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Trump: Vaccines ‘all took place on my watch’

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Moderna has received praise from President Trump after it announced Monday that the vaccine is 94.5% effective against coronavirus, according to preliminary data from the company’s ongoing study.

On Monday, Trump tweeted the Moderna vaccine was one of two recent “great discoveries.”

Moderna announced its vaccine one week after Pfizer said its vaccine was also over 90% effective.

Trump tweeted to “please remember that these great discoveries, which will end the China Plague, all took place on my watch!”

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On Fox & Friends Monday morning, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said, “I think it speaks to amazing work of Americans all across this country, but it also has to be noted that President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary Azar, they made a leap of fate way back in January to invest tax payer money in Operation Warp Speed and we are getting not one, but two vaccines here in the month of November that can get to market very, very soon.”

He added, “It’s incredible, it’s something we should all celebrate.”

Operation Warp Speed is a partnership between the federal government and private drugmakers to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacturing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar said Warp Speed has put around $2 billion to support the Moderna vaccine.

Azar said Moderna’s vaccine was a part of “President Trump’s vision” on Fox & Friends Monday.

“This is a really a historic day. This is the vaccine that President Trump partnered with on January 13th, and now over 90% effective vaccine in one of the largest clinal trials ever. Now we have Pfizer, we have Moderna and thanks to President Trump’s vision we have been making both of those and four other vaccines at commercial scale productions,” said Azar.

Additonally, Azar tweeted that the vaccine is a “stunning result of President Trump’s leadership.”

Daughter of President Trump and senior advisor, Ivanka Trump, also congratulated the President on “this historic breakthrough” on Twitter.

A vaccine is anticipated to be ready by the end of the year. Both pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and Moderna are expected to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization by early December.

“We believe we’ll have enough for 20 million Americans to get vaccinated in December,” said Azar.

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NYC bill trying to repeal ‘sanctuary city’ laws put in place by liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio

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New York lawmakers are introducing a bill this week to undo “sanctuary city” laws approved from 2014-2018 under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. Council members Robert Holden (D-Queens) and Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The New York Post they’ll introduce the bill Thursday.

Among the laws to be reversed include the prohibiting of the NYPD, and Correction and Probation departments from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the cases involve suspected terrorists or serious public safety risks. It would also reverse rules prohibiting city agencies from partnering with ICE to enforce federal immigration laws.

“Sanctuary city laws put all New Yorkers, both immigrants and longtime residents, in danger by preventing the NYPD and DOC from working with ICE,” said Holden, a moderate Dem. “We do not need to import criminals, and only 23 years since 9/11, we have forgotten the deadly consequences of poor interagency communication. We must repeal these laws immediately.”

“Like most things in New York, sanctuary city policy is a social experiment gone off the rails,” said Borelli. “All the problems with these local laws came out during the public-hearing process, but the Council just stepped harder on the gas pedal.”

In February, Mayor Eric Adams called for the rules to be loosened so migrants “suspected” of “serious” crimes could also be turned over to ICE — as they once were under sanctuary city policies implemented as early as 1989 under ex-mayors Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg.

Among public reasons for the push is the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.  If it wasn’t for the sanctuary city policies, Riley is among other deaths that could have been prevented if the policies were not in place, Holden and other critics have said.

The 22-year-old was found dead Feb. 22 on the University of Georgia’s campus, six months after her alleged killer Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, was arrested in Queens and charged with endangering a child.

The Post explains of the case:

The NYPD had no choice but to cut the Venezuelan-born Ibarra loose — instead of turning him over to federal immigration officials — because he didn’t have any major crime convictions.

Council Speaker Adrienne Adams shot down the mayor’s idea just one day later, saying she and the rest of the Council’s progressive Democratic majority wouldn’t be considering any rule changes. The bill introduced this week is also likely to face objections from the Council’s left-wing Democratic majority.

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