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Rep. Gabbard slams younger members of Congress for getting COVID-19 vaccine before the elderly

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Congresswoman and former Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) criticized her young congressional colleagues on Monday for taking the COVID-19 vaccine before the elderly as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for not making seniors a priority.

Notably, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who is 31 years old, recorded herself Friday receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and posted it to her Instagram account.

Members of Congress have been taking the vaccine as part of the “continuity of governance” plan, which propels them to the front of the line ahead of at-risk seniors and other frontline workers.

“Heartless, arrogant, unelected CDC bureaucrats have decided that the lives of elderly Americans don’t count,” Gabbard said in a morning tweet.

“They’re recommending 100 million ‘essential workers’ (i.e. healthy people working at liquor stores or phone companies) can get the vaccine before our grandparents,” she continued, also saying in the attached video that the CDC “for months” has “been telling us that the elderly are the most vulnerable.”

Gabbard at one point in the minute-long video brought up her aunt, saying, “That members of Congress, like me, we can get the vaccine before at-risk seniors can, people like my aunt who is imprisoned in her own home because of the danger that if she catches the disease, she could die.”

“This is immoral and bad health policy,” the 39-year-old congresswoman wrote below the video. “I had planned to get the vaccine but will now stand in solidarity with our seniors by not doing so until THEY can. I urge my colleagues who are under 65 and healthy to join me.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Saturday rubber-stamped Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine about a week after okaying Pfizer’s, which has been overwhelmingly seen as a boon for the U.S. in its effort to immunize the country from the deadly virus.

There have been concerns that many elderly Americans who need vaccine doses are not getting them, with doses in the country still in limited supply.

On top of that, many Americans have expressed wariness toward taking the vaccines due to how fast the vaccines were developed, to some reports of allergic reactions to those who took the Pfizer one, as well as to some misinformation about the vaccines that have been circling around.

Public officials have received the vaccine publicly in an effort to ease concerns.

Vice President Mike Pence already took the vaccine on Friday, with President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden receiving the vaccine on Monday. On Friday, too, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) got the vaccine.

President Donald Trump, on the other hand, has been on the sidelines about himself receiving the vaccine. Earlier this month, Trump tweeted that he was “not scheduled” to take the vaccine, but looked “forward to doing so at the appropriate time.”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1338325735778476035

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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