If only the medical advice were clearer, Anja W., a 35-year-old woman in the 25th week of pregnancy, would want to get vaccinated against COVID-19. She's a doctor, and she knows her way around all the issues. "If the German Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics and the Standing Committee on Vaccination would clearly recommend vaccination for pregnant women, and if a COVID-19 vaccination was deemed a lower risk than an infection with the virus itself, I would get vaccinated. I've been watching the advice in other countries. In the US, they've been vaccinating pregnant people for months," says Anja W. In addition to the US, other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Israel and Belgium have recommended that pregnant people get vaccinated. In fact, they are to be treated as priority cases. But Germany's Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) has yet to recommend it here, either during pregnancy or for those people breastfeeding newborn babies. Delay due to lack of data In … [Read more...] about COVID: Is it safe to get vaccinated in pregnancy?
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be 'paid exorbitantly' for their celebrity value in the US, a royal expert has said. Biographer Kitty Kelley said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be sought after as their royal link means they have something not even the biggest movie stars can claim. Ms Kelley told the Washington Post : “Harry and Meghan will be sought after socially in America and paid generously (some might say exorbitantly) for their celebrity value. “Not even the biggest U.S. movie star or sports giant can claim Harry and Meghan’s link to the British monarchy.” What do you think? Have your say in comments below A feature in the newspaper claimed the royal couple were "reinventing themselves as multihyphenate American celebrities, the kind who dabble in content, philanthropy, technology and a tasteful dash of politics." It also described the couple as a 'brand'. When Meghan and Harry first stepped down as working royals, PR experts predicted they … [Read more...] about Meghan and Harry ‘will be paid exorbitantly in US for celebrity value’, expert says
Why have millions of Americans missed their second COVID-19 shot? According to a recent report in the The New York Times , reasons for not getting the second dose vary, from fear of potential side effects of the inoculation, to the belief that one dose is sufficient protection against the coronavirus, to logistical barriers beyond the individual's control, such as canceled appointments and pharmacies not stocking doses of the right brand of vaccine. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data quoted in the NYT report and other media outlets has been making the rounds with headlines that emphasize that millions of Americans aren't returning for their second dose. What some of these articles are less quick to acknowledge, though, is that while 8% of Americans aren't returning for their second dose — for various reasons — that means that 92% of Americans are compliant with the dosing schedule laid out by authorities. Dr. Angela Rasmussen is a virologist with the … [Read more...] about Fact check: COVID-19 vaccines — Why are people missing their second shot?
It was Franklin Roosevelt who first invited Americans to use "the first 100 days" as a measure of his success as president. Nearly 90 years later, Joe Biden will mark his 100th day in the White House with the country - as it is on most things these days - divided over what he has achieved as president so far. A raft of opinion polls to mark Mr Biden's first 100 days shows the president's approval rating - that measure beloved of American pollsters - ranging between 52% and 58%. It is the third-lowest approval rating of any president in his first 100 days since the Second World War. The average for the last 14 presidents is 66%. The lowest ever? Donald Trump's 42% in 2017. That Mr Trump and Mr Biden have governed in such hyper-partisan political times certainly goes some way to explaining those historically low marks. But, for the Biden administration, having the approval of a majority of Americans - however slim that majority - is a significant achievement. There … [Read more...] about Joe Biden’s first 100 days: What the president promised – and what he delivered
JOE Biden has set a new goal for 70 per cent of adults to have had at least one Covid jab and for 160million to be fully vaccinated by July 4. The President has implored Americans to get the jab during an address from the State Dining Room of the White House this afternoon as he set the Independence Day target. He said during his remarks that the next phase of the rollout with focus on three areas - getting those aged between 12 and 15 jabbed, making vaccines more available and encouraging those who have so far been unsure by improving vaccine education.. Biden 's remarks come at a time when the pace of vaccinations nationwide has slowed down, even though every American adult is now eligible for the jab. His announcement comes during a week when he has otherwise been heavily focused on pushing major spending plans pending in Congress . During an appearance on May 3, he defended his proposals to increase taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for his plans. … [Read more...] about Joe Biden latest: President wants 70% of adults to have one Covid shot & 160 million fully vaccinated by July 4 holiday