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Americans who step up to take the Coronavirus mRNA vaccinations will receive Covid-19 vaccination cards.

The Department of Defense (DoD) released images of the vaccination cards and vaccination kits on Wednesday, reports KRON4 news

The cards, issued by the CDC, will be included in vaccination kits sent out by President Donald Trump's Operation Warp Speed.

Operation Warp Speed is coordinating with military planners and experts at the CDC to deliver vaccines to 300 million Americans.

"Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due," said Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition.

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"For most COVID-19 vaccine products, two doses of vaccine, separated by 21 or 28 days, will be needed," according to the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook. "Because different COVID-19 vaccine products will not be interchangeable, a vaccine recipient’s second dose must be from the same manufacturer as their first dose."

Additionally, "vaccination clinics will report to their state immunization registries which vaccine was given so that third parties can verify one's vaccination status regardless of what their card says (or if they've lost it)."

"Patients" will be asked to "volunteer" their phone numbers so jurisdictions can contact them via "robocalls" or text messages to remind them of their second dose due date.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Covid-19 vaccine will not prevent infection, it will only lessen symptoms. People who are vaccinated can still spread the virus.

"The primary endpoint is to prevent clinical disease, to prevent symptomatic disease, not necessarily to prevent infection. The primary thing you want to do is, if people get infected, prevent them from getting sick. And if you prevent them from getting sick you will ultimately prevent them from getting seriously ill, so that's what we want to do."

Common symptoms of Covid-19 are similar to the seasonal flu: a fever, cough, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, and muscle aches.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has asked states to prepare for massive distributions of Covid-19 vaccines by early November.

Public health officials want the most vulnerable high-risk groups to get the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as late October or early November.

Officials agree that health agencies in all 50 states should "urgently" prepare for a complex effort to distribute the vaccines to "hundreds of millions" of Americans - despite the fact that the death rate is very low.

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The CDC sent guidance to every state on the same day President Trump told the Republican National Convention that a vaccine might be ready before the end of the year.

Over a dozen companies have accelerated clinical trials in a race to get their vaccines to market first. The usual safeguards have been waived in order to get the vaccines to market in a matter of months.

The FDA normally requires three years of clinical trials before a vaccine goes to market.

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The vaccine contains RNA (Ribonucleic acid) that are designed to alter the body's host cells to produce antibodies against the coronavirus.

Unlike normal vaccines, which contain DNA fragments of dead virus to produce antibodies, RNA vaccines are genetically engineered messenger RNA that contain specific directions to alter human DNA and tell it to create proteins, which in turn stimulates the cells to make antibodies.

RNA vaccines don't require dead pathogens to make antibodies. The human host's own genetic code is theoretically supposed to be altered (changed) by the RNA vaccine. RNA vaccines have been used on animals in veterinary medicine for years.

No RNA vaccines have ever been approved for human use.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and and Dr. Stephen Hahn, who heads the Food and Drug Administration, have said in interviews that RNA vaccines should be made readily available for certain groups, i.e. Black people, the elderly over 65, and "those incarcerated", before clinical trials have been completed.

Doctors and nurses on the frontlines will get the vaccines first, according to Fauci.

With so few Black people willing to step up and volunteer to be guinea pigs, the CDC's guidance acknowledged that its distribution plan is "hypothetical".

Dr. Saskia Popescu, an infection prevention epidemiologist based in Arizona, is concerned that the vaccine is highly politicized.

"It's hard not to see this as a push for a pre-election vaccine," he said.

Further complicating the vaccination effort is the cold storage requirement and the fact that two doses will need to be given 2 weeks apart.

"How are you going to make sure people get both [doses]?" said Dr. Cedric Dark, an emergency medicine physician at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.

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As Russia announced the approval of a new Coronavirus vaccine, legal questions arise about the rights of Americans to decline taking the vaccine.

Vulnerable populations, including Black people, are concerned that their rights will be infringed upon after President Donald Trump announced he would mobilize the military to "distribute" the vaccines.

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According to Dov Fox, a law professor at the University of San Diego, Americans who refuse to take the vaccination can be fined or jailed by law.

"States can compel vaccinations in more or less intrusive ways," he said in an interview.

"They can limit access to schools or services or jobs if people don't get vaccinated. They could force them to pay a fine or even lock them up in jail."

Fox noted authorities in the U.S. have never attempted to jail people for refusing to vaccinate, but some mayors and governors have threatened to jail people who refuse to wear face masks.

"Courts have found that when medical necessity requires it, the public health outweighs the individual rights and liberties at stake," Fox said.

There is legal precedence dating back to 1905 that gave states the authority to fine people who refused to take vaccinations for smallpox.

The coronavirus, which kills far less than 1% of the population, is nowhere near as deadly as Smallpox, an infectious viral disease with a death rate of 30%.

Bill Gates has said "multiple doses" of the expensive vaccines will be necessary to provide protection against the virus.

The unprecedented response to the Coronavirus - a respiratory infection that causes mild symptoms or no symptoms in 99% of the population, has many Americans worried about the government's financial motives.

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Russia registered the first Coronavirus vaccine, the Wall Street Journal reports. Russia's vaccine is the first important breakthrough in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Russian vaccine - developed at the Gamaleya Institute - was tested on animals and two groups of 38 humans each.

Russia's clinical testing is much less than required for approval of drugs by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA typically doesn't approve drugs until they have passed three phases of clinical testing.

But Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko claims all volunteers developed high titers of antibodies in response to the vaccine. He said "none of them had serious complications of immunization."

The world is happy with the announcement. A vaccine wasn't scheduled to go to market until at least the end of the year or early 2021.

The U.S. stock market's reaction to the news was negative. U.S. vaccine related stocks—including Moderna (ticker: MRNA), Noravax (NVAX) and Pfizer (PFE) are all down on the news.

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Rapper Desiigner called the Covid-19 pandemic as "fake" in a controversial rant on Instagram on Monday.

The 23-year-old rapper took to social media to share his thoughts about the virus, telling followers: "Yo, no funny. Corona is fake, gone, bro [sic]. No funny s**t. Enjoy life. No cap [no lie]. We ain't even on that type of vibe. Corona s**t, man. Honestly, that corona s**t is BS. You feel me?"

Desiigner added that he's convinced the pandemic is just a hoax because he has yet to fall ill with the virus himself, despite not wearing a face mask.

"I ain't get sick yet. I been outside, healthy," he said.

Desiigner isn't the only one voicing skepticism about the pandemic. Social media users shared their concerns about President Trump mobilizing the U.S. military to help distribute the vaccines when the injections become available.

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Despite his comments, Desiigner - real name Sidney Selby - teamed up with Anaheim business Mouth Masker to create his own mask earlier in the pandemic.

He is also donating some of the proceeds from his new single "Survivor" to a Coronavirus relief fund that benefits healthcare workers and displaced families.

Explaining why he felt obliged to do something to give back during an interview with Revolt last month, the "Panda" rapper said: "It's a lot of people on that frontline risking their life every day. A whole bunch of situations going on, we want to make sure everyone's protected.

"For the people who are really out there in the urgent care room, workers on the frontline putting down the work, it's only right to help them out through this time."

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, met with past surgeons general during a virtual annual convention to discuss the Black community's hesitancy to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

The surgeons general agree that hesitancy within the Black community could worsen the impact of COVID-19.

Dr. Adams, who moderated the online discussion on Saturday, said he believes that a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready by the end of the year. But he is concerned that Black people will refuse to take Bill Gates' experimental RNA injections.

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"A safe and effective vaccine means nothing if people don't actually get vaccinated," said Adams, who recently visited a COVID-19 testing site at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium where he led health workers in a fun exercise.

Recent polls found that less than 50% of those surveyed say they are unlikely to take a COVID-19 vaccine if it were available today.

Black people haven't forgotten the infamous Tuskegee experiments on Black men.

Researchers are trying to determine what can be done to increase confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine among Black people.

Vivek Murthy, MD, who served as surgeon general under President Barack Obama, suggested using "messengers" such as Black legislators, pastors, rappers and celebrities who have the ear of the people.

"We've got to do that right now," said Murthy, even before a vaccine has been developed.

"People are not going to necessarily always trust us, but they might trust the church," said David Satcher, MD, surgeon general in the Clinton administration.

Satcher said that during the Clinton administration, the government partnered with Black churches to promote immunizations in children under age 2. "So that's what we took advantage of, and it worked out quite well," he said.

But a Black nurse at an Atlanta hospital recently told a blogger that Black nurses there say they will not "stand in line" for the vaccine.

Nurses and doctors are among the preferred "front line" recipients of the vaccines. Black people are also among the preferred first recipients, according to Bill Gates.

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Bill Gates says it will likely take multiple doses of his coronavirus vaccine to protect against the virus.

Gate now says you will need to purchase several doses of his vaccine -- and even then he's not promising you will be protected.

In an interview with CBS Evening News' Norah O'Donnell, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said that it is likely that an effective coronavirus vaccine will require multiple doses.

"None of the vaccines at this point appear like they'll work with a single dose," Gates said. "That was the hope at the very beginning. Maybe one of them particularly in the second generation will surprise us. We hope just two, although in the elderly sometimes it takes more, and so making sure we have lots of elderly people in the trial will give us that data."

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Gates, who expects to earn billions from the sale of his vaccines, says there needs to be 70 to 80 percent coverage globally for herd immunity to occur.

In other words, most people in the world (at least 6 billion) will need to take multiple doses of the Gates' vaccines -- which isn't cheap.

This is bad news for the most vulnerable populations: the elderly, HIV-positive people, smokers, and people with preexisting conditions.

Experts predicted a working vaccine for COVID-19 would be difficult to develop due to the various strains of coronavirus. A coronavirus causes the common cold but, there are no vaccines for colds.

Normally it takes several years of animal and human clinical trials before a vaccine is brought to market. But the COVID-19 vaccine is being fast-tracked to hit the market within months - despite the low death toll.

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Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan issued a stern warning to Black people about the vaccine being developed for the COVID-19 virus.

Normally it takes several years of animal and human clinical trials before a vaccine is brought to market. But the COVID-19 vaccine is being fast-tracked to hit the market within months - despite the low death toll.

In a speech titled "The Criterion," Farrakhan urged Africans to be skeptical of the vaccine, citing the country's troublesome medical history of experimenting on Black people.

"I say to my brothers and sisters in Africa... if they come up with a vaccine, be careful," Farrakhan said before also warning Black people in America.

"Do not take their medications. We need to call a meeting of our skilled virologists, epidemiologists, and students of biology and chemistry," Farrakhan said. "We need to give ourselves something better. There are 14 therapies we can treat it with. The virus is a pestilence from Heaven. The only way to stop it is going to heaven."
 

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Bill and Melinda Gates hope to deliver their COVID-19 vaccines to Black Americans first. In an interview with Forbes magazine, the philanthropic billionaire couple said they want to distribute their vaccines based on racial groups first.

Melinda said "Black people" and "indigenous people" should receive their vaccines first, particularly if they work in the health field.

"One of the reasons we are so involved in this is that you don't want the first vaccines to go to the highest-bidding countries," Melinda Gates said. "There are 60 million healthcare workers. They deserve to get the vaccine first, they're the ones dealing with this on the front lines, trying to keep us all safe."

Melinda went on to say Black people in America should receive the vaccines next.

"Then you have to start to tier from there, based on the countries and the populations. Here in the United States, it's going to be black people who really should get it first and many indigenous people, as well as people with underlying symptoms, and then elderly people."

According to some reports, 1 in 4 Black people in America have been impacted by the virus.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has lent financial support to finding a vaccine for COVID-19 since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

They have donated to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which the foundation claims will work to pay for and distribute doses of the vaccine to low-income countries.

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Researchers working on a COVID-19 vaccine say the vaccine will only work if Black people participate in the clinical trials.

Calethia Hodges, a Black clinician who recruits Black people for human trials has a tough job. She is struggling to convince Black Atlantans to participate in the clinical trials.

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She said researchers need Black people to volunteer to determine "how genetic factors affect relations to drugs."

So far, she has had no success recruiting Black volunteers in Atlanta.

Researchers put it bluntly: "A vaccine might not work in African Americans if African Americans do not participate in the clinical trials to create the drug."

But Black people are overwhelmingly saying "No, thanks."

Hodges is having difficulty recruiting Black men due to the fear of clinical trials after the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment that spanned 40 years from 1932 to 1972.

28 of the original 399 volunteers died of syphilis because they never received the drug to treat it. Another 100 died of related complications, 40 of their wives were infected, and 19 of their children were born with congenital syphilis.

"The reasons I hear African Americans will not participate are heartbreaking and disappointing," Hodges said. "I have heard about the Tuskegee experiment a lot. And I have heard 'They [doctors] will give me the virus.' And 'They will put a chip inside me.' Many say their parents raised them 'to never participate in medical research.' It's all tough to overcome."