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WH deputy press secretary: We could have vaccine ‘shots in arms as early as Monday’



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White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern joined Fox News’s Varney & Co Friday to give the latest updates on Operation Warp Speed.

Morgenstern said Operation Warp Speed is on track to far exceed Joe Biden’s goal of 100 million vaccines in his first 100 days in office.

“We are on page to far exceed that goal on that timeline over the course of the next several months,” Morgenstern said. “If it were only 100 million talking about March or April, that would actually be behind schedule. We’re talking about getting to 100 million by February potentially.”

“The man’s trying to take credit for the president’s achievement,” Stuart Varney said of Biden. “I think the president deserves full credit for what he has achieved.”

Morgenstern then said he expects shipments of the vaccinations to go out this weekend and begin possible distribution on Monday.

“We anticipate the FDA finally issuing the authorization, they’ve already given the signal, that means we think there will be shipments happening over the weekend and that we can have shots in arms as early as Monday,” Morgenstern said.

“That is extraordinary news for America thanks to President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed.”

Decisions on allocating vaccines are up to the states, and their plans must be approved by the federal government. The vaccine supply will be divided up based on population size. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention will issue guidelines outlining priority populations and the order in which the vaccinations should be distributed. The CDC guidelines are recommendations, not requirements.

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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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