Monday, November 22 marked another historic turn in the battle against Covid-19 and the rising state of authoritarianism around the globe.
Austria imposed its fourth national coronavirus lockdown – shutting down all non-essential shops, bars, and cafés for all citizens. This move came only a week after the government imposed a lockdown on the unvaccinated, and it marks the first time that a country has imposed a lockdown after the vaccine rollout.
In November of 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committed to transparency, open dialogue, and efficiency when dealing with decisions to grant emergency requests for COVID-19 vaccines.
“The FDA understands there is tremendous public interest regarding vaccines for COVID-19. We remain committed to keeping the public informed about the evaluation of the data of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, so that once available, the public and the medical community can have trust and confidence in receiving the vaccine for our families and ourselves.”
FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D.
Despite this promise to the American people, the FDA has now asked a United States Federal District Court for 55 years to produce the data and information it relied upon to license Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, Comirnaty. To be clear, the FDA claims it conducted an intense review of these same documents in just 108 days to authorize Comirnaty in the first place.
Five days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a stay of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a statement complying with the order.
This decision comes as yet another temporary breath of relief for thousands of American workers facing a stark decision – get vaxxed or get lost.
On September 29, a left-wing special interest group, the National School Boards Association (NSBA), sent a letter (now removed from their website) to the White House that labeled concerned parents as perpetrators of hate crimes and potential domestic terrorists and urged the Justice Department to use federal tools – including the Patriot Act – to target them.
This past Friday, the Fifth Circuit reaffirmed its initial stay of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate which was issued via an emergency temporary standard (ETS) by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on November 5, 2021.
The mandate would require citizens who work at businesses with 100 plus employees to vaccinate against Covid-19 or undergo weekly tests (at their own expense) and wear masks. In an opinion, available on the 5th Circuit’s website, the Court found that the mandate was “staggeringly overbroad.”
This Saturday, the Fifth Circuit filed a temporary injunction suspending the federal vaccine mandate issued via an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The Court cited “grave statutory and constitutional issues” as the reason for the stay.
This past September, President Joe Biden addressed the nation to express his frustration with citizens who choose to remain unvaccinated against Covid-19. In response to this perceived problem, the President announced that he would be unrolling a series of strict workplace mandates to encourage increased rates of vaccination.
Microsoft has announcedits decision to shut down LinkedIn in China. This marks the end of one of America’s last remaining social platforms in the region. According to company officials, the move is driven by increased regulations and censorship.
On Friday October 15, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a watchdog group, filed a Hatch Act complaint against White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki after she made a statement that appears to endorse a Democrat candidate’s run for state office.