President Donald Trump is taking measures to safeguard the American people as the Chinese coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world.
The White House has issued a travel ban on foreign nationals who have been to China in the past 14 days, keeping these individuals off of airplanes in an attempt to stop a pandemic from occurring in the U.S.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement on Friday that the administration will be “temporarily suspending the entry into the United States of foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the 2019 novel coronavirus.” It is set to go into effect on Sunday at 5 p.m. EST.
Azar also confirmed that all U.S. citizens who have traveled to the Hubei Province within the last two weeks will be subject to a mandatory quarantine for up to 14 days when they return to the country. U.S. citizens coming back to the states from mainland China will be screened as they return and subject to up to 14 days of self-monitoring following arrival.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said to reporters that these emergency measures are being taken because of “the unknown of the aspects of this particular outbreak.”
This follows news that Russia shut down its border with China completely due to fears over the coronavirus pandemic spreading to that country:
State owned Russia Today reported that Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin issued an order to close Russia’s border with China in the Far East.
The Far East is Russia’s largest region in terms of landmass and it’s also the most remote area of the country.
This decision is following Vladimir Putin’s instructions on Wednesday when he requested that government officials do whatever they can to prevent the dissemination of the Chinese coronavirus.
Furthermore, Mishushtin directed Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova to update the public on a daily basis on the status of coronavirus in Russia. As of now, the Russian government has not confirmed any cases of the virus.
“An order has been signed today, it has become operational,” Mishustin informed ministers in Moscow.
“We will inform everyone today of the relevant measures to close the border in the Far East region and other measures the government has taken [to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Russia].”
Similarly, Moscow temporarily suspended the issuance of electronic visas to Chinese nationals, according to a Foreign Ministry announcement on Thursday afternoon.
President Trump is making sure that U.S. officials take the coronavirus seriously, and Americans are not afflicted with this terrible and deadly virus from Red China.
Italian Study Claims Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine is Half as Effective in Obese People
Obesity may make it more difficult for the immune system to generate enough antibodies.
Italian scientists have found that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could be half as effective in obese people.
The results of their study showed that compared to healthy people, obese healthcare workers generated only half the antibodies after receiving the vaccine. The scientists thus suggested that obese people may need another round of the vaccine or bigger doses.
These results are consistent with previous findings which say that the flu vaccine may only be half as effective in obese people as it is in healthy people. Vaccines in general may be less effective in obese people because their immune systems are more impaired due to constant inflammation.
This study, however, only included 26 obese people, and so it could be too small of a sample size to make a definitive connection between obesity and fewer COVID antibodies generated.
In other COVID vaccine news, Big League Politics recently reported that Donald and Melania Trump received the jab before departing the White House in January:
Former President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump received a coronavirus vaccine at the White House in January, according to new reporting Monday from Axios, citing an unnamed Trump advisor.
Three American coronavirus vaccines were development through public-private partnerships during Donald Trump’s presidency. President Trump urged Americans to receive the coronavirus vaccine during his CPAC speech on Sunday.
“We took care of a lot of people — including, I guess, on Dec. 21, we took care of Joe Biden, because he got his shot, he got his vaccine,” Trump said during the speech, his first extended public remarks since leaving the presidential throne. “So everybody, go get your shot.” Biden had gone on to falsely claim that President Trump hadn’t overseen the development and rollout of a vaccine, despite receiving it while his predecessor was President.
Legitimate scientific consensus indicates that the vaccine is largely safe to receive, although individuals with serious health conditions may experience side effects. President Trump and the First Lady had come down with the coronavirus in October, with the couple spending several days at Walter Reed Hospital in DC to recover.
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