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Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei sparks outrage among social media followers over vaccine refusal meme post

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  • Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei drew backlash on Thursday for sharing a vaccine refusal meme on Instagram in which a group of men dances around atop a mountain with the on-screen caption: “My and my friends living off the grid after refusing the vaxxine [sic].”
  • Ai, 64, explained the vaccine rollout should not be “compulsory” and that the decision “should belong to individuals.”
  • The activist has revealed that while he has already taken his COVID-19 vaccine shots, he identifies “with those who do not want to get vaccinated.”
  • Many social media users criticized the activist for his recent Instagram post, with one user writing, “I lost seven family members to this pandemic. Dancing is not the first thing I have in mind.”

Famed Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei recently ignited outrage among his followers after sharing an anti-vaccination meme in support of his stated belief that vaccines should not be compulsory.

In an Instagram post on Thursday, Ai, 64, reshared a clip of a group of men dancing atop a mountain while playing drums. The on-screen caption read, “My and my friends living off the grid after refusing the vaxxine [sic].”

Simu Liu reveals he lost his grandparents to COVID after fellow Marvel star voices anti-vaccine stance

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  • Evangeline Lilly, who portrayed Hope van Dyne, or the Wasp, in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” shared her support for “bodily sovereignty” against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations on Instagram.
  • Soon after, “Shang-Chi” star Simu Liu revealed that he had lost his grandparents to COVID-19 and discouraged “opinions that are not rooted in facts or science” in a tweet.
  • Fellow Marvel actor David Dastmalchian and fans also took to Twitter to express their disappointment against Lilly’s stance.

“Shang-Chi” star Simu Liu tweeted his support for COVID-19 vaccines hours after “Ant-Man” actor Evangeline Lilly advocated for “bodily sovereignty” against vaccine mandates.

Lilly took to Instagram yesterday to post about her attendance of an anti-vaccination rally in Washington D.C., organized by a nonprofit belonging to Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who triggered widespread controversy for saying people today have less freedom than Anne Frank.

‘Mayor Wuhan’: Boston leader Michelle Wu flooded with racist comments after COVID-19 vaccine policy

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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said her office has been bombarded with racist comments since her announcement of vaccine requirements for entry into indoor establishments.

Driving the news: On Monday, Wu said that individuals entering indoor spaces for dining, fitness and entertainment must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination starting January  2022. The policy has been introduced as “B Together.” 

Survival of AAPI-owned businesses depends on health of Los Angeles communities

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this piece are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent NextShark’s views.

The emergence of the recent Omicron variant demonstrates that the pandemic is not over, and few know this disheartening fact better than our Asian American small business community. Over the past year and a half, I have witnessed the devastating effects of the pandemic on this community in Los Angeles. What were once bustling areas of our beloved Chinatown, and beyond, are now quiet streets, empty restaurants, and closed doors.

Japanese scientists develop radical new vaccine that could prevent future coronavirus pandemics

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Japanese scientists have developed a vaccine that successfully stopped five different types of coronaviruses, including COVID-19. 

Stopping the source: The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, looked at ways to halt future pandemics by vaccinating against severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-related) coronaviruses, a species of viruses consisting of many known strains.

6 things parents can do to keep students safe from COVID-19

Kids all over California have returned to school, but in a time where COVID-19 or the delta variant is on every parent’s mind, what can be done to get the peace of mind that their children are safe in the classroom?

California state officials have taken some of the most progressive steps in the country to ensure that schools open up safely and take every measure to protect staff and students. The state has set aside $25 billion for schools to upgrade classroom ventilation, hire more teachers and staff, provide COVID-19 testing, mental health resources and more.

7 places and activities in California that will soon require COVID vaccination

Since our world was rocked by the outbreak of the pandemic, one thing is clear – we have a new normal ahead of us.

Especially with the risk of the more recent Delta variant (and others that may follow) looming on the horizon, it’s only becoming more important and necessary to get vaccinated in California, whether it’s for your own personal safety or to protect those around you.

Border Patrol officers seize over 3,000 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in Tennessee

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs) have reportedly seized thousands of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards from China at the port of Memphis, Tenn. 

Contraband: Suspicious shipments originating from Shenzhen, China, with recipients across the country, were found to contain fake vaccination cards with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) logo on them, the agency revealed in a press release

Yo-Yo Ma Gives Impromptu Concert After Getting Second Vaccine Dose in Massachusetts

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World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave a surprise concert at the Berkshire Community College during an observation period after receiving his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend.

The 65-year-old musician was waiting at the vaccination site for his 15-minute observation period on Saturday when he decided to “give something back,” Richard Hall of the Berkshire COVID-19 Vaccine Collaborative told The Berkshire Eagle.