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Unvaccinated Black Panther star Letitia Wright was barred from returning to the U.S. after flying home to London to recover from an on-set injury last year.
Wright's banishment, along with positive COVID tests among the crew. forced Marvel Studios to delay the production of the Black Panther sequel.
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration's vaccine mandates as unconstitutional. And now production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is back on again, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Production for the film is now scheduled to continue this week in Atlanta. There are "about four weeks" of filming left on the Ryan Coogler-directed project, according to THR.
Wright sustained minor injuries while filming a Black Panther scene in August. A controversial tweet by the actress appeared to be anti-vax, but Wright denied it.
She later deleted her Twitter page and returned to England.
The sequel also stars Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett.
Wakanda Forever is the first movie in the franchise following Chadwick Boseman's death in 2020 from colon cancer.
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The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test mandate for workplaces with over 100 employees.
The court allows vaccine mandates for healthcare workers at federally funded hospitals and clinics nationwide.
The Justices voted 6-3 to strike down the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for private corporations and large workplaces.
The Court also voted 5-4 to allow a vaccine mandate for workers at health care facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid.
27 Republican governors asked the Court to block vaccine mandates proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The Biden administration had asked the Court to allow vaccine mandates for healthcare workers.
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The Brooklyn Nets is considering paying a small penalty so Kyrie Irving can play at home in the Barclays Center.
Just a few months ago, the unvaccinated star guard was banned from playing for the Nets at home or on the road.
RELATED: Nets Suspend Kyrie Irving – Get Vaccinated Or Lose $34 Million
However, the Nets had a change of heart after a losing slump left them 2.5 games behind the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference.
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After entering the NBA's health and safety protocol, Irving was allowed to return to the Nets for away games only.
Irving made an immediate impact, scoring 22 points in a win against the Indiana Pacers last Wednesday.
New York City is under a vaccine mandate that prevents Irving from playing at the Barclays center in Brooklyn. But a loophole in former mayor Bill de Blasio's executive order could allow Irving to play at the Barclays Center.
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the maximum penalty for breaking the executive order is a $5,000 fine. That's pocket change for billionaire Nets owner Joe Tsai.
However, sports analysts say Irving should be forced to get the vaccines since $5,000 would be a hardship for the average New Yorker.
MSN Sports' writer Ricky O'Donnell argues:
"A $5K fine is a huge deterrent for any normal person that wants to break the NYC mandate. Tsai and Irving are not normal people. They are ridiculously rich. Just because the fine would be chump change for them doesn't make it right."
Question: Would you pay the fine so Irving can play at home?
On Wednesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky explained why the CDC continues to play fast and loose with COVID rules.
Democrats and health officials reacted with outrage when the CDC shortened the quarantine guideline from 10 days to five days for people who test positive with no symptoms.
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On Wednesday, Walensky appeared on both CBS Mornings and CNN's New Day, to contain the damage. She said she hopes the guideline change will make it easier for people to do the right thing and willingly isolate themselves.
"We really do need people to follow these recommendations for them to work," she said.
Under the new guidelines, people who tested positive but remain asymptomatic are asked to quarantine for 5 days then wear a mask around others for the next five days.
On Tuesday, the CDC downgraded the Omicron variant to a tropical storm.
The CDC says the Delta variant is responsible for 77% of new COVID cases, while the Omicron variant is only responsible for 23% of cases.
The CDC previously said the Omicron variant had become the dominant strain in America.
By now the CDC's credibility is pretty much shot. Even Pres. Joe Biden has thrown in the towel.
Before heading to Delaware for a one week vacation on Monday, Biden told a group of governors there is "no federal solution" for COVID, and that the COVID problem "gets solved at the state level."
This is exactly what Republican governors wanted all along.
Does this mean Biden will cancel his federal vaccine mandates?
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The Biden administration plans to mail 500 million free Coronavirus test kits to every home as Omicron "cases" surge.
Pres. Joe Biden plans to hold a press conference around 1 p.m. EST Tuesday to explain his plan to curb the spread of the latest coronavirus variant.
According to press reports, Biden will not mention lockdowns or new restrictions, but he is going ahead with plans to distribute half a billion test kits.
The number of Covid-19 "cases" are expected to rise dramatically once the kits are distributed.
Biden will also deploy more federal health resources to aid strained hospitals, according to the Washington Post.
Rumors spread over the weekend that Biden planned to announce more lockdowns to stop the spread of the mild Omicron variant.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters there will be no lockdowns. She said Biden will be "direct and clear with the American people about the benefits of being vaccinated, the steps we're going to take to ... increase testing, and the risks posed to unvaccinated individuals."
"We know how to protect people from severe illness," the White House said in a statement previewing the speech. "We have the tools needed to do it."
The White House previously warned that unvaccinated people -- who have managed to survive Covid for 2 years -- will face death or severe illness this winter due to the mild Omicron variant.
Former President Donald Trump angered his supporters when he touted the safety and effectiveness of the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.
The crowd booed when Trump confirmed he got the booster shot in a discussion with former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly during the final stop of their "History Tour" in Dallas on Sunday.
"Both the president and I are vaxxed," O'Reilly said, as the audience booed and jeered.
"Did you get the booster?" O'Reilly asked Trump. "Yes," Trump responded. "I got it, too," O'Reilly said, as the boos escalated.
"Don't! Don't! Don't! Don't! Don't!" Trump said.
The former president took credit for fast-tracking the mRNA vaccine during his final days in office.
"Look, we did something that was historic. We saved tens of millions of lives worldwide. We together, all of us -- not me, we -- we got a vaccine done, three vaccines done, and tremendous therapeutics. This was going to ravage the country far beyond what it is right now. Take credit for it. Take credit for it... Don't let them take it away. Don't take it away from ourselves."
"You're playing right into their hands when you sort of like, 'Oh the vaccine.' If you don't want to take it, you shouldn't be forced to take it. No mandates," he said, as the crowd cheered.
Twitter users expressed outrage and vowed to vote for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the Republican primaries next year.
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The Brooklyn Nets announced All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will return to the starting lineup for road games.
Irving was suspended before the start of the regular season after he refused to take the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
READ ALSO: Kyrie Irving Considers Taking Plant-Based Covid-19 Vaccine
The Nets announced Irving will not play in home games at the Barclays Center or two road games at Madison Square Garden, but he will be eligible to play in select road games once he tests negative for Covid-19 and gets back into shape, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
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The Nets made the decision to bring Irving back after the team lost seven fully vaccinated players including James Harden after they tested positive for Covid-19.
Kevin Durant will not play Saturday due to right ankle soreness, according to ESPN.
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"We arrived at this decision with the full support of our players and after careful consideration of our current circumstances," said general manager Sean Marks in a statement on Friday. "We believe that the addition of Kyrie will not only make us a better team but allow us to more optimally balance the physical demand on the entire roster.
"We look forward to Kyrie's return to the lineup, as well as getting our entire roster back together on the court."
Earlier this month, a source close to Irving said he would consider taking a plant-based Covid-19 injection if one is approved by the FDA.
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Two Democrats crossed the aisle to rebuke the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on businesses with over 100 employees.
Senators Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Jon Tester (Mont.) joined all Republicans in a vote of 52-48 to pass a Senate resolution repealing vaccine mandates on private businesses on Wednesday.
Sen. Manchin had previously said he was against vaccine mandates on private businesses.
And Sen. Tester said, while he is in favor of the mRNA vaccine, a mandate on private businesses would hurt the economy.
Last night's vote was the first congressional rebuke of Pres. Joe Biden's vaccine mandates. He has also lost several key federal court decisions.
The House needs 218 signatures to force a floor vote, and Biden has promised to veto any Congressional effort to repeal his vaccine mandates.
Sen. Mike Braun, (R-Ind), who introduced the resolution, said Biden had no authority to impose the requirements on private businesses.
"This bipartisan vote is a crystal clear message to the @WhiteHouse: Back off, and stop this crazy federal overreach immediately," he tweeted.
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A third federal judge has blocked the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for federal contractors.
A Georgia judge blocked the vaccine mandate nationwide, according to Fortune.com.
The preliminary injunction was issued by U.S. District Judge Stan Baker, CBS46 reports.
It is the third roadblock to the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for federal contractors. Millions of federal workers were expected to be vaccinated by the deadline on Jan. 4.
An appeals court judge issued the first block against the federal mandate last month.
The White House defiantly told businesses with more than 100 employees to proceed with the vaccine mandates anyway.
"People should not wait. They should continue to move forward and make sure they're getting their workplace vaccinated," White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at the time.
Multiple states filed lawsuits, arguing that the administration's mandates violates the U.S. Constitution.
An Italian dentist who used a fake arm to get a Covid-19 mRNA vaccine has been suspended from his job.
Guido Russo, 57, is identified as the anti-vaxxer who went viral for using a fake arm to get the injection.
He is now under investigation for fraud, and has reportedly been suspended from his job, DailyMail.com reports.
Russo allegedly purchased the fake arm on Amazon.com, where a similar product is advertised as a "fake male chest arm" and "silicone body suit".
Russo wore the silicone and foam arm to fool health authorities into giving him a Covid-19 vaccine pass.
The pass is required for indoor dining in restaurants, to enter theaters and to attend sporting events.
Unvaccinated Italians are banned from attending nearly every event where crowds are present.
After Russo's name was released publicly, reporters showed up at his door.
Russo told the reporters: "You ruined my life. Go away. I'll call the police."
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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced new vaccine mandates covering all private-sector workers and children ages 5-11.
De Blasio announced on Monday that the new mandate, effective Dec. 27, is a "preemptive strike" to stop the new Covid-19 omicron variant, which causes mild to no symptoms.
"We've got omicron as a new factor, we've got the colder weather, which is going to really create additional challenges with the delta variant, we've got holiday gatherings," de Blasio said during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe.
"We in New York City have decided to use a preemptive strike to really do something bold to stop the further growth of COVID and the danger it's causing to all of us.
"So as of today we're going to announce a first in the nation measure, our health commissioner will announce a vaccine mandate for private-sector employers across the board, all private sector employers in New York City will be covered by this vaccine mandate as of Dec. 27."
De Blasio also announced that starting Dec. 14 children ages 5-11 will have to show proof of vaccination to attend indoor entertainment or activities.
NYC residents ages 12 and older already are required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter restaurants or fitness facilities.
NYC's Covid mandates are the strictest of any major metropolitan city in the US.
De Blasio's term as mayor ends at midnight on January 1, 2022 when Mayor-elect Eric Adams begins his term.
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The NFL suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown and two other players for "misrepresenting vaccine status."
Brown and Buccaneers cornerback Mike Edwards were suspended without pay for the next three games for submitting fake vaccine cards. Free-agent cornerback John Franklin III was also suspended for the same violation.
The three players waived their right to appeal the suspensions. Brown and Edwards will begin serving their suspensions immediately, Yahoo Sports reports.
Franklin will serve his suspension if he's signed by an NFL team.
"The health and safety of players and personnel is our top priority," the NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement on Thursday.
"There is no story," coach Bruce Arians told Rich Eisen on November 19. "Yeah, [Brown] says he's vaccinated and has a card, just like everybody else on our football team. There's a trust factor that goes along with it, and we did our due diligence on everybody. The league will look into the matter and do their due diligence, but it's really no story."
CNBC host Jim Cramer has demanded the Biden administration call out the military to enforce vaccine mandates on all Americans.
Cramer, host of "Mad Money," said the President should impose his vaccine mandate on all Americans despite what federal judges have ruled.
Cramer's demands comes as Biden extended the deadline for federal workers and contractors to get the vaccines.
The deadline for federal employees to get vaccinated was set for December 8, however, Biden's mandate for federal workers and contractors is on hold for now.
Joe Biden made the announcement after federal judges in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee blocked his mandates for federal employees and health care workers.
Additionally, two federal judges in Louisiana and Missouri blocked Biden's mandates in dozens of states.
A lawsuit filed in Tennessee claims the mandate is "unlawful and unconstitutional," and argued Biden does not have the authority to make such requirements.
"This is not about vaccines, it's about the mandates," said Ohio's Republican Attorney General Dave Yost in a statement. "The judge's opinion clearly states that, and it has been our position all along that the president cannot impose these mandates on the people."
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Dozens of NYC sanitation workers have been suspended without pay for three weeks for submitting falsified vaccination cards.
The sanitation workers submitted the vaccine cards in compliance with the Biden administration's Covid-19 vaccine mandates.
The cards verified that the workers received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines, ABC News reports.
New York City's Sanitation Department followed up on the validity of the vaccine cards which were all issued by the same southern Brooklyn CVS store.
The department discovered that CVS stopped administering single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines in May.
"These are very concerning allegations and we take them very seriously," Sanitation Department spokesman Joshua Goodman told ABC News. "Getting vaccinated is important to public health, and we do not tolerate anyone faking something that is a requirement of city employment."
"Anyone found to have faked their vaccination will be suspended without pay," Goodman added.
According to ABC NYC affiliate WABC, over 87% of the department's roughly 10,000 employees are either fully or partially vaccinated.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has suspended the Biden administration's mRNA vaccine mandates.
On Nov. 12, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a motion to block OSHA's Covid-19 mRNA vaccine mandates.
The appeals court stated OSHA's mandate "grossly exceeds OSHA's statutory authority."
However, the Biden Administration told businesses to ignore the 5th Circuit's court order.
"People should not wait. They should continue to move forward and make sure they're getting their workplace vaccinated," White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.
On Wednesday, OSHA announced it will comply with the 5th Circuit's court order. The agency has suspended enforcement of its vaccine mandate for private sector employees pending the outcome of a plethora of lawsuits.
Thousands of essential workers lost their jobs or quit over their refusal to take the mRNA shots. Federal employees had until January 2022 to be fully vaccinated or face termination.
It isn't clear if private sector employers will follow OSHA's lead and halt the vaccine mandates for their employees.
The news comes on the same day it was reported that vials of the deadly contagion smallpox was found in a freezer inside a Merck pharmaceutical research lab in Pennsylvania.
The FBI and the CDC are investigating after someone alerted the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday night. 5 of the vials were labeled "smallpox".