“The city has a duty to keep public health and safety in our sights,” Walsh said, adding: “As a responsible business leader and city, our responsibility is to deliver the safest and most competitive home entertainment experience for the people,” the letter states. The letter also asked Sony to donate an unspecified sum to the city.
A spokesperson for Sony has thus far declined to comment on the city’s decision to award the event to the Walt Disney Co.
The city isn’t the only government that has made a difference in the wake of a pandemic: the National Park Service just awarded the Pizzeria Dei in Stinson Beach, a prestigious tourist attraction that serves the region’s Italian community , with a $2,800 grant. The grant, which was announced this year, was announced in June 2015 just over a year after the area had been hit by a devastating virus.
Meanwhile, the FDA’s response to the latest outbreak came at a time when it was already considering a recall of some recalled vaccine, the thimerosal.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is led by acting director Tom Frieden, announced two days ago that certain children in some areas of the United States and Canada were at risk for having symptoms after consumption of a vaccine that contained thimerosal, a compound used in some vaccinations. The agency said it was going to review the cases and issue further guidance to avoid its possible exposure to thimerosal in vaccinations. “As this is a precaution, we have reviewed the current data that indicates that consumers may be at risk for exposure following immunization,” the CDC wrote on its website as of Monday morning. The agency said that it remains “confident” that a person who has been vaccinated against flu should be able to stay healthy and avoid complications from the illness.
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FDA’s reassurance was echoed in an op-ed published by health news site Medscape. “As of now, there is no evidence that exposure to the pesticide thimerosal-containing flu shots could be a risk factor for adverse effects in children, and the risk of developmental disorders or autism in infants or toddlers remains low,” wrote the authors of the editorial, who are affiliated with the British Medical Journal.
“From our point of view, one of the big areas of potential risk is the vaccines against viruses,” said Dr. Daniel J. Levinson, the chief of staff for the CDC. “The flu shot is supposed to be a safe vaccine. If that’s the case, then we should not be concerned about any evidence.” When asked if vaccines contained thimerosal, Levinson said: “I wish we were as absolutely crystal clear as we are with this vaccine.”
Despite being the source of the pandemic, the CDC has been known to go out of its way to let federal agencies, including those that issue vaccine mandates, make their own decisions on the safety and efficacy of vaccines. In fact, “thimerosal (used to form vials of flu vaccine) is a known ingredient in the many vaccines on the market that allow one or more of the vaccine’s ingredients (eg, mercury, aluminum, gelatin) to be added to the vaccine without the use of an artificial preservative,” explains The New American . The only problem is, the CDC itself said it doesn’t use thimerosal. “Due to the FDA’s policy to not use thimerosal as a preservative in vaccines,” wrote Dr. Karen DeYoung, the director of the Division of Vaccines and Immunizations at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last year, “we do not recommend or recommend that any of our flu vaccine products contain thimerosal.” Even the CDC admits, “the agency has no evidence to suggest that vaccines, in or of themselves, contain thimerosal.”
Despite the CDC’s insistence that it uses a “thimerosal-free” or “no thimerosal” protocol for its flu vaccines, the following letter shows that the CDC was aware that “flu vaccine makers already rely on thimerosal in their products” until this spring.
“In February 2011, the Agency had become aware that some influenza vaccine manufacturers in the US were using thimerosal-containing influenza vaccine formulations with the knowledge, but not the knowledge of, FDA,” writes a letter from Dr. Kathleen Baker from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the producer of the hepatitis B vaccine. “CDS has been advised that a number of flu shots contain thimerosal, which may cause significant immune responses in