Covid-19 News: Over 150 Texas Hospital Workers Are Fired or Resign Over Vaccine Mandate

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A demonstrator held a sign in protest at Houston Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas, in early June.
Credit…Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press

More than 150 staff members at a Houston-area hospital were fired or resigned on Tuesday for not following a policy that requires employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

The hospital, Houston Methodist, had told employees that they had to be vaccinated by June 7 or face suspension for two weeks. Of the nearly 200 employees who had been suspended, 153 of them were terminated by the hospital on Tuesday or

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Widespread SARS-CoV-2 mutation escapes vaccine- and infection-induced CD8 T-cell responses

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Researchers in the UK have warned that a widespread mutation that has arisen in the spike protein of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) appears to escape recognition by CD8 T-cell responses in both convalescent patients and recipients of the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines.

The spike protein mediates the initial stage of the SARS-CoV-2 infection process and is the structure that currently-approved COVID-19 vaccines have been based on.  

The spike mutation – P272L – has so far arisen in five different SARS-CoV-2 lineages, including the B.1.177 lineage that was associated with a second pandemic wave in Europe.

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Virus infections surging in Africa’s vulnerable rural areas

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ZVIMBA, Zimbabwe — For Pelagia Bvukura, who lives in a rural part of north-central Zimbabwe, COVID-19 had always been a “city disease,” affecting those in the capital, Harare, or other, distant big towns.

“There was no virus for us. We only used to hear it was in Harare or other towns or when city people died and we buried them here,” she said recently, referring to the custom in Zimbabwe where those who move to the city often are buried at their family’s rural home.

That is changing now. A new surge of the virus is finally penetrating Africa’s rural

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Ariana Grande Is Giving Away $1M in Free Therapy

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Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara, Taraji P. Henson and more applauded the artist’s incredible gift to others, after she celebrated her 28th birthday. For Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Grande encouraged asking for help in a set of IG slides that also provided information to mental health and substance abuse resources, ranging from postpartum support to the Veterans Crisis Line to Black Mental Health Alliance, The Trevor Project and more.

“I so hope that this will be a helpful starting point and that you’ll be able to build space for this in your lives and continue!” she continued in the

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Australia official urges against AstraZeneca

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BRISBANE, Australia — The top health official in Australia’s Queensland state is advising adults under age 40 not to take the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine because of the risk of a rare blood clotting disorder, even though the Australian government is making those shots available to all adults.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said Wednesday that younger adults should wait for the scarce Pfizer vaccine to become available. Young says that with only 42 coronavirus cases active in Queensland, AstraZeneca is not worth the risk for younger adults.

The federal government decided Monday to make AstraZeneca available to all adults

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