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WHO Director Tweets One Word ‘Love’ Messages As His Organization Faces Scrutiny

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The World Health Organization’s Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared random one worded messages on Twitter throughout the day on Wednesday amid increased U.S. scrutiny of his organization.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced a halt in funding of the WHO over its alleged mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“They told us when we put on our travel bans, a very strong travel ban, there was no need to do it, don’t do it. They actually fought us,” Trump said at Tuesday’s briefing.

He added, “The WHO’s reliance on China’s disclosures likely caused a 20-fold increase in cases worldwide and it may be much more than that. You look all over the world, tremendous death and economic devastation because those tasked with protecting us by being truthful and transparent refused to do so.”

The WHO leader responded to Trump at his Wednesday briefing saying the WHO ‘regrets’ the decision. In addition to his formal remarks, Dr. Tedros took to Twitter to share random words including “Solidarity.” “Humanity.” “Unity.” “Love.” “Stronger Together!”

His responses were a change of tune from earlier comments Dr. Tedros has made. Last week, when Trump accused the WHO of being “China-centric”, the WHO chair responded that such comments would only invite more “body bags.”

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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