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JULY <strong>2022</strong> EDITION<br />

US Bases in Europe Await<br />

Imminent Arrival of COVID-19<br />

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This is What Living<br />

With Covid Looks<br />

Like<br />

Is Covid back?<br />

It never really went away.<br />

But yes, we are at the start of<br />

the third wave to strike the<br />

UK since December. About<br />

1.7 million people were<br />

estimated to have had the<br />

virus last week, according<br />

to the Office for National<br />

Statistics (ONS) <strong>—</strong> up 23 per<br />

cent in a week, after a 43 per<br />

cent jump the week before<br />

that. Levels are at those seen<br />

at the end of April, when the<br />

last wave was on its way out.<br />

Weren’t vaccines meant to<br />

stop us catching Covid?<br />

Vaccines are good at saving<br />

lives <strong>—</strong> a paper published<br />

last week by Imperial<br />

College London found that<br />

nearly 20 million deaths were<br />

prevented in the first year of<br />

the vaccination programme<br />

<strong>—</strong> and preventing severe<br />

illness, but they are not<br />

particularly effective at<br />

stopping people catching the<br />

virus.<br />

Data from the ONS last<br />

month suggested protection<br />

against reinfection started to<br />

decline after just two weeks<br />

of vaccination, and tended<br />

to disappear after about 90<br />

days.<br />

“Vaccines protect you from<br />

infection for a short amount<br />

of time and it wanes pretty<br />

quickly,” said Jonathan Ball,<br />

professor of virology at<br />

Nottingham University. “So<br />

we were always going to<br />

be susceptible to infection.”<br />

But even if it does not stop<br />

the virus entering the body,<br />

once the infection is lodged,<br />

the vaccine is pretty good at<br />

clearing it away. “That’s the<br />

thing that prevents you from<br />

getting seriously ill,” said<br />

Ball. And that protection is<br />

likely to persist long-term.<br />

Should we be worried?<br />

Not yet. Cases are on the<br />

rise, and each infection<br />

can be unpleasant <strong>—</strong> not to<br />

mention disruptive <strong>—</strong> but<br />

vaccines mean people who<br />

contract the virus are far less<br />

likely to get seriously ill.<br />

Sir Jonathan Van-Tam, the<br />

former deputy chief medical<br />

officer, believes Covid is now<br />

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The honorees who'll receive medals from Biden "have<br />

overcome significant obstacles to achieve impressive<br />

accomplishments in the arts and sciences, dedicated<br />

their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable<br />

among us, and acted with bravery to drive change<br />

in their communities, and across the world, while<br />

blazing trails for generations to come," the White<br />

House said.<br />

American Airlines has<br />

Parked 100 Jets Due to<br />

Pilot Shortage<br />

WASHINGTON <strong>—</strong> President Joe Biden will present<br />

the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential<br />

Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor<br />

Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the<br />

late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with<br />

whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate.<br />

Biden will also recognize Sandra Lindsay, the New<br />

York City nurse who rolled up her sleeve on live<br />

television in December 2020 to receive the first<br />

COVID-19 vaccine dose outside of clinical trials in<br />

the United States, the White House announced Friday.<br />

Biden's honors list, which the White House shared<br />

first with The Associated Press, includes both<br />

living and deceased honorees from the worlds of<br />

Hollywood, sports, politics, the military, academia,<br />

and civil rights and social justice advocacy.<br />

The Democratic president will present the medals at<br />

the White House next week.<br />

Biden himself is a medal recipient. President Barack<br />

Obama honored Biden's public service as a longtime<br />

U.S. senator and vice president by awarding him a<br />

Presidential Medal of Freedom in January 2017, a<br />

week before they left office.<br />

The honor is reserved for people who have made<br />

exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values or<br />

security of the United States, world peace or other<br />

significant societal public or private endeavors, the<br />

White House said.<br />

Biles is the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history,<br />

winning 32 Olympic and World Championship<br />

medals. She is an outspoken advocate on issues that<br />

are very personal to her, including athletes' mental<br />

health, children in foster care and sexual assault<br />

victims.<br />

Lindsay became an advocate for COVID-19<br />

vaccinations after receiving the first dose in the U.S.<br />

outside of clinical trials.<br />

McCain, who died of brain cancer in 2018, spent<br />

more than five years in captivity in Vietnam while<br />

serving in the U.S. Navy. He later represented Arizona<br />

in both houses of Congress and was the Republican<br />

presidential nominee in 2008. Biden said McCain<br />

was a "dear friend" and "a hero."<br />

Washington is a double Oscar-winning actor,<br />

director and producer. He also has a Tony award, two<br />

Golden Globes and the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime<br />

Achievement Award. He is a longtime spokesperson<br />

for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.<br />

The other 13 medal recipients<br />

<strong>—</strong> Sister Simone Campbell. Campbell is a member<br />

of the Sister of Social Service and a former executive<br />

director of NETWRK, a Catholic social justice<br />

organization. She is an advocate for economic justice,

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overhauling the U.S. immigration system and health<br />

care policy.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Julieta Garcia. A former president of the University<br />

of Texas at Brownsville, Garcia was the first Latina<br />

to become a college president, the White House<br />

said. She was named one of the nation's best college<br />

presidents by Time magazine.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Gabrielle Giffords. A former U.S. House member<br />

from Arizona, the Democrat founded Giffords, an<br />

organization dedicated to ending gun violence.<br />

She was shot in the head in January 2011 during a<br />

constituent event in Tucson and was gravely wounded.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Fred Gray. Gray was one of the first Black members<br />

of the Alabama Legislature after Reconstruction. He<br />

was a prominent civil rights attorney who represented<br />

Rosa Parks, the NAACP and Martin Luther King Jr.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Steve Jobs. Jobs was the co-founder, chief<br />

executive and chair of Apple Inc. He died in 2011.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Alan Simpson. The retired U.S. senator from<br />

Wyoming served with Biden and has been a prominent<br />

advocate for campaign finance reform, responsible<br />

governance and marriage equality.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Richard Trumka. Trumka had been president of<br />

the 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO for more than a<br />

decade at the time of his August 2021 death. He was<br />

a past president of the United Mine Workers.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Wilma Vaught. A brigadier general, Vaught is one<br />

of the most decorated women in U.S. military history,<br />

breaking gender barriers as she has risen through the<br />

ranks. When Vaught retired in 1985, she was one of<br />

only seven female generals in the Armed Forces.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Raúl Yzaguirre. A civil rights advocate, Yzaguirre<br />

was president and CEO of the National Council of La<br />

Raza for 30 years. He served as U.S. ambassador to<br />

the Dominican Republic under Obama.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Father Alexander Karloutsos. Karloutsos is the<br />

assistant to Archbishop Demetrios of America. The<br />

White House said Karloutsos has counseled several<br />

U.S. presidents.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Khizr Khan. An immigrant from Pakistan, Khan's<br />

Army officer son was killed in Iraq. Khan gained<br />

national prominence, and became a target of Donald<br />

Trump's wrath, after speaking at the 2016 Democratic<br />

National Convention.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Diane Nash. A founding member of the Student<br />

Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Nash organized<br />

some of the most important 20th century civil rights<br />

campaigns and worked with King.<br />

<strong>—</strong> Megan Rapinoe. The Olympic gold medalist and<br />

two-time Women's World Cup soccer champion<br />

captains the OL Reign in the National Women's Soccer<br />

League. She is a prominent advocate for gender pay<br />

equality, racial justice and LGBTQI+ rights who has<br />

appeared at Biden's White House.

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Focus on Oversight a Key for Success at<br />

CoreCivic<br />

In the corrections industry, maintaining high standards of<br />

operation is imperative to meeting the needs of the individuals<br />

in our care. That's why CoreCivic adheres to a stringent set of<br />

guidelines set forth by our own standards, as well as those of our<br />

government partners and the American Correctional Association<br />

(ACA).<br />

Founded in 1870, the ACA is considered the national benchmark<br />

for the effective operation of correctional systems throughout<br />

the United States. To become accredited, a facility must achieve<br />

compliance with ACA mandatory standards and a minimum of<br />

90 percent non-mandatory standards. CoreCivic facilities adhere<br />

to ACA standards, and in 2020, CoreCivic earned an average<br />

ACA audit score of 99.6 percent across all facilities.<br />

Key ACA audit areas include facility personnel, resident reentry<br />

programs, resident safety, health care, and more.<br />

holds our facilities and staff to a high standard. To be able to<br />

represent our facility and receive reaccreditation in person is an<br />

honor."<br />

Adhering to ACA standards is only one part of CoreCivic's<br />

commitment to robust oversight. When government partners<br />

utilize CoreCivic's services, we are held not only to our own<br />

high standards and those of the ACA, but we are often held to<br />

the same or higher accountability of our public counterparts<br />

through stringent government contracts, unfettered access to<br />

our facilities for our partners, and hundreds of on-site quality<br />

assurance monitors.<br />

We provide access to our government partners, with most of<br />

our facilities having government agency employees known as<br />

contract monitors who are physically on-site to ensure we are<br />

operating in line with partner guidelines.<br />

Recently, the ACA held in Nashville, Tennessee, its 151st<br />

Congress of Corrections, an annual convention that brings<br />

together corrections professionals from across the country. In<br />

addition to various workshops and events at the convention, the<br />

ACA Commission on Accreditation also held panel hearings to<br />

award accreditation to correctional facilities that meet the ACA's<br />

rigorous requirements. Listed below are the seven CoreCivic<br />

facilities that earned reaccreditation this year, with mandatory/<br />

non-mandatory scores:<br />

• Bent County Correctional Facility - 100/99.0<br />

• Citrus County Detention Facility - 100/100<br />

• Eloy Detention Center - 100/100<br />

• Lake Erie Correctional Institution - 100/99.3<br />

• Saguaro Correctional Center - 100/99.8<br />

• Stewart Detention Center - 100/100<br />

• Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility - 100/100<br />

"The accreditation process is very important," said Warden<br />

Fred Figueroa from Eloy Detention Center, one of the seven<br />

CoreCivic facilities that was awarded reaccreditation. "ACA<br />

To maintain our own high standards, annual on-site audits covering<br />

all operational areas are administered to ensure compliance with<br />

contractual and regulatory obligations and corporate-mandated<br />

requirements. Each CoreCivic Safety facility is audited by our<br />

internal quality assurance division, which is independent from<br />

our operations division. Facilities are expected to be audit-ready<br />

year-round, maintaining continuous compliance with numerous<br />

applicable standards.<br />

CoreCivic employs 75 staff members dedicated to quality<br />

assurance, including several subject matter experts with extensive<br />

experience from all major disciplines within our institutional<br />

operations.<br />

"A lot of hard work goes into preparing for these audits,"<br />

Figueroa said. "Once they're complete, the staff can see their<br />

accomplishments and feel proud."<br />

Having multiple levels of oversight helps CoreCivic maintain<br />

a safe environment for those in our care. By holding ourselves<br />

accountable to our own high standards, along with our<br />

government partners' and ACA's standards, CoreCivic continues<br />

to be a trusted partner working to better the public good.

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Navy Implements New<br />

Policies to Make it<br />

Easier for Victims to<br />

Report Sexual Assaults<br />

The first <strong>—</strong> dubbed the “Safe-to-Report policy” <strong>—</strong> protects sailors,<br />

Marines and U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen reporting incidences<br />

of sexual assault from being disciplined for minor misconduct in<br />

which they might have participated while they were victimized,<br />

according to one of the new policies.<br />

The idea is to encourage victims to report their assaults without fear<br />

of punishment for behavior that might be discovered in an ensuing<br />

investigation, such as an underage drinking, curfew violations or<br />

having an “unprofessional relationship with the accused,” the Navy<br />

said in a statement issued Friday.<br />

“Choosing to report a sexual assault is already a major decision<br />

for a survivor. It is a first step to accessing the services they need<br />

and the justice they deserve.” Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said<br />

in the statement. “Removing this barrier empowers victims and<br />

survivors <strong>—</strong> they should not have to choose whether to implicate<br />

themselves by reporting a crime committed against them.”<br />

Before the “Safe-to-Report” policy, which went into effect<br />

Wednesday, victims “may have had to choose whether to implicate<br />

themselves for misconduct by reporting an assault,” according to<br />

the Navy.<br />

“Collateral misconduct by the victim of a sexual assault is one of<br />

the most significant barriers to reporting because of the victim’s fear<br />

of punishment,” Navy Force Resiliency assistant director Andrea<br />

Goldstein said in the statement. “We’re committed to removing<br />

barriers to reporting, restoring victim’s trust, and improving victim<br />

care.”<br />

While commanding officers can now spare disciplinary action<br />

for victims in such cases, they can still take nondisciplinary<br />

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administrative actions if warranted, such as referring a victim to<br />

substance abuse treatment, according to the policy.<br />

Also Wednesday, the Navy implemented a new “No Wrong Door”<br />

policy aimed at ensuring victims of sexual assault seeking help<br />

don’t fall through the cracks by attempting to seek care from an<br />

office or agency that might not be the right fit for their needs.<br />

Before the policy, finding the right care could be confusing because<br />

the Navy offers a host of victim care services from multiple offices,<br />

including the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program,<br />

Family Advocacy Program, Military Equal Opportunity Program,<br />

Victim Witness Assistance Program, medical professionals,<br />

Victims’ Legal Counsel and chaplains, according to the service.<br />

“Individuals who experience sexual assault, sexual harassment, or<br />

domestic abuse should receive the care and support they need --<br />

without delay,” said Ashish Vazirani, interim director of the Navy<br />

Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment and Suicide Prevention and<br />

Response Office. “Regardless of which supporting professional<br />

they contact, the answer should be, 'I will help you’.”<br />

The policy now requires Navy personnel in care and support offices<br />

to ensure victims get a “warm hand-off to the appropriate service<br />

provider,” according to the policy.<br />

“This warm hand-off will include direct connection, introduction<br />

to the responsible staff, and follow-through to ensure the needs of<br />

the person seeking care are met,” the Navy said in the statement.

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not much worse than a bad<br />

the one in six people in this<br />

There has been no significant<br />

which is growing 35 per cent<br />

case of the flu. He told the<br />

group who have not taken<br />

increase in the number of<br />

faster than the previously<br />

BBC Today programme on<br />

up the offer of a spring<br />

Covid patients in intensive<br />

dominant Omicron BA.2,<br />

Friday: “Covid can disrupt<br />

booster.<br />

care wards. And deaths are<br />

is expected to make up all<br />

parts of your life when<br />

you’re poorly, but in terms<br />

of its lethality, the picture is<br />

much, much, much closer<br />

to seasonal flu than it was<br />

when it emerged.”<br />

Aren’t hospital cases<br />

rising?<br />

Yes, admissions are up 41<br />

per cent in the last week.<br />

And among the elderly and<br />

vulnerable, Covid can still<br />

There have also been a<br />

number of outbreaks in<br />

care homes. But it is worth<br />

pointing out that of the 6,400<br />

patients in hospital with the<br />

virus, only 37 per cent were<br />

admitted for Covid. The<br />

rest are “incidental” cases<br />

<strong>—</strong> those who arrived in<br />

hospital for something else<br />

but then tested positive for<br />

the virus.<br />

down to between 40 and 50<br />

a day, compared with 1,200<br />

at the January 2021 peak.<br />

What is driving the wave?<br />

Two new variants have<br />

emerged, each slightly<br />

different mutations of<br />

the Omicron strain that<br />

has dominated in the UK<br />

since December. The new<br />

variants <strong>—</strong> BA.4 and BA.5<br />

<strong>—</strong> make up 61 per cent of<br />

cases. The new variants are<br />

more transmissible than<br />

previous strains, though it<br />

is not clear whether that is<br />

because they are inherently<br />

more infectious or because<br />

they are better at evading<br />

our immunity.<br />

When will we get the next<br />

jab?<br />

The spring booster<br />

programme for vulnerable<br />

be deadly, particularly for<br />

cases. Eventually BA.5,<br />

people and over-75s is

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still running. The autumn<br />

different levels of immunity,<br />

amount of serious disease<br />

positive patient requires<br />

booster programme will<br />

depending on whether we<br />

should still be kept in check<br />

isolation, taking up further<br />

start in September and is<br />

have been infected with the<br />

unless really significant<br />

resources. During the height<br />

likely to include over-65s<br />

early Wuhan strain, Alpha,<br />

variants emerge.”<br />

of the Omicron waves in<br />

and vulnerable people,<br />

although government<br />

advisers are weighing up<br />

whether to extend this to<br />

over-50s. Younger people<br />

are unlikely to be eligible.<br />

By September Moderna’s<br />

new vaccine <strong>—</strong> a “bivalent”<br />

jab that contains the original<br />

vaccine as well as a new<br />

Beta, Gamma, Delta or<br />

Omicron <strong>—</strong> or not at all.<br />

Some of us have had two<br />

vaccines, some four, and<br />

we have received different<br />

mixes of Moderna, Pfizer-<br />

BioNTech and Oxford-<br />

AstraZeneca.<br />

Roughly speaking, though,<br />

infection seems to provide<br />

Eventually, he believes,<br />

these will become less and<br />

less frequent, and within<br />

a few years will become<br />

annual waves, striking in<br />

winter like the flu. Paul<br />

Hunter, professor of health<br />

protection at the University<br />

of East Anglia, said a<br />

big wave this summer<br />

January and April, a peak of<br />

17,000 beds were taken up<br />

with Covid patients. If the<br />

new wave reaches anything<br />

like that number, it will<br />

put serious pressure on<br />

the health service. Doctors<br />

point out that repeated<br />

waves could also increase<br />

rates of long Covid.<br />

formula tweaked to tackle<br />

stronger and more durable<br />

could even be beneficial,<br />

Will that affect my chance<br />

the new variants <strong>—</strong> should<br />

protection against further<br />

topping up our immunity<br />

of getting an ambulance if<br />

be available. Moderna said<br />

infection than does<br />

and reducing the chances<br />

I need one?<br />

its new vaccine boosts<br />

protection against BA.4 and<br />

BA.5 to far higher levels<br />

than existing vaccines and<br />

should give a longer-lasting<br />

response.<br />

Under the UK’s contract<br />

with Moderna, we will<br />

automatically receive<br />

the newest version of the<br />

vaccination. Last month’s<br />

ONS report found people<br />

who had been infected with<br />

Omicron (or the BA subvariants)<br />

had a 77 per cent<br />

reduced risk of reinfection.<br />

Those infected by Delta<br />

had 57 per cent protection,<br />

Alpha 41 per cent and the<br />

early strain by 40.<br />

of a Covid surge over the<br />

winter. “Then we won’t<br />

have Covid and flu causing<br />

us problems at the same<br />

time,” he said. “Influenza<br />

this winter worries me more<br />

than Covid, and the thing<br />

that worries me more than<br />

that is Covid and influenza<br />

at the same time.”<br />

That is the fear. Emergency<br />

patients are waiting almost<br />

two hours for ambulances<br />

to respond to suspected<br />

heart attacks and strokes,<br />

while almost 600 people<br />

waited longer than ten<br />

hours outside A&E in<br />

April. Adrian Boyle,<br />

from the Royal College<br />

vaccine. Last night Pfizer<br />

Will we see more of these<br />

Will the NHS cope?<br />

of Emergency Medicine,<br />

announced impressive<br />

results for its tweaked<br />

vaccine <strong>—</strong> although it is not<br />

clear whether it will be ready<br />

for September. Companies<br />

are also working on joint<br />

flu-Covid vaccines, the first<br />

of which are expected to be<br />

ready late next year.<br />

Most of us have now had<br />

Covid. Does that increase<br />

waves?<br />

Almost definitely. Immunity<br />

will rise and fall as waves<br />

of infection and vaccination<br />

campaigns come and go and<br />

the virus evolves. “For the<br />

foreseeable future, it’s not<br />

unreasonable to assume that<br />

every few months we might<br />

see waves of infection,<br />

which give you cold-like<br />

Doctors’ biggest concern<br />

is that even a small rise in<br />

cases will take up muchneeded<br />

beds that hospitals<br />

can ill-afford to lose<br />

while A&E departments<br />

are overcrowded and<br />

ambulances are outside<br />

waiting to offload patients.<br />

With so many Covid<br />

patients taking up beds, it<br />

said: “We continue to be<br />

very worried about the<br />

ability of ambulances to<br />

respond. Losing a whole<br />

bunch of other beds due to<br />

Covid would just be a really<br />

horrible situation [creating]<br />

pressure on elective surgery<br />

and ambulance waits. There<br />

are some really difficult<br />

trade-offs to be made there.”<br />

our protection?<br />

symptoms, and sometimes<br />

does not matter whether<br />

After 2½ years of the<br />

pandemic, each of us has<br />

they might be fairly<br />

unpleasant,” said Ball. “The<br />

they were admitted for the<br />

virus or a broken leg <strong>—</strong> any

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Military Women Say<br />

DOD Reproductive<br />

Health Care Far From<br />

‘Seamless’ in Post-Roe<br />

Era<br />

Bari Wald kept it simple when asked<br />

about her pregnancy: “We lost the<br />

baby.”<br />

The full diagnosis involved severe<br />

fetal birth defects 19 weeks into<br />

Wald's first pregnancy, a baby she<br />

and her husband desperately wanted<br />

but couldn't imagine bringing into<br />

the world to suffer.<br />

And because the military and its<br />

insurer, Tricare, will not perform or<br />

cover abortions for fetal anomalies,<br />

even lethal conditions, it involved<br />

a terrifying, failed abortion in a<br />

foreign country that almost killed<br />

her.<br />

The two-week wait for definitive<br />

test results was torture, said Wald,<br />

an Air Force reserve officer and<br />

Marine’s wife who at the time was<br />

stationed in Okinawa, Japan.<br />

“I remember feeling my son kick ...<br />

and I didn’t know if I could survive<br />

it,” she said of the uncertainty<br />

during the wait for the test results<br />

and the possibility that her fetus<br />

wasn’t healthy.<br />

By federal law, the military provides<br />

for abortions only in cases of rape,<br />

incest and danger to the mother’s<br />

life.<br />

The Defense Department has paid<br />

for only 91 abortions since 2016,<br />

according to a Defense Health<br />

Agency spokesman.<br />

Now, with abortion bans going into<br />

effect in many states following the<br />

Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v.<br />

Wade, the Pentagon has scrambled<br />

to respond.<br />

“The department is examining this<br />

decision closely and evaluating<br />

our policies to ensure we continue<br />

to provide seamless access to<br />

reproductive health care as<br />

permitted by federal law,” Defense<br />

Secretary Lloyd Austin said June<br />

22.<br />

But Wald and other military women<br />

who told their stories to Stars and<br />

Stripes said it’s disingenuous to call<br />

Defense Department reproductive<br />

health care “seamless.”<br />

They spoke of having to get their<br />

care without military support, even<br />

in cases when intended, longed-for<br />

pregnancies went terribly wrong.<br />

And they said that far from feeling<br />

cared for, they felt abandoned by<br />

the military at their most vulnerable<br />

moments.<br />

"It is the most isolating feeling<br />

in the world," said Kali, an Army<br />

officer's wife who asked that only<br />

her first name be used to protect her<br />

privacy.<br />

Her delight about carrying a child<br />

turned to horror and grief during an<br />

ultrasound in April.<br />

“Someone said the words ‘not<br />

compatible with life,’ “ she said. “I<br />

said, ‘What do you mean? We just<br />

saw her moving!’ ”<br />

Kali's 12-week-old fetus had<br />

anencephaly, meaning major parts<br />

of the brain and skull were missing.<br />

The baby would most likely die in<br />

utero or if delivered would certainly<br />

die soon after being born.<br />

"She wasn't going to make it, and<br />

I thought the longer she stays in,<br />

maybe the more she would develop,<br />

and I didn't want her to suffer," Kali<br />

said.<br />

“And I couldn’t imagine walking<br />

around and people saying, ‘Oh,<br />

when are you due?’ ”<br />

A week later, Kali stepped inside a<br />

clinic in Baltimore alongside some<br />

20 other women seeking abortions.<br />

Her husband, who had written "the<br />

sweetest, saddest letter" to their lost<br />

daughter, waited in the car because<br />

of coronavirus protocols.<br />

Kali and her husband have since<br />

made several donations to the clinic,<br />

whose $950 fee she paid with her<br />

credit card. “They were so, so nice.

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They took such good care of me,”<br />

she said of the clinic staff.<br />

Their grief still runs deep.<br />

"No one expects it will ever happen<br />

to them. If it does, they should have<br />

a choice," she said. "I've always<br />

been pro-choice. But now I'm 12<br />

times more pro-choice."<br />

She said the Supreme Court’s<br />

decision to overturn the landmark<br />

abortion rights ruling made her<br />

angry, sad and scared.<br />

“We live in a blue state now, but<br />

who knows where they’ll send us?”<br />

she said.<br />

In 1976, three years after Roe v.<br />

Wade legalized abortion up to fetal<br />

viability, the Hyde Amendment<br />

banned the use of federal funds for<br />

most abortions in the United States.<br />

For years, the only abortions the<br />

military would facilitate were those<br />

for pregnancies that posed a threat<br />

to the mother's life. Rape and incest<br />

exceptions were added in 2013.<br />

Severe and fatal abnormalities of<br />

the fetus were never covered. For<br />

Wald and her Marine husband, that<br />

led to a nightmarish experience in<br />

Japan.<br />

hospital emergency room diagnosed<br />

her with a lacerated cervix and<br />

blood poisoning and started her on<br />

intravenous antibiotics, she said.<br />

Later that day, doctors decided to<br />

induce labor. Her newborn son<br />

weighed less than 13 ounces, she<br />

said.<br />

"I ended up having a compassionate<br />

birth after being in a situation<br />

nobody wants to be in," she said,<br />

lauding the empathy the Navy<br />

doctors and nurses showed her.<br />

Seven years passed before Wald<br />

could talk about the ordeal with<br />

anyone other than the thousands<br />

of women she found in a private<br />

Facebook group who had undergone<br />

similar tragedies.<br />

Now the mother of two, Wald said<br />

her trauma had broadened her<br />

support for abortion rights.<br />

“It definitely made me more<br />

empathetic to the whole spectrum<br />

of why women get abortions,” she<br />

said. "Now I'm loud and proud.<br />

It's not about me. It's about my<br />

daughter.”<br />

Lauren Bryar said she and her<br />

husband, a Defense Department<br />

civilian, were blindsided several<br />

years ago when they learned at 23<br />

weeks' gestation that the fetus she<br />

was carrying had several genetic<br />

abnormalities that would have<br />

rendered their child profoundly<br />

disabled.<br />

Bryar has multiple sclerosis; her<br />

husband has diabetes. Their son,<br />

then 2 years old, is autistic. They<br />

agonized but they knew they<br />

couldn't care for a child with needs<br />

so great.<br />

“It was never a decision I thought<br />

I’d make or that I wanted to make,”<br />

she said. “I was at a point in my<br />

life where I’d say, ‘Of course I’m<br />

pro-choice, but I would never have<br />

an abortion.’ Now I cringe when I<br />

think of it.”<br />

Tricare wouldn’t pay for the<br />

abortion, but her private insurance<br />

did. The military’s refusal to cover<br />

abortion for fatal fetal abnormalities<br />

has been upheld in at least two<br />

federal court cases.<br />

Federal judges ruled in separate<br />

cases in 2002 that the military was<br />

required to pay for the abortion of<br />

anencephalic fetuses, according<br />

to a 2013 Congressional Research<br />

Service report. Both rulings were<br />

reversed on appeal.<br />

According to the ruling of one of<br />

those appellate courts, the Supreme<br />

Court had decided in a 5-4 ruling<br />

that the right to abortion does not<br />

include "a constitutional entitlement<br />

to the financial resources" necessary<br />

to exercise that right.<br />

Continuing such high-risk<br />

pregnancies can endanger a<br />

woman’s health even more than<br />

an uncomplicated pregnancy in<br />

the U.S., which has a far higher<br />

maternal mortality rate than other<br />

high-income nations, according to<br />

the Centers for Disease Control and<br />

Prevention.<br />

Carrying a dying fetus to term<br />

is potentially lethal and can also<br />

severely harm a woman's mental<br />

health, doctors say.<br />

Five states with abortion bans<br />

<strong>—</strong> South Carolina, Louisiana,<br />

Utah, Mississippi and Georgia <strong>—</strong><br />

allow some exceptions for severe<br />

fetal defects, according to the<br />

Guttmacher Institute, a research<br />

group that supports abortion rights.<br />

Only two abortion-banning states,<br />

Utah and South Carolina, make<br />

exceptions for rape or incest, cases<br />

in which the military has vowed to<br />

provide access.<br />

After amniocentesis tests came<br />

back positive for severe fetal<br />

abnormalities, Wald was handed a<br />

pamphlet for a Japanese hospital.<br />

When they got there, they were<br />

told the procedure would take place<br />

overnight and cost $5,000 cash up<br />

front.<br />

The doctor examined her roughly,<br />

she said, using a glove from his<br />

pocket that reeked of cigarettes. As<br />

the procedure began, the pain was<br />

unbearable and she started bleeding<br />

profusely.<br />

She called her best friend, an<br />

ICU nurse in Arizona, to describe<br />

what was happening. The friend<br />

conferred with an obstetrician then<br />

told her, "You need to leave that<br />

place. It's not safe."<br />

At home early the following<br />

morning, Wald awoke weak with a<br />

105-degree temperature. The Navy

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veterans, many who face difficulties in traveling to VA centers outside<br />

the tribal land.<br />

"Today marks a milestone with our partnership with the VA [and] also<br />

our Navajo Nation VA," Nez said.<br />

Last month, Nez's office announced that the Navajo Nation VA met<br />

the criteria and standards to be accredited through the federal VA's<br />

Tribal Representation Expansion Project.<br />

Navajo Nation Authorized<br />

to File Benefit Claims for<br />

Veterans<br />

VA Secretary Denis McDonough recognized the tribal government<br />

program's status during a visit to Gallup on June 28, t he Farmington<br />

Daily Times reported.<br />

"We've been negotiating this with President Nez and his team. They<br />

are the first tribe to take up this new authority," McDonough said.<br />

"I'm thrilled that we can announce that today and as importantly, put<br />

it into action."<br />

He added that this is part of the VA's work to make sure tribal nations<br />

have a seat at the table. This includes having veteran service officers<br />

on tribal lands who can submit veterans' benefits claims to the VA.<br />

McDonough's visit came a day after it was announced that a group of<br />

bipartisan senators ended the review process on recommendations by<br />

the VA to close outpatient clinics in several states, including those in<br />

Gallup, Española, Las Vegas and Raton.<br />

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez noted that the accreditation<br />

achieved by the tribal government's VA will greatly help Navajo<br />

There are now five Navajo Nation VA staff members accredited under<br />

the project and who can process federal benefits claims for veterans,<br />

according to a release from Nez's office.<br />

Navajo Nation VA Director James Zwierlein told the Daily Times that<br />

the employees work in the tribe's VA offices in Shiprock, Crownpoint,<br />

Tsé Bonito, Chinle and Tuba City.<br />

A sixth person is being trained to work in the Fort Defiance office, he<br />

added.<br />

The news release stated the staff members have taken in and submitted<br />

83 claims into the federal VA system since May 2.<br />

In remarks at the June 28 event, Zwierlein said these claims were filed<br />

on behalf of Navajo veterans but there are more veterans, including<br />

non-Navajo and non-Native American, in line for claims assistance.<br />

McDonough also participated in a town hall with Nez, U.S. Sen.<br />

Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández,<br />

D-N.M. at the University of New Mexico campus in Gallup.<br />

According to Nez's office, the group heard from veterans, members<br />

of the Navajo Nation Veterans Advisory Council and state and tribal<br />

leaders about health care, benefits claims and the need for expansive<br />

care for traditional healing and mental health services.

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Thousands of San Diego Military Children on Day Care<br />

Waitlist as Navy Scrambles to Address Need<br />

San Diego Navy officials are scrambling<br />

to alleviate the shortfall of child care<br />

providers for the more than 4,000<br />

military children waiting for spots in<br />

its base day care centers, according to<br />

Navy Region Southwest officials.<br />

Staffing shortages brought on by the<br />

pandemic have impacted a military<br />

child care system that was already<br />

strained before COVID-19 hit,<br />

according to Janet Hooten, the child<br />

and youth program manager at Navy<br />

Region Southwest in San Diego.<br />

Before the pandemic, military families<br />

in San Diego could expect to wait more<br />

than a year to have a child placed in a<br />

Navy Child Development Center for<br />

care, Hooten told the Union-Tribune.<br />

Hooten declined to say how long<br />

military families might wait today<br />

for a spot. She said the tiered-priority<br />

system means not everyone will wait<br />

in the same line. However, she said<br />

any military member up for orders that<br />

could send them to San Diego should<br />

get on the waiting list now.<br />

"We encourage every family to put<br />

their child on the waitlist as soon as you<br />

know you will be leaving (the current<br />

duty station)," Hooten said. "You don't<br />

have to wait until you have orders in<br />

hand."<br />

In 2020, the Navy signed a deal with<br />

Coronado Unified School District to<br />

lease an under-utilized preschool for<br />

Navy child care. While that opened<br />

about 200 spots for kids, it only made a<br />

dent in the waitlist.<br />

Military child care is subsidized by the<br />

Defense Department. There are day<br />

care facilities on military bases as well<br />

as in-home day care providers. But<br />

with spots full, service members have<br />

to seek costlier alternatives elsewhere<br />

<strong>—</strong> and the situation outside the military<br />

system is also strained, according<br />

to a University of San Diego study<br />

published in April.<br />

The military offers a fee assistance<br />

program for these families, but it does<br />

not cover the full cost, Hooten said.<br />

Navy Region Southwest, which also<br />

manages the child care centers on<br />

local Marine bases, is short about 400<br />

providers <strong>—</strong> including the staff needed<br />

for two new centers yet to open at<br />

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.<br />

Another new center at Naval Base<br />

Point Loma is due to open in 2023, and<br />

increased pay for military child care<br />

workers is part of next year's proposed<br />

Pentagon budget.<br />

In San Diego, the Navy is offering<br />

financial incentives to address its<br />

staffing shortfall. Accreditation fees<br />

for new hires are covered by the Navy,<br />

as are sign-on, referral and retention<br />

bonuses.<br />

The Navy is holding a hiring fair at the<br />

Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley<br />

on Friday, where it will screen, interview<br />

and make offers to candidates for<br />

both its base child care and recreation<br />

centers.<br />

Military families needing assistance<br />

with child care, or to get on the wait<br />

list, can do so at militarychildcare.com.

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Last Remaining<br />

WWII Medal of<br />

Honor Recipient,<br />

Hershel ‘Woody’<br />

Williams, Dies at<br />

98<br />

WASHINGTON <strong>—</strong> The last remaining<br />

Medal of Honor recipient from World<br />

War II, Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, died<br />

Wednesday at the age of 98, according to a<br />

statement by the National Medal of Honor<br />

Museum Foundation.<br />

Williams was a 21-year-old corporal<br />

during the Battle of Iwo Jima when his<br />

“conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity”<br />

on Feb. 23, 1945, earned him the nation’s<br />

highest award for valor in combat,<br />

according to his Medal of Honor citation.<br />

At the time, he was the last demolition<br />

sergeant standing from his unit. With four<br />

riflemen covering him, he singlehandedly<br />

used a flamethrower to destroy seven<br />

enemy pillboxes from which Japanese<br />

troops were firing machine guns, according<br />

to the Pentagon.<br />

"I hope every American will pause to<br />

reflect on his service and that of an entire<br />

generation that sacrificed so much to defend<br />

the cause of freedom and democracy," he<br />

said.<br />

Williams was discharged in 1945 but<br />

stayed in the Marine Corps Reserve<br />

until retiring with 20 years of service,<br />

according to the Pentagon. He spent more<br />

than three decades working as a veterans’<br />

service representative at the Department<br />

of Veterans Affairs.<br />

He also worked to honor the families of<br />

the fallen through his Woody Williams<br />

Foundation, which hosts outreach<br />

programs, awards scholarships and has<br />

helped construct 103 monuments honoring<br />

Gold Star families across all 50 states,<br />

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Star families,” the museum foundation<br />

said. “Woody was truly one of the greatest<br />

of the greats.”<br />

On March 7, 2020, the Navy honored<br />

Williams by commissioning the USS<br />

Hershel Woody Williams, an expeditionary<br />

sea base, in his honor.<br />

With his death, there are now 63 living<br />

Medal of Honor recipients, according to<br />

the museum foundation. However, the<br />

number of recipients will grow to 66 when<br />

President Joe Biden awards Army Spc. 5<br />

Dwight W. Birdwell, Army Spc. 5 Dennis<br />

M. Fujii and Army Maj. John J. Duffy with<br />

Medals of Honor on Tuesday.<br />

Army Staff Sgt. Edward N. Kaneshiro<br />

will also be awarded a Medal of Honor<br />

posthumously at the ceremony next week.

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HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. <strong>—</strong> A gunman on a<br />

rooftop opened fire on an Independence Day<br />

parade in suburban Chicago on Monday,<br />

killing at least six people, wounding at least<br />

30 and sending hundreds of marchers, parents<br />

with strollers and children on bicycles fleeing<br />

in terror, police said.<br />

Authorities said a 22-year-old man named as<br />

a person of interest in the shooting was taken<br />

into police custody Monday evening after an<br />

hourslong manhunt.<br />

The <strong>July</strong> 4 shooting was just the latest to<br />

shatter the rituals of American life. Schools,<br />

churches, grocery stores and now community<br />

parades have all become killing grounds in<br />

recent months. This time, the bloodshed came<br />

as the nation tried to find cause to celebrate<br />

its founding and the bonds that still hold it<br />

together.<br />

"It is devastating that a celebration of America<br />

was ripped apart by our uniquely American<br />

plague,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at a<br />

news conference.<br />

“I’m furious because it does not have to be<br />

this way... while we celebrate the Fourth of<br />

<strong>July</strong> just once a year, mass shootings have<br />

become a weekly <strong>—</strong> yes, weekly <strong>—</strong> American<br />

tradition."<br />

The shooting occurred at a spot on the parade<br />

route where many residents had staked out<br />

prime viewing points early in the day for the<br />

annual celebration. Dozens of fired bullets sent<br />

hundreds of parade-goers <strong>—</strong> some visibly bloodied <strong>—</strong> fleeing. They<br />

left a trail of abandoned items that showed everyday life suddenly,<br />

violently disrupted: A half-eaten bag of potato chips; a box of chocolate<br />

cookies spilled onto the grass; a child’s Chicago Cubs cap.<br />

“There’s no safe place,” said Highland Park resident Barbara Harte,<br />

73, who had stayed away from the parade fearing a mass shooting, but<br />

later ventured from her home.<br />

Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said a police officer pulled<br />

over 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III about five miles north of the<br />

shooting scene, several hours after police released the man's photo and<br />

an image of his silver Honda Fit, and warned the public that he was<br />

likely armed and dangerous.<br />

Police declined to immediately identify Crimo as a suspect but said<br />

identifying him as a person of interest, sharing his name and other<br />

information publicly was a serious step.<br />

Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli<br />

said at a news conference “several of the deceased victims” died at the<br />

scene and one was taken to a hospital and died there. Police have not<br />

released details about the victims or wounded.<br />

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said the five people killed at the<br />

parade were adults, but didn’t have information on the sixth victim<br />

who was taken to a hospital and died there. One of those killed was<br />

a Mexican national, Roberto Velasco, Mexico’s director for North<br />

American affairs, said on Twitter Monday. He said two other Mexicans<br />

were wounded.<br />

NorthShore University Health Center received 26 patients after the<br />

attack. All but one had gunshot wounds, said Dr. Brigham Temple,<br />

medical director of emergency preparedness. Their ages ranged from 8

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to 85, and Temple estimated that four or five<br />

patients were children.<br />

Temple said 19 of them were treated and<br />

discharged. Others were transferred to<br />

other hospitals, while two patients, in stable<br />

condition, remained at the Highland Park<br />

hospital.<br />

The shooter opened fire around 10:15 a.m.,<br />

when the parade was about three-quarters<br />

through, authorities said.<br />

Highland Park Police Commander Chris<br />

O’Neill, the incident commander on scene,<br />

said the gunman apparently used a “highpowered<br />

rifle” to fire from a spot atop a<br />

commercial building where he was “very<br />

difficult to see.” He said the rifle was<br />

recovered at the scene. Police also found a<br />

ladder attached to the building.<br />

“Very random, very intentional and a very<br />

sad day,” Covelli said.<br />

President Joe Biden on Monday said he and<br />

first lady Jill Biden were “shocked by the<br />

senseless gun violence that has yet again<br />

brought grief to an American community<br />

on this Independence Day.” He said he had<br />

“surged Federal law enforcement to assist in<br />

the urgent search for the shooter, who remains<br />

at large at this time.”<br />

Biden signed the widest-ranging gun<br />

violence bill passed by Congress in decades,<br />

a compromise that showed at once both<br />

progress on a long-intractable issue and the<br />

deep-seated partisan divide that persists.<br />

Police believe there was only one shooter<br />

but warned that he should still be considered<br />

armed and dangerous. Several nearby cities<br />

canceled events including parades and<br />

fireworks, some of them noting that the<br />

Highland Park shooter was still at large.<br />

Evanston, Deerfield, Skokie, Waukegan and<br />

Glencoe canceled events. The Chicago White<br />

Sox also announced on Twitter that a planned<br />

post-game fireworks show is canceled due to<br />

the shooting.<br />

More than 100 law enforcement officers were<br />

called to the parade scene or dispatched to<br />

find the suspected shooter.<br />

More than a dozen police officers on Monday<br />

evening surrounded a home listed as an<br />

address for Crimo in Highland Park. Some<br />

officers held rifles as they fixed their eyes on

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the home. A large armored<br />

truck, marked “Police<br />

Rescue Vehicle,” occupied<br />

the middle of the road<br />

near the residence. Police<br />

blockaded roads leading<br />

to the home in a tree-lined<br />

neighborhood near a golf<br />

course, allowing only<br />

select law enforcement<br />

cars through a tight outer<br />

perimeter.<br />

Highland Park is a closeknit<br />

community of about<br />

30,000 people located on<br />

the shores of Lake Michigan<br />

just north of Chicago, with<br />

mansions and sprawling<br />

lakeside estates that<br />

have long drawn the rich<br />

and sometimes famous,<br />

including NBA legend<br />

Michael Jordan, who lived<br />

in the city for years when<br />

he played for the Chicago<br />

Bulls. John Hughes filmed<br />

parts of several movies in<br />

the city, including “Ferris<br />

Bueller’s Day Off,”<br />

“Sixteen Candles” and<br />

“Weird Science.”<br />

Pritzker, a Democrat,<br />

promised support for the<br />

community as well as to<br />

bring gunman to justice.<br />

“There are no words for the<br />

kind of evil that shows up<br />

at a public celebration of<br />

freedom, hides on a roof<br />

and shoots innocent people<br />

with an assault rifle,”<br />

Pritzker said.<br />

Ominous signs of a joyous<br />

event suddenly turned to<br />

horror filled both sides of<br />

Central Avenue where the<br />

shooting occurred. Dozens<br />

of baby strollers <strong>—</strong> some<br />

bearing American flags,<br />

abandoned children’s bikes<br />

and a helmet bedecked with<br />

images of Cinderella were<br />

left behind. Blankets, lawn<br />

chairs, coffees and water<br />

bottles were knocked over<br />

as people fled.<br />

Gina Troiani and her son<br />

were lined up with his<br />

daycare class ready to walk<br />

onto the parade route when<br />

she heard a loud sound that<br />

she believed was fireworks<br />

<strong>—</strong> until she heard people<br />

yell about a shooter. In a<br />

video that Troiani shot on<br />

her phone, some of the<br />

kids are visibly startled at<br />

the loud noise, and they<br />

scramble to the side of the<br />

road as a siren wails nearby.<br />

“We just start running in<br />

the opposite direction,” she<br />

told The Associated Press.<br />

Her 5-year-old son was<br />

riding his bike decorated<br />

with red and blue curled<br />

ribbons. He and other<br />

children in the group held<br />

small American flags. The<br />

city said on its website<br />

that the festivities were to<br />

include a children’s bike<br />

and pet parade.<br />

Troiani said she pushed her<br />

son’s bike, running through<br />

the neighborhood to get<br />

back to their car.<br />

"It was just sort of chaos,”<br />

she said. “There were<br />

people that got separated<br />

from their families,<br />

looking for them. Others<br />

just dropped their wagons,<br />

grabbed their kids and<br />

started running.”<br />

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the group was preparing<br />

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when she saw people<br />

running from the area.<br />

“People started saying:<br />

‘There’s a shooter, there’s a<br />

shooter, there's a shooter,’”<br />

Glickman told the AP. “So<br />

we just ran. We just ran.<br />

It’s like mass chaos down<br />

there.”<br />

She didn’t hear any noises<br />

or see anyone who appeared<br />

to be injured.<br />

“I’m so freaked out,” she<br />

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relaxed restrictions in time for the<br />

summer tourist season.<br />

On Tuesday, the Italian Health<br />

Ministry reported 69 deaths and<br />

83,555 new infections, the highest<br />

daily number of new infections since<br />

April 20, according to the ministry<br />

website.<br />

US Bases in Europe Await Imminent<br />

Arrival of COVID-19 Shots for Kids<br />

Under 5<br />

NAPLES, Italy <strong>—</strong> U.S. military<br />

hospitals in Europe are gearing up to<br />

vaccinate babies and young children<br />

against COVID-19 as the number<br />

of infections caused by subvariants<br />

continues to rise across Europe.<br />

Doses of the vaccine for children<br />

under 5 will be shipped to Air Force,<br />

Army and Navy installations in<br />

Europe starting Friday, according to<br />

the Defense Logistics Agency.<br />

The order consists of 4,000 doses of<br />

the Pfizer shot and 4,600 doses of the<br />

Moderna vaccine. It will be shipped<br />

by commercial air, meaning most<br />

locations will see the arrival of the<br />

vaccines three or four days later, a<br />

DLA spokeswoman told Stars and<br />

Stripes.<br />

The federal Centers for Disease<br />

Control and Prevention earlier this<br />

month cleared the way for vaccination<br />

for those ages 6 months to 5 years<br />

old, and in the U.S. inoculations for<br />

that age group are already underway.<br />

The Defense Health Agency, which<br />

oversees military medical facilities,<br />

couldn’t provide a specific time<br />

frame for administration of the shots<br />

for eligible children. But it said all<br />

Defense Department sites had placed<br />

pre-orders for the Moderna or Pfizer<br />

pediatric vaccine or both.<br />

Navy bases in Italy and Spain all<br />

said in recent days that they expected<br />

to receive the shots soon and would<br />

post notifications on their Facebook<br />

pages when they are available.<br />

But Naval Support Activity Souda<br />

Bay in Crete, which is dependentrestricted,<br />

said parents who want<br />

eligible children to get the vaccine<br />

should call the base clinic by <strong>July</strong><br />

6 so it can determine how much to<br />

order.<br />

Elsewhere in Europe, the Army,<br />

which serves the largest U.S. military<br />

population on the Continent, expects<br />

its allotment to arrive in early <strong>July</strong>,<br />

said Gino Mattorano, spokesman for<br />

Regional Health Command Europe.<br />

Air Force families assigned to<br />

Ramstein Air Base in Germany<br />

are being directed to the Army’s<br />

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center<br />

for the under-5 vaccine, a base<br />

spokeswoman said last week.<br />

Meanwhile, COVID-19 infection<br />

rates and, in some cases,<br />

hospitalizations and intensive care<br />

admissions, are rising as health<br />

officials grapple with the latest wave<br />

of the virus after much of Europe<br />

The percentage of ICU beds filled<br />

with COVID-19 patients in Italy also<br />

had risen to 3%, up one percentage<br />

point in 24 hours but well below the<br />

alert level of 10%, the Italian news<br />

agency Ansa reported Tuesday.<br />

In the last week, hospital admissions<br />

related to COVID-19 grew by<br />

17.7%, Ansa reported Wednesday,<br />

citing an Italian Federation of Health<br />

and Hospital Companies report.<br />

Admissions in pediatric wards grew<br />

by 13.3%, especially in very young<br />

children ages 0-4, according to the<br />

report.<br />

Earlier this month, Italy extended<br />

its mask mandate for most public<br />

transportation until Sept. 30.<br />

Airplane passengers are not subject<br />

to the mandate.<br />

Germany and Greece also are<br />

reporting an increase in cases.<br />

Greek officials are thinking about<br />

reinstating COVID-19 restrictions in<br />

the fall, the online news agency The<br />

Greek Reporter said Tuesday.<br />

European Union countries agreed<br />

Tuesday to extend use of a<br />

COVID-19 certificate designed to<br />

ease travel between member nations<br />

until next year, as governments<br />

rethink COVID-19 strategies, The<br />

Associated Press reported Tuesday.<br />

For example, France’s health<br />

minister, Brigitte Bourguignon,<br />

recommended this week that people<br />

wear face masks in crowded places<br />

and on public transportation,<br />

according to the AP report.

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