Fauci sees vaccination for kids by late spring or the summer

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s top infectious disease expert says he hopes to see some kids starting to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in the next few months. It’s a needed step to securing widespread immunity to the virus. Dr. Anthony Fauci said at Friday’s White House coronavirus briefing that hopefully that will start to happen by late spring or summer. Vaccines are not yet approved for children, but testing is underway. Children represent about one-fourth of the population, and for the U.S. to reach “herd immunity,” or widespread resistance, about 70% to 85% of the population must be vaccinated. At the moment, even older adults are having problems getting shots.last_img read more

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Mocking Marriage: Pastafarian marriages approved in New Zealand

first_imgThe Telegraph 17 December 2015Ever wanted to get married while wearing a colander on your head?Move to New Zealand – they just gave the right to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to perform marriage ceremonies. Members of the church call themselves Pastafarians and believe that the world was created by an airborne spaghetti and meatballs-based being, although its own website notes that some followers consider it to be a satirical organisation.The announcement that the church is now allowed to perform weddings was made on the government gazette.Registrar-general Jeff Montgomery defended the decision, saying that it was made on the basis that the organisation promotes religious beliefs.He said that it is not based on how valid the religious claims the organisation are.The registrar-general told stuff.co.nz that the request was valid because the purposes set out by the church were educating and training people, particularly atheists and superstitious people, about Flying Spaghetti principles and practices.He said: “In considering the matter I have referred to the Objects of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, reviewed material available online about this organisation and considered other organisations already able to nominate marriage celebrants.“A review of media and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s international website show a consistent presentation of their philosophies. While some claim this is a ‘parody organisation’, members have rebutted this on a number of occasions.”But Australia sees it differently. In an August decision, Dini Soulio, the South Australian commissioner for consumer affairs, wrote in his decision that while he accepts adherents believe in Pastafarianism, he doesn’t consider it a religion.“The eight ‘I’d Rather You Didn’ts’ and ‘The Random Number of Not Commandments, Suggestions’ mostly contain moral admonitions, worldly advice or pragmatic advice, and thus, have no supernatural or spiritual significance,” Soulio wrote. “Other canons are clearly a parody on other established religions and thus have no supernatural significance.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/12055350/Pastafarian-marriages-approved-in-New-Zealand.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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