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Ric Grenell: Biden is only re-ordering the COVID vaccines

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Fmr. acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said President Joe Biden in only reordering the vaccines and that “all the heavy lifting was done by President Trump and his team.”

Speaking on Newsmax TV’s “The Count” on Saturday, Grenell said Biden’s vaccine distribution actions are “akin to going into the presidential Amazon Prime account and pressing reorder.”

“All the heavy lifting was done by President Trump and his team,” Grenell said. “We all know that they found the vaccine. They shepherded it through. I was in the Oval Office on multiple occasions where we had to interrupt an intel briefing because there was an urgent call from a CEO or somebody involved in Operation Warp Speed, and President Trump wanted to keep it on track. So every meeting, he would stop and he would take all of the calls to keep it moving.”

Last week, a senior advisor on the Biden administration COVID team praised the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed for the “record time” in which the COVID vaccine was developed.

“We’re grateful for the work that came before us and are doing the best we can to continue it and accelerate it,” Andy Slavitt said last week on Fox News. “I would absolutely tip my hat. … The Trump administration made sure that we got in record time a vaccine up and out. That’s a great thing and it’s something we should all be excited about.”

The Biden administration has claimed that they had to “start from scratch” regarding vaccine distribution. During a March 2 news conference, Biden said that Trump did not ensure there would be enough vaccines for the American public.

“When I came into office, the prior administration had contracted for not nearly enough vaccine to cover adults in America,” Biden said. “We rectified that.”

Grenell also said we should applaud Biden for continuing the vaccine process that was set up by the Trump administration.

“I guess what we can do is compliment President Biden for understanding that we just need to keep the process going, and the states need to keep getting the vaccine,” Grenell said. “But they didn’t do anything on finding the vaccine. They didn’t do anything to work through the bureaucracy. They didn’t do anything other than continue what President Trump had set up, so let’s applaud President Biden. We’re keeping going, what President Trump set up, so reordering. You know, great, great accomplishment, right?”

In a statement last week, Trump said he hopes everyone “remembers” him when receiving the COVID vaccine.

“I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!”

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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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