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The NBA announced that it will withhold the paychecks of star players who are hesitant to get the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

Superstar Kyrie Irving, left, leads a small coalition of players, including Bradley Beal, center, and Jonathan Isaac, right, who refuse to roll up their sleeves for the injections.

"Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses," NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement on Wednesday.

The multi-millionaire players plan to sit out home games in cities that have strict vaccine mandates.

The withholding of paychecks is among the Covid-19 compliance measures the NBA announced on Thursday morning.

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The league plans to make life miserable for the unvaccinated holdouts.

When in their home cities, unvaccinated players will be required to remain at home. When they are on the road, they must remain in their hotel rooms, and away from large gatherings.

Unvaccinated players can practice with their vaxxed teammates, but they will be tested frequently.

About 90% of NBA players have received 2 doses of mRNA vaccine, according to reports.

However, Dr. Anthony Fauci moved the goalposts again by announcing people who received 2 shots of mRNA vaccine are no longer considered fully vaccinated.

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In an interview with The Atlantic this week, Dr. Fauci said that a third booster shot is required to be fully vaccinated.

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"I've made it clear that my opinion has always been that I believe that a third-shot booster for a two-dose mRNA [vaccine] should ultimately and will ultimately be the proper, complete regimen.

"The vaccine is very successful. The durability of it is something that's a subject of considerable discussion and sometimes debate... I think we should be preventing people from getting sick from COVID even if they don't wind up in the hospital."

Fauci insisted it's beneficial to have temporary protection [rather] than no protection. He made no mention of natural immunity.

Fauci and the CDC previously insisted that the mRNA vaccine would prevent the spread of the virus.

In March, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky spoke of impending doom if Spring breakers didn't get vaccines or wear masks.

Fauci now claims he is studying the "durability" of the vaccine, meaning how long the protection will last.

Studies have shown the vaccines' efficacy fades after 3-6 months and a booster will be needed at least every 6 months.

The FDA has approved emergency use of the booster shots for people age 65 and older, and those who are at high risk, including healthcare workers and people with underlying conditions.

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The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta has issued an urgent health advisory for "pregnant people" who still haven't received their Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

The CDC recommends mRNA injections for all pregnant women, women who are trying to get pregnant, and women who may become pregnant in the near future.

The CDC urged Covid-19 mRNA vaccination "either before or during pregnancy" because the "benefits of vaccination for both pregnant persons and their fetus or infant outweigh known or potential risks," CBS46 reports.

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According to CDC data, only 31% of "pregnant people" have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Vaccine coverage is highest among Asian pregnant women (45.7%), but lowest among Black pregnant women (15.6%), or Latino pregnant people (25%).

The CDC says there are 125,000 "confirmed cases of Covid-19 in pregnant people," more than 22,000 pregnant women hospitalized and 161 Covid-19 deaths among pregnant women.

22 deaths of pregnant women occurred in the month of August alone, according to CBS46.

The CDC reminds pregnant women that they are "at increased risk of severe illness, death, and pregnancy complications when compared to non-pregnant people."

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A small but vocal group of Nicki Minaj supporters protested outside the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta on Wednesday.

According to Yahoo! News, the group was comprised of members of the anti-vaccine Black Hammer organization.

The protesters shouted "Nicki told the truth!" and "Fauci lied to me!" - referring to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Covid-19 adviser to Pres. Joe Biden.

The demonstrators also chanted "down with the CDC, Fauci lies to me."

A man in a black mask holding a megaphone said, "Nicki Minaj said I'm not going to take your vaccine."

The activists approached cars leaving the CDC headquarters on the city's northeast side.

Nicki sparked controversy earlier this week when she tweeted her reason for skipping this year's Met Gala.

The "Anaconda" rapper told her 22.6 million followers she was unvaccinated and preferred to do her own research before getting the vaccine.

She also claimed a friend of her cousin in her native Trinidad experienced impotency and swollen testicles after getting the shots.

Health ministers in Trinidad held an urgent press conference to deny the claim.

The ministers told the BBC "there is absolutely no reported side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad."

Watch the video below.

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The Centers for Disease Control quietly changed the definition of "vaccination" earlier this month. Congressman Thomas Massie tweeted the change last week.

Here is the old definition of "vaccination" from the CDC's website (2012):

"Vaccination: Injection of a killed or weakened infectious organism in order to prevent the disease."

In August 2021, the CDC updated the definition of "vaccination" to align with the new mRNA spike protein vaccine program:

"Vaccination: The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease."

However, the word "immunity" was problematic because studies out of Israel show that God-given natural immunity provides 27 times more protection than mRNA vaccines.

The CDC removed the word "immunity" and replaced it with "protection", since immunity conferred by mRNA "vaccines" fades in 3-6 months.

Here is the new definition of "vaccination" from CDC.gov (updated on Sept. 1):

Vaccination: The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease.

Twitter users accused the CDC of moving the goalposts yet again.

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Expect Dr. Anthony Fauci and CNN to downplay and minimize natural immunity as trivial since mRNA spike protein shots provide better "protection."

Dr. Fauci couldn't answer a basic question about immunity when CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta went off-script last week. See video below.
 

 

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Americans who received 2 doses of Covid-19 messenger RNA vaccines are no longer "fully vaccinated," according to new guidance from the CDC.

The CDC announced Wednesday, Aug. 18, that a third dose of the experimental mRNA vaccine will be available for immunosuppressed individuals starting the week of September 20.

The third dose, called "booster" shots, are necessary, according to the CDC, because data submitted by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shows the vaccine's effectiveness wears off after 6-8 months.
 
READ ALSO: FDA Authorizing THIRD Coronavirus mRNA Injection for Immunocompromised People
 
A reporter asked at a video press conference on Wednesday, "What will it mean to be fully vaccinated once people are eligible for boosters? Will it be two shots or three shots?"

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy responded:

"Our recommendation, down the line, again pending the advice and the review of the FDA..., is that we believe that that third dose will ultimately be needed to provide the fullest and continual extent of protection that we think people will need for the virus."

Prior to Wednesday, the definition of "fully vaccinated" meant two doses of mRNA vaccine or one shot of the J&J "dead virus" vaccine.

The booster shots will be available for immunocompromised individuals first in mid-September. Then it will become available to health care workers, nursing home residents and the elderly who got the first 2 doses.

The general population who received the first 2 doses will be eligible to receive the third booster shot in late September or early October, pending full approval by the FDA.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a third coronavirus mRNA injection for "immunocompromised" people beginning on Thursday, Aug. 12.

The federal health agency expanded emergency use for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA to administer third "booster" shots to people with compromised or weak immunity.

The shots are authorized for people who received the first two injections and are considered immunocompromised due to cancer treatment, autoimmune disorders, HIV or other conditions that weaken the immune system.

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Americans with weak or compromised immunity are allowed to get a third coronavirus vaccine beginning on Thursday, Aug. 12.
 
ALSO READ: Should You Get a Third Vaccine Shot? The CDC Says Not Yet
 
Previously, health experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta and the World Health Organization (WHO) said third boosters shots were not necessary.

However, Pfizer and Moderna claim third shots are needed because the first 2 injections are "wearing off" and antibody levels are decreasing among the fully vaccinated population.

Neither Pfizer nor Modern vaccines prevent the spread of the virus or prevent the fully vaccinated from contracting the virus.

Pfizer and Moderna have applied to the FDA for full approval of their vaccines.

About 50% of the U.S. population have been fully vaccinated.

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As Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC report "surging" coronavirus "variant" cases, pharmaceutical companies urge a third mRNA vaccine "booster" shot.

Pfizer-BioNTech is projected to earn $30 billion from vaccines in 2021.

Pfizer-BioNTech submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a third vaccination booster shot.

The FDA is already in the process of reviewing Pfizer-BioNTech's request for full approval of its emergency authorized vaccines.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla claims that a third booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine will be needed as the Delta and Lambda variants continue to surge across the US.

Bourla claims the immunity provided by the first two mRNA injections will wear off after 6 months.

However, natural God-given immunity typically lasts a lifetime. Natural immunity occurs after a virus enters the body (with or without symptoms).

When healthy, the natural immune system detects and responds to invading virus and kills the pathogens before the organisms can multiply in the body.
 
READ ALSO: CDC Investigates heart inflammation in young people who got Covid-19 vaccine
 
Ugur Sahin, CEO of Pfizer's German partner BioNTech, recently stated that he's not calling for a third booster shot just yet.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also said a third booster shot is not needed.

Pfizer said Wednesday it will require all of its U.S. employees and contractors to become fully vaccinated or participate in weekly rapid Covid testing.

Question: If you are fully vaccinated, do you plan to take the third booster shot?

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The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is monitoring more than 200 people in 27 states who may have been exposed to a man infected with monkeypox.

The CDC is working to evaluate individuals who came into contact with the man who returned to Atlanta from Lagos, Nigeria. The man then departed Atlanta on a flight to Dallas, Texas, where he tested positive for the monkeypox virus.

"While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm and we do not expect any threat to the general public," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a press release.

Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 at a research facility where monkeys were housed for research.

The CDC first detected cluster cases of monkeypox virus in the United States in 2003. Approximately 20 cases of monkeypox were reported in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana in 2003.

The viral disease was thought to be spread to humans by domestic prairie dogs being kept as household pets.

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Tammy Kauter, of Dorchester, Wisconsin, contracted the monkeypox virus from one of her 2 pet prairie dogs. She is pictured with her family and pet, Chuckles, on June 9, 2003.

The sick prairie dog died but Tammy kept Chuckles because it was thought she was immune after recovering from the virus and couldn't contract the disease again.

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Cases of a potentially deadly fungus have been reported in the United States for the first time ever, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

New cases of deadly Candida auris were reported in two locations, Washington D.C. and Texas, the CDC said Thursday.

The CDC reported five cases of "pan-resistant" C. auris, three in Washington, D.C., and two in Texas. All of the cases were acquired in facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals.

People with weak immune systems can get sick by breathing in the fungal spores. Most healthy people who inhale the fungal spores will not get sick.

The CDC has tracked Candida auris for years. But the new cases are "pan-resistant", meaning the fungus is resistant to all classes of antifungal drugs.

The fungus is usually diagnosed in very sick people who are hospitalized or living in long-term care facilities.

Doctors and researchers are alarmed by the new case because there is currently no treatment for pan-resistant C. auris.

The cases were reported in the CDC's online journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

In December 2020, the CDC added information on Fungal Diseases and COVID-19, including information on the spread of C. auris during the pandemic and invasive candidiasis in patients with COVID-19.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a January goal to decide whether to fully approve Pfizer's Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

The Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine was the first to be given emergency authorization by the FDA in 2020. If approved, Pfizer's mRNA injections will be the first fully approved coronavirus vaccine in the U.S.

Full FDA approval would allow Pfizer to directly market the shots to the general public at a price yet to be determined.

Full approval would only be for people aged 18 and older because emergency approval for people under 18 only occurred in May, according to DailyMail.com.

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As of Friday, more than 186.5 million vaccines have been administered in the U.S. The White House missed its goal of 70% of Americans with at least one vaccine dose.

Health experts are hopeful that full FDA approval will ease vaccine hesitancy in the Black community.

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Volunteers are knocking on doors of unvaccinated Americans in urban and rural areas to urge compliance.

The FDA met with officials from Pfizer to approve a third booster shot. However, the FDA and CDC say Americans who are fully vaccinated do not need a third booster shot.

People with long Covid symptoms in the UK are participating in trials to receive monthly Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.