Monday, August 10, 2020

Gallup: A majority of Republicans would refuse COVID-19 vaccine; Got an Extra $1.5M for a Face Mask? and Other C-Virus Updates

Gallup: A majority of Republicans would refuse COVID-19 vaccine:
Though the world has now witnessed some 18 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and over 700,000 deaths, that grim reminder does not appear to sway public opinion about a vaccine — particularly among Republicans. The majority of GOPers reject the vaccine at this time.
“With more indications that a vaccine could be close, the next question for health professionals, policy makers and political leaders will be Americans’ willingness to be vaccinated once a vaccine is ready. But many Americans appear reluctant to be vaccinated, even if a vaccine were FDA-approved and available to them at no cost. Asked if they would get such a COVID-19 vaccine, 65% say they would, but 35% would not,” reports Shannon Mullen O’Keefe, a Gallup analyst.
The pollster reveals, however, that 53% of Republicans would not agree to be vaccinated. That is the strongest negative reaction among the 16 demographics included in the Gallup poll of 7,632 U.S. residents adults conducted July 30-Aug. 2. MORE HERE
Israeli jeweler makes $1.5M gold, diamond-encrusted coronavirus mask:
An Israeli jewelry company is working on what it says will be the world’s most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million.
The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted with top-rated N99 filters at the request of the buyer, said designer Isaac Levy.
Levy, owner of the Yvel company, said the buyer had two other demands: that it be completed by the end of the year, and that it would be the priciest in the world. That last condition, he said, “was the easiest to fulfill.”
He declined to identify the buyer, but said he was a Chinese businessman living in the United States.
The glitzed-up face mask may lend some pizzazz to the protective gear now mandatory in public spaces in many countries. But at 270 grams (over half a pound) — nearly 100 times that of a typical surgical mask — it is not likely to be a practical accessory to wear. MORE HERE.
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