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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Teenage Girl Is Fatally Shot by the Police in Columbus, Officials Say The use of deadly force in Ohio happened just before the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

Teenage Girl Is Fatally Shot by the Police in Columbus, Officials Say

The use of deadly force in Ohio happened just before the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

The scene of a fatal shooting by a police officer on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will conduct an independent inquiry. 
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A teenage girl was fatally shot by the police in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon, officials said, shortly before a jury reached a guilty verdict in the murder trial of the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in last year’s killing of George Floyd.

The girl’s death cast an immediate pall over public expressions that justice had been served in Mr. Floyd’s case and touched off protests in Ohio’s capital city.

The Columbus Division of Police did not immediately provide details about the shooting, which was confirmed on Twitter by the city’s mayor, Andrew Ginther, who said there was police body camera footage of the confrontation and urged residents to keep the peace as protesters descended on the scene.

“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life,” Mr. Ginther said. “We do not know all of the details. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible.”

The Columbus Dispatch reported that police had been responding to a 911 call about an attempted stabbing when the shooting took place around 4:45 p.m. in the southeastern part of Columbus. The verdict in the Chauvin case was announced about 20 minutes later.

Mr. Ginther said that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation would conduct an independent inquiry, which he said is standard whenever an officer shoots someone.

“We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available,” he said. “I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.”

Hazel Bryant, left, reacts after her 15-year-old niece was fatally shot by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday.
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A woman interviewed by The Dispatch identified the victim, who was Black, as her 15-year-old niece. The woman, Hazel Bryant, told the newspaper that her niece lived in a foster home and got into an altercation with someone else at the home.

Ms. Bryant said her niece had a knife, but maintained that the girl had dropped the knife before she was shot multiple times by a police officer, the newspaper reported.

The Columbus Division of Police did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on Tuesday night. A crowd of protesters gathered outside the city’s police building, local news media reported.

The teenager’s death quickly received widespread attention, including from Ben Crump, the Floyd family’s lawyer, amid a continuing reckoning over police accountability and systemic racism.

“As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting as @ColumbusPolice killed an unarmed 15yo Black girl,” Mr. Crump said. “Another child lost! Another hashtag.”

Jack Begg contributed research.

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UCSF doctor vs. Nate Silver on whether it's 'neurotic' to double mask on a plane post-vaccination

UCSF doctor vs. Nate Silver on whether it's 'neurotic' to double mask on a plane post-vaccination

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"As more and more Bay Area residents are vaccinated, many are looking forward to summer air travel as a way to celebrate. But before you throw away those face shields or dream about indulging in a leisurely in-flight cocktail, UCSF Department of Medicine chair Dr. Bob Wachter cautioned people it may be too soon for that type of traveling in a recent Washington Post article.

“When [planes] turn into a flying restaurant, the dynamics of spread become very different,” he told the Post. “I would not eat at an indoor restaurant at this point, even being fully vaccinated, and so the time during which the plane is, in fact, an indoor restaurant is a time when it is somewhat less safe.”

Wachter’s recommendation came under fire from skeptics, including from statistician and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver. Silver said on a recent flight he saw very few people double masking and no one was wearing a face shield. “The people who are so risk-averse as to be reading articles about what precautions they should take *even after vaccination* are probably not getting on flights in the first place. They probably don't need to be told to be more cautious. In many respects they may be too cautious!” he wrote on Twitter.

What inspired this tweet the other day was an article that said even vaccinated people should double-mask and wear face shields when flying.

Today I'm on my first flight in more than a year. (Thanks, Pfizer!) It's quite full. What's the reality like? How many face shields? 🧵 https://t.co/ii4HaYgzGO

— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 18, 2021

Wachter defended his assertions via Twitter, using his own glut of stats to enable others to make their own risk assessments.

Most breakthrough infections are mild but there are rare ones that are serious. Of >75M people fully vaxxed as of 4/13, CDC has logged 5814 breakthrough infctns (documented Covid post-full vaccination). That’s not surprising. As we know, the vaccines aren't 100% protective.(3/25)

— Bob Wachter (@Bob_Wachter) April 18, 2021

… breakthrough infections, & minuscule numbers of hospitalizations & deaths. If 2/3 of the 74 deaths were also Covid-related, we’re talking 50 deaths from Covid in 75M fully vaccinated people, or a chance of dying from Covid after full vaccination of 1 in 1.5 million.(5/25)

— Bob Wachter (@Bob_Wachter) April 18, 2021

Wachter said he’s flown two to three times in 2021 and even said he’s fine hanging out with unvaccinated friends and family right now since the test positivity rate is low in San Francisco. He’s been fully vaccinated since January, receiving two Pfizer shots in December and January.

Still, he said he won’t eat indoors at restaurants.

Per CDC, indoor dining has been among highest risk activities. Masks are off most of the time. And, while I know my tablemates, I don’t know the folks at other tables. I like eating in restaurants, but it’s just not that important to me. Ergo: outdoor dining OK, no indoor.(14/25)

— Bob Wachter (@Bob_Wachter) April 18, 2021

Wachter wasn’t the only UCSF doctor to come under scrutiny over the weekend. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease doctor, was quoted in a Slate op-ed about loosening mask mandates outdoors. Gandhi said that while going maskless outside in San Francisco will draw glares from neighbors, it’s not entirely necessary anymore and she said she has messaged that to city officials.

Gandhi said there should be a clear threshold for when outdoor mask mandates can be lifted, suggesting it could be 10 hospitalizations per 100,000 people with 40 percent of people having received their first vaccine dose."


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Fauci: Republican vaccine deniers are hurting efforts to lift Covid restrictions | Republicans | The Guardian

Fauci: Republican vaccine deniers are hurting efforts to lift Covid restrictions

‘On the one hand they want to be relieved of the restrictions. On the other hand, they don’t want to get vaccinated’

Dr Anthony Fauci, the US government’s leading infectious disease expert, testifies before a House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis on Capitol Hill on 15 April 2021.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the US government’s leading infectious disease expert, testifies before a House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis on Capitol Hill on 15 April 2021. Photograph: Reuters

Republicans who refuse the Covid-19 vaccination are actively “working against” efforts to lift the very coronavirus restrictions they insist are an infringement of their civil liberties, Dr Anthony Fauci, the US government’s leading infectious disease expert, said on Sunday.

Fauci’s comments came as the government announced that half of all adults in the US had received at least one Covid-19 shot, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign. Almost 130 million people 18 or older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, or 50.4% of the total adult population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. Almost 84 million adults, or about 32.5% of the population, have been fully vaccinated.

But Fauci, who was involved in a fiery exchange over the issue with the Republican congressman Jim Jordan on Thursday, told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday he was frustrated by recent studies showing that up to 45% of Republicans would not take the vaccine.

“The fact that one may not want to get vaccinated, in this case a disturbingly large proportion of Republicans, only actually works against where they want to be,” he said.

“They want to be able to say these restrictions that are put on by public health recommendations are things that they’re very concerned about. But the way you get rid of those restrictions is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

“When that happens for absolutely certain you’re going to see the level of virus in the community go down and down and down to the point where you would not have to have those public health restrictions.”

Fauci said the attitude displayed by the Republican vaccine deniers was “paradoxical”.

“On the one hand they want to be relieved of the restrictions. On the other hand, they don’t want to get vaccinated, it just almost doesn’t make any sense,” he said. “This is a public health issue, it’s not a civil liberties issue.”

Fauci clashed with Jordan, a congressman from Ohio, when the US’s top health officials testified before Congress on Thursday and Jordan asked Fauci when Americans “get their liberty and freedoms back”.

“We’re not talking about liberties. We’re talking about a pandemic that has killed 560,000 Americans,” Fauci told the congressman.

About one in four members of the House of Representatives had not been vaccinated by March, three months after shots were being made available. A list of those who are not vaccinated is not publicly available, but several Republican members of Congress have admitted they do not plan to get the jab.

Fauci’s comments come amid a resurgence of Covid-19 across the US, with an 8% rise in new cases in the last two weeks even as the number of those vaccinated continues to grow.

Fauci said the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the use of which was suspended in the US last week after reports of extremely rare and severe blood clots in six women, could be reinstated as early as Friday at a meeting of the CDC’s advisory committee on immunization practices (ACIP).

“I doubt very seriously they’ll just cancel it,” he said in a later appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I do think that there will likely be some sort of warning or restriction or risk assessment. I don’t think [the advisory committee] is going to say, ‘everything’s fine,’ I think it’ll likely say, ‘OK, we’re going to use it, but be careful under these certain circumstances’.”

He said that although the incidences of blood clots were rare, “you have six cases in close to seven million people,” he said, the temporary suspension of the J&J vaccine was necessary.

“There’s a twofold reason for doing it, to pause and take a look in more detail about it, and to make sure that the physicians treat people appropriately,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer, acknowledged on Sunday her state was at “a very serious moment” as new infections continued to rise, but she continued to resist growing pressure to reinstate restrictions she lifted in March.

Michigan has become a new Covid-19 hotspot, with hospitalizations setting a new pandemic record last week and the state recording more than 2,200 cases of the B117 coronavirus variant, more than one-tenth the total for the entire US.

“In the waning months I have been sued by my legislature, I have lost in a Republican controlled Supreme Court, and I don’t have all of the exact same tools,” Whitmer told MTP host Chuck Todd, who asked if she was backing away from a firmer stance.

“Despite those things, we still have some of the strongest mitigation measures in the country, masked mandates, capacity limitations, working from home. We’re moving fast to get shots in arms, a million in two weeks, a million in just the last nine days. [But] I’m working with a smaller set of tools at my disposal.

“We are at a very serious moment and that’s precisely why we’re going to keep following the science, imploring people to do the right things, keep our mitigations up and keep moving vaccines as quickly as we possibly can.”

Globa"lly, coronavirus deaths passed the grim milestone of three million on Saturday. Jeremy Farrar, director of the UK’s Wellcome Trust, warned that the true number of deaths was probably much higher.

“Worryingly, this pandemic is still growing at an alarming rate. Hundreds of thousands are dying every month,” he said.

The US leads the world in Covid-19 deaths with 566,937 deaths and almost 32m cases, more than twice as many as any other country according to the Johns Hopkins university of medicine on Sunday."


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