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Why NY’s COVID strain was only classified as a ‘variant of interest’

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Why NY's COVID strain was only classified as a 'variant of interest'

New York state’s homegrown COVID-19 strain is listed as a “variant of interest” rather than a “variant of concern” — but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s less dangerous than other strains, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The so-called B.1.526 variant received the classification because scientists are still scrambling to study it and simply don’t yet know enough about it, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House press briefing.

“I want to be clear that listing a variant as one of interest rather than a variant concern does not mean we are not prioritizing the variant or that the variant is not important for us to carefully follow,” she said. “Rather, it means that we are still working to understand the variant, gather data on it and determine its impact.

The contagiousness of the New York strain — which contains a mutation similar to the South African variant — is still being studied, she said.

 “In the case of [the New York variant] we continue to assess its prevalence regionally and nationally, its transmissibility and to conduct studies to understand how its mutations impact therapeutic and antibody responses. Until those assessments are complete, it will remain a carefully followed variant of interest,” she said.

Last month, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration said the New York strain may be infecting people who have already had the virus, or even been vaccinated.

“What we don’t understand with 1.526 is whether or not people are being reinfected with it and whether or not people who might have been vaccinated are now getting infected with it,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb

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Multiple people shot at Indianapolis FedEx facility

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Multiple people were shot at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday night, a report said.

Police first responded to reports of an active shooter at the building near the Indianapolis International Airport at about 11:10 p.m., WISH reported.

Dispatchers declared the shooting a “mass casualty” incident, which allows for more emergency responders, the report said.

Police did not immediately reveal how many people were shot, or the conditions of the victims.

One of the shooting victims was shot in her left arm as she sat in her car in the parking lot of the building, her uncle, Parminder Singh told CBS 4 reporter Courtney Crown.

“She called. She said there was a shooting in the Fedex [building],” Singh said.

He said his niece was hospitalized and is doing “fine.”

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Chicago Police release new video it says shows Adam Toledo was armed

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Chicago Police release new video it says shows Adam Toledo was armed

Chicago police say the 13-year-old who was shot dead by cops last month was holding a gun just before he was gunned down.

Video footage released by the CPD shows Adam Toledo running in an alley before being asked to stop and put his hands up, according to CBS 2 Chicago.

A grainy close up of the seventh-grader shows him holding what police claim is a gun in his right hand. Less than a second later, he was shot dead.

Disturbing body cam video shows the whole March 29 incident.

“Police, stop, stop right f—-g now,” Officer Eric Stillman is heard saying as he chased the teen down an alley. “Hands. Show me your f—-g hands.”

“Drop it, drop it,” the 34-year-old cop yells, before Toledo is seen turning around and the cop fires a single shot. 

Cops were responding to reports of gunshots in the area when they encountered Toledo and another suspect.

Police have maintained the Little Village incident was an armed confrontation, and a weapon was recovered.

Prosecutors had said Toledo was carrying a gun, but walked back the statement Thursday, saying the attorney “failed to fully inform himself,” and “the video speaks for itself,” the CBS affiliate reported.

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Chicago prosecutor not ‘fully informed’ when he told judge Adam Toledo was armed

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Chicago prosecutor not 'fully informed' when he told judge Adam Toledo was armed

A Chicago prosecutor was not fully informed when he told a judge that 13-year-old Adam Toledo was armed with a gun when the teen was fatally shot by a police officer last month, a report said.

Cook County Assistant State Attorney James Murphy made the statement during a bond hearing for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was with Toledo leading up to the March 29 police shooting, WGN 9 reported.

“The officer tells [Toledo] to drop it as [Toledo] turns towards the officer. [Toledo] has a gun in his right hand,” the attorney said during the hearing, according to the report.

But on Thursday, a spokesperson for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told the outlet that a prosecutor in their office did not have all the information before presenting his argument.

“An attorney who works in this office failed to fully inform himself before speaking in court,” the spokesperson said.

Also on Thursday, video footage was released of Toledo’s killing, part of which shows the teen appearing to raise his hands a split second before he was fatally shot.

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