.

See the findings here.

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

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