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8 - January 21, 2021 News Outlook 6th Congressional Con- gressman, US Representa- tive, Andy Barr, discusses recent tumultuous chain of events in our nation’s capi- tal during interview with Kentucky News group owner and chief editor, Melissa Mitchell Garland Hale "Andy" Barr IV is an American attorney and politician serving as the US. Repre- sentative for Kentucky's 6th congressional district since 2013. Prior to be- ing elected, he served in the administration of Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher. He is a member of the Republican Party. 1. Congressman, last week the House of Rep- resentatives impeached President Trump. You vot- ed against impeachment, why? Answer: “I disagreed with House Democrats who claimed that the President’s words during his speech at the Capitol were an, “incitement to insurrection,” which was what the impeachment ar- COM M UNITY An interview with Congressman Andy Barr ticles claimed. The US. Su- preme Court set the stan- dard for speech that may be prosecuted as criminal incitement without violat- ing the First Amendment. Based on the facts, I do not believe the President’s words, while inappropri— ate, met the legal definition of incitement. “Additionally, with only seven days left in the Presi- dent’s term at the time of the impeachment vote, I saw impeachment as less about upholding the stan- dards of the presidency and more about carrying out an act of political ven- geance. A Senate trial of a former President will only further divide an already divided country and keep us from moving forward.” 2. Who do you be lieve needs to be held ac- countable for the violent attack on the Capitol on January 6? Answer: “Well first off, there can be no excuse for political violence or any violence in the United States. This is true for po- litical violence we saw over the summer in Portland, Minneapolis and Kenosha, as well as the political vio- lence at the Capitol. As for those who are responsible, people who committed acts of violence must be arrested and prosecuted. We must avoid any attempt to cast blame on group of people for the actions of a small few. ” 3. What was your reaction to Twitter’s ban of President Trump and other big tech censorship? Answer: “It is outra- geous that an American company would silence a sitting US. President While the Ayatollah of Iran and officials of the Chinese Communist Party use the platform freely Apple, Am- azon and Google’s attempt to shutdown Parler may also be a violation of anti- trust laws. I encourage the Department of Justice to investigate this on that ba- sis. I will fight back against these censorship efforts.” 4. What are your pri- orities in this Congress? Answer: “We need to de- feat COVID-19 and get this economy safely reopened. To that end, I recently vot- ed in support of $48 billion in funding towards vac- cine distribution efforts in schools, medical providers ' and small businesses. Last— ‘ 1y, I will oppose efforts by I the new Administration to raise taxes, impose crush— ing regulations on small ‘1 businesses or declare an— other war on coal and oth- er fossil fuels that will raise i energy prices dramatically for middle-class families in Kentucky. BllSlillfl IIIVIIIS and verifying facts about BOI‘OIIfllIiI‘IIS vaccines By Mallory Olson University of Ken- tucky Courtesy of Kentucky Health News kyhealthnews. blogspot.com Over the past year, a novel, highly contagious virus has spread across the world. Scientists and researchers have worked quickly to respond with vaccine development, two of which have been ap- proved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use. Oth- ers will likely follow. As the vaccine rollout continues through prior- ity phases, a University of Kentucky pharmacy professor is helping sepa- rate fact from fiction with regard to the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. Vince Venditto, an assis- tant professor in the De- partment of Pharmaceuti: cal Science, has extensive " expertise in vaccine dew" sign. He was trained in organic synthesis and vaccine development. He is currently working on a clinical trial with commu- nity pharmacies to under- stand the prevalence of the novel coronavirus in Kentucky. Here are some vaccine beliefs and ‘What Venditto has to say about them: The vaccine has been rushed, so it cannot be safe Fiction. While the time- line from the start of the pandemic to the approval of the vaccine has been faster than any other vac- cine, the technology has been in development for many years. Messenger RNA, the technology be- hind Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines, were touted as a quick and efficient meth- od to produce vaccines at unprecedented speed, and this proved true for SARS—- CoV-Z, the novel coronavi- rus. Pfizer and Moderna have been working in this space for many years and it was because of their strong foundation in this technology that they were able to generate a vaccine in less than a year. There has not been enough testing. Fiction. The Covid-19 vaccines, like all drugs that are ap— proved for human use, un- dergo significant scrutiny from various independent evaluators to ensure effi- cacy and safety during the clinical trials, and then by the FDA for approval. Af- ter FDA approval, safety and efficacy continue to be monitored for adverse events. Some of the Co— vid-19 vaccines being test- ed in clinical trials were halted because of a seri- ous illness in a few people, but the illnesses were not associated with the vac- cine. Pausing a clinical tri- al is a very common event and indicates that the in- dependent safety monitor- ing boards are ensuring that only safe vaccines are approved for use. Since approval, there v have been a few reports of a rare, but serious, a1- lergic response in a small 'number of patients, and the safety monitoring boards continue to evalu- ate these events to ensure the safety of those Who re- ceive the vaccine. There is an advantage to having multiple vaccines, not just one that works. Lac; While one vaccine is' ’a significant achievement, it is critical that multiple vaccines, based on dif- ferent technologies, are approved for use. There are several reasons. First, the number of doses nec- essary to immunize the whole US. and the entire world is not practical us— ing one vaccine, given the different reagents neces— sary to produce the vac— cines. Approval of multi- ple effective vaccines will reduce the burden on a single manufacturer to en- sure that everyone across the world can have access to a vaccine in a timely manner. Second, not all vaccines work well in all popula- tions. Historically, there are examples of vaccines that are more effective in specific ethnic popu- lations for reasons that are not well understood. Because of this, multiple vaccines will ensure that everyone has access to an effective vaccine. We do not know what is in the vaccine. Fiction. We know exactly what is in the vaccine. This varies from vaccine to vaccine, based on the company’s specific design, but the first two approved vac- cines from Pfizer and Moderna contain oil drop- lets with genetic materials to express non-infectious pieces of the virus. We do not know anything about the side effects. Fig; fig. Each of the clinical trials are being conduct- ed in more than 30,000 people from around the world, and all subjects are monitored for side effects. Half of the subjects get placebos, and half get the vaccine. In general, they report soreness and swell- ing at the injection site, as well as fever, chills, tired- ness and headache, which go away after a few days. This is exactly what you want to happen because it means your immune sys- tem is active and doing its job. The subjects in the clini- cal trials continue to be followed for any additional side effects and none have been observed. Everyone who receives the vaccine in the trial or after ap- proval will continue to be monitored for side effects to ensure continued safety in different populations. and conditions. Covid-19 will eventually go away on its own. fig tion. It is unlikely that SARS-CoV—Z will go away * on its own. Just like the common cold - which is also a coronavirus — it continues to make kids sick every year, but as we age and continue to be exposed, we generate an immune response that prevents us from getting sick. The vaccine helps to accelerate this process to protect us. However, we 3 are only a year into this “ pandemic and scientists i will continue to monitor . how many people are in- ' fected each year. Receiving an mRNA vac- cine will not affect your DNA/genetics. Fact. The mRNA vaccine is fantas— tic technology because it has no way to get into , your DNA but can still induce a strong immune response. It does so by generating pieces of the virus for our immune sys— . terns to respond to. Once the mRNA is used by our _ cells, it is destroyed and has no long-term effects on our cells. The vaccines are just placebos. Fiction. Clini- cal trials require vac- cine groups and placebo groups to show that the vaccine is effective. Once a proper comparison be— , tween these groups can be made, all vaccines ad- ministered will contain the active ingredients to induce an effective im— mune response. j There is a chip or marker . in the vaccine used to track 1‘. you. Fiction. This is sim- f ' ply not true. 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