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U.S. companies can order employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced in a statement on Friday.

Federal EEO laws do not prevent employers from requiring all employees who enter the workplace to be vaccinated as long as the employer meets the appropriate accommodation requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws. According to the statement

Employers may offer incentives for employees to get vaccinated. “As long as the incentive is not coercive,” the statement said.

“Because immunizations require employees to answer pre-vaccination disability screening questions, the strong incentive may put workers to pressure to disclose protected medical information,” the statement said.

“Today’s improved technical assistance addresses frequently asked questions about vaccination in an employment context,” EEOC President Charlotte A. Burrows said in a statement. Our COVID-19 technique continues to ensure that we provide clear, understandable and useful information to the public. ”

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► Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Corp.’s flagship line, may soon be able to depart with passengers on board. The shipping line is the latest to receive the green light from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in some of its initial plans as it prepares to sail in U.S. waters following a deal with three home ports.

► CVS offers the opportunity to win Super Bowl contests, Bermuda vacations or cash prizes to attract more customers to the COVID-19 vaccination.Kroger also offers to clients, workers or individuals. Get a chance to win $ 1 million or groceries free for a year.

► President Joe Biden kicked off Memorial weekend with a visit to a rock climbing gym in northern Virginia as the state removed all COVID-19 spacing and capacity restrictions in business. private

► The Department of Veterans Affairs has removed all restrictions on incorporation size, as well as mask and social distance requirements for persons fully vaccinated at the National Veterans Cemetery before Memorial Day weekend.

📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 33.2 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 593,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Global sum: higher 169.5 Millions and 3.5 million deaths.More than 133.5 million Americans are fully vaccinated – 40% of the population.

📘 What we are reading: One year after encountering one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in the country, Navajo leaders have maintained mask restrictions and social aloofness despite high rates of COVID-19 vaccination and recommendations. Read the full story

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Vietnam said the new variant was highly contagious.

Vietnam has detected a new coronavirus that lab tests say may be more spreadable than other strains, Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Thun Long said on Saturday.

Scientists who have examined the genetic nature of the virus said the strain was the first common hybrid strain found in India and the United Kingdom, Long said.

Long said the new model could be responsible for cases in Vietnam as the country has confirmed more than 3,500 new cases and 12 deaths in recent weeks. The trend has led to a nationwide ban on religious events and other large-scale gatherings, as well as the closure of parks and unnecessary businesses such as restaurants, bars, clubs and spas.

It is normal for viruses to develop minor genetic changes as they breed. The World Health Organization has made a list. The four global “variables of concern” were first seen in the UK and India, as well as those identified in South Africa and Brazil.

Vaccination Boosts Memorial Day Travel

Americans skyrocketed to a record at the start of Memorial Day weekend as eagerness to escape the coronavirus incarceration has raised prices for airfare, oil and hotels.

As of Thursday, more than 1.8 million people passed through U.S. airports and are expected to number more than 2 million at least once over the weekend, the highest figure since early March. 2020

Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas warned people to expect long lines at the airport and pleaded with tourists to be patient.

The increase in travel appears to be driven by increased COVID-19 vaccination as well as an improved economy. The U.S. Department of Commerce said consumer spending rose in April, although not as much as it was in March, showing how consumers were recovering from last year’s epidemic recession.

– Associated Press

South Dakota meeting could undermine vaccination efforts, experts fear

The Advanced Medicine Conference opened on Friday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in South Dakota, and state medical professionals were unhappy about it.

Here’s why: The four-day conference features social media health influencers, which critics say are responsible for selling a placebo and COVID-19 conspiracy theories that could jeopardize virus control measures.

“We are on the threshold to move forward and get back to normal with the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Santiago Lopez of Immunize South Dakota, a group of healthcare professionals, advocates, scientists, parents and community members. “So these kinds of meetings and conferences, where they make false statements about vaccine safety and efficacy, can lead to people who are not vaccinated … and not immune from the herd.”

The conference is expected to attract approximately 1,200 people, with dozens of speakers identified as the source of myths and myths about the coronavirus epidemic and the safety and efficacy of the COVID vaccine. -19

AMC previously held an annual event in Charlotte, North Carolina. But this year moved to South Dakota. “This is not against our belief system, philosophy and the ability to think and will provide us with a job without political rhetoric, medical myths, and a sense of humor.” The unscientific forecasts and conclusions are biased, ‘according to the website, tickets range from $ 120 to $ 2,300.

Other drugs may join the FDA-approved list of COVID treatments.

Bio-drug company Humanigen has sent Lenzilumab to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization to treat hospitalized patients with COVID-19, the company announced on Friday.

If allowed, the drug will join a growing list of FDA-approved treatments for COVID-19. Lenzilumab is focused on the prevention and treatment of an overactive immune response commonly known as an overactive immune system. “Cytokine storms,” ​​which enable the immune system to kill both healthy and diseased tissues.

In the Phase III study, the drug increased the likelihood of ventilating survival by 54% in new hospitalized patients. Survival improved by 92% in patients taking steroid and remdesivir.

“There is a need for hospital patients who need supplemental oxygen,” said Humangen Chief Executive Dr. Cameron Derrant. “Treatment can save lives. Even with vaccination, the major infection and disease development will continue. ”

– Adrianna Rodriguez

Returning to normal means the cold symptoms and sore throat will return.

There is a downside to revert to pre-COVID-19 hygiene habits.The norm also makes a comeback of colds, sore throats, and sniffing.

“People take off their masks, they are no longer far from society, they don’t wash their hands much, and they get sick again,” said Dr. Aaron Glat, CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital in Southport. Sauh said, New York

Returning to normal “has a price,” said Glatt, a friend of the Infectious Disease Society of America.

After a year with barely a cold, no runny nose and no tears, the young virus controlled by COVID-19 restrictions is making a comeback.

Most importantly, the flu, which was at an all-time low this year. The flu season ends in April or May, so it is unlikely to happen again in the summer. But other annoying viruses, albeit less dangerous. But it still exists

– Elizabeth

Contributing: Joe Sneve, Sioux Falls (SD) Argus Leader; The Associated Press

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