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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Johnson & Johnson to destroy 60 million doses of tainted mRNA vaccine made at a Baltimore plant.
The Baltimore plant, run by Emergent BioSolutions, was shut down two months ago after a mixup ruined millions of doses. The vaccine doses were ordered destroyed on Friday.
Emergent BioSolutions was cited for multiple heath code violations. The FDA has ordered Johnson & Johnson to discard 60 million doses made at the plant.
The health code violations include workers failing to shower or change clothes, mold in the equipment and poor disinfection of equipment.
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As a result of the 60 million discarded vaccine doses, the United States will not meet the White House's goal for 70% of Americans partially vaccinated by July 4.
This is the second time Johnson & Johnson has been targeted by the FDA.
In April, the FDA halted the production of Johnson & Johnson vaccines after reports of deadly blood clots.
Six women were diagnosed with blood clots after taking the J&J vaccine. One woman died.
It is unclear how many Americans received doses of the J&J vaccine after the ingredient mix-up.
The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta called an emergency meeting after hundreds of teenage boys who received Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines developed heart inflammation.
A total of 226 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported among teenage boys who received Covid-19 vaccines.
Of the total cases, three teenagers are in intensive care units, 15 are hospitalized in cardiac ICU, 41 have cardiac symptoms and the rest have recovered fully.
The CDC said Thursday the number of cases are higher than expected.
Heart inflammation is rare among healthy teenagers and young adults.
Children and teenagers have extremely low rates of Covid-19 and are not known to transmit the virus to adults.
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The CDC continues to urge children ages 12 and older to get vaccinated.
More than 130 million Americans have received both their first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 60% of Americans are unvaccinated.
Governors in America have offered incentives including $1 million lotteries, cars, guns, and concert tickets to people who get the vaccines.
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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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is investigating cases of heart inflammation in children and teenagers who got the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscles, which affects the heart's electrical system that tells the heart to beat regularly.
Myocarditis is usually caused by a virus, such as Covid-19. The symptoms include irregular heart beat, chest pain, fatigue (extreme tiredness), fluid retention (swelling in legs), and shortness of breath.
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The CDC says doctors have not established a link between the mRNA vaccines and reports of myocarditis in children who have received the injections.
The CDC urged people to still get vaccinated despite the troubling reports.
Doctors say the condition is "mild" and often goes away on its own.
"Reported cases appear to be mild and often go away without requiring treatment," said CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes. He said that the reports are "rare given the number of vaccine doses administered."
As of Monday, nearly half of the U.S. population received at least one dose of the mRNA vaccine.
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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 CVS employee was arrested after police found 62 Covid-19 vaccination record cards in his car.
Zachary Honig, 21, was arrested Tuesday in East Garden City after police searched his car and found the vaccination cards.
Honig reportedly admitted selling some cards and was planning to share the rest of the cards with family and friends who don't want the mRNA vaccines.
Officers were searching the area for drug offenders when they spotted Honig sitting in his car with the engine running, WABC reported.
The officers searched his car and found a controlled substance as well as 62 vaccination cards.
Honig admitted he stole the cards from a CVS pharmacy where he worked, WABC reported.
He said he sold some of the cards to college students and he intended to share the remaining cards with family and friends, WABC reported.
Police said eight of the cards were filled out with dates and vaccine information with only the name space left blank. 54 of the cards were blank.
It is a federal crime to produce or sell vaccination cards.
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Publix will no longer require fully vaccinated shoppers to wear masks at their supermarkets, company officials said on Friday. Employees are also free to work without masks. The new policy went into effect on Saturday.
Trader Joe's was the first major grocery chain to drop mask mandates for employees and customers after the CDC issued new guidance.
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CVS, Walmart and Costco also changed their policy regarding masks. Customers who are fully vaccinated can roam about the stores without masks.
The no mask policy by major retailers does not require proof of vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on Thursday, ending mask mandates indoors for individuals who are fully vaccinated.
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Publix's Twitter account responded to questions regarding non-vaccinated shoppers going maskless inside stores. A Publix rep said shoppers will be on the honor system.
"Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be reminded of face covering requirements through store entrance signage. We expect everyone in our stores to do their part to help limit the spread of COVID-19."
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The number of fully vaccinated New York Yankees players who tested positive for Covid-19 now stands at 8.
The Yankees are dismayed that players continue to test positive for the virus even though they are all fully vaccinated.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres was kept out of Wednesday's starting lineup against Tampa Bay after testing positive again. Torres previously tested positive for Covid-19 in December and is fully vaccinated.
Manager Aaron Boone shared a Torres update on Wednesday. He said members of the Yankees' traveling party have been tested at least three times each since Tuesday.
"I know everybody is going to read into that but hopefully it's nothing, it's more just getting all the information," Boone said of Torres.
Boone said the Yankees expect to receive an update about Torres on Wednesday night.
"We've been dealing with this thing now for over a year," said Yankees pitcher Jameson Taillon. "We're just going to roll with the punches and try to protect each other, and do our responsibility to keep everyone safe. But we're here and we're to play."
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Joe Biden sparked controversy when he suggested people who wear masks are anti-vaxxers who should be treated "with kindness and respect."
On Thursday, the CDC announced individuals who are fully vaccinated can remove their masks indoors and outdoors.
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Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, both removed their masks during a press conference at the White House on Thursday.
In a tweet dubbed "Biden's Rule" by social media users, the president wrote:
"The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do.
The choice is yours."
Biden also said, if you see someone wearing a mask, "please treat them with kindness and respect. We've had too much conflict, too much bitterness, too much anger, too much politicization of this issue about wearing masks. Let's put it to rest."
Critics say Biden's rule puts pressure on Americans to get the experimental mRNA vaccine because his tweet suggests people who still wear masks are not vaccinated.
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Fully vaccinated celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez enjoy the freedom of not wearing masks. Jennifer was spotted heading into a gym in Miami on Thursday morning. The mom-of-two wore silver leggings and a cropped sweater as she got in a workout session with a personal trainer.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky on Thursday said fully vaccinated individuals can remove their masks indoors. Previously, even vaccinated Americans were advised to continue wearing face masks indoors.
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Drake was back at his favorite LA restaurant Craig's in West Hollywood on Thursday. He and a few friends dined late night at Craig's after dropping his 4 fragrance candles line at his favorite restaurants in West Hollywood.
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Singer Chris Brown was spotted hanging out at The Highlight Room with his crew on Thursday night.
Terrence J and a mystery woman were pictured exiting the Highlight Room in Hollywood on Thursday. Terrence Jenkins, better known as Terrence J, is an American actor, model and entertainment reporter best known as the host of BET's popular music video countdown show 106 & Park from 2006 until 2012. He was the co-anchor of E! News from 2012 to 2015.
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News anchorwoman Robin Roberts was all smiles outside ABC studios in New York City on Thursday.