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COVID Vaccine “Probably” Helped Him Not Get Sick – The Hollywood Reporter



Bill Maher made his return to HBO’s Real Time on Friday night after missing two weeks of shows when he tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the disease.

Taking the stage, the host thanked those who wished him well while admitting, “I can’t oblige you—I never was sick. I felt nothing.”

The remarks were illustrative of his matter-of-fact attitude about testing positive despite being vaccinated.

“I’m sorry I missed the last two weeks. I didn’t want to—you heard this, they said I had COVID,” Maher said at the top of his monologue. “This is, you know, it’s like when you go to the Jiffy Lube and they show you the air filter, and you go, ‘OK, you’re the expert.’”

Indeed, Maher is fully vaccinated against the disease and, as HBO said when it was announced that the taping of his May 14 show would be canceled when he tested positive during weekly checks of the show’s staff, the host was asymptomatic and felt “fine.”

Maher echoed that sentiment in a tweet posted the day the news broke and another on May 21, when HBO noted that Real Time would be off again that night and set to return on May 28.

“Thanks to all wishing me get well – hard to do since I feel perfectly fine, but I appreciate it! Most upset about ending my streak going back to 1993 of never missing a Politically Incorrect or Real Time episode. Oh well, even Cal Ripken had to sit one out at some point,” Maher wrote on May 13.

Last week he apologized for missing another show and wrote, “I assure – and thank – all well-wishers I was never sick and feel great (undoubtedly the shot) and will be back next week.”

Onstage Friday night, Maher said the vaccine “probably” helped him not get sick.

“Did it help? Probably? I don’t know. We don’t know. Yes, probably. I don’t know,” he said. “You know, most people who got the thing never got very sick. Less than four percent went to the hospital—I know media doesn’t like to talk about that! It’s something to be respected? Obviously, yes. And so, good. The point is, I had it!”

He also marveled at people wondering how he could have tested positive if he was vaccinated.

“It happens! They never said it was 100 percent effective,” Maher said.

Maher went on to joke about how the same week he he tested positive, a number of members of the New York Yankees tested positive despite being fully vaccinated. Maher quipped that the development supports his “theory that the virus comes from bats.”

Later in the show, Maher skewered celebrities with political ambitions, specially targeting Dwayne Johnson, Caitlyn Jenner, Matthew McConaughey and Randy Quaid.

“The last four years was a warning, not an inspiration,” Maher said of Donald Trump’s presidency. “You were supposed to see that and think, ’I guess high-level government jobs should go to people who have trained for it and know what they’re doing.’”

Johnson has mulled running for president while McConaughey is currently teasing a run for Texas governor. Quaid, a diehard Trump supporter, has speculated a run for California governor while Jenner is currently campaigning.

“I’m sure Caitlyn Jenner is a nice person, but as California governor, she would be in charge of the [world’s] fifth-largest economy based on her qualifications of being a background character in a reality show not about her,” he said of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star.

Maher concluded with: “Let me put it bluntly to you and all of these show biz candidates. You’re not good enough, you’re not smart enough, and, dog on it, it completely doesn’t matter that people like you. They like you now because you’re an entertainer and thus largely uncontroversial. Governing is the opposite. If you think you can unite the country, you’re delusional.”

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Pregnant women fear losing jobs over Covid safety worries, survey finds | Coronavirus



More than a third of pregnant women fear losing their jobs due to safety concerns about Covid in the workplace, according to a survey. Research from Maternity Action shows 36% are concerned about their work if they take time off or ask their employer to do more to protect them from Covid.

The charity is urging ministers to immediately overhaul health and safety rules for pregnant women in the workplace, which it says are “not fit for purpose”.

Ros Bragg, director of Maternity Action, said: “The situation for pregnant women is dire and is only getting worse as the pandemic progresses.

“They are frankly right to be worried – because the system that is supposed to protect them is not fit for purpose. There is a vast gap between what the law says and actual employer practice, leaving women under huge pressure to work in unsafe conditions.”

Bragg said officials and organisations given the responsibility of enforcing workplace health and safety had “shown themselves wholly inadequate to the task”. Women are being left with an “unenviable choice” of either taking their employer to a tribunal to get basic health and safety protections or “carrying on working in an unsafe environment”.

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Current evidence suggests pregnant women are no more likely to get Covid-19 than other healthy adults, but they are at slightly increased risk of becoming severely unwell if they do get the disease, and are more likely to have pregnancy complications such as preterm birth or stillbirth.

In the survey of more than 400 pregnant women, over two-thirds (69%) said they were fairly or very worried about catching Covid because of their work. A fifth of respondents (20%) said they took time off or even left their job because they were so concerned about becoming infected.

More than half (59%) raised concerns about their health and safety with their employer but, of these, almost one in five (17%) said their employer took no action to address their concerns.

One pregnant woman told how she was forced to quit her job during the late stages of pregnancy over concerns about Covid safety in the workplace.

“I asked about risk assessment and [was] told it wasn’t necessary,” the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said. “I just kept saying: ‘Can I work from home today?’ Every day I would go to the office and our office remained a busy environment and not at all Covid-secure. It wasn’t possible to socially distance. We didn’t do anything like wearing masks or take those other ordinary steps.

“I was genuinely afraid. I had a lot of conversations about what I needed from them. It became clear very quickly that none of that was on the table. They weren’t prepared for a moment to accept any changes to my working patterns. I had previous felt valued but suddenly every conversation was a difficult one.

“I was asked to come into a formal meeting and at that meeting it was made clear that my career with my employer was over. I effectively had to leave at short notice, not knowing what I would be going to.

“What you can’t do is look in the paper and find another job, because you are visibly massively pregnant. It was frightening because you’re thinking about your mortgage, and your kids and wondering if you’ll be able to pay the car loan at the end of the month. I had asked for so little, and what I expected was so reasonable but at some point they decided that investing in me wasn’t worthwhile.”

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Covid: Trigger of rare blood clots with AstraZeneca jab found by scientists – BBC News



Covid: Trigger of rare blood clots with AstraZeneca jab found by scientists  BBC News

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VIDEO: Tiger King cast coming to Spokane



SPOKANE, Wash. — The cast of the Netflix hit docuseries “Tiger King” will be featured at a live show at the Spokane First Interstate Center of the Arts in February.

“Uncaged: The Untold Stories from the Cast of Tiger King” show will include featured stars from the Netflix documentary “Tiger King,” including John Reinke, Saff, Joshua Dial and Barbara Fisher.

The cast will engage in a live 70-minute moderated discussion that will include never-before-seen videos, photos and stories. Comedian and podcast veteran Todd McComas will moderate the conversation. Audiences will also interact with the cast by participating in a 30-minutes question and answer session.

Audiences will hear stories about Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Doc Antle and from the people who lived it, the press release says.

The tour for Spokane, which was first scheduled for November, will now take place on Thursday, Feb. 17 2022, at 7 p.m. at the First Interstate Center of the Arts.

People who bought tickets for the November date show will be able to use those tickets for the February show, and those who are unable to attend the new show date have until Nov. 30 to request a full or partial refund. You can use this link to complete the whole refund request process.

Tickets for the show are on sale at the TicketsWest website. The price for adult and children’s tickets is the same, but depending on the seat location, it ranges from $25 to $49.

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Tiger King cast coming to Spokane

Audience will be able to hear untold stories that weren't cover in the documentary and interact with the cast in a 30-minutes question and answer session.

Audience will be able to hear untold stories that weren’t cover in the documentary and interact with the cast in a 30-minutes question and answer session.

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