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    US consumers now have the first national standards for face mask quality


    The American Society for Testing and Material, an international technical standards organization, has published the first national standard for consumer masks.

    The standards outline things like minimum fit, design, performance and testing requirements for face masks and would require user instructions, package labeling and a permanent tag on the product.

    ASTM said it hopes it creates a baseline for quality and protection moving forward.

    “This standard brings value by specifying minimum design, performance, and testing requirements and allowing comparison of products by end users where current guidelines have been limited,” the approved ASTM standard reads.

    To be certified as meeting the standards, manufacturers are required to test their facial coverings in accredited labs to certify performance, register their products and use the outlined labeling system to use the ASTM package labeling system.

    How this impacts you:

    Consumers in stores would be able to evaluate the quality of masks on store shelves from the labeling on the packaging. If a mask has ASTM labeling, it could ensure the customer that product has met the testing and quality requirements outlined in “ASTM F3502."

    The ASTM standard labeling requirements indicate results of two testing criteria: breathability and filtration efficiency. Typically, when a mask has a higher filtration, it results in more resistance and can make it harder to breathe.
    According to the ASTM guidelines, a lower performance, level one designation would require the product to filter at least 20% of particles – something that would make the mask easy to breathe through, but that would provide less protection. A level two certification would designate high performance filtration of at least 50% of particles but would provide less breathability.

    The standards strictly prohibit the use of vents, valves or any feature that allows people to blow out or breathe in unfiltered air.

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    The wheels are starting to come off Team Biden's pro-lockdown agenda:



    The WH’s Covid adviser, @aslavitt46, is asked why Calif., still in lockdown mode, has numbers that aren’t better than a free state, Florida.

    Slavitt: “There’s so much of this virus … that’s just a little beyond our explanation”

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCarpenter View Post
    The wheels are starting to come off Team Biden's pro-lockdown agenda:



    The WH’s Covid adviser, @aslavitt46, is asked why Calif., still in lockdown mode, has numbers that aren’t better than a free state, Florida.

    Slavitt: “There’s so much of this virus … that’s just a little beyond our explanation”
    No One is Pro Lock down little boy

    President Joe Biden


    Starting this week, our Administration is:
    - Increasing weekly vaccine shipments to states to 13.5 million doses — a 57% increase from when I took office.
    - Doubling our direct shipments to local pharmacies.
    We’re working hard to get America vaccinated quickly.

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    The Weeknd thinks your Super Bowl party was a super-spreader event | 22 Minutes

    The Weeknd thinks your Super Bowl party was a super-spreader event | 22 Minutes - YouTube

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    Canada keep taking one blow after another on the chin. Not only has Trudeau's vaccine rollout been a failure of epic proportions, he's blown money like a drunken sailor with nothing to show for it. EPIC FAIL.





    Canada's Budget Deficit Has Grown By More Than Any Other G20 Country Amid Pandemic: NBF



    Canada's Budget Deficit Has Grown By More Than Any Other G20 Country Amid Pandemic: NBF | HuffPost Canada

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    Canada the only G7 country to take vaccines from fund that helps developing countries


    Canada the only G7 country to take vaccines from fund that helps developing countries - The Globe and Mail

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCarpenter View Post
    Canada keep taking one blow after another on the chin. Not only has Trudeau's vaccine rollout been a failure of epic proportions, he's blown money like a drunken sailor with nothing to show for it. EPIC FAIL.

    Canada's Budget Deficit Has Grown By More Than Any Other G20 Country Amid Pandemic: NBF


    Canada's Budget Deficit Has Grown By More Than Any Other G20 Country Amid Pandemic: NBF | HuffPost Canada
    .... misleading interpretation. From the same article:

    “Put more positively, this also implies that no other country has provided as much fiscal support for the economic recovery as Canada has,” NBF economists Warren Lovely, Taylor Schleich and Jocelyn Paquet wrote in a report this week.

    “We’re already seeing some benefits here. The recovery in Canada’s labour market by nearly all measurements has been much stronger than in the U.S., where fiscal uncertainty and inaction has provided a headwind in recent months.”

    The economists noted that Canada entered the pandemic with a lower-than-average government debt burden for a developed country, and “even allowing for this year’s outsized shortfall, the IMF puts Canada’s general government net debt burden at less than 50 per cent — easily the best among G7 nations,” they wrote.

    ... and yes every Canadian and business expects to pay higher taxes when Canada expects to emerge from the pandemic in the 3rd or 4th Q 2021.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SalesServiceGuy View Post
    .... misleading interpretation. From the same article:

    “Put more positively, this also implies that no other country has provided as much fiscal support for the economic recovery as Canada has,” NBF economists Warren Lovely, Taylor Schleich and Jocelyn Paquet wrote in a report this week.

    “We’re already seeing some benefits here. The recovery in Canada’s labour market by nearly all measurements has been much stronger than in the U.S., where fiscal uncertainty and inaction has provided a headwind in recent months.”

    The economists noted that Canada entered the pandemic with a lower-than-average government debt burden for a developed country, and “even allowing for this year’s outsized shortfall, the IMF puts Canada’s general government net debt burden at less than 50 per cent — easily the best among G7 nations,” they wrote.

    ... and yes every Canadian and business expects to pay higher taxes when Canada expects to emerge from the pandemic in the 3rd or 4th Q 2021.

    You have proven to be the ministry of propaganda for Justin Trudeau.

    With a straight face you continue to try to convince folks that Trudeau's vaccine rollout has been a success. Everything you promised about Canada's rollout has proven to be false. Shame on you.


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    Canada has repeatedly asked Biden to share our supply of vaccine. Thus far the answer is a solid no.



    U.S. won’t share vaccine before all Americans receive shots, officials say

    Poor countries and global health advocates have been pushing wealthy nations to share some of their supply, warning that the inequitable vaccine rollout could leave them playing catch-up for years

    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/18/us-share-vaccine-americans-world-469886


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    Biden To Announce $4 Billion For Global COVID-19 Vaccine Effort

    President Biden is set on Friday to announce a total of $4 billion in contributions to COVAX, the vaccine alliance trying to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to 92 low- and middle-income countries, a senior administration official told reporters.


    Biden will make the announcement during a virtual meeting of G-7 leaders about the pandemic.


    The funding for the program — which is co-run by the World Health Organization — includes an initial contribution of $2 billion that Congress appropriated in December. That funding should go out by the end of the month, the official said. In addition, Biden will pledge another $2 billion through 2021 and 2022. The first $500 million of that pledge will be available "rather quickly" to help spur other donations, the official said.


    "This pandemic is not going to end unless we end it globally," the official told reporters, noting the risk of new coronavirus variants developing and spreading.




    The official said the funding would not affect the program to vaccinate U.S. residents, noting the government is on track to have a large enough supply of vaccine— 600 million doses— for domestic needs by the end of July. If there are vaccines left over from the domestic program, the Biden administration plans to look for ways to donate that to the COVAX program, but no decisions on that have yet been made.

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