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Scalise asks Fauci to testify at the hearing

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseCapitol marks two years since COVID-19 closed to public The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Emergent – Russia expands offensive; The United States and its allies add trade sanctions (R-La.) invited top infectious disease physician Antoine Fauci to testify alongside other administration officials at an upcoming hearing on overcoming the current COVID-19 crisis.

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Fauci was not included among the witnesses.

Scalise, the ranking member of the panel, said the committee has not heard directly from Fauci since a July 29, 2021 briefing.

The select subcommittee focused on investigating the pandemic response under the former President TrumpDonald TrumpNevada County plans to count all ballots by hand Omarosa hit with K penalty for financial non-reportinglooking for evidence of political interference.

Pass: Fauci has become a top target for Congressional Republicans as they conduct their own investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, looking into whether the US government played a role in funding controversial ‘gain of function’ research. in Wuhan, China.

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Idaho GOP kills anti-trans medical care bill

An Idaho bill that would have criminalized a parent’s decision to allow their transgender child to receive gender-affirming medical treatment has died at the hands of the state’s Senate Republican conference after a national outcry.

In a statement late Tuesday, Idaho Senate Republicans said they oppose gender reassignment surgery for minors, but the bill interferes with a parent’s right to take medical decisions for her own children.

“We believe in the rights of parents and that the best decisions about medical treatment options for children are made by parents, with the guidance and expertise of their doctor,” the senators said in a statement. declaration.

The bill, HB 675, passed the State House in a near-partisan vote last week. It would have added language prohibiting anyone from providing transgender young people with drugs to block or delay the onset of puberty or gender-affirming surgery to a provision already on the books that banned female genital mutilation.

Under the bill, treating a transgender child — or even helping the child leave the state for treatment in another state — would have been a crime punishable by life in prison.

The only Republican to oppose the bill in the House was State Rep. Fred Wood (R), the only serving doctor in the House.

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MLB ENDS REGULAR COVID-19 TESTING FOR ASYMPTOMATIC

Major League Baseball (MLB) will end regular COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic players, but will retain the ability to move games if the number of cases in the region increases, The Associated Press reported.

The league and its players’ union, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), agreed to final COVID-19 protocols for the 2022 season on Tuesday, according to the AP.

The protocols state that the league intends to “postpone games only if necessary to protect the health and safety of club staff, players and referees”, according to the press office.

Games will not be postponed for competitive reasons as long as teams have a sufficient number of players available to replace players who cannot play due to COVID-19, per protocols, according to the AP. Players placed on teams’ COVID-19 injured lists will not be counted towards their active rosters.

The two sides also agreed they would avoid rescheduling virus-hit outdoor matches in the first 30 days of the season as split doubleheaders before April 30.

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WHO: WEEKLY COVID-19 DEATHS DOWN

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the number of new coronavirus deaths has fallen by 17% over the past week, although cases of the virus continue to rise.

The WHO’s weekly report, which was released on Tuesday, found that over the past week more than 11 million new COVID-19 infections have been reported, along with 43,000 new deaths. According to this data, the number of coronavirus-related deaths worldwide has continuously decreased over the past three weeks, The Associated Press reported.

The Western Pacific and Africa are believed to have seen the highest increase in COVID-19 infections, reporting a 29% increase and a 12% increase in infections respectively, the outlet noted.

In the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Americas, the number of coronavirus cases has dropped by 20%. The number of cases has increased in Europe by almost 2%, according to the AP.

The WHO, however, reportedly noted that recent data “should be interpreted with caution”, citing that several countries have changed their COVID-19 testing strategies and started testing less frequently – a move it says could prevent the detection of new cases.

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Public ‘misled’ over nursing home deaths: audit

A New York Department of Health Audit published tuesday found that the former governor Andrew Cuomo (D) has not publicly reported the deaths of 4,100 nursing home residents in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic between April 2020 and February 2021.

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s audit found Health Department officials underreported the death toll by up to 50% and concluded that the Health Department failed to meet its “ethical” and “moral” obligations to report numbers accurately.

But internally, the department had the most accurate data. As of February 3, 2021, internal administration data reported 13,147 deaths of nursing home residents, but only 9,076 deaths have been publicly reported, meaning more than 30% of deaths have not been reported. made public, according to the report.

“Rather than providing accurate and reliable information during a public health emergency, the department instead conformed its presentation to the executive’s narrative, often presenting data in a way that misled the public,” indicates the audit report.

“Our audit findings are extremely troubling,” DiNapoli said in a declaration. “The public has been misled by those at the highest levels of state government by twisting and suppressing the facts when New Yorkers deserve the truth.”

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