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Poll: Majority of likely Dem voters want fines, home confinement for the unvaccinated

A new Rasmussen poll finds that a majority of likely Democratic voters favor taking strong action against Americans who are not vaccinated against COVID-19, including fines and home confinement.

Forty-eight percent of Democrats also would give the green light to government fines or imprisonment for those who question the efficacy of the vaccine on social media or other public forums. Forty-five percent of Democrats gave a thumbs up to forcing the unvaccinated into temporary designated areas, while 46% support using digital devices to track the unvaccinated to ensure they are quarantined or properly socially distanced from others. A smaller number of Democrats (29%) would go so far as to temporarily remove parents’ custody of their children if the parents refused to take the vaccine. The poll, commissioned by the Heartland Institute, was released the same day the U.S. Supreme Court handed the Biden administration a stinging blow in blocking its employer COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandate. The results put Democratic support for the vaccine mandate at 78%, compared to support levels of 22% among Republicans and 41% among unaffiliated voters.

England Ends All COVID Passports, Mask Mandates, Work Restrictions

Restrictions including COVID-19 passes, mask mandates, and work-from-home guidance will be removed in England, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday. Johnson also suggested that self-isolation rules may also be thrown out at the end of March as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic becomes endemic. Effective immediately, the UK government is no longer asking people to work from home. The COVID pass mandate for nightclubs and large events won’t be renewed when it expires on Jan. 26.Also from Jan. 27, indoor mask-wearing will no longer be compulsory anywhere in England. The requirement for secondary school pupils to wear masks during class and in communal areas will be lifted on Jan. 20. The Department for Education is expected to update its national guidance soon. Health Secretary Sajid Jajid will also announce plans to ease restrictions on care home visits in the coming days. Roaring cheers from lawmakers could be heard in the House of Commons following Johnson’s announcements on masks. While in France:

500,000 vaxxed people lose access to health pass, booster mandatory

France now requires vaccination for anyone 16 or older to fully participate in public life and decreased the time between booster shots from seven to three months. Those who were vaccinated more than three months ago who are not yet boosted are no longer considered fully vaccinated and will be barred from entering restaurants and other public spaces as of Saturday, according to the BBC. The change will affect approximately 560,000 French people, according to the DW. France is also replacing its health pass with a vaccine pass and eliminating the option of gaining entry to public life by having a negative COVID-19 test, according to France 24. French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted the plan to “piss off the unvaccinated.”

New Hampshire Seeks to Make Ivermectin an Alternative COVID Treatment Under Law 

New Hampshire is poised to become the first state in the United States to make Ivermectin available as an over the counter medication and sanction it as a protected treatment for COVID-19, under a bill before the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee. “I have absolutely no doubt lives will be saved if human grade Ivermectin was available to COVID patients,” state Republican Rep. Leah Cushman, also a registered nurse, told The Epoch Times about her proposed bill HB3005. But Dr. David Levine of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center said that prescribing Ivermectin is “dangerous and totally out of line with standard of medical care around the world.” Dr. William Palmer, governor of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American College of Physicians, who also submitted written testimony on the bill, said he was concerned that if passed it would have the potential to overwhelm the state’s health care system with cases of “Ivermectin-induced side effects.” Dr. Paul Marik, neurocritical care doctor who has published more than 600 peer review papers in his field, testified that Ivermectin, “is one of the safest drugs on the face on this planet.” According to Marik human-grade Ivermectin is approved for the treatment of viruses in 79 countries. Quoting the World Health Organization’s own data, Marik pointed out that 3.7 billion doses have been dispensed to humans since its discovery in 1987 as an anti-parasitic drug. “So somehow Japanese people, Indian people, Brazilian people can tolerate it safely but it’s toxic in Americans. You have to be kidding,” Marik said. The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study entitled “Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19.”“[Ivermectin] kills the virus so any assumption it doesn’t is false propaganda,” said Marik.

25 Federal Agencies Tracking Employees With Religious Exemption Requests

At least 25 federal agencies have implemented a system to track religious exemption requests for mandated vaccines, according to a review of Federal Register notices. The agencies include the departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, the Treasury, the Social Security Administration, the Federal Election Commission. “The Biden Administration must immediately dismantle the Orwellian Database,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote in a public comment he posted on “There is no freedom under our Constitution more sacred than the freedom of religious expression and practice.” He called the move “alarming” and said it had “a chilling effect on a citizen’s exercise of religion.” The attorney general directed his comments specifically to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

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