(CNN)It was a beautiful March afternoon, and as June Tatelman walked her dog in her Boston neighborhood, she was flying high.Tatelman had recently received her second dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, and the end of the pandemic was finally in sight. Maybe soon she could play with her grandchildren and return to her volunteer work helping children in foster care. Maybe in a few months, when her husband turned 75, they could go out to a restaurant to celebrate.As she walked, she ran into her family physician — who killed her buzz very quickly.
To treat inflamed blood vessels in her lungs, Tatelman, 73, takes a drug that suppresses her immune system. Her doctor had been reading recent medical studies suggesting the vaccine might not work well for some people taking medications like hers.
He asked her to get a blood test to see if the vaccine had worked — if she had antibodies against the virus.She did the test and had no detectable antibodies against Covid-19.
About 11,000 Boeing Co. employees have asked to be exempted from COVID-19 vaccines the planemaker has mandated, according to a person briefed on the matter, a sign of backlash among some rank-and-file workers to the Biden administration’s rules for government contractors.
Nearly 9% of the company’s U.S. workforce are balking at the policy, stirring up strife at a time when Boeing is working to turn around its finances, resolve quality lapses and starting to lay the groundwork for contract talks with its largest union. Reuters reported the extent of the pushback to the policy earlier.
White House Tells Businesses to Proceed With Vaccine Mandate Despite Court-Ordered Pause
The White House on Monday said businesses should move forward with President Joe Biden’s vaccine and testing requirements for private businesses, despite a federal appeals court ordering a temporary halt to the rules.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, considered one of the most conservative appellate courts in the country, halted the requirements Saturday pending review, writing that “the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate.”
In its response Monday evening, the Biden administration asked the court to lift the pause, dismissing the states’ and companies’ claims of harm as “premature” given that the deadlines for vaccination and testing are not until January.
The article lists a large number of recent cases of footballers who have had heart problems or collapsed on the field, in some cases leading to death.
That list is republished here;
As we previously highlighted, other professional athletes have also recently suffered similar health problems, including 24-year-old Slovak hockey player Boris Sádecký, who tragically died after collapsing on the ice during a match last Friday.
Hospitals in America, Australia and Sweden are reportedly being overwhelmed with patients who are sicker than ever and the media insists that “no one knows why.”
“ERs are now swamped with seriously ill patients — but many don’t even have COVID,” Michigan Radio reported last week.
Inside the emergency department at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich., staff members are struggling to care for patients who are showing up much sicker than they’ve ever seen.
Tiffani Dusang, the emergency room’s nursing director, practically vibrates with pent-up anxiety, looking at all the patients lying on a long line of stretchers pushed up against the beige walls of the hospital’s hallways. “It’s hard to watch,” she says in her warm Texan twang.
But there’s nothing she can do. The ER’s 72 rooms are already filled.
[…] Even in parts of the country where COVID-19 isn’t overwhelming the health system, patients are showing up to the ER sicker than they were before the pandemic, their diseases more advanced and in need of more complicated care.
Months of treatment delays have exacerbated chronic conditions and worsened symptoms. Doctors and nurses say the severity of illness ranges widely and includes abdominal pain, respiratory problems, blood clots, heart conditions and suicide attempts, among others.
Australia is now reporting the same.
“Australia’s hospitals under pressure, despite COVID-19 respite, as healthcare workers prepare for Delta threat, AMA report finds,” ABC.net.au reported Thursday.
Australian hospitals are already overwhelmed and falling behind, even with the “once-in-a-generation” slowdown in patient numbers that came with COVID-19, an AMA report has found.
[…] According to the report, the number of patients leaving the emergency departments within four hours dropped to 69 per cent, its worst level since 2012–13.