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Surgeon General addresses misconceptions, urges inoculations as COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins



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U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar observed the vaccination of five hospital workers Monday at a “kick-off” event, on the same day that the historic coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer is beginning to be delivered to sites all across the United States and as certain high-priority individuals receive the first doses.

Adams notably addressed the hesitancy of many people of color to get the vaccine and how to encourage vaccination within many minority communities.

This long-awaited day also comes as the United States’ total COVID-19 death toll surpasses 300,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

We must now move from vaccines to vaccinations. And it would be a great tragedy if disparity is actually worsened because the people who could most benefit from this vaccine won’t take it.

Surgeon general Jerome Adams

“Today is truly an historic day,” Adams said at the afternoon press conference held at George Washington University’s hospital. “Vaccinations have been a tried and true public health measure for hundreds of years. But the development of a COVID-19 vaccine is nothing short of revolutionary, and I hope everybody appreciates the importance, the significance, the history of this moment.”

The surgeon general also thanked researchers across the country and the globe for their “Herculean efforts to bring us to where the light of the end of this long and dark tunnel.”

“But, […] having a vaccine is only the first step. We must now move from vaccines to vaccinations. And it would be a great tragedy if disparity is actually worsened because the people who could most benefit from this vaccine won’t take it.”

“I’ve often said, ‘Vaccines are one of our greatest social injustices in this country.’ So ensuring that all Americans have an equitable opportunity to receive the vaccine and promoting vaccine confidence and equitable uptake will be critical if we want to save lives, ensure the protection of all Americans against COVID-19, and end this pandemic.”

Adams then went on to speak about distrust within communities of color being a cause for reluctance to receive the vaccine, saying that such “lack of trust is not without good reason.”

He then cited the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment that occurred for decades as one of those reasons for distrust, adding that the studies “occurred within many of our own lifetimes.” The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment allowed over 600 Black men to live with syphilis for 40 years between 1932 and 1972, even though they were being told they were receiving health care from the government.

“To truly combat vaccine hesitancy and encourage diverse enrollment in clinical trials,” Adams continued, “we must first acknowledge this real history of mistreatment and exploitation of minorities by the medical community and the government.”

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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation



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In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.

The charges against Hunter Biden include:

• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm

• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer

•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance

According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.

Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.

The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.

Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.

Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.

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