DML Morning Briefing Fri. Jan 7: SCOTUS to hear mandates case, NIH funding, Pelosi introduces performers, and more…
By Team DML
Today is January 7 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion.
1 – Supreme Court poised to decide limits of Biden vaccine mandates for businesses, health care workers
Fox News reports: With the Biden administration citing a “grave danger” to public health caused by unvaccinated Americans, the Supreme Court will hold a fast-tracked, high-stakes public session Friday to decide whether the U.S. government can begin enforcing sweeping COVID-19 vaccine requirements affecting nearly 100 million workers.
The justices will hear separate oral arguments over federal vaccine and testing rules for larger businesses and vaccine mandates for health care workers at facilities receiving Medicaid and Medicare funding. Enforcement of the policies – announced in November – has been put on holding pending resolution in the high court. Written rulings could come within a matter of days.
It comes amid a recent surge in reported COVID-19 cases, which health officials say is caused in part by the emerging omicron variant.
The oral arguments will stream live on FoxNews.com, beginning Friday at 10 a.m. ET.
DML: Will SCOTUS grow a backbone and stand up against this nonsense?
2 – Dr. Marty Makary: NIH Funded 257 Grants on Social Disparities with COVID, Only 4 on How It Spreads
Breitbart reports: Dr. Marty Makary, a medical doctor and researcher at Johns Hopkins, said the NIH funded “257 grants on social disparities” related to COVID-19 “but only four” on the coronavirus’s spread.
Makary joined Drs. Peter Attia and Zubin Damania on the former’s podcast, The Drive, published on Monday, in which he said: “We just did this study of NIH research funding last year. Less than five percent went to COVID research. Three months into the pandemic, 0.05 percent of the NIH’s budget went to COVID research. The average time for them to give a grant was five months to fund a research team to then start the research.”
He added, “Two-fifty-seven grants on social disparities with COVID — an important topic — but only four on how it spreads, and one on masks which hasn’t even read out yet. So the most basic questions doctors needed evidence for, that was not being conducted.”
Makary said the NIH failed to promptly investigate basic questions about COVID-19. He said: “We were all getting the questions — How does it spread? Do masks work? How long are you contagious for? Can you spread it pre-symptomatic? – All the basic questions of COVID, we did not have answers, because our gigantic $4.2 trillion dollar healthcare system could not do the basic bedside clinical research.”
3 – Pelosi brings in Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton cast to perform before Jan. 6 committee
The Washington Examiner reports: Several Broadway stars told the story of tonight at a congressional hearing on Thursday, with the cast of Hamilton appearing virtually to serenade lawmakers participating in a remembrance event of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot.
After playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Hamilton cast were introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who described Miranda as “one of the great creative talents of our time.” Miranda, who said the United States is still striving to create “a more perfect union that treats all its citizens with fairness and equity,” led his co-stars in a performance of “Dear Theodosia,” which the playwright said is about people “finding a way to move forward.”
The actor, who originated the role of the eponymous Alexander Hamilton when the musical debuted in 2015, encouraged U.S. citizens not to take their rights or liberties for granted.
DML: This in CONGRESS? Sometimes there are just no words.
4 – ‘Unhinged Elmo’ trends online after epic Sesame Street cookie meltdown resurfaces
Fox News reports: Sesame Street’s Elmo set the internet abuzz after a nearly two decades-old clip from the favorite children’s show went viral.
“Unhinged Elmo” began trending online after the clip from 2004 circulated showing Elmo arguing with his friend Zoe over an oatmeal raisin cookie. The two puppet characters, sitting at the counter with Zoe’s pet rock, Rocco, go head-to-head in their high-pitched, screechy voices as the only human in the scene, Gabi, regrets to inform them that there are no more oatmeal raisin cookies, which are “Elmo’s favorite,” according to the famous red puppet.
But Zoe breaks the news to Elmo that he can’t have the last one of his favorite treats because her pet rock Rocco is hungry and wants it.
DML: This happened before the left had their “woke” meltdown and fell off the edge.
5 – Moderna CEO warns Americans they may need ANOTHER COVID booster in the fall because the shot’s effectiveness won’t ‘hold great’ after a few months
The Daily Mail reports: A fourth injection to protect against COVID-19 could be necessary, the CEO of Moderna warned on Thursday, adding that he expected the data from booster shots administered this fall was ‘not going to hold great’.
Stephane Bancel told a conference of healthcare professionals on Thursday that he believed getting jabbed regularly would become a way of life.
Bancel said the company is working on a vaccine candidate tailored to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, but it is unlikely to be available in the next two months.
‘I still believe we’re going to need boosters in the fall of ’22 and forward,’ Bancel said.
Moderna, which benefits by repeat inoculations, during its third quarter earnings results said commercial booster market sales could be up to $2 billion in the United States in 2022.
DML: They never want this to end!