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Covid's partisan pattern is growing more extreme.

Since Delta began circulating widely in the U.S., Covid has exacted a horrific death toll on red America: In counties where Donald Trump received at least 70 percent of the vote, the virus has killed about 47 out of every 100,000 people since the end of June, according to Charles Gaba, a health care analyst. In counties where Trump won less than 32 percent of the vote, the number is about 10 out of 100,000.
With the death count rising, at least a few republicans appear to be worried about what their party and its allies have sown.
In an article this month for breitbart, the right-wing website formerly run by Steve Bannon, John Nolte argued that the partisan gap in vaccination rates was part of a liberal plot. liberals like Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Anthony Fauci and Howard Stern have tried so hard to persuade people to get vaccinated, because they know that republican voters will do the opposite of whatever they say, Nolte wrote.

His argument is certainly bizarre, given that democratic politicians have been imploring all americans to get vaccinated and many republican politicians have not. but nolte did offer a glimpse at a creeping political fear among some republicans. “right now, a countless number of trump supporters believe they are owning the left by refusing to take a lifesaving vaccine,” nolte wrote. “in a country where elections are decided on razor-thin margins, does it not benefit one side if their opponents simply drop dead?”


Britney Spears' father files to end court conservatorship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ father filed Tuesday to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years.

James Spears filed his petition to terminate the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court.

“As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”

Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move.

Britney Spears attorney Matthew Rosengart said in an email the filing “represents another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms. Spears.”

James Spears had been the target of much of the anger surrounding the conservatorship from both his daughter and the public.

A petition from Britney Spears’ attorney to remove him was to be heard at the next hearing in the case on Sept. 29.


Stainless Steel Fragments Found in Moderna Vaccine Shots

The Japanese government has said that a batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been tainted by stainless steel.
Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced Wednesday that following an investigation by the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, a fragment of manufacturing equipment had been found in the vaccine, the Kyodo news agency reported.

The agency said that with stainless steel being a common substance used for artificial valves of the heart, it was unlikely that the contamination posed any medical risk.

A batch of Moderna was suspended in Kanagawa Prefecture after a pharmacist had discovered black particles in one vial of the vaccine, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

Last week, Japan suspended the use of about 1.63 million Moderna doses due to contamination in part of a supply batch, Reuters reported. Kyodo did not specify in which batch stainless steel had been found. Newsweek has contacted Takeda for comment.

After last week's suspension, Moderna said there were no safety or efficacy issues around the vaccine and no other incident has been reported in other countries.
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