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Several items of interest regarding COVID-19, the booster and costs associated with it, and some stats that cannot be ignored.

The Far-Right’s Anti-Science Conspiracies Are Literally Killing Us

Today’s right-wing conservatives have recently adopted a dangerous strain of inflammatory anti-vaccine rhetoric, according to scientist and vaccine expert Dr. Peter Hotez, who joins The New Abnormal this week to discuss his new book on the subject, The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science.

And he says there’s plenty of research to suggest that the vaccine hesitancy born of far-right conspiracies is at least in part responsible for the unique trajectory of American COVID-19 deaths throughout the past three-plus years, something he addresses at length in his book.

“The reason it’s important to talk about this is not because it’s just another check box in the culture wars, or something to do with wokeness or anti-wokeness—it is the fact that it killed Americans in unprecedented numbers,” Dr. Hotez said.
“This aggressive anti-vaccine movement I estimate killed up to 200,000 Americans during the Delta and BA.1 Omicron waves, after vaccines were widely available, because people refused vaccines,” he added. “They went down this rabbit hole and believed elected members of Congress, the senators, members of the House of Representatives, the far-right podcasters on Fox News, and it killed people.”

What to know about getting the updated COVID vaccine

An updated COVID-19 vaccine, reformulated to target a primary variant of the virus, is becoming available at pharmacies around the country.

Why it matters: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older get the updated vaccine.

Will my insurance cover it?

Most insurance plans will cover the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost, the CDC said.

  • This is the first updated COVID vaccine since the U.S. ended its public health emergency earlier this year, which ended most government programs to purchase and distribute the shots.
  • Under the Affordable Care Act, most commercial health plans must cover immunizations. Medicare and Medicaid will also cover the shots.

2024 Election:

J6 Updates:

TFG and His Criminal Cartel’s Growing Legal Woes:

Rudy’s Lawyer Drops Him & Sues for $1.3 Million in Unpaid Fees

Rudy Giuliani’s former lawyer filed a lawsuit in New York today seeking $1,360,196.10 in unpaid legal fees.

The firm of Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron LLP and Robert Costello say they represented Rudy in a variety of legal cases from November 2019 to July 2023, including the J6 investigation and the Georgia case. They are dropping him as a client because he hasn’t paid his bills. They alleged that he has only paid $214,000 of a $1.57 million balance.

The Worst, Stupidest, and Most Deplorable People in the World:

Craven Assholes:

Republicans Left a Motion to Remove Kevin McCarthy in a House Bathroom

A Congressional game of Clue began on Tuesday afternoon. On a baby-changing station in a bathroom under the House floor, an unknown culprit left a draft resolution put forward by Republican Matt Gaetz to declare the position of Speaker of the House as vacant — removing the troubled Kevin McCarthy as the leader of the body’s divided Republican caucus.

The discarded draft, first reported by independent journalist Matt Laslo, looks to be from September 15 — three days after Gaetz threatened to vote to remove McCarthy. 

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