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German Doctor Raided by Armed Police During Live YouTube Stream

Reason for raid rumored to be doctor’s anti-lockdown activity.

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Shocking footage out of Germany shows Doctor Andreas Noack being raided by armed police in the middle of a YouTube stream for apparently violating coronavirus laws.

The clip shows Noack in conversation with someone during the live stream before he is distracted by noises outside his door.

Banging is then heard along with screams of “Polizei!” before armed cops are seen entering and ordering Noack to get on the floor, as he is treated like some kind of violent terrorist.

As Noack is handcuffed, a police officer in a mask then appears to try to shut down the live stream but only succeeds in diverting the camera.

Speclation raged on Twitter as to the reason for the raid, with some suggesting Noack had been active in treating injured protesters at anti-lockdown demonstrations.

Others suggested the reason was that Noack had welcomed too many people into his house, violating COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings.

“I think the guy is guilty of expressing his opinions,” said another respondent.

“They’ve turned back the clock to the 1930’s,” remarked another.

“Insanity!” commented another.

Germany has seen numerous massive anti-lockdown protests, including one yesterday in Berlin during which police hit protesters with water cannons.

As we previously highlighted, a pregnant mother in Australia received a home visit and was arrested by police for the crime of helping to organize an anti-lockdown protest on Facebook.

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Rich People & Journalists Made Exempt From Having to Enter COVID Quarantine

“High value business travellers” won’t have to self-isolate.

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Journalists and rich people defined as “high value business travellers” will be made exempt from having to enter a 2 week COVID quarantine when they return to the UK under new rules announced by the government.

“From 4am on Saturday, people in a number of categories will no longer have to self-isolate upon returning to England, even if they are travelling from a country not on the travel corridors list,” reports Sky News.

Those categories include journalists, “high value business travellers,” performing arts professionals and wealthy sports stars.

Under current rules, anyone returning from a country not on the UK’s “travel corridor” list has to self-isolate at home for 14 days or face escalating fines.

Public Health England said the new measures will not raise the risk of domestic transmission of coronavirus.

The rule change is being pitched as a way to help boost the economy, but many responded by framing it as a classic example of elitist privilege.

“We are being governed by absolute fools, clowns and charlatans. If I’m rich enough to afford Business Class I’m immune to Covid?” asked one Twitter user.

“Ah! One rule for “us” and another for all the “little people”. Shrewd move just when trust and social cohesion is needed,” remarked another.

“What a load of rubbish. You mean those well off don’t need to follow “quarantine measures,” said another.

“There will be some big businesses that are able to take advantage of it,” said Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, underscoring once again how the rules favor large transnational corporations while small businesses continue to go bust.

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Americans to Get ‘Vaccination Card’ to Prove They’ve Taken the COVID Shot

100 million expected to be immunized by February.

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Americans will receive a ‘vaccination card’ showing they’ve taken the COVID-19 shot, raising the prospect that airlines and venues could refuse service to those who are not immunized.

“Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,” Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition, told CNN.

The vaccination card will be issued by the CDC and patients will be asked to provide a cell phone number so they can be contacted when it is time to receive their second dose.

Vaccination clinics will also send records of who has taken the shot to state immunization registries and every dose administered will also be reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the first doses of the vaccine will be made available to health care workers, 100 million Americans are expected to have been vaccinated against COVID by February, according to Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed.

As we have previously highlighted, while governments won’t mandate the vaccine, venues, employers and service providers could all insist that customers take the shot.

Given that polls show nearly half of Americans have indicated they won’t take the vaccine, this would create a huge number of people who could be denied the right to travel and a social life.

Several airlines have already suggested they will make the vaccine compulsory for travel, with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce asserting last month, “We will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft.”

As we highlighted yesterday, the Welsh government has also announced that citizens will be given ID cards to prove they’ve been vaccinated.

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Companies in U.S. Unlikely to Make COVID Vaccine Mandatory Condition of Employment

Nearly half of Americans say they won’t take it.

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Despite having the regulatory backing to make getting the COVID vaccine a mandatory condition of employment, most companies in the U.S. are unlikely to do so for fear of provoking a backlash.

That’s according to a Reuters report, which notes that, “Private U.S. companies have the right under the law to require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.”

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission previously ruled that employees had to get a COVID test before returning to work and this could set the precedent for vaccines.

“Companies have every good reason to get all of their employees vaccinated and also have an obligation to keep all employees and customers safe,” said Lawrence Gostin, a global health law professor at Georgetown University.

However, Robert Field, a law and public health professor at Drexel University, said that companies were in uncharted territory given the rushed approval of the COVID vaccine and its emergency use authorization, which has no precedent.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has also previously asserted that employers have the right to mandate vaccines.

Early indications however suggest the vaccine will not be compulsory, with major companies like Ford Motor Co. and Kellogg Co. only offering it on a voluntary basis.

“Companies could theoretically issue a mandate, but in the current political climate it is very unlikely they will do so,” said Peter Meyers, a law professor at George Washington University Law School.

Others point to cases involving infringements on religious freedom which could end up at the newly conservative U.S. Supreme Court.

With polls showing around half of Americans indicating they will not take the vaccine, companies face too stiff an opposition to attempt to make the shot mandatory as a condition of employment.

As we have previously highlighted, in the UK the debate has largely centered around whether bars, restaurants, cinemas and other venues will mandate the vaccination as a condition of entry.

Some airlines have also indicated they will demand digital proof of vaccination before allowing a passenger to fly.

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