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A recent study from researchers at New York University found that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be less effective in battling COVID-19 variants than vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. The results of the study were published by bioRxiv and have been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.
A registered nurse fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccination site in the Staten Island borough of New York.
(AP)According to the study, the mRNA-based vaccines Pfizer and Moderna were 94 to 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 whereas the “adenoviral vector-based” Johnson & Johnson had a roughly 67% effective rate. The study was led by Nathaniel Landau, a virologist at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine. Landau told Fox News that the aim of the study “was to determine how well the antibodies that are raised by the 3 approved vaccines neutralize the variants of concern.” CDC: DELTA VARIANT ACCOUNTS FOR 83% OF US CASES”The results show that … all three vaccines raise antibodies against the variants,” Landau said. “The vaccines that have two shots (Moderna and Pfizer) raised better antibodies than J&J. All three vaccines are good. J&J might be even better if a second shot were added.” In a statement provided to Fox News, Johnson & Johnson cited previous studies which showed that a single-shot of its COVID-19 vaccine was 85% vaccine “at protecting against severe disease and provided complete protection against hospitalization and death.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe company said Landau’s study did not speak to the full nature of immune protection. It cited additional company data demonstrating that a Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine “generated strong, persistent activity against the rapidly spreading Delta variant and other highly prevalent SARS-CoV-2 viral variants.”
A Midwest group dedicated to helping law enforcement find missing persons will be assisting in the search to find Summer Wells, a 5-year-old Tennessee girl who has been missing for more than a month. EquuSearch Midwest, a branch of the nonprofit group Texas Equusearch, said in a Monday statement that its director, Dave Rader, will be conducting searches the weekend of July 24.
(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation )”As this is an ongoing investigation, if you see any of our teams out and about, please do not convey via social media or other outlets where you may have seen our searches taking place,” Equusearch Midwest wrote on Facebook. “It is very important for the integrity of the case.” Wells disappeared from her family’s rural Rogersville home in Tennessee on June 15. Since then authorities have received nearly 1,000 tips and an Amber Alert remains active for her. SUMMER WELLS MISSING 1 MONTH TODAY; FATHER BLASTS ‘NEGATIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA’ FOR HAMPERING SEARCHThe Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News last week that none of the leads have produced any results. The girl’s father, Don Wells, told the Kingsport Times-News that he doesn’t expect to see his daughter alive. “We’ve had several people sneaking around there, but we’ve had them sneaking around at night,” Wells told the paper, speaking of his 11-acre property on Ben Hill Road. “We’ve never had somebody up there at 5:30 in the afternoon that we know of. They didn’t come up the driveway. They came up a dog trail from the woods. The [police K-9] dog that they used, that’s where the scent took them. Down through the woods, not the driveway. At Ben Hill Road is where the dog’s scent ended.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPInvestigators are still looking for a red pickup truck, possibly a late 1990s Toyota, that may have been in the area where Summer went missing on June 15. It had full-sized ladder racks and white buckets in the bed.Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.
Texas Democratic lawmakers who skipped out on a special legislative session to break quorum and stall Republican efforts to pass new election integrity bills will be holding a slew of voting rights-related events in Washington, D.C., this week to put pressure on the federal government to pass federal voting rights legislation. The five-day conference begins Monday and will feature guest speakers from around the country who will speak on voting rights. Notable names and organizations include the Service Employees International Union Texas and labor leader Dolores Huerta, according to reporting from the Washington Post.
Texas Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, speaks as the Democratic members of the Texas House gather after a recess in the opening day of a special session in Austin, Texas.
(AP)The Texas lawmakers are also expected to meet with their counterparts in Colorado and Nevada to discuss voting rights and best practices for elections. “Once there’s a little sunshine on this issue, I think there’s nobody in America that would disagree that voting rights are more important than Senate rules,” state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, a Democrat from San Antonio, told NBC News. HARRIS VISITS WALTER REED FOR ‘ROUTINE’ DOCTOR APPOINTMENT DAYS AFTER MEETING WITH INFECTED TEXAS DEMOCRATSMore than 50 Texas lawmakers arrived in Washington on Monday after leaving their home state on a private charter flight. Five of those lawmakers have since tested positive for COVID-19 and are quarantined. The positive COVID tests have forced this week’s planned event on voting rights to be more virtual, with the Democratic lawmakers participating from their hotel and the guest speakers joining virtually. The day after the Texas Democrats went to D.C., the Texas House members who stayed in the state passed a Call of the House motion that requires all members to appear – those who fail to do so can be arrested and brought to the state capitol. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWhen the Democrats, who were already in D.C. at the time, did not show up, they became subject to arrest to be taken to the capitol. Gov. Greg Abbott said that because they left the current special session, he would “continue calling special session after special session because overtime is going to continue until they step up to vote.”Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Tucson, Ariz. firefighters were reportedly shot at Sunday afternoon while responding to a house fire, according to preliminary reports. Tuscon Police Department Public Information Officer Richard Gradillas tweeted Sunday an “officer involved shooting” had occurred, but did not disclose any further details.Firefighters received an alert about smoke coming out of the windows of a home. The firefighters entered the property and one of the firefighters was shot at, KVOA reported. Police arrived on the scene and reportedly exchanged gunfire with a suspect. The suspect, who has not been identified, was taken into custody and the fire is now under control. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFox News has reached out to the Tucson fire and police department seeking more information. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Despite President Joe Biden’s assertion that Facebook is “killing people” by allowing COVID vaccine misinformation to spread online, many young people who spoke to Fox News at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit said social media does not influence their decision on whether or not to get vaccinated. “I heard what Jen Psaki said about their working together with Facebook to kind of censor and decide what is shown and I don’t think that’s right, I think it’s our responsibility to listen and watch and make our own decisions…It’s up to us to do our research and really make those informed decisions for ourselves,” a graduate student of the University of Seattle told Fox News’ Hillary Vaughn. A graduate student from the University of North Florida said they don’t think anyone takes Facebook posts as seriously as the Biden administration does.”It’s just kind of up to their own discretion whether they want it or not,” the student said. Chase Porter, a recent high school graduate, said he doesn’t “take everything on social media at face value.” SURGEON GENERAL: FACEBOOK’S EFFORTS TO COMBAT COVID MISINFORMATION ‘NOT ENOUGH’”If I see a headline or if I see all these people saying this and this about the vaccine, I’m going to go look it up. I’m going to go do some research before I make a decision,” he said. The comments came a day after the president, when asked for his message to platforms like Facebook perpetuating COVID misinformation, said: “They’re killing people. The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people.”Earlier that day, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki drew criticism after she said the Biden administration is in communication with Facebook to limit “misinformation” on the coronavirus and the vaccine shared on the platform.
A vaccine being administered.
(CDC)”So we’re regularly making sure social media platforms are aware of the latest narratives, dangerous to public health that we and many other Americans are seeing across all of social and traditional media,” Psaki said. “And we work to engage with them to better understand the enforcement of social media platform policies,” Psaki said.CRUZ ACCUSES BIDEN OF BEING ‘IN BED’ WITH BIG TECH AMID VACCINE MISINFORMATION CONTROVERSYMany of the attendees at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit, which runs through Tuesday in Tampa, expressed alarm at the idea of the government censoring information online – even if it is wrong or misinformed.”I don’t think the federal government should intervene with any free speech. Just because even if it’s wrong information, the wrong information needs to get out there just so that everyone knows the right information,” Justin Mulligan told Fox News. “So, I don’t see a downside to letting everyone speak.” “It’s our freedom to think freely,” another student, Rachel Warren, told Fox News. “I think it’s really concerning that they’re so worried about what’s misinformation and what’s not.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPPorter said people ought to have the ability to learn from their mistakes. “You should have the ability and freedom to make mistakes and learn from them, because if the government is going to come in and censor what everyone is saying – whether it’s right or wrong – then you’re not going to know who to trust.” Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report. Sign up on foxnation.com to for more from the Student Action Summit.
A Colorado-based animal rights lawyer has pleaded guilty on a slew of charges in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot targeting her estranged husband’s girlfriend, her lawyer has confirmed to Fox News. Jennifer Emmi, 43, is charged with solicitation to commit second-degree murder, menacing, heat-of-passion strangulation, attempting to influence a judge, violating a bail bond, retaliation against a witness, and stalking – all felonies.
(Jefferson County Sheriff)Emmi also faces misdemeanor charges including criminal mischief, reckless driving, tampering, and two counts of child abuse involving her own children. Emmi, who is based in the town of Evergreen, is a well-known animal rights attorney in the area, having worked at The Animal Law Center and appeared on local TV. Her ex-husband told investigators he feared for his life as well as that of their children and his girlfriend, according to an affidavit filed in January. SUSPECT IN CARJACKING THAT LEFT VIETNAM VET DEAD WAS ON PROBATION FOR 2020 CARJACKINGEmmi’s attorney, Colin Bresee told a judge in February that comments his client had supposedly made were blown out of proportion and stemmed from her frustration over her impending divorce. The affidavit states that Emmi supposedly approached a farmhand and a trained military sniper in November of 2020 about killing her estranged husband’s girlfriend. Emmi was arrested in January. Law enforcement documents obtained by Fox News say Emmi, who also went by the name Jennifer Edwards, had an alleged history of threatening and violent behavior, including against her children.In January 2020, Emmi “pulled a knife” on her estranged husband, Donald “Donnie” Emmi, and “put it to his neck” while he was holding one of their children, according to Donnie Emmi’s allegations disclosed in Jefferson County law enforcement documents.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPEmmi’s sentencing is scheduled to begin August 16 at 1 p.m. before Judge Randall Arp.Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., broke her silence Thursday on anti-communism, pro-freedom protests that have broken out in Cuba by partially blaming the suffering of “everyday people” on the historical legacy of the U.S.’ 60-year-old embargo. “We are seeing Cubans rise up and protest for their rights like never before. We stand in solidarity with them, and condemn the anti-democratic actions led by President Díaz-Canel,” the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist said in a statement. She called the communist government’s suppression of media, speech and protest “gross violations of civil rights.” But she then evoked the United States’ “contribution” to what is turning out to be Cuba’s worst crisis in decades.”We also must name the U.S. contribution to Cuban suffering: our sixty-year-old embargo,” she said. WATTERS RIPS WHITE HOUSE CALLS FOR UN TO PROBE US ‘INJUSTICES’: COMMUNIST CHINA, CUBA WILL ‘CALL US RACIST’Her comments came after Black Lives Matter issued a statement also blaming the U.S. embargo for the country’s instability and credited the Cuban government for historically granting “Black revolutionaries” asylum. BLM called for the U.S. to lift the sanctions that are “cruel and inhumane policy, instituted with the explicit intention of destabilizing the country and undermining Cubans’ right to choose their own government, is at the heart of Cuba’s current crisis.”Like Ocasio-Cortez, fellow Democrats have parroted Cuba’s communist government’s own talking points, blaming the U.S., rather than the communist government for its plight. Many have called on President Joe Biden to end the decades-long embargo on the country.
Anti-government protesters gather at the Maximo Gomez monument in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, July 11, 2021. Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest against ongoing food shortages and high prices of foodstuffs.
(AP)The U.S. imposed the embargo after Fidel Castro overthrew the U.S.-backed regime of Batista in 1959. Since then, presidential administrations have renewed the embargo, which is intended to isolate Cuba economically and diplomatically. BIDEN CALLS CUBA A ‘FAILED’ STATE, CONSIDERS US TECH OPTION TO SEND INTERNET SERVICESFormer President Barack Obama attempted to normalize relations with Cuba during his second term. Those policies were reversed under President Donald Trump, who imposed new sanctions. Last month, the United States voted against a U.N. resolution that overwhelmingly condemned the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba for the 29th year. Ocasio-Cortez called the embargo “absurdly cruel,” adding that “like too many other U.S. policies targeting Latin Americans, the cruelty is the point.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”I outright reject the Biden administration’s defense of the embargo. It is never acceptable for us to use cruelty as a point of leverage against every day people,” she wrote. Fox News’ Andrew Kugle and The Associated Press contributed this report.