Covid booster shot vote ‘not the end of the story’ says Fauci

A decision not to recommend booster vaccine shots for most Americans is “not the end of the story”, the White House chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday, two days after a scientific panel appeared to turn the Biden administration’s plan for combating coronavirus on its head.

Fauci also said he did not believe a million coronavirus deaths in the US was an inevitability, despite the Delta variant-fuelled surge that last week brought the grim milestone of one in 500 Americans having fallen died of Covid.

The near-unanimous vote on Friday by scientific advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration to recommend against a routine third shot of the Pfizer vaccine was seen as a rebuke to Joe Biden, who announced the “third jab strategy” as a main plank of his six-pronged anti-Covid plan.

Meanwhile, the comedian Chris Rock said he had tested positive for Covid-19 and sent a message to anyone still on the fence: “Get vaccinated.”

The 73rd Emmy awards mostly stuck to the predicted script on Sunday, celebrating favorites Ted Lasso, The Queen’s Gambit, and The Crown, in an awards-stuffed return to a (mostly) normal ceremony that celebrated diversity yet handed all the acting awards to white performers.

It was a big night for The Crown, Netflix’s lavish drama on the royal family, which left with a clean sweep of the drama categories, including acting wins for Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor, Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies. It was also named best drama for the first time, a milestone for Netflix.

Ted Lasso’s heartwarming British-set Apple TV+ comedy, based on a 2013 sketch promoting the Premier League on ESPN in the US, took home four awards, including best comedy and acting nods for Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, and its star and co-creator Jason Sudeikis.

FBI agents searching in Grand Teton national park in Wyoming on Sunday discovered “human remains consistent with the description” of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old woman who went missing during a cross-country “van life” trip with her fiance, Brian Laundrie. Petito’s last known contact with family members was from the Wyoming park.

In a brief public statement on Sunday evening, Charles Jones, an FBI agent based in Denver, announced the discovery and said: “I would like to extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to Gabby’s family.

“As every parent can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for the family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We ask that you all respect the privacy as they mourn the loss of their daughter.”

In what could be the most consequential stretch of his presidency, Biden is about to embark on a legislative push with almost no room for error in order to advance a once-in-a-generation expansion of the social safety net.

In the coming weeks, Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill will attempt to steer the president’s multitrillion-dollar economic vision through Congress and into law. With a narrow window for action, they will have almost no room for error.

If they fail, the party will face voters in 2022 with little to show for two years in control of Congress. If successful, Democrats will deliver a legacy-defining legislative victory, echoing the New Deal under Franklin D Roosevelt.

Dr Bessel van der Kolk’s 2014 book The Body Keeps the Score has become a pandemic hit, topping bestseller lists this summer and becoming a meme on social media. The thesis centres on trauma: the urgent work of the brain after a traumatic event is to suppress it, through forgetting or self-blame, to avoid being ostracised. But the body does not forget and physiological changes occur as a result. It is engagingly written and plainly not a textbook. Nevertheless, it is a searching, complex account of trauma, not pop-psychology for the general reader. So, how do you account for its incredible popularity?

Millions of people forced to leave their homes because of severe drought and powerful cyclones are at risk of modern slavery and human trafficking over the coming decades, a report warns. The climate crisis and the increasing frequency of extreme weather disasters including floods, droughts and mega-fires are having a devastating effect on the livelihoods of people already living in poverty and making them more vulnerable to slavery, according to the report.

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In 1994, in front of a TV audience of 21 million, George Stevens Jr and his film editor, Catherine Shields, were handed three coveted statuettes for their film George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin at the 46th Primetime Emmy awards. Now for the first time, the former BBC producer Paul Woolwich and his collaborator, the renowned novelist Robert Harris, have revealed the full story behind an unprecedented decision to quietly strip these trio of awards after the realisation that their work on a 1994 documentary had come from a BBC Newsnight film already broadcast in Britain in 1985.

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