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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to stop the Covid-19 mRNA vaccination distribution while President Donald Trump is in office -- because the vaccine distribution won't be mandatory.

In a discussion with ABC's George Stephanopolous on Good Morning America on Monday, Cuomo said Pfizer's announcement that it's mRNA vaccine is 90% effective is "good news." But he will stop the distribution rather than allow Trump to get the credit.

Pfizer said it is prepared to roll out the vaccines under a plan already in place with the Trump administration.

But Cuomo said he fears Trump's plan to use private distribution to drug stores, clinics and hospitals will be "too slow".

"The vaccine plan is very important, and it's probably the most ambitious undertaking since COVID began," he said. "Just to put it in focus, we did 120 million COVID tests in this nation over seven months, scrambling, doing everything we can. We now have to do 330 million vaccinations, maybe twice."

Cuomo said distributing the vaccines through the normal channels (drug stores and hospitals) will bypass the main target community (Black people).

"They're going to take this vaccine and go through the private mechanism, through hospitals, through drug [store] chains, etc., that's going to be slow, and that's going to bypass the communities that we call 'health care deserts.'"

Cuomo said communities that don't have drug stores will have trouble gaining access to the vaccine.

When asked what Joe Biden would do differently, Cuomo declined to go into specifics.

On his website, Biden specified a large task force of 100,000 people and an extensive "track and trace" system to ensure that every citizen in American takes the vaccine.

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Drug manufacturer Pfizer Inc. says its Covid-19 mRNA vaccine is more than 90% effective in preventing the coronavirus.

Pfizer released its efficacy analysis revealing its vaccine has likely prevented more than 90% of cases. Pfizer declared the breakthrough as "a great day for science and humanity."

Pfizer recruited 42,000 volunteers separated into two groups, with one group to receive a placebo. 94 volunteers who were vaccinated went on to test positive for Covid-19.

Pfizer says the trial will continue until 164 positive cases have occurred.

The company hopes to obtain authorization for emergency use from the Food and Drug Administration by the third week of November for people aged 16 to 85.

The news was met with great skepticism from the government's main target group -- Black people.

An Instagram user wrote: "I'm good y'all let me know how it goes [peace emoji]."

A second user wrote: "The vaccine is FREE for ALL Americans... Since when is a vaccine or anything dealing with healthcare free... Ummm, no thanks."

Others were suspicious that the news comes just days after the presidential election.

One Instagram user wrote: "Interesting considering the elections are ... nvm [never mind]."

Local governments anticipate some resistance from the public who refuse to take the vaccine. They are ready to implement laws to crack down hard on resistance.

The New York State Bar Association on Saturday voted to approve a resolution urging the state to make Covid-19 mRNA vaccinations mandatory for all New Yorkers -- even those who object for "religious, philosophical or personal reasons."

Other local governments are monitoring New York closely as they also prepare to enact similar vaccine mandates.

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The New York State Bar Association on Saturday voted to approve a resolution urging the state to make Covid-19 mRNA vaccinations mandatory for all New Yorkers -- even those who object for "religious, philosophical or personal reasons."

The bar association met on Saturday to vote on the mandatory recommendation if voluntary Covid-19 vaccinations fail to produce satisfactory immunity levels in the population.

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If the state adopts the Bar's recommendations, every New Yorker will be forced to line up when the vaccines become available.

The timing of the NYSBA's vote -- coming just four days after the presidential elections -- seems suspicious to some objectors.

"The authority of the state to respond to a public health crisis is well-established in constitutional law," said Mary Beth Morrissey, chair of the Health Law Section's Task Force on COVID-19.

Among the NYSBA's recommendations is releasing older inmates and prisoners with disabilities and serious illnesses who do not pose a danger to the community.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who has a vaccine in development for months, said multiple vaccinations per person will be necessary to achieve immunity.

The normal timeline for vaccine development is three years.

Gates said Black people and healthcare workers should be first in line to receive the mandatory injections.

Interestingly, Gates disabled comments under this post.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said it erroneously published guidance that indicated COVID-19 was "airborne."

The CDC in Atlanta claimed it originally published the guidance "in error", following "a pressure campaign" from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Health organizations absurdly claimed the virus can linger in the air for hours and travel 26 feet.

The new CDC update confirms the virus doesn't linger in a viral cloud that infects people who walk through it.

On Monday, the CDC updated its website to reflect that the "virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person" in close contact with each other.

The CDC's stunning reversal helps explain why a so-called "deadly" virus doesn't sicken a majority of people who are infected.

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Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, and polio that were in decline in recent decades are now mounting a comeback in parts of the world due to the coronavirus.

Tuberculosis cases that were down worldwide over the past two decades (to 1.3 million cases per year) have risen to 1.4 million cases. Researchers are expecting 4,000 cases per day over the next 5 years.

So far this year, Tuberculosis (TB) is outpacing Covid-19 cases in Africa.

Even in the United States, where TB cases are relatively rare, doctors are seeing a rebound.

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TB is a serious lower respiratory illness caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. TB attacks the lungs but can also spread to other organs such as your brain.

TB is highly contagious and is spread by droplets when infected people cough or sneeze.

Because of the extensive damage to lungs and the brain, TB is a much more fearsome disease than Covid-19. America has taken extreme measures to eradicate TB over the past decades.

On the rare occasion that TB is diagnosed in an American hospital, that patient is immediately placed in isolation and the health department is notified. Contact tracing is done to ensure that TB hasn't spread.

Like Covid-19, not everyone infected with tuberculosis becomes sick. People with latent TB do not have symptoms, and cannot spread TB to others.

Signs and Symptoms of Tuberculosis (TB)

The signs and symptoms of tuberculosis are similar to Covid-19.

  • Cough
  • Fever and chills
  • Sweating at night
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • No appetite
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    Treatment of TB

    Without treatment, latent (dormant) TB can advance to tuberculosis and make people sick. Patients are treated with a drug cocktail for 6 to 9 months. Cases of drug-resistant TB are very difficult to treat. Patients may be hospitalized for months.

    Drugs used to treat TB include:

  • isoniazid (INH)
  • rifampin (RIF)
  • ethambutol (EMB)
  • pyrazinamide (PZA)
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    This was the scene in the Harlem neighborhood of NYC on Wednesday, as hundreds of mask-free rap fans danced in the streets and blocked traffic to shoot a music video by rapper Casanova.

    Judging by this scene - and other scenes like it on social media - you wouldn't know the United States in the midst of a record 45,000 jump in COVID-19 cases this week as the global total of coronavirus cases nears 10 million.

    Health officials say the spike in the number of cases is thanks to the "complacency" of young people across the south and the west.

    The 45,000 cases reported on Wednesday tops the late April record of 36,000 cases in a single day.

    The news comes as many states are reopening and allowing salons, barbershops, restaurants and bars to resume operations.

    Seven states, including California, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas saw record spikes in confirmed cases, but the coronavirus death rate has plummeted nationwide.

    New York, NJ and Connecticut have all said they will be reinforcing quarantine orders and targeting travelers from out-of-state.

    Out-of-state travelers will be fined as much as $10,000 if they don't agree to quarantine for 14 days.

    People I spoke with online believe the virus is being weaponized for political purposes. Others who once were afraid have moved on with their lives, saying the coronavirus is just another flu.

    The Trump administration vows there will not be another nationwide lockdown like the one that crippled the U.S. economy and led to a record number of job losses.

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    Hundreds of partiers showed up at a pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri amid the coronavirus pandemic this Memorial Day weekend.

    A reporter posted video on Twitter.com showing a crowded pool party at Ozarks Lake on Saturday.

    Scott Pasmore, an anchor for CNN affiliate KTVK, shot the drone video footage, MSN.com reported. "No covid concerns at the lake of the ozarks," he captioned the video.

    The pool party violates social distancing guidelines and other precautionary measures.

    The Lake of the Ozarks expected a large turnout despite the lockdown order in Missouri.

    "It's supposed to be one of the biggest Memorial Day weekends we've seen at the lake here in years," Bill Morgan, manager of Robins Resort in Lake of the Ozarks, told KTVI earlier this week.

    Missouri confirmed 11,800 COVID-19 cases with 680 deaths since February.

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    Most people are expected to attend church services this weekend as America reopens following 2 months of lockdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Worshipers are expected to wear face masks or face coverings if they attend a church service this weekend. But many people are wearing their masks or face coverings incorrectly.

    Ideally, face masks should be worn for up to a few hours and then discarded. Not worn. all day.

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    Face masks are expensive and some people can only get their hands on a box or 2. Some people use bandanas and DIY masks made out of material.

    According to ABC News, face coverings should be washed daily.

    Penni Watts, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing, says to run DIY face coverings through a washing machine using hot water and detergent and then use a hot dryer. She says place the masks in a clean plastic bag and seal it to prevent germs from entering.

    Dr. Tod Cooperman, founder and CEO of ConsumerLab, said masks can be put on a shelf in an oven with a pan of water placed underneath and heated to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

    "Moist heat appears to be better [at killing the virus] than dry heat," he said.

    All health experts stress do not touch your face or your mask with your bare hands. You can easily transfer the virus from your hands to your mask and your face.

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    Always pick up your mask by the elastic ear loops. Never touch the part of the mask that goes on your face.

    Dr. Luke Davis, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health, said disposable masks can be reused if stored properly.

    "Number one is don't touch your mask," he said. Remove the mask carefully by using the elastic ear loops and place it in a well-ventilated storage container, such as a clean paper bag.

    Dr. Davis said, if you don't have a plastic bag to store your mask, a paper bag is a good alternative.

    "Many of us are just using those brown paper bags that we used to take our lunch to work in," he said.

    Experts don't recommend using a disinfectant to spray the mask, as you'd be breathing in the toxic fumes the next time you wear the mask.

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    White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Ben Carson says Black people continue to be hardest hit among the most populated cities ahead of the "second wave" of coronavirus infections in the fall.

    Carson said the crisis has helped reveal issues of disparity among Black people in the country and that it needs to be approached in a "holistic manner" as the so-called coronavirus "second wave" hits America in the fall.

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    Blacks have been hardest hit due to the lack of affordable healthcare insurance and the tendency to lead unhealthy lifestyles.

    "This crisis has really shined the light on this disparity issue," Carson said. "We've known about this obviously for decades and people have talked about it and signed on it. We haven't made a lot of progress."

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    In unrelated news, Dr. Carson reportedly sold $1 million in stock after a coronavirus meeting on Capitol Hill in March.

    The HUD secretary reportedly sold $1 million in Kellogg stock on March 18, likely to avoid a huge financial loss before a volatile Wall Market plunge in March.

    Carson served as Kellogg director from 1997 to 2015. He received the stock as part of his benefits package with Kellogg.

    Carson disclosed the sale in a transaction form he filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on April 20. Typically, public officials are supposed to disclose such sales within 30 days.

    North Carolina Senator Richard Burr stepped down as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee after he allegedly sold stocks to avoid huge financial losses amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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    After stating the coronavirus can remain on surfaces for days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says the virus "does not spread easily on surfaces."

    With public mistrust in the CDC at an all-time high, the federal health agency walked back its warning that the virus can survive for up to 3 days on contaminated surfaces.

    According to Fox News, the agency again revised its guidelines on the way the virus easily spreads on surfaces.

    "This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus," the CDC states on its website.

    For months, the CDC claimed the virus survived on surfaces for days and that frequently touched surfaces should be wiped down with household cleaners.

    Now the agency emphasizes that the virus is mainly spread between people who are in close contact, within 6 feet of each other, when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks, causing droplets of spittle to land in another person's mouth or nose.

    The CDC recommends wearing face masks -- but studies show standard face masks and face coverings do not prevent the spread of the virus. In fact, face masks can spread the virus if worn incorrectly.

    Masks should be discarded after a few hours of use and the same mask should not be worn the next day.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last month there was no evidence to suggest the virus can be transmitted on the surface of food items and there is no need to wipe down groceries or food packaging.