News Briefs

Pediatric COVID vaccines

Following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a low-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s independent advisers have moved to vote and recommend the product for the 28 million American children eligible. Jeffrey D. Zientz, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, expects children’s vaccination programs to be fully up and running sometime during the week of Nov. 8. Yet, with vaccine hesitancy already prevalent across the country, the United States will potentially be facing its biggest hurdle yet in the race to innoculate the masses – concerned parents.

Local teacher controversy

After a North High School math teacher was recorded performing a mimicry of Native American dances in her classroom while chanting SOHCAHTOA, an abbreviation for trigonometry functions with a Native American headdress on. Students and their supporters took action, calling for the teacher’s termination and a more in-depth Native American curriculum. While the teacher remains on paid leave, students and educators now look to the future of local education and its ability to emphasize the reality of Indigenous culture.

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LAX flight cancellations

On Nov. 2, 28 flights meant to leave Los Angeles International Airport were canceled, raising concern about the larger issue of LAX’s failure to deliver indicates: a nationwide shortage of workers. According to an airport spokesperson, the flights were canceled due to a “shortage of workers” and “bad weather,” while also adding that LAX was capable of 180 successful departures that same day. There have been cases of mass firings taking place over vaccination policies, particularly in the case of United Airlines, whose CEO Scott Kirby confirmed that the 232 unvaccinated employees remaining were currently undergoing termination as of Oct. 13. Nearly 1,800 flights have been canceled nationwide since Oct. 29.

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