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Forget Delta; New ‘Mu’ Variant Shows Worrisome Resistance to Antibodies

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Is it ever going to end?  Will America ever truly be rid of COVID-19, or is this viral scourge going to stick around like the, mutating forever and ever as pharmaceutical leviathans continue to find new ways to cash in on it?

Sure, maybe someday we’ll beat this thing, but for now, we’re stuck juggling variant after variant, with the latest threat looking like it could bust through some of the antibodies that we’ve been working so hard to cultivate among the population.

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues its deadly sweep across the U.S., officials say that they are keeping a “very close eye” on a new variant that may be able to bypass existing coronavirus antibodies.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Thursday that the U.S. is taking the variant, dubbed Mu, “very seriously,” but that it hasn’t taken an extensive hold in this country.

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“We’re keeping a very close eye on it. It is really seen here, but it is not at all even close to being dominant,” Fauci said. “As you know, the Delta is more than 99% dominant.”

Fauci said the Mu variant, technically known as B.1.621, has mutations suggesting “it would evade certain antibodies,” potentially including those from vaccines.

And, given just how resistant America has been to vaccinations in general, knowing that a new mutation could simply nullify any inoculation that you may have allowed yourself to receive may just drive that vaccine participation percentage to a standstill.

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Lee Greenwood Booted from Arts Council by Biden Administration

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If there is one thing that the Biden administration is superb at, it’s putting its foot right in its mouth.

Maybe this was to be expected.  Biden is, after all, the most gaffe-prone President that our nation has ever seen.  But the sheer ignorance the team maintains for PR issues is still astounding, and this week was no exception.

President Joe Biden on Wednesday removed country music singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Greenwood was first appointed by President George W Bush in 2008. Greenwood was reappointed to six-year terms by both Presidents Barack Obama and Donald J Trump.

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“You know, it’s a six-year appointment and I was appointed by George W. Bush 43,” Greenwood told Fox and Friends. “So I served under his term. Also, President Obama’s term. Of course, President Trump’s term.”

Greenwood was shocked by the move.

The singer’s most renowned hit was “God Bless The USA”, and was a feature of a great many of Donald Trump’s political rallies, making this move by the Biden administration appear terribly petty.

But, for a White House that appears to be completely unaware of their own image, why would we expect anything different?

If there is one thing that the Biden administration is superb at, it’s putting its foot right in its mouth. Maybe this was to be expected.  Biden is, after all, the most gaffe-prone President that our nation has ever seen.  But the sheer ignorance the team maintains for PR issues is still astounding, and this week was no exception. President Joe Biden on Wednesday removed country music singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood from the National Endowment for the Arts. Greenwood was first appointed by President George W Bush in 2008. Greenwood was reappointed to six-year terms by both Presidents Barack Obama and Donald J Trump. “You know, it’s a six-year appointment and I was appointed by George W. Bush 43,” Greenwood told Fox and Friends. “So I served under his term. Also, President Obama’s term. Of course, President Trump’s term.” Greenwood was shocked by the move. The singer’s most renowned hit was “God Bless The USA”, and was a feature of a great many of Donald Trump’s political rallies, making this move by the Biden administration appear terribly petty. But, for a White House that appears to be completely unaware of their own image, why would we expect anything different?

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As Delta Hysteria Surges, CostCo Brings Back Purchase Limits

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Despite the Biden administration’s hard-fought narrative regarding a July 4th “independence from COVID” celebration, there is still plenty of worry out there about the virus – particularly as the delta variant continues to surge.

Health experts have blamed some of this surge on the return of children to school, particularly as many school-aged children are not yet able to receive a vaccine.

But there is another factor that could dial up the spread of the illness as well, as cooler weather forces more Americans back indoors.

CostCo has her issues still, as they deal with a massive truck driver shortage, and have had to return to pandemic-style purchase limits to keep products on the shelves.

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Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said Thursday the company wants to make sure it has essential items at stores, even as shipping delays and truck driver shortages make it hard to keep them on shelves.

During an earnings call, he said the retailer is “putting some [purchase] limitations on key items.” Those include toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water and high-demand cleaning products. He did not specify how many of each item customers will be able to buy.

The new product limits are prompted by a different challenge than the ones in earlier phases of the pandemic, when stores saw unusually high demand for paper products and antibacterial wipes as customers stockpiled those goods.

“A year ago there was a shortage of merchandise,” Galanti said. “Now they’ve got plenty of merchandise but there’s two- or three-week delays on getting it delivered because there’s a limit on short-term changes to trucking and delivery needs of the suppliers, so it really is all over the board.”

The company is actively working on solutions, however, even going so far as to charter several ocean liners to transport product from Asia to the US in the coming months.

Despite the Biden administration’s hard-fought narrative regarding a July 4th “independence from COVID” celebration, there is still plenty of worry out there about the virus – particularly as the delta variant continues to surge. Health experts have blamed some of this surge on the return of children to school, particularly as many school-aged children are not yet able to receive a vaccine. But there is another factor that could dial up the spread of the illness as well, as cooler weather forces more Americans back indoors. CostCo has her issues still, as they deal with a massive truck driver shortage, and have had to return to pandemic-style purchase limits to keep products on the shelves. Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said Thursday the company wants to make sure it has essential items at stores, even as shipping delays and truck driver shortages make it hard to keep them on shelves. During an earnings call, he said the retailer is “putting some [purchase] limitations on key items.” Those include toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water and high-demand cleaning products. He did not specify how many of each item customers will be able to buy. The new product limits are prompted by a different challenge than the ones in earlier phases of the pandemic, when stores saw unusually high demand for paper products and antibacterial wipes as customers stockpiled those goods. “A year ago there was a shortage of merchandise,” Galanti said. “Now they’ve got plenty of merchandise but there’s two- or three-week delays on getting it delivered because there’s a limit on short-term changes to trucking and delivery needs of the suppliers, so it really is all over the board.” The company is actively working on solutions, however, even going so far as to charter several ocean liners to transport…

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