Two women were so desperate to get the still experimental Covid-19 mRNA shots that they dressed up as "grannies" to skip the line.
Florida health officials say the two women aroused suspicion immediately.
"So yesterday, we realized a couple of young ladies came dressed up as grannies to get vaccinated for the second time. So I don't know how they escaped the first time," said Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, during a press briefing on Thursday.
According to Dr. Pino, the two women showed up to the Orange County Convention Center wearing bonnets, gloves and glasses -- "the whole thing," he said. The women wore disguises to make themselves eligible to receive the vaccination outside of a health care or long-term care facility setting.
The women had valid vaccination cards for their first injections, but there was an issue with their driver's licenses on the second go 'round.
Their dates of birth "did not match those they had used to register for the vaccines," said the Orange County Sheriff's Office in a statement. "The names, however, did match the registration."
The sheriff's office identified the women as Olga Monroy-Ramirez, 44, and Martha Vivian Monroy, 34.
The women were not arrested or cited. But security was increased at the vaccination site.
"This is the hottest commodity that is out there right now," the director said. "So we have to be very careful with the funds and the resources that we are provided."
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Shark Tank star Daymond John is accused of trying to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic by hiking the market price of face masks.
Hiking the price of essential products that are in short supply is known as price gouging. It is illegal and punishable by prison time and a hefty fine.
According to the Miami Herald, John tried to hawk N95 face masks for $7 million.
John, CEO of the Shark Group, offered to sell the masks at $7 each - more than three times the market rate per mask.
"This was not somebody off the street, this was Daymond John," said Jared Moskowitz, director of the state Department of Emergency Management.
"He came to me and said, 'I've been in the clothing business. I have connections with factories in China,'" Moskowitz told the newspaper.
Desperate to get the supplies, the state agreed to pay John $7 million for 1 million face masks, the Miami herald reported.
The state signed the purchase order on March 25 with the law firm, Foley & Lardner handling the transaction, according to the paper.
By mid-April, the multi-million-dollar deal fell through, as John was unable to deliver the masks.
"Many people were duped," Moskowitz said.
Shark Group's deal is among many fraudulent deals being investigated by the 3M company for price gouging, the Herald reported.
A rep for Shark Group did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment.
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The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is not the catastrophe that doctors with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted it would be.
U.S. lawmakers locked down many states under guidance from the CDC who predicted millions of people would die from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
The CDC is being accused of fraud for inflating death toll numbers by instructing hospitals, morgues and funeral homes to assign COVID-19 as the cause of death - even if people died from another cause.
The CDC's official guidance for coding COVID-19 is to assign cause of death as COVID-19 if the disease is "caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death."
No lab tests or autopsies are required under the CDC's guidance. The CDC's policy has come under scrutiny and is being mocked on social media by activists such as Candace Owens, who has been very vocal about the CDC's deception.
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"We've now arrived at the point where doctors and politicians are openly admitting to fluffing the death count," she tweeted on Wednesday.
Owens suggested that doctors are classifying every death as COVID-related to artificially raise the death toll.
"Apparently, doctors and nurses around the world are wondering why no one is dying from heart attacks and strokes anymore. Flu and pneumonia deaths also went off a cliff. Turns out everyone is only dying of #Coronavirus now.
Gee. I wonder why."
Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued that the coronavirus outbreak in America hasn't been the "disaster that we feared."
And Fox News host Britt Hume noted that Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, confirmed suspicions that the government is fudging the death count.
When Miley Cyrus split from her husband Liam Hemsworth, she was photographed holding hands and schmoozing with Brody Jenner's ex, Kaitlyn Carter.
Miley and Kaitlyn's silly display of fake lesbianism wasn't lost on the LGBT+ community who despise celebrities for using our lifestyle as if it was a fad to score PC points.
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Miley came clean in her Instagram story on Sunday, in which she launched a scathing attack on her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth, before telling fans she rebounded with Kaitlynn because she "thought all guys were evil".
"There are good men out there, guys, don't give up," said the 26-year-old, who is currently dating Aussie singer Cody Simpson, 22, pictured below.
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"You don't have to be gay, there are good people with d--ks out there, you've just got to find them. You've got to find a d--k that's not a d--k, you know?" she continued. "I always thought I had to be gay, because I thought all guys were evil, but it's not true."
The "Slide Away" singer's comments were met with indignant outrage from fans, who slammed her comments as "so insulting", and accused her of "using the queer community as a stop-gap because she couldn't find a boyfriend".
"Miley, this is so not it. Women don't 'have to be gay' because they 'can't find a good person with a d--k'," one user said. "People aren't queer because they 'gave up' on men."
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