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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.
Related: Fear that Johnson & Johnson pause could heighten vaccine hesitancy in US
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.”
Labor unions’ strength was on display this week after the House passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (H.R. 842), the top priority for organized labor, for the second time, with more Democrats voting in favor compared to last year’s passage.
But progressives fear the caucus unity could be for naught without changes to the filibuster, a procedural rule that requires 60 votes to bring a bill to the floor in the Senate—which the bill is unlikely to garner.