Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 17: Singer Causes Turmoil With Claims of Vaccine Side Effects

By Anna Breuer on 17 September 2021
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Rapper Nicki Minaj, who posted on social media channels an allegation that coronavirus vaccine results in impotence, caused a strong backlash from scientists and doctors across the globe, and then misinterpreted a White House offer to connect her via phone call with doctors to discuss the vaccine as an invitation to the White House.

The White House later said that the administration has offered such phone calls with others concerning the vaccine, as part of a campaign to address dis- and misinformation about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.

Minaj said on Twitter Wednesday that “the White House has invited me,” adding “yes, I’m going.”  A White House official later said the rapper was only offered a telephone call.

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded 227.9 million Covid-19 cases and 4.69 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 204.7 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 150,366, a -9% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,969, a change of 29% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 42.63 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 688,488. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 33.38 million, and a death toll of 444,278, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.85 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Friday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 76 doses for every 100 people, a quarter-dose increase per hundred over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Friday, 210.7 million people in the United States – or 63.5% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 54.2%, or 179.95 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 383 million. Breaking this down further, 76.1% of the population over the age of 18 – or 196.5 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 65.4% of the same group – or 168.8 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific Northwest, King County, which includes Seattle and environs, announced that individuals going to indoor venues such as restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, and conference facilities must show proof of vaccination against the coronavirus.  The requirement is also necessary to attend outdoor events with 500 or more people in attendance.  Unlike the similar requirements in New York City, those without proof of vaccination will be allowed to provide a recent negative coronavirus test.

Finally, the hostess at a New York City restaurant was assaulted by three women visiting from Texas after asking them for proof of vaccination, required to enter the premises.  The three – a 44-year-old, her 21-year-old daughter, and another 49-year-old woman – also broke the restaurant employee’s necklace in the course of the assault.  All three were taken into custody and given desk appearance tickets.  The New York Hospitality Alliance called on both the city and the state to increase the penalties for assaulting restaurant workers in the course of performing their enforcement duties related to the coronavirus.

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