Reverend Jesse Jackson, 79, and his wife, Jacqueline, 77, were hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.
Jesse Jackson, a famous civil rights leader and two-time presidential candidate, was vaccinated against the virus and received his first dose in January at a high profile event. He and his wife are being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
“Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both,” according to a statement from Jesse Jackson’s nonprofit, the Rainbow / PUSH Coalition.
Protected by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jackson has played a key role in shaping the modern civil rights movement. Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Jackson has remained active and advocated for COVID-19 vaccines for blacks, who lag behind whites in the U.S. vaccination campaign.
Also in the news:
►The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled on a separation of powers case which means the legislature can limit emergency powers granted to Governor Andy Beshear, a Democrat. The order ends the state of emergency linked to COVID.
►The rock band Spoon canceled a September 9 show at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, citing on his Instagram account Iowa’s ban on requiring proof of vaccination. Iowa has banned proof of vaccination requirements by businesses or government entities.
►Texas Governor Greg Abbott tested negative for COVID-19 four days after announcing he was positive with a revolutionary case. “I am told that my infection was brief and mild because of the vaccination I received,” he said. He said he would continue to self-quarantine as recommended by doctors.
► Retirement homes are fear that immunization mandates will exacerbate staff shortages.
?? The numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 37.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 628,300 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 211.5 million cases and 4.4 million deaths. More than 170.4 million Americans – 51.3% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the CDC.
?? What we read: About 79% of eligible Puerto Ricans have received at least one vaccine, giving the low-income, Democratic-leaning US territory in the Caribbean one of the best vaccination rates in the country. How Puerto Rico Became a Leader in Immunization.
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The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could gain full FDA approval as early as Monday, multiple media reported. The New York Times, citing people familiar with the planning who weren’t authorized to speak publicly, said approval could come a day or two later if parts of the review needed more time. Pfizer, along with vaccine manufacturers Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are being made available under emergency use authorization. It was unclear when Moderna and J&J could get full approval.
Some Americans hesitant about vaccines have questioned the safety of the jabs, citing the lack of full FDA approval. The Biden administration hopes full approval will convince more Americans to get vaccinated and help curb the dangerous spread of the Delta and other variants.
Americans’ approval of President Joe Biden’s work to deal with the coronavirus pandemic has fallen for the past month as the highly contagious delta variant of the virus has led to an increase in cases nationwide. A survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 54% approve of the work it has done with COVID, while last month the number was 66%. The drop is largely due to lower approvals from Republicans and Independents.
The survey showed that 21% of Republicans and 44% of Independents approved his work on COVID, compared to 32% of Republicans and 72% of Independents.
The United States has reported more than a million new cases of coronavirus in the past week, a level the country has not seen in more than six months, since the week ending February 1 – before vaccines are not widely available.
Americans are also feeling growing anxiety about COVID with the spread of the delta, AP-NORC has found. Forty-one percent are “extremely” or “very” worried about themselves or a family member about being infected. The anxiety level is roughly equal to January levels, when 43% responded the same. Levels fell in June, when only 21% said they were extremely or very worried.
Skeptical of the vaccine Phil Valentine has passed away a month after his diagnosis of COVID-19 gained national attention and led to a change in public opinion about vaccines. Valentine, 61, announced on Facebook on July 11 that he had COVID-19 and predicted he would survive. A few days later, Valentine’s relatives said he was very ill and wanted listeners to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We are saddened to announce that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away,” Valentine’s radio station Super Talk 99.7 wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers.”
– Brad Schmitt, Le Tenneséen
Contribution: The Associated Press