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Joe Biden appoints Kamala Harris as running mate in race for the White House

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Joe Biden has chosen Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the race for the White House, making her the first woman of colour to run for vice president. The appointment of Senator Harris comes at a time of significant racial unrest in the US, with Harris widely seen as the candidate who will help win the hearts and minds of voters of colour, as well as the undecided, and Republican voters who feel they can no longer side with the incumbent, Donald Trump.

Harris is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants and has previously held the positions of San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general. She has been a strong campaigner for African-American families during the Covid-19 pandemic, and was instrumental in creating a bill to end police immunity from civil suits.

She has a good relationship with Biden’s son Beau, through their work as attorney generals, but has not been afraid to take his father to task in the past. Specifically, many remember the debate last year at the first Democratic primary debate, where she criticised Joe Biden for opposing mandatory busing, the practice of transporting pupils to schools outside their local districts in order to reduce racial segregation. She also took him to task over his praise of 2 segregationist senators.

“It was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country.”

The two were quick to move on from the debate and make up however, as was evidenced when Harris was interviewed by talk show host Stephen Colbert and spoke about the possibility of being chosen as Biden’s running mate.

“Honestly, let me just tell you something: I will do everything in my power, wherever I am, to help Joe Biden win.”

For his part, Biden was seen with notes he’d made for himself about Harris, which included compliments such as, “talented,” “great help to campaign” and “does not hold grudges.”

Both Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama have praised the selection of Harris as running mate, with Obama appearing to take aim at President Trump with his comments.

“Joe Biden nailed this decision. By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character. Reality shows us that these attributes are not optional in a president.”

For his part, Trump welcomed Senator Harris to the race by calling her “phony Kamala”, while tweeting an ad created by his campaign, that took aim at her more liberal views.

The formal nomination of Harris will take place at the Democratic National Convention, which kicks off next week, after which she will debate Vice President Mike Pence on October 7 in Utah.

Biden’s age (he will be 78 by the time Inauguration Day comes around) is a significant factor in this election. Were he to become president, he would be the oldest person to ever hold office and has already described himself as “a transition candidate”. Many Democrats have shown little enthusiasm for Joe Biden as their presidential candidate; hopes are now being pinned on Harris to fire up the campaign.

Senator Bernie Sanders, Biden’s last rival in the campaign to become the Democratic presidential nominee, is backing his choice of Harris as running mate. Ro Khanna, who helped run Sanders’ campaign, says Harris will win over Sanders’ supporters and that, despite what many see as her more centrist policies, they share many of the same views.

“She’s been very progressive on immigration issues. She wants to expand health care. She’s a strong voice on labour rights. And she represents a multiracial, multicultural future for the country.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Patrick

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 11:40 am

    That decision is the final nail in his Presidential Campaign coffin. Bye Bye Joe. Out to Shady Acres Rest Home.

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    Mike

    Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Kamala didn’t even make it to the primaries. She has no base unlike Bernie Sanders and his supporters are repulsed by her. Her being a woman of “colour” doesn’t unify or rally the base. She is a tool and lacks honesty and integrity.

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    Joe

    Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Mr Patrick sounds like a deplorable idiotic Trump supporter.

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      Ricky

      Friday, August 14, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      Biden wears Depends and Harris wears knee pads, great group you got there Snowflake 55555

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Denmark becomes first country in Europe to ditch AstraZeneca vaccine

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Denmark has announced that it is abandoning the AstraZeneca vaccine, the first European country to do so, amid concerns about very rare but serious blood clots. The rollout of the vaccine has run into problems in several countries, with its use either temporarily suspended or restricted to older age groups.

When concerns first arose over the vaccine’s rare side-effects, Denmark was the first country in Europe to suspend its use. In Thailand, use of the vaccine was suspended last month, before officials judged it safe to proceed, with Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul going on to confirm it would become the Kingdom’s primary Covid-19 vaccine.

Both the European drugs regulator and the World Health Organisation are standing by the jab, saying the benefits outweigh the risks. However, health officials in Denmark have now decided to ditch it for good.

“Denmark’s vaccination campaign will go ahead without the AstraZeneca vaccine.”

Denmark has reported 2 cases of thrombosis (blood clotting) linked to administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine, one of which proved fatal. The blood clot incidents arose after 140,000 people had received the jab. The Bangkok Post reports that 8% of Denmark’s 5.8 million inhabitants have been fully vaccinated and 17% have received their first dose.

The country plans to continue its rollout using the Modern and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Officials say they are confident that the availability of other jabs, coupled with the fact that Covid-19 is relatively under control in Denmark, means the country’s mass inoculation can continue without issue.

Meanwhile, AstraZeneca has released a statement acknowledging the decision taken by Danish health authorities.

“We recognise and respect the decision taken by the Danish Health Authority. Implementation and rollout of the vaccine programme is a matter for each country to decide, based on local conditions. We will continue to collaborate with the regulators and local authorities to provide all available data to inform their decisions.”

SOURCE: Euro News | Bangkok Post

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As the summer holiday is just around the corner, many in the UK are wondering if and how they will travel abroad during the Covid pandemic. Despite it being against the law to travel abroad for holiday and leisure in the UK, those who need to travel may want to know what requirements certain countries have in order to enter.

Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Indonesia, are some of the popular places that travellers need to visit, and here we have the latest updates on requirements from those nations.

Australia

After locking down borders early, Australia has spent most of last year living a more normal life than those in the UK have, seeing significantly fewer Covid infections and deaths. But part of why they have been more successful is due to the tough travel measures that are still in place. The country currently is closed to outsiders, except for Australian citizens, permanent residents, or those with an exemption.

If travellers do fall into those categories, they must undergo a 14 day mandatory quarantine on arrival at a designated facility, like a hotel. And, even if you are inside Australia wanting to depart, the strict guidelines apply to those leaving the country as well. Only those with an exemption are able to leave Australia and there has been no indication as to when the country will relax the rules for coming and going. Experts do say that the country may not return to pre-pandemic levels of free travelling until 2024.

New Zealand

New Zealand is another country that has succeeded in tackling the pandemic early on, as most residents are living quite normally. Again, the strict guidelines that were in place are still ongoing as the country is closed to almost all arrivals. Those who are allowed in, must present evidence of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of departing their country of residence.

But, good news is coming later this month as NZ will enter a travel bubble with Australia, allowing its people to travel between the 2 nations without needing to undergo a quarantine.

Thailand

Thailand was also considered to be succesful in combatting the Covid virus, until a 2nd and 3rd wave rocked the country, with experts saying it could be the worst yet to come. As the nation is planning to reopen fully in October, with an even earlier opening in July for its tourist-laden island of Phuket, arrivals still must undergo quarantines of up to 10 days. The quarantine time period depends on where you are entering in the country, as well as whether or not you have been fully inoculated against the Covid virus.

Other restrictions include where you are coming from prior to entering the country, as certain nations with Covid variants may still be required to undergo the full length of the original 14 day quarantine, or could be denied entry altogether.

Indonesia

Since the beginning of this year, all non-Indonesian travellers are currently banned from entering the country, with only a few exemptions in place. Any travellers allowed to enter must provide evidence of a negative Covid test and follow mandatory quarantine arrangements once landing.

The country is currently administering China’s Sinovac vaccine, which has faced criticism over its low effectiveness rates. But, Indonesia has lost 75% of its tourism in 2020, a figure that its government is surely to tackle in the near future.

SOURCE: MyLondon.news

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US pauses use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after “rare and severe” blood clots

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Health officials in the United States have decided to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine while they investigate a number of cases of “rare and severe” blood clots. According to a CNN report, a 45 year old woman has died and another patient is in critical condition. In total, there were 6 blood clot incidents, out of more than 6.8 million vaccine doses administered. All of the cases involved female patients between the ages of 18 and 48, with symptoms developing between 6 to 13 days after inoculation.

Speaking to CNN, Dr Carlos del Rio from Emory University School of Medicine says that such side-effects are extremely rare, pointing out that they’re more likely to be observed outside clinical trials, due to the larger number of people involved.

“It’s a very rare event. You’re talking about 1 per million, and when you give millions of doses of vaccines, you will see events like this that you couldn’t see in the clinical trial just because you didn’t have millions of people enrolled.”

He adds that blood clotting may be occurring for the same reason seen with the AstraZeneca vaccine, given that both jabs are adenovirus vector vaccines. The other vaccines in use in the US – Pfizer and Moderna – are mRNA vaccines.

Peter Marks from the US Food and Drug Administration agrees that there appear to be similarities between the incidents of blood clots reported with both the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines.

“The AstraZeneca is a chimpanzee adenoviral vector vaccine. The Janssen is a human adenoviral vector vaccine. We can’t make some broad statement yet, but obviously they are from the same general class of viral vectors. We don’t have a definitive cause, but the probable cause that we believe may be involved here – that we can speculate – is a similar mechanism that may be going on with the other adenoviral vector vaccine. That is that this is an immune response that occurs very, very rarely after some people receive the vaccine and that immune response leads to activation of the platelets and these extremely rare blood clots.”

Janssen is the vaccine arm of Johnson & Johnson. Yesterday, the manufacturer issued a statement confirming a decision to delay the European rollout of its Covid-19 vaccine. The statement goes on to say that anyone who has already received the jab and experiences a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within 3 weeks of being inoculated should see a doctor. However, it adds that such side effects are extremely rare.

Last month, the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine became the third jab to be approved for emergency use in Thailand.

SOURCE: CNN

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