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Dr. Anthony Fauci: We Are Not Going to Eradicate COVID-19

“We’ve only eradicated one virus, and that’s smallpox”

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The Omicron variant is the latest COVID-19 mutation strained of the virus. As those around the world walk on eggshells, whether to worry about this variant, Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to discuss the matter. 

South Africa recently saw a spike in coronavirus cases, which they blamed on the Omicron variant resulting in the United States placing a travel restriction on eight African countries.

Nearly two years since the world has begun living with COVID-19, which has taken the lives of millions worldwide and over 750,000 in the U.S. With mutations like the Delta and Omicron variant, Fauci stated that COVID-19 is endemic and will never disappear.

“We certainly are not going to eradicate it. We’ve only eradicated one virus, and that’s smallpox. Elimination means there’s none of it in the country like we have now with polio and with measles,” Fauci said.

“I don’t think we’re going to be there with this. But what I do think we will be able to do is get a level of control that’s low enough that it doesn’t interfere with our function; it doesn’t have a major impact on society and what we do. It’s not going to go away.”

Furthermore, Fauci went on to say that this new variant should ring the alarms to those who have yet to receive the vaccine. 

“So this is a clarion call as far as I’m concerned of saying let’s put aside all of these differences that we have and say, ‘If you’re not vaccinated, get vaccinated. If you’re fully vaccinated, get boosted, and get the children vaccinated also.’ We now have time.”

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NBC News Names Allie Raffa Its Capitol Hill Correspondent

Raffa steps into her new role on Monday, Jan. 24.

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NBC News has a new Capitol Hill correspondent as the network has announced Allie Raffa will take over the role. Raffa comes over from NBC 7 San Diego, where she was a general assignment reporter for the television station.

“Raffa arrives at Capitol Hill from NBC’s San Diego affiliate, where she covered a wide range of stories from Southern California, including the state’s pandemic recovery, the recall effort against Gov. Gavin Newsom, and the latest from the U.S.-Mexico border,” Ken Strickland, NBC News Washington bureau chief, said in a statement provided by TV Newser.  

The move to national news isn’t a strange one as Raffa spent five years at Fox News, where she was an associate producer on “Fox News Sunday” and assistant to Chris Wallace.

“Life Update! So incredibly honored and excited to return to DC as NBC News’ stellar Capitol Hill team’s newest correspondent!” Raffa tweeted

Raffa started her journalism career at the South Florida Times and CBS Miami affiliate WFOR, covering the courthouses behind the scenes in South Florida. 

She steps into her new role on Monday, Jan. 24.

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Maity Interiano Named Weekend Co-anchor for Univision

Interiano joins Felix de Bedout as co-anchor of the evening newscast airing Saturdays and Sundays on Univision at 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT

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Changes are continuing at Univision as the network has named Maity Interiano co-anchor in Weekend Edition of “Noticiero Univision.” 

Interiano joins Felix de Bedout as co-anchor of the evening newscast airing Saturdays and Sundays on Univision at 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning on Saturday. Her first broadcast comes this weekend, on January 22. 

“We are pleased to welcome Maity Interiano to the weekend evening edition of our national newscast, “Noticiero Univision,” said Leopoldo Gomez, president of Univision News.

“She is a highly talented, driven, skilled, award-winning journalist with a deep passion for the community we serve. She will help us advance our mission of informing and empowering Hispanic America.”

Interiano has served as a reporter, correspondent, and host of Univision’s flagship Daytime program “Despierta América,” “UNews,” and “Noticiero Univision Edición Digital.

Last week, the network announced that León Krauze would depart KMEX Univision 34 in Los Angeles after a decade to co-anchor the network’s “Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna” alongside journalist Patricia Janiot.

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Tori Yorgey Is “Just a Little Sore” After Car Incident

After the incident went viral, Yorgey went on Twitter to thank you for the well wishes and let those who were worried that she was indeed okay. 

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This week, WSAZ-TV reporter Tori Yorgey had an eventful night while giving her live weather report. 

During the broadcast, anchor Tim Irr tossed it over to Yorgey, but a car hit her before providing the information. Yorgey would get up right away and reiterated that she was okay. 

“Oh my God, I just got hit by a car, but I’m okay. I just got hit by a car, but I’m okay, Tim,” Yorgey said. “I’m okay; we’re all good. I’m okay; yeah, that’s live tv for you; it’s all good. I actually got hit by a car in college like that too.”

After the incident went viral, Yorgey went on Twitter to thank you for the well wishes and let those who were worried that she was indeed okay. 

“Wow. I am flattered by the kindness and well wishes. I am feeling fine, just a little sore! Thank you all so much,” Yorgey tweeted

“For the record [Tim Irr] couldn’t see what was happening in that moment. He is one of the kindest people I know and was first to call to check on me.”

Some wondered why Irr didn’t show much of a reaction after his colleague was struck by the car. The anchor took to Twitter to clarify that those in the news station only received the audio from the live report. 

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