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Reuters reports from this morning’s Covid briefing by the White House, in which it has been announced that the US “is reviewing reports of potential additional cases of severe side effects among people who received Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 shot, beyond the half-dozen cases of serious blood clots that caused it to pause administration of the vaccine earlier this month”.
We are encouraged that it hasn’t been an overwhelming number of cases but we’re looking and seeing what’s come in,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky said.
She added that the agency and the Food and Drug Administration were monitoring the US government database for additional reports of side effects.
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Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has signed on as a co-sponsor of the PRO Act, legislation aimed at overhauling workers’ rights and empower them in disputes.
News: Manchin says at event with the National Press Club he is co-sponsoring PRO Act, saying it will “level the playing field” for union workers, adding he wants to work with both parties to move it through the “legislative process.”
The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, known as the PRO Act, would amend some of the country’s decades-old labor laws to give workers more power during disputes at work, add penalties for companies that retaliate against workers who organize and grant some hundreds of thousands of workers collective-bargaining rights they don’t currently have. It would also weaken “right-to-work” laws in 27 states that allow employees to forgo participating in and paying dues to unions.
The House passed the bill with a vote of 224 to 194, mostly along party lines.