Confusion Over COVID Vaccine Safety Led to Many Avoidable Stillbirths

This story was originally published by ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Late one afternoon last October, Dr. Shelley Odronic sat in her office and, just as she had thousands of times before, slid a rectangular glass slide onto her microscope. A pathologist who works in rural Ohio, Odronic leaned forward to examine tissue from the placenta of a woman who had recently given birth. She increased the magnification on the microscope. Never had she seen so many tiny, congealed reservoirs of…

COVID Vaccines for Kids Under 5 Could be Available in June, FDA Official Says

An official with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that coronavirus vaccines for children under the age of 5 will be considered — and likely approved — as soon as June. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, suggested that the vaccines will be available shortly in an interview published on Friday in The Washington Post. So far, only Moderna has submitted a request for emergency use authorization of its version of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years old. But Pfizer and BioNTech have said that they will…

Far Right Truckers in “Freedom Convoy” Stopped by Ottawa Neighborhood Residents

Fed up with far right truck drivers and other extremist supporters in their city, residents from a neighborhood in Ottawa, Ontario, confronted and disrupted several truckers who were on their way downtown to join the so-called “Freedom Convoy.” Upon learning that the route of some trucks was located nearby, Sean Burges, a senior instructor at Carleton University, posted in a neighborhood Facebook group about a plan to protest the truckers’ arrival, according to a report by Ottawa Citizen. Around two dozen residents of his neighborhood initially joined him at the intersection at Riverside Drive and Bronson Avenue at 9 a.m.…

We Are Not Returning to “Normal.” 2022 Must Be a Year of Change.

President Joe Biden cast his successful election as a signal of a return to some semblance of normalcy after the chaos that defined the reign of Donald Trump, as if “normal” could describe a world obsessed with profit and facing a pandemic and climate crisis. Instead, 2021 was a year of uncertainty and right-wing backlash to any small amount of progress made by the social movements that saw a burst of momentum in 2020. It began with the January 6 mob attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters attempting to overthrow Biden’s election, a clear sign that “normal” was not…

Democrats Implore Biden Officials to Create Vaccine Rules for Domestic Flights

Four Democratic lawmakers have penned a letter to Biden administration officials urging them to establish vaccine requirements for domestic air travel throughout the United States. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Reps. Don Beyer (D-Virginia), Eric Swalwell (D-California) and Ritchie Torres (D-New York) said in their letter that people seeking to travel within the U.S. should be required to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to board a plane. The letter was addressed directly to Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Steve Dickson, Administrator of the Federal…

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