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Chris Paul entered the NBA's health and safety protocol after testing positive for Covid-19, according to the Phoenix Suns.

Paul received both Pfizer mRNA vaccine shots, said a source speaking anonymously to The Associated Press.

Covid mRNA vaccines do not protect against contracting the virus or transmitting the virus. However, the CDC continues to urge people to take the still experimental shots.

Paul could be cleared to return quicker than someone who tested positive for the virus but didn't take the shots.

In March, after all teams chose to receive the vaccines, the NBA said "if an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the previous protocols apply” — meaning anyone with those symptoms “may be subject to quarantine” regardless of their vaccination status.

Phoenix practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday without Paul, in preparation for the start of the Western Conference finals next week.

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Paul embraced Head coach Monte Williams after scoring 37 points in Game 4 to help the Suns sweep the Denver Nuggets in the Conference semifinals on June 13 at Ball Arena in Denver.

The Suns will take on the winner of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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West Virginia is giving away rifles, shotguns and Ford F-150 pickup trucks to motivate residents to get the experimental Covid mRNA injections.

According to published reports, about 40% of the state's residents have received the mRNA vaccine. Only 33% are fully vaccinated.

West Virginia plans to offer prizes, such as cash, including a $1 million jackpot, F-150 trucks, shotguns, AR-15 rifles, and other perks if residents roll up their sleeves.

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Gov. Jim Justice previously offered free Shake Shack fries and measly million-dollar lotteries to boost vaccine participation. But, so far, it hasn't worked.

"I said it before, but I can't stand to have Ohio get ahead of us on anything," he said. "There are going to be so many wonderful prizes that you can win, it will blow you away."

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday, nearly 51% of adults in the U.S. had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 41% were fully vaccinated.

West Virginia ranks 43rd of the U.S. states in vaccinations. Neighboring Ohio ranks 32nd.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci's upcoming book was scrubbed from Amazon and Barnes & Noble after leaked emails prove he profited from the coronavirus pandemic.

Fauci's book, "Expect the Unexpected," was scheduled for released in November. But as of Wednesday morning, the book was scrubbed from Amazon and Barnes & Noble bookstore.

The White House is reportedly considering firing Fauci after 3,000 pages of leaked emails show Fauci was aware that the coronavirus was "released" from a Wuhan, China, laboratory in late 2019.

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Fauci is the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the chief medical advisor to the White House.

According to Jack Prosobiec, the "White House staff are actively discussing an exit strategy for Dr Anthony Fauci following the release of his emails yesterday, per WH official."

Breitbart's Political Editor Matt Boyle told America First with Sebastian Gorka that he wouldn't be surprised if the Democrats "sacrificed" Fauci to save their credibility.

Last month, defended allocating $600,000 to the Wuhan lab for gain-of-function research to increase the human infection rate of the coronavirus.

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Among the highlights of the leaked emails:

Dr. Fauci received an email in late February 2020 alerting him that COVID was released from a lab in China.

In mid-March 2020, Dr. Fauci received an email titled "Coronavirus bioweapon production method."

In mid-April 2020, Dr. Fauci received an email from Wuhan researcher Peter Daszak, thanking Dr. Fauci for "publicly rejecting the lab leak theory."

On page 3027 of the emails, Dr. Fauci told colleagues that retail face masks don't work due to the tiny size of the virus.

The emails can be read here.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci now admits he provided $600,000 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab in China, where the coronavirus reportedly escaped.

House Rep. Warren Davidson called for Fauci's immediate termination as the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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Fauci is also the chief medical advisor to the White House and a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Davidson accused Fauci of putting politics ahead of human lives.

"He has repeatedly put political science ahead of the science on COVID-19," Davidson told Fox News.

"It is long past time for Dr. Fauci to stop talking to the American public. Fauci should resign or be fired immediately."

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For over a year, the mainstream news media defended and protected Dr. Fauci by placing the blame for the pandemic on President Trump.

In 2014, then-president Barack Obama ordered two U.S.-based labs to end their research into the bat coronavirus. The NIH responded by suspending 21 research studies into the bat virus.

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President Obama ordered Fauci to dismantle the labs -- likely because he feared an outbreak on U.S. soil where his wife and children live.

Dr. Fauci packed up the labs and shipped everything to China. He directed funding from the NIH to Wuhan for "gain of function research" -- experiments that increased the pathogenicity (infection rate) of the flu, MERS, and SARS viruses (Covid-19 is a SARS virus).

Then Fauci made his infamous prediction that there would be a pandemic under President Trump.

A year after the pandemic forced lockdowns and mask mandates in America, the news media suddenly turned on Fauci and began reporting his link to the Wuhan lab.

At first, Dr. Fauci denied any links at all between the NIH and the Wuhan lab.

During a tense exchange with Sen. Rand Paul (a medical doctor) on May 11, Fauci claimed "the NIH [National Institutes of Health] has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology [WIV]."

Afterwards, the Wuhan lab suspiciously erased any mention of the NIH from its website.

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Congressional lawmakers pressed Fauci to tell the truth about his involvement with the lab. He folded and admitted he directed the NIH to provide a "modest" sum to the Wuhan lab.

He vigorously denied the money went to "gain of research" experiments on bat virus.

He defended allocating $600,000 to the Wuhan lab to study the risk that bat coronaviruses could infect humans.

"It would have been almost a dereliction of our duty if we didn't study this [bat virus], and the only way you can study these things is you've got to go where the action is," he said.

"You don't want to study bats in Fairfax County, Virginia, to find out what the animal-human interface is that might lead to a jumping of species."

Fauci didn't explain why he repeatedly denied involvement with the Wuhan lab for over a year.

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The first man in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 mRNA vaccine has passed away at age 81. Bill Shakespeare received the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 injection at University Hospital in Coventry, England on December 8, 2020.

No cause of death was disclosed. However, reports stated that he died of an "unrelated illness."

He was only the second person to receive the experimental mRNA vaccine, after 91-year-old Margaret Keenan received the shot at the same hospital.

Britain hailed Shakespeare's shot as a turning point in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as it launched the biggest vaccination program in the country's history.

Coventry councilor Jayne Innes confirmed Mr. Shakespeare's death in a Facebook post on Tuesday. She said the "best tribute to Bill is to have the jab... Bill will be remembered for many things, including a taste for mischief."

West Midlands Labour group tweeted: "Bill made global headlines as the first man to have Covid vaccine... Our thoughts are with Joy and Bill's family and friends."

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A federal judge overturned the Centers for Disease Control's nationwide ban on evictions.

On Wednesday, May 5, D.C. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled the CDC does not have legal authority to freeze evictions nationwide.

The CDC invoked the 1944 Public Health Service Act, to prevent the spread of communicable diseases between states.

However, Judge Friedrich ruled Wednesday that the CDC did not have the legal authority to impose a nationwide freeze on evictions.

According to Bloomberg, $47 billion in federal aid was slow to reach cash-strapped landlords who were forced to sell their properties to wealthy investors.

The eviction moratorium included all federally backed residential properties nationwide for tenants earning less than $99,000 in annual income.

The CDC had extended the eviction moratorium twice. Judge Friedrich ruled that the CDC overstepped its authority by extending the eviction freeze.

Landlords who violated the eviction moratorium faced fines up to $250,000, one year in jail, or both.

Many landlords filed lawsuits, claiming that the CDC exceeded its authority.

The Biden administration had sought to extend the eviction moratorium through June 30.

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The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidance about wearing face masks outdoors for fully vaccinated people.

Under the new CDC guidance, people who received both Covid-19 mRNA injections can remove their face masks outdoors.

"It's the return of freedom," said Dr. Mike Saag, an infectious disease expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "It's the return of us being able to do normal activities again."

Dr Anthony Fauci admitted on Sunday that the risk of contracting coronavirus outside is "miniscule."

During an interview on CBS, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said on Tuesday, "You're vaccinated, guess what, you get to return to a normal lifestyle!"

He also had a message for those who prefer not to take the experimental mRNA vaccine. "You're not vaccinated, you're still a danger, you're still in danger as well, so get vaccinated."

In fully open states such as Georgia, Florida and Texas, 70% of residents have not received the vaccine, yet many walk around mask-free.

"When you get vaccinated, you can join [the two-thirds of vaccinated seniors] outdoors, and not have to wear masks," Becerra said.

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Senator Rand Paul, a licensed doctor, blames the White House and the CDC for the fact that many states are still under 30% vaccinated.

"[T]here is no science behind any of this. It's fear-mongering. But it also has a deleterious effect, in that it's discouraging people from getting the vaccine because they’re saying, well, if the vaccine doesn't mean anything, it doesn't seem to have any protective benefit, you get no benefit."

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Millions of people who got the first Covid-19 mRNA vaccine have skipped out on the second dose, leading health experts to fear the U.S. will never reach herd immunity.

Nearly 8% of those who got the first injection of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, have missed their second doses, according to the CDC.

There is speculation that some people who received the first injection either died or suffered serious adverse effects, causing them to skip the second dose.

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Senator Rand Paul, a licensed doctor, blames the White House and the CDC for fear mongering and sending confusing messages.

"If I want to go visit the White House, Republicans, and Democrats who go visit, even though they've all been vaccinated or had the disease, they're being tested with a deep sinus test," Paul told Fox News.

"And they're being told to wear the N95 masks to go in the White House, even though they've all been vaccinated," he said.

"So, there is no science behind any of this. It's fear-mongering. But it also has a deleterious effect, in that it's discouraging people from getting the vaccine because they’re saying, well, if the vaccine doesn't mean anything, it doesn't seem to have any protective benefit, you get no benefit."

Rand also questioned why vaccinated people are forced to continue wearing face masks.

If people cannot "quit wearing the mask," why they should get vaccinated at all?, Paul said.

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Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla suggests a third "booster" shot for those who are "fully vaccinated" against the coronavirus.

The still experimental Pfizer mRNA vaccine was the first to be approved on an emergency basis by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Unlike the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which is a single injection, two shots of the Pfizer vaccine are required.

Bourla has suggested that people who received the first two shots will need a third "booster" shot within 12 months. Then an annual mRNA injection is necessary against the different "variants" of the virus.

Bourla told CNBC a third dose of mRNA is "extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus."

The FDA and CDC paused the administration of Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccines earlier this week after one woman died. Six other women, ages 18 to 48, were diagnosed with cerebral blots in the brain.

In February, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorksy said an annual J&J vaccine would be needed.

It isn't clear when J&J will be given the green light to continue administering their vaccine.

On Wednesday, Moderna revealed that it is also testing a third booster shot to be available by fall, CNBC reported.

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The U.S. government has halted distribution of all Johnson & Johnson single jab mRNA vaccines after concerns about blood clots in the brain.

Federal authorities have halted distribution of Johnson & Johnson injections at all government facilities, and are asking states to do the same.

According to a report in the NY Times, six women between the ages of 18 and 48 complained of blood clots. Only one woman died.

The Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) tweeted: "We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution."

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The six women were diagnosed with a rare blood clotting disorder called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

The women also had low blood platelets count (thrombocytopenia) which causes hemorrhaging (bleeding) in the brain and body. Among the first signs are frequent nosebleeds, bleeding gums, black, tarry stools, and blood in urine.

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The Johnson & Johnson single jab vaccine was praised by the news media because it required only a single injection.

Other experimental mRNA vaccines, including Pfizer and Moderna, require two shots spaced about 21 days apart.

Critics of Johnson & Johnson and other experimental vaccines were quickly branded anti-vaxxers.
 

FYI: An earlier version of this article reported that six women died from blood clots. Only one woman has died.