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Anti-Vax & maskers gather in Santa Monica to protest LA COVID mandates

The rally occurred as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to fully approve Pfizer Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine early next week.

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SANTA MONICA – Hundreds of Angelenos angered by what they are saying is government overreach gathered for the S.O.S. California No Vaccine Passport rally Saturday. The protest comes as Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles are moving to require proof of vaccination or stringent COVID-19 testing for government workers and inside businesses.

The rally occurred as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to fully approve Pfizer Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine early next week.

The approval probably will come Monday or Tuesday, according to one official familiar with the plans, speaking on the condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement. Pfizer’s vaccine has been in use in the U.S. based on an emergency authorization, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 31 new deaths and 3,361 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as the Delta Variant cases continue to impact the region. One of those COVID-19 deaths was a teen between the ages of 12 and 17. 

There are 1,786 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 23% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 7,900,000 individuals with 16% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 3.6%.

 “Everyone who is not yet vaccinated needs to know they do not have the same protection as vaccinated people. While the highest hospitalization rate is among older unvaccinated adults over 50, hospitalizations in younger unvaccinated adults between the ages of 18 and 49 have increased 226% since July 7,” said Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health. “Relative to unvaccinated adults, hospitalization rates among vaccinated adults of all ages remain very low. The data continues to show how well protected vaccinated people are from bad outcomes. Our top priority is vaccinating those not yet vaccinated.”

Sandra Mitchell reports for the KTLA 5 News:

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