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Derek Chauvin trial, COVID-19 vaccine side effects, FLOTUS agenda: 5 things to know Wednesday

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Derek Chauvin trial to continue with more expert testimony

Expert witness Sgt. Jody Stiger is expected to continue his testimony Wednesday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and face more questions about why he determined Chauvin’s use of force on George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in 2020, was “excessive.” Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department officer who has conducted about 2,500 use of force reviews, said the initial use of force on Floyd that day was appropriate. But after officers forced Floyd to the ground, “they should have de-escalated the situation,” Stiger told jurors Tuesday. Instead, the officers intensified the situation, he said. Also on Tuesday, officer Nicole Mackenzie, the EMT who leads the Minneapolis Police Department’s emergency medical response training, said officers are trained to call for an ambulance and provide medical aid if a situation is “critical.” The officers that day did not render medical aid, according to court records.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects study: Rashes, skin reactions not dangerous

A new study finds the many types of odd skin reactions COVID-19 can cause including COVID toes, a measles-like rash and shingles can be rare, and thankfully brief, side effects of getting the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. The minor, though sometimes itchy and annoying, reactions were seen in a database of 414 cases of delayed skin problems linked to the vaccines and reported to health care professionals. The findings appeared Wednesday in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The delayed skin responses described in the study often start a day or so after vaccination but can appear as long as seven to eight days later. None caused a life-threatening reaction, a finding author Dr. Esther Freeman found reassuring. Because the cases only include those reported to a dermatological registry, it’s impossible to say how common they are across all people getting the vaccines from the data.

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