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The Pfizer Vaccine Was Shipped with Extra Doses. That’s Both Good News and Normal.

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  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that vials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which began rolling out for emergency use on Monday, were shipped with extra doses.
  • While each vial is meant to contain five full doses, some pharmacists have reported finding vials containing sixth and seventh doses.
  • On Wednesday, the FDA confirmed that these extra doses can be used, expanding the nation’s supply by up to 40%; however, that number will likely be lower because pharmacists threw away hundreds of extra doses prior to the FDA’s approval and because partial doses can’t be mixed.
  • The inclusion of these additional doses is completely normal, as vaccine manufacturers usually overfill their vials in case of human errors such as spills.

Pfizer Vaccine Shipped with Extra Doses

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for pharmacists to use extra doses that are sent in vials for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. 

Vials of the vaccine, which began distribution under emergency use authorization on Monday, are only meant to contain five doses; however, many pharmacists across the country have reported receiving vials with an extra or even two extra doses. 

With those extra doses, this theoretically means that the current national supply of 100 million doses could increase by up to 40%. While there will almost undoubtedly be a rise in available doses because of this finding, the actual increase will likely be somewhat lower than that.

That’s partially because before the FDA approved the use of these extra doses, many pharmacists — confused on whether they were allowed to use them — began throwing out hundreds of extra doses. 

Because the vaccine has been approved on an emergency use basis, pharmacists must abide by strict guidelines unless otherwise stated. In other words, if the FDA says there are five doses, pharmacists are only able to distribute five doses.

Since the coronavirus pandemic is an extraordinary situation and the vaccine is in high demand, many pharmacists then reached out to the FDA and Pfizer, asking both if they are able to use the extra doses. That’s when the FDA then signaled its approval to use them. 

Still, both the FDA and Pfizer have said that any leftover vaccine from multiple vials should not be pooled to create a full dose in order to prevent any potential cross-contamination.

That’s because, namely, the Pfizer vaccine must be stored in ultra-cold conditions and doesn’t contain preservatives. Essentially, you don’t want to be potentially mixing vials that were taken out of the freezer at different times.

Companies Sending Vaccines with Extra Doses is 100% Normal

The fact that the Pfizer vaccine contains extra doses is completely normal. Vaccine manufacturers usually overfill their vials in case there are any spills or other kinds of human or mechanical error.

Because of that and concerns raised that the extra doses might be some sort of harmful mistake, multiple public health officials have stressed that this is not a giant error. 

“I think this is more clever pharmacists than something missed by Pfizer,” Former Obama administration health official Andy Slavitt told Politico.

Former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler also said on The Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday that the vials weren’t “mismeasured.”

“It’s not sloppiness,” he added. “It’s the way those vials are designed.”

Bottom line: while extra vaccine is normal, that doesn’t mean this isn’t good news. In fact, it’s great news. 

Twitter to Ban Vaccine Misinformation

Also on Wednesday, Twitter announced that, starting next week, it will begin placing warnings labels on and even removing some tweets that contain debunked claims about COVID-19 vaccines.

Twitter’s move follows both Facebook and YouTube, which have also announced crackdowns on vaccine-related misinformation. 

As far how Twitter will decide whether it’s removing a tweet or simply flagging it, the platform says it will delete outright misinformation, including: 

  • “False claims that suggest immunizations and vaccines are used to intentionally cause harm to or control populations, including statements about vaccines that invoke a deliberate conspiracy;”
  • “False claims which have been widely debunked about the adverse impacts or effects of receiving vaccinations;”
  • And “False claims that COVID-19 is not real or not serious, and therefore that vaccinations are unnecessary;”

Twitter also noted that tweets which could fall into more of a gray area will be given warning labels. For example, that could include someone questioning unproven side effects associated with the vaccine.

See what others are saying: (Politico) (NPR) (The New York Times)

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Wisconsin Police Deny Planting Evidence in Viral Video, Release Their Own Body Cam Footage

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The footage police released shows that during a search, officers found a corner tear from a plastic bag inside a backseat passenger’s pocket. An officer then discarded it into the car after determining that it was empty.


Viral Video Appears To Show Officer Planting Evidence

The Caledonia Police Department in Wisconsin has responded to a viral cell phone video that appears to show an officer planting a small plastic baggie inside of a car during a traffic stop.

The now-viral footage was posted to Facebook by a man who goes by GlockBoy Savoo.

The user, who also filmed the clip, wrote in his post’s caption that the officer did this “just to get a reason to search the car” and said the cop didn’t know he was being recorded by the passenger.

Source: Facebook/ GlockBoy Savoo

Police Shut Down Accusations With Their Own Footage

After that video spread across social media, many were outraged, calling the Caledonia police dirty for seemingly planting evidence. All the outrage eventually prompted the department to announce an investigation Saturday.

Within hours, the department provided an update, claiming that officers didn’t actually plant any evidence or do anything illegal.

Police shared a lengthy summary of events, along with two body camera clips from the incident. That statement explained that the driver of the vehicle was pulled over for going 63 in a 45mph zone.

Two passengers in the backseat who were then spotted without seatbelts were asked to identify themselves and step out of the car. During a search of one passenger’s pockets, an officer pulled out “an empty corner tear” from a plastic baggie.

Police claim the corner tear did not contain any illegal substances, though they said this type of packaging is a common method for holding illegal drugs.

In one body cam clip, an officer can be heard briefly questioning the backseat passenger about the baggie. Then, that piece of plastic gets handed off to different officers who also determined it as empty before the officer in the original viral video discarded it into the back of the car.

The officer can also be seen explaining where the plastic came from to the passenger recording him.

“Aye, bro you just threw that in here!” the front seat passenger says, as heard in his version of the events.

“Yeah, cause it was in his pocket and I don’t want to hold onto it. It’s on their body cam that they took it off of him…I’m telling you where it came from, so. It’s an empty baggie at the moment too, so,” the officer replies.

The department went on to explain that while it would discourage officers from discarding items into a citizen’s car, this footage proves that evidence was not planted.

Authorities also noted that no arrests were made in this incident and the driver was the only one issued a citation for speeding. The statement added that since four officers were present at the scene, police have more than six hours of footage to review but they promised to release the footage in full in the near future.

See what others are saying: (Heavy)(CBS 58) (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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Medical Groups, Local Leaders Push for Healthcare Workers and Public Employees To Get Vaccinated

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The move comes as COVID cases have nearly quadrupled in the last month due to the rapid spread of the highly infectious delta variant.


Increased Calls for Mandatory Vaccinations in Certain Sectors

More than 50 of America’s largest medical groups representing millions of healthcare workers issued a statement Monday calling for employers of all health and long-term care providers to require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

The groups, which included the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and 55 others, cited contagious new variants — including delta — and low vaccination rates.

“Vaccination is the primary way to put the pandemic behind us and avoid the return of stringent public health measures,” they wrote.

The call to action comes as new COVID cases have almost quadrupled during the month of July, jumping from just around 13,000 infections a day at the beginning of this month to more than 50,000.

While the vast majority of new infections and hospitalizations are among those who have not received the vaccines, many healthcare workers remain unvaccinated. According to data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, over 38% of nursing home staff were not fully vaccinated as of July 11. 

An analysis by WebMD and Medscape Medical News found that around 25% of hospital workers who were in contact with patients had not been vaccinated by the end of May when vaccinations became widely available.

In addition to calls for medical professionals to get vaccinated, some local leaders have also begun to impose mandates for public employees as cases continue spiking.

Last month, San Francisco announced that it was requiring all city workers to get vaccinated. Also on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that all municipal employees — including police officers and teachers — must either get the jab or agree to weekly testing by the time school starts in September.

Dr. Fauci Says U.S. Officials Are Considering Revising Mask Guidance for Vaccinated People

Numerous top U.S. health officials have applauded efforts by local leaders to mitigate further spread of the coronavirus, including the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who confirmed Sunday that federal officials are actively considering whether to revise federal masking guidelines to recommend that vaccinated Americans wear face coverings in public settings.

In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people who are vaccinated do not need to mask in public. Although that was a non-binding recommendation, many states and cities that had not already lifted restrictions on masking began to do so shortly after.

But now, local leaders in areas seeing big spikes have begun reimposing mask mandates — even for those who are vaccinated — including major counties like Los Angeles and St. Louis.

In his remarks Sunday, Fauci also emphasized that, despite claims from many conservatives, those efforts are in line with the federal recommendations, which leave space for local leaders to issue their own rules.

While Fauci and other top U.S. public health officials have encouraged local governments to take action, Republican lawmakers in several states are taking steps to limit the ability of local leaders and public health officials to take certain mitigation measures.

According to the Network for Public Health Law, at least 15 state legislatures have passed or are considering bills to limit the legal authority of public health agencies — and that does not even include unilateral action taken by governors.

Some of the leaders of states suffering the biggest spikes have banned local officials from imposing their own mask mandates, like Arkansas, which has the highest per capita cases in the country right now, as well as Florida, which currently ranks third.

Notably, some of the laws proposed or passed by Republicans could go beyond just preventing local officials from trying to mitigate surges in COVID cases and may have major implications for other public health crises.

For example, according to The Washington Post, a North Dakota law that bans mask mandates applies to other breakouts — even tuberculosis — while a new Montana law also bars the use of quarantine for people who have been exposed to an infectious disease but have not yet tested positive.

See what others are saying: (The Washington Post) (The New York Times) (The Guardian)

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Couple Slammed Over Slavery-Themed Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

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Many have expressed outrage at the duo for trying to romanticize slavery while others were left completely dumbfounded by the entire ordeal.


Photoshoot Goes Viral

A couple has come under fire after sharing images on Instagram from their slavery-themed pre-wedding photoshoot.


The photos show a Black man in shackles looking deeply into his white fiancé’s eyes before she works to releases him.


1842. Days passed and everything changed, our love got stronger and stronger, he was no longer a slave, he was part of the family,” the post’s caption reads.


To indicate his transition from “slave” to family, a fourth image shows him wearing a long coat and top hat with well-shined shoes, as opposed to the white shirt, trousers, and straw hat he wore in the previous images.

Social Media Users React

It’s not immediately clear who these people are since the social media handle is redacted in the images circulating online.

Still, many have expressed outrage at the duo for trying to romanticize slavery while others were left just completely dumbfounded by this entire ordeal. Some also directed criticism at the photographer who agreed to the shoot, along with the hundreds of Instagram users who liked the original posts.

See what others are saying: (The Daily Dot) (Black Enterprise) (BET)

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