Coronavirus Tidbits #182 3/6/22
News Diagnostics Drugs Devices Epidemiology/Infection control Tips Politics Feel good du jour Comic relief Perspective/Poem Bits of beauty
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CDC’s New Mask Guidelines For Covid-19 Throw Vulnerable People Under The Bus
New National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
The White House March 2, 2022 https://www.whitehouse.gov/covidplan/
The President’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan focuses on four key goals:
Protect Against and Treat Covid-19
Prevent Economic and Educational Shutdowns
Continue to Vaccinate the World
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Masking still ‘important layer of protection’ for children: AAP
In light of new masking recommendations from the CDC, the AAP has updated its own masking guidance but says that masking is still an “important layer of protection” for children.
The updates come less than a week after the CDC released new COVID-19 guidance indicating that most Americans live in areas where they can go maskless, and nearly a month after the Democratic governors of several states, including New Jersey and Delaware, said that they will soon lift COVID-19 mask mandates in K-12 schools, joining other states that have already eliminated such measures. The latter move was criticized at the time by the AAP, with the organization’s spokesperson saying it was “too early” to lift the mandates.
AAP President Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD, FAAP said in a statement that although the CDC’s new approach was “reasonable,” masking would still be needed for some children.
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I’m wearing a mask tonight at the #SOTU because we all need to remember that the immunocompromised and those over 60 remain at higher risk of severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. For those who are vulnerable, continue to be vigilant and mask up.— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) March 2, 2022
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SARS-CoV-2-infected individuals could have different variants hidden in different parts of the body
by Max Planck Society MARCH 1, 2022
People suffering from COVID-19 could have several different SARS-CoV-2 variants hidden away from the immune system in different parts of the body, finds new research published in Nature Communications by an international research team. The study’s authors say that this may make complete clearance of the virus from the body of an infected person, by their own antibodies, or by therapeutic antibody treatments, much more difficult.
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Coronavirus infects penis, testicles and prostate in monkeys: Northwestern study
Multiple tissues of the male genital tract can be infected with SARS-CoV-2, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study in large animal models. The study, in SARS-CoV-2 infected-rhesus macaques, revealed the prostate, vasculature of testicles, penis and testicles were all infected with the virus.
The surprising discovery was made utilizing a PET scan specially designed to reveal sites of infection spreading over time in a whole-body scan. Scientists didn’t know what they would find, but they expected to see the virus in the lungs and high up in the nose near the brain because people were experiencing loss of taste and smell.
“But the signal that jumped out at us was the complete spread through the male genital tract,” said lead investigator Thomas Hope,
“These results indicate that the testicular pain, erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, reduced sperm count and quality, and decreased fertility associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection are a direct consequence of infection of cells of the male reproductive tract and not indirect mechanisms such as fever and inflammation,” Hope said.
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Small study finds nerve damage in 60% of its cohort of #LongCovid patients – specifically small fiber neuropathy, which can be tested for in a nerve biopsy. https://t.co/rlHGLKBYw7— Hannah Davis (@ahandvanish) March 2, 2022
Peripheral Neuropathy Evaluations of Patients With Prolonged Long COVID
Background and Objectives Recovery from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection appears exponential, leaving a tail of patients reporting various long COVID symptoms including unexplained fatigue/exertional intolerance and dysautonomic and sensory concerns. Indirect evidence links long COVID to incident polyneuropathy affecting the small-fiber (sensory/autonomic) axons.
Methods We analyzed cross-sectional and longitudinal data from patients with World Health Organization (WHO)-defined long COVID without prior neuropathy history or risks who were referred for peripheral neuropathy evaluations. We captured standardized symptoms, examinations, objective neurodiagnostic test results, and outcomes, tracking participants for 1.4 years on average.
Results Among 17 patients (mean age 43.3 years, 69% female, 94% Caucasian, and 19% Latino), 59% had ≥1 test interpretation confirming neuropathy. These included 63% (10/16) of skin biopsies, 17% (2/12) of electrodiagnostic tests and 50% (4/8) of autonomic function tests. One patient was diagnosed with critical illness axonal neuropathy and another with multifocal demyelinating neuropathy 3 weeks after mild COVID, and ≥10 received small-fiber neuropathy diagnoses. Longitudinal improvement averaged 52%, although none reported complete resolution. For treatment, 65% (11/17) received immunotherapies (corticosteroids and/or IV immunoglobulins).
Discussion Among evaluated patients with long COVID, prolonged, often disabling, small-fiber neuropathy after mild SARS-CoV-2 was most common, beginning within 1 month of COVID-19 onset. Various evidence suggested infection-triggered immune dysregulation as a common mechanism.
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"The (CARE) for #LongCovid Act would centralize data about the experiences of people who have long covid, fund research into treatments, and expand community resources so people experiencing lingering symptoms know how to get help." https://t.co/Qu792lju4y— charlos (@loscharlos) March 2, 2022
still an incredible, negligent lack of testing.
Study: At-home COVID-19 antigen tests detect omicron and delta variants similarly
At-home antigen tests performed similarly in detecting omicron and delta SARS-CoV-2 variants in comparison to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and remain valuable tools to inform people of their infection status quickly,
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No PCR, no problem: How COVID can be diagnosed with X-rays
It sounds simple, but to treat someone you suspect has COVID, you need to confirm they are actually infected with the coronavirus. In the UK, it is easy to take this for granted-we’ve had a reliable detection method for diagnosing infected patients widely available since early on in the pandemic. This allowed for people to be treated and cared for promptly, saving lives.
Algorithm had 98% accuracy
Drugs and Vaccines:
Rituximab May Render Certain COVID-19 Vaccines Less Effective
According to a recent study by researchers at Stanford Medicine, cancer patients who have been treated with rituximab, a widely used drug or similar drugs, respond poorly or not at all to subsequent COVID-19 mRNA vaccination.
In contrast, vaccination immediately before such treatments can generate a months-long, durable antibody response, found in the study published on Jan. 31, 2022, in Blood Cancer Discovery.
But the findings strongly suggest that people who are newly diagnosed with lymphoma should be offered the vaccine prior to beginning rituximab or similar drugs.
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U.S. NIH Ranks COVID-19 Treatments
The purpose of this new NIH statement is to provide clinicians with guidance on the role of bebtelovimab a U.S. FDA Authorized monoclonal antibody treatment, as an additional option for this patient population.
For nonhospitalized patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of progressing to severe disease, the Panel recommends using one of the following therapies, listed in order of preference:
- Nirmatrelvir 300 mg with ritonavir 100 mg (Paxlovid) orally twice daily for five days, initiated as soon as possible and within five days of symptom onset in those aged ≥12 years and weighing ≥40 kg.
- Sotrovimab 500 mg as a single intravenous infusion (IV), administered as soon as possible and within seven days of symptom onset in those aged ≥12 years and weighing ≥40 kg.
- Remdesivir 200 mg IV on Day 1, followed by remdesivir 100 mg IV once daily on Days 2 and 3, initiated as soon as possible and within seven days of symptom onset in those aged ≥12 years and weighing ≥40 kg.
- Bebtelovimab 175 mg as a single IV infusion, administered as soon as possible and within seven days of symptom onset in those aged ≥12 years and weighing ≥40 kg, ONLY if none of the preferred therapies are available, feasible to deliver, or clinically appropriate.
- Molnupiravir 800 mg orally twice daily for five days, initiated as soon as possible and within five days of symptom onset in those aged ≥18 years, ONLY if none of the preferred therapies are available, feasible to deliver, or clinically appropriate.
The Panel favors ritonavir-boosted nirmatrelvir, sotrovimab, or remdesivir as the preferred therapies for these patients, primarily based on a 79% to 88% reduction in hospitalization or death in treated patients, as well as on the agents’ in vitro activities against the Omicron VOC.
The Panel’s recommendation on bebtelovimab is primarily based on laboratory data showing its potent activity against the Omicron VOC, its BA.1 and BA.2 subvariants, other VOCs, and on limited clinical trial data.
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Pfizer shots protect kids from severe COVID even in omicron
by Lauran Neergaard MARCH 1, 2022
Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine gave children 5 and older strong protection against hospitalization and death even during the omicron surge that hit youngsters especially hard, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention come a day after a study of New York children suggested the vaccine may not be as effective in 5- to 11-year-olds as in older kids-especially at blocking milder infections. That data raised the question of whether kid-sized doses given to those under 12 might be too low.
But the CDC said data from multiple other states suggests the issue isn’t children’s ages or dose size-it’s omicron. Vaccination generally is less effective against the hugely contagious omicron variant than earlier versions of the coronavirus-and vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds began just weeks before omicron began circulating.
“As a parent of a very young child, I think I would do everything to keep them out of the emergency department in the middle of the night,” said CDC epidemiologist Ruth Link-Gelles. “What we see from the data that we have is that the vaccine continues to provide good protection against more severe outcomes.”
Pediatricians say the back-and-forth results may seem confusing but that parents need to understand the shots are still the best way to prevent serious illness.
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Third vaccine dose boosts Omicron protection, with some waning
Two doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford, Pfizer/BioNTech, or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine offered limited protection against symptomatic infection with the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant, and although a third dose with any of the three vaccines boosted effectiveness substantially, it waned a bit over time.
These findings, from a study by UK Health Security Agency researchers, were published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Between Urban and Rural Counties – US December 14, 2020-January 31, 2022
What is added by this report?
COVID-19 vaccination coverage with the first dose of the primary vaccination series was lower in rural (58.5%) than in urban counties (75.4%); disparities have increased more than twofold since April 2021. Receipt of booster or additional doses was similarly low in both rural and urban counties.
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Moderna sued for allegedly infringing patents tied to COVID-19 vaccine
- Two biotech companies on Monday sued Moderna in U.S. federal court over claims the COVID-19 vaccine maker infringed on six patents they hold that describe technology important to the delivery of messenger RNA shots into the body.
- The 51-page lawsuit, filed by Arbutus Biopharma and partner Genevant Sciences in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleges that Moderna used their technology in its coronavirus vaccine and repeatedly refused to “engage meaningfully” in licensing negotiations.
- In a statement emailed to BioPharma Dive, Moderna denied Arbutus and Genevant’s allegations and said it would defend itself in court. The company added that its vaccine is the product of years of mRNA research and development, including the creation of proprietary delivery technology different than Arbutus and Genevant’s.
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Plant-based COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada
Medicago and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have gained approval for Covifenz, the companies’ plant-based COVID-19 vaccine, from Health Canada.
Medicago’s tech takes the idea of traditional vaccine manufacturing – based on using eggs to produce viruses – and instead uses living plants as the bioreactor that produces a protein particle that mimics the target virus.
Covifenz represents the first COVID-19 vaccine using plant-based vaccine; as well as being Medicago’s first approved vaccine and the first authorized COVID-19 vaccine developed by a Canadian-based company.
75% efficacy vs. Delta
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Study: COVID vaccine effectiveness declines after 6 months without boosters
A study released in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine by Providence, one of the largest health systems in the United States, confirms the overall effectiveness of vaccines in preventing severe infection resulting in hospitalization from COVID-19, but also shows a substantial decline in protection after six months. Completed by a team of clinicians and scientists in the Providence Research Network, the study examined data from nearly 50,000 hospital admissions between April and November of 2021, finding that vaccines were 94% effective at preventing hospitalization 50-100 days after receiving the shot but fell to 80.4% 200-250 days later, with even more rapid declines after 250 days.
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Booster critical as COVID-19 vaccine-induced antibodies wane in 6 months, don’t protect against Omicron
A new study using serum from human blood samples suggests neutralizing antibody levels produced by two-dose mRNA vaccines against the original and early variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus wane substantially over time, and offer essentially no protection against the Omicron variant.
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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, Pfizer, and Moderna induce better than natural immunity from mild COVID
Researchers from Skoltech, two Russian Academy of Sciences institutes, and U.S. biotech companies VirIntel and Argentys Informatics have investigated the effect of coronavirus immunization with three popular vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, and the Russian Sputnik V. The team found that complete vaccination-that is, getting both shots-on average resulted in a similar and sufficiently high immune response regardless of which of the three vaccines was used. The effect was also comparable to that after recovering from a severe or moderate, but not mild, COVID-19 infection. The findings are reported in a study released as a preprint on medRxiv
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WHO recommends Merck’s COVID pill, Molnupiravir, for non-severe, at-risk patients
The World Health Organization on Wednesday recommended an anti-COVID pill be taken by sufferers who have mild symptoms but are at high risk of hospitalization, such as older people or the unvaccinated.
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One of the most impactful things @POTUS can announce re COVID that is very doable is to announce a bold test-to-treat program…— Michael Mina (@michaelmina_lab) March 2, 2022
A program that enables at-home #Rapidtests to be linked to COVID treatment.
Improve access to treatment to hours not days.
Agree w @Bob_Wachter https://t.co/3xQiKTikFN
ECMO therapy cuts Covid-19 patients’ chance of dying by half, if they can get it
For extremely sick patients, an advanced form of life support called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, cuts the risk of dying from Covid-19 by half, according to a new study by researchers at Vanderbilt University.
But at the height of the pandemic, many patients couldn’t get the treatment because there weren’t enough beds, machines or skilled staff to care for them, the study found.
Nearly 90% of patients who met Vanderbilt’s stringent criteria to receive ECMO, but couldn’t get in for care, died.
“I think this is very powerful to me, because, you know, for the first time, we were actually seeing what is happening to these patients, when they don’t receive this therapy,” said lead study researcher Whitney Gannon, director of quality and education for the adult ECMO program at Vanderbilt.
Gannon said when the Delta surge was at its worst in the South, she would get 10 to 15 calls a day for patients who needed ECMO. At maximum capacity, Vanderbilt had space for seven EMCO patients at a time, so many of these patients were turned away.
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Same video, showing the other half. 7' acrylic wall separating tables, HEPA air purifiers on both sides of the wall.— Roger Yang (@roger_yang_to) February 28, 2022
With one "puff," a particle counter maxed at 999. At the other table, it read between 25-75 (HEPA on), so I'm confident that very little exhaled air is shared.. pic.twitter.com/b9wEYkMoLl
More info at https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1498350093811990532.html
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👉#corsirosenthalbox gives you the most clean air per $ ($/CADR), take a look: pic.twitter.com/yR4buXu8jN— Marwa Zaatari (@marwa_zaatari) March 2, 2022
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The answer depends on the level of community spread. Adding CR boxes as filtration is equivalent to masking the entire room. It will not replace up close (<3 ft) people breathing each others breath. It /will/ stop the overall room levels of infectious virus from building up.— Kimberly Prather, Ph.D. (@kprather88) March 3, 2022
Had Omicron? You’re unlikely to catch its rising variant BA.2
Infection with the first widely circulating version of Omicron protects against the emerging BA.2 subvariant – as does vaccination.
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New research suggests a causal link between blood group and severe COVID-19
A new study has analyzed over 3000 proteins to identify which are causally linked to the development of severe COVID-19. This is the first study to assess such a large number of proteins for their connection to COVID-19. The findings provide insight into potential new targets for approaches to treat and prevent severe COVID-19.
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Wuhan market was epicentre of pandemic’s start, studies suggest
Report authors say that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 jumped from animals sold at the market into people twice in late 2019 – but some scientists want more definitive evidence.
Nature Amy Maxmen 27 February 2022
Scientists have released three studies that reveal intriguing new clues about how the COVID-19 pandemic started. Two of the reports trace the outbreak back to a massive market that sold live animals, among other goods, in Wuhan, China1,2, and a third suggests that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 spilled over from animals – possibly those sold at the market – into humans at least twice in November or December 20193. All three are preprints, and so have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
These analyses add weight to original suspicions that the pandemic began at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which many of the people who were infected earliest with SARS-CoV-2 had visited. The preprints contain genetic analyses of coronavirus samples collected from the market and from people infected in December 2019 and January 2020, as well as geolocation analyses connecting these samples to a section of the market where live animals were sold. Taken together, these different lines of evidence point towards the market as the source of the outbreak – much like animal markets were ground zero for the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic of 2002-2004 – says Kristian Andersen, a virologist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, and an author on two of the reports. “This is extremely strong evidence,” he says.
Still, none of the studies contain definitive evidence about what type of animal might have harbored the virus before it spread to humans. Andersen speculates that the culprits could be raccoon dogs, a squat dog-like mammal used for food and for their fur in China. One of the studies he coauthored2 suggests that raccoon dogs were sold in a section of the market where several positive samples were collected. And reports4 show that the animals are capable of harboring other types of coronaviruses.
Some virologists say that the new evidence pointing to the Huanan market doesn’t rule out an alternative hypothesis. Namely, they say that the market could have just been the location of a massive amplifying event, in which an infected person spread the virus to many other people, rather than the place of the original spillover.
“Analysis-wise, this is excellent work, but it remains open to interpretation,” says Vincent Munster, a virologist at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, a division of the National Institutes of Health, in Hamilton, Montana. He says searching for SARS-CoV-2 and antibodies against it in blood samples collected from animals sold at the market, and from people who sold animals at the market, could provide more definitive evidence of COVID-19’s origins. The number of positive samples from the market suggests an animal source, Munster says. But he is frustrated that more thorough investigations haven’t already been conducted: “We are talking about a pandemic that has upended the lives of so many people.”
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Long Covid: Consider, too, that, according to a study in JAMA, about 10 per cent of health workers – a group with high COVID-19 infection rates – now have long COVID. More at:
In our haste to put the pandemic behind us, let’s not forget that #COVID19 will be forever for many: #LongCOVID deserves a long, hard look, by @picardonhealth https://t.co/NCL6tDtgFh via @GlobeDebate #cdnhealth— André Picard (@picardonhealth) February 28, 2022
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Scientists in Canada discovered the 1st potential case of deer passing #coronavirus to a human, according to a preprint.— MicrobesInfect (@MicrobesInfect) March 5, 2022
The discovery underscores importance of monitoring wildlife for diseases that could jump to humans but isn’t yet cause for panic.https://t.co/fU75Y55mD2
Tips, general reading for public:
#CovidIsAirborne Improve ventilation everywhere.
The Ukrainian Ambassador very intentionally asked each of us on the zoom to NOT share anything on social media during the meeting to protect the security of President Zelenskyy. Appalling and reckless ignorance by two US Senators. https://t.co/geolhKxbLp— Rep. Dean Phillips 🇺🇸 (@RepDeanPhillips) March 5, 2022
Grassley and Manchin did, too.
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Ukraine is boycotting world trade giants that have not yet left Russia— UkraineEnglishUpdates (@EnglishUkraine) March 5, 2022
5 companies with the largest turnover in the world continue to operate in Russia, according to Transparency International Ukraine
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The House has passed a resolution supporting the people of Ukraine, 426-3.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 2, 2022
Three Republicans voted against the resolution: Thomas Massie, Paul Gosar, and Matt Rosendale.
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In #StPetersburg, #Russia, the police detained a well-known survivor of the Siege of Leningrad Yelena Osipova at an anti-war #protest: pic.twitter.com/QFhPrWKcCo— Alex Kokcharov (@AlexKokcharov) March 2, 2022
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It's great to see Ukraine's neighbors welcoming refugees with open arms. But it's worth taking a look at why refugees from Africa and the Middle East haven't received the same treatment. pic.twitter.com/1ebe5zqeqq— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 4, 2022
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This piece is truly unbelievable you must read it pic.twitter.com/fnkbUMRD96— Sarah Posner (@sarahposner) March 2, 2022
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Boycott these companies until they stop doing business with the Russian regime of state terrorism:— Michael MacKay (@mhmck) March 5, 2022
British American Tobacco
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📺 EYEWITNESS EXCLUSIVE // The scene at Babyn Yar today captured by @OzKaterji: acrid smoke, uprooted trees, debris scattered everywhere – but the memorial still stands after yesterday's Russian rocket strike pic.twitter.com/FDvkSJe5Or— Jewish News (@JewishNewsUK) March 2, 2022
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This guide to talking to kids about scary news is the most read story on @kqed's site right now.— KQED News (@KQEDnews) March 1, 2022
(From @MindShiftKQED, by @anya1anya & @NPRCoryTurner for @NPRLifeKit)https://t.co/Q9CB9byd32
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Senator Lee appeased Putin by opposing sanctions, flying to the Kremlin to discuss lifting sanctions, and defending the withholding of military for Ukrainians as they fought for their freedom. Lee abandoned our values and helped make the world less safe. Please share our new ad: pic.twitter.com/ALsenephDC— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) March 2, 2022
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"At the United Nations on Wednesday, South Africa was among 24 African countries that declined to join the resounding vote denouncing Russian aggression: 16 African countries abstained, seven didn’t vote at all and one — Eritrea — voted against it…" https://t.co/Hk7JLGJDxp— James Neal (@james3neal) March 4, 2022
As the U.S. rightly condemns Putin’s assault on democracy abroad, we cannot forget that democracy is also under threat at home.— Robert Reich (@RBReich) March 2, 2022
In 2021 alone, more than 440 voter suppression bills were introduced in 29 states.
If you want a digital copy of the Mississippi Drivers' manual (needed to learn the rules to obtain a permit/license), you have to pay $3.00 for a ONE-TIME view of it online. Not even a PDF.— Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) February 28, 2022
ABSURD. This should be free and accessible for anyone at any time. https://t.co/eOr9b35YoE pic.twitter.com/Avwhli0Bg7
FLASH: In new legal filing, the US House Select Jan 6 Committee says:— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) March 3, 2022
"The Select Committee also has a good-faith basis for concluding that the President and members of his Campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371."
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GOP campaigns took $7.35 million from oligarch linked to Russia (2017 article) https://t.co/RZiQ6YSmd3— Judy Stone (@DrJudyStone) March 5, 2022
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WATCH: GOP Senator Questions Appropriateness Of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Books — And Her Sister Goes Off https://t.co/anDa9WH3GG— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) March 3, 2022
Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Rand Paul (R-KY) both advocated for Putin crony Oleg Deripaska's exemption from sanctions and further, got the Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System to invest $13M in Sberbank. They've done more for the Russians than for their own constituents. pic.twitter.com/GE7JBabuRr— Donald R. Koelper (@Donald_from_HI) March 4, 2022
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Whoever was managing the Kentucky Teachers Retirement Fund decided to invest $13 mil in the stock of a Russian bank that is now approaching insolvency. https://t.co/yyAt23xwZU— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) March 4, 2022
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$2.5 million for McConnell $800k to Lindsay Graham $1.5 million for Marco Rubio US Intelligence Cmtee) In Russia’s pockets pic.twitter.com/KTlAYycqrb— Meredith Martin (@mmdavis2015) March 2, 2022
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U.S. Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, has decided to end his reelection campaign amid 11th-hour allegations of infidelity with a former jihadist who was once married to a commander for the Islamic Statehttps://t.co/s3qCxEjhiG— Anthony DeRosa (@Anthony) March 2, 2022
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I'm not sure folks outside of Texas appreciate how big a deal this is or how ominous a precedent this is setting.— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) March 2, 2022
Texas is not just treating all parents of transgender children as if they're child abusers; it's doing so for the principal reason that it's good partisan politics. https://t.co/bPhumLYtcX
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Ron DeSantis just yelled at students for wearing masks. This is not a leader. This is a bully. A petulant child. Shameful.pic.twitter.com/tu9gyY1DPh— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) March 2, 2022
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Still haven't heard your opinion on Russian invasion of Ukraine, tough guy. pic.twitter.com/GRqlDTcb9F— Fievel13🌈🌊🟧 (@Fievel131) February 28, 2022
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Hi @ColumbiaMed @Columbia what is your policy about having racists on faculty? Because your professor emeritus @DrOz is spouting this vile swill to his millions of followers. #DumpOz https://t.co/FVRzIKwN8Q— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) March 3, 2022
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My commentary detailing flaws in a study led to its retraction. Sharing my concerns with FDA led to changes in product marketing. People deserve accurate info on contraception and I'll never stop working to help people make informed decisions on their reproductive health. 2/4— Chelsea Polis (@cbpolis) March 2, 2022
Feel Good du jour:
germans at berlin’s central train station, offering arriving ukrainian refugees a place to stay pic.twitter.com/lfhkQyxjCn— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) March 3, 2022
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Remarkable video circulating on Telegram. Ukrainians gave a captured Russian soldier food and tea and called his mother to tell her he’s ok. He breaks down in tears. Compare the compassion shown here to Putin’s brutality. pic.twitter.com/KtbHad8XLm— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) March 2, 2022
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⚡️Foreigners booked accommodation with #Ukrainians through the Airbnb service for $1.9 million— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) March 5, 2022
But, of course, they will not live there. This was done to directly help the people of the country. pic.twitter.com/LqwmGt9bCr
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Outside Lviv station, which is thronging with exhausted refugees fleeing war in eastern Ukraine, an accomplished pianist is playing “What a Wonderful World.” It’s hauntingly beautiful. pic.twitter.com/Xm5itr8jl7— Andrew RC Marshall (@Journotopia) March 5, 2022
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In a world where you can be anything, be kind.. ✨ pic.twitter.com/V8GS31LiKP— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) February 26, 2022
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February 28, 2022
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This is a covert secret agent. Can infiltrate any room completely undetected. Usually disguised as a teddy bear. 13/10 pic.twitter.com/TjDFLFbaA7— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) March 1, 2022
Had a caller to my show last night from North Carolina. Earlier in the day he had called Ukrainian embassy in US and asked to volunteer to fight for their freedom. He told me "as a Black man I'd rather die fighting for freedom than die in US killed by the police."#speechless— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) March 1, 2022
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as the son of one of “winton’s children”, I find this indescribably moving. also, I wish we could be this empathetic and welcoming to refugees fleeing conflict more generally. https://t.co/OcYwjdGv7q— Alex Kliment (@SaoSasha) March 2, 2022
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“My life today is wonderful, I believe that I am needed… That’s the most important sense of life, that you are needed, that you are not just an emptiness that breathes and walks and eats something.”— The Recount (@therecount) March 3, 2022
— Pres. Zelenskyy, via translator, asked about his living conditions in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/Qtv48yuB1W
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During his inaugural address in 2019, Zelensky told lawmakers: “I do not want my picture in your offices: the President is not an icon, an idol or a portrait. Hang your kids' photos instead, and look at them each time you are making a decision.” pic.twitter.com/fjsHudv7FV— Benjamin Ramm (@BenjaminRamm) February 26, 2022
Bits of beauty: