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A devastating tornado swept across Texas and Louisiana. The ex-governor of New York is accused of sexual harassment. Read about this and other news today in the digest of USA.ONE magazine:
The USA issued the first gender-neutral passport
Who got it? And also: the fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine has been approved and the breast cancer vaccine is being tested.
The first gender-neutral passport issued in the USA
For the first time in US history, authorities have issued a gender-neutral passport stamped & # 34; X & # 34; in column & # 34; floor & # 34;. This means that the owner of the document does not consider himself to be either a man or a woman. 66-year-old non-binary activist Dana Zim has been suing the US State Department since 2015 to obtain such a passport. Previously, a Colorado resident was denied an identity document because he did not indicate whether he was a female or male person, writing under these columns & # 34; intersex & # 34 ;.
The former US Navy employee was born with undetermined sex characteristics, grew up as a boy, and underwent several surgeries that never made him fully male. While working and studying at the University of Colorado, Dana began to identify as intersex. Due to lack of a passport, he was unable to visit the International Organization of Intersex in Mexico. Now Zzim rejoices at his non-binary identity in his passport and says that he can go anywhere:
& # 34; Yes, that's exactly my characteristic! & # 34;
< p> Earlier, the activist complained that the denial of the document was like imprisonment. According to him, he was denied human status and was deprived of the opportunity to travel abroad.
& # 34; It turns out that I am not a citizen of my country? & # 34; – Dana was indignant.
The landmark event has already been commented on by Jessica Stern, US Special Envoy for LGBTQ Rights. She called the issuance of a gender-neutral passport a historic step that brings government documents in line with the & # 34; living reality & # 34; according to which there are more genders than two generally accepted.
& # 34; A person lives with great respect and dignity when he receives a passport that reflects his true essence. It is a way to protect the rights of intersex, transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people around the world & # 34; – stated Stern.
Third gender & # 34; X & # 34; will appear in American passports in the near future. This was announced in the summer of 2021 by Secretary of State Tony Blinken. Citizens of the country will be able to choose any of the three options themselves. The third gender is already indicated in the passports issued by Australia, Germany, India, Canada, Nepal, New Zealand and Malta.
The ex-governor of New York was accused of sexual harassment
The Albany court filed a lawsuit against Andrew Cuomo, who served as governor of New York. It states that on December 7, 2020, he stuck his hand under a woman's shirt. This is the first documentary evidence of sexual harassment by the ex-governor. In the wake of accusations and growing public pressure, Cuomo stepped down in August 2021. He was to be replaced as governor by Katie Hochul, 62, a lieutenant governor and former Democratic congressman.
Earlier, State Attorney General Letizia James released an independent investigation according to which Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women. Some lawmakers have advocated impeachment after the governor's resignation in order to prevent him from taking office in the future if he decides to return to politics.
In Texas and Louisiana the tornado was raging
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On Wednesday, October 27, a devastating tornado swept across two US states. He demolished everything in its path, lifting debris into the air. Witnesses of the disaster managed to capture it up close. The footage shows the tornado blowing away houses, fences, trees and power lines, causing sparks to pour out. According to meteorologists, the wind speed inside the tornado reached 210 km/h. At least two were reported.
The fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be injected in the US
On Wednesday, October 27, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to be given to immunocompromised people. Patients with moderate and severe immunodeficiency will be able to receive a booster dose after a full course of vaccination with mRNA vaccines six months after the third vaccination. These are Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen products.
According to the CDC, immunocompromised people include cancer patients, patients with HIV/AIDS status, those who have undergone stem cell or organ transplants, those who take immunosuppressive drugs, and people with hereditary diseases that affect the immune system. The fourth dose should be vaccinated with the same drug that was used during the first. At the same time, if the required vaccine is not available, another substitution is allowed.
Breast cancer vaccine is being tested in Cleveland
Cleveland Clinic is testing the world's first vaccine against breast cancer. Within 5 years after diagnosis, a quarter of women die from it. Triple negative breast cancer is diagnosed in 12-15% of all cases of oncology. It is most often found in women with the BRCA1 gene mutation and African American women, does not respond to hormonal treatment and requires removal of the mammary glands. This type of cancer is considered one of the most aggressive.
24 patients will take part in the vaccine testing, who will receive 3 vaccinations within two weeks. It is reported that the drug will react to the protein alpha-lactalbumin, which accompanies the disease and communicates it to the immune system. It will stop the tumor growth process. According to Dr. Thomas Budd, who leads the study, the vaccine may in the future be used to prevent triple negative breast cancer in healthy women, the type of cancer that is currently the least effective treatment.