MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:06:06 +0000 Governor: Kentucky put science ahead of politics http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/cc4f148bb29f494e89e513252b568870 Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has declared his state's fight against COVID-19 a "success story." Speaking to The AP, his first in-person interview in more than a year, Beshear said his state lessened the crisis by putting science ahead of politics. (June 11) cc4f148bb29f494e89e513252b568870 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 20:13:25 +0000 SHOTLISTRESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESS Shepherdsville, Kentucky – 1 March 2021 1. STILL of an employee with the McKesson Corporation scanning a box of the Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 vaccineASSOCIATED PRESS Frankfort, Kentucky – 11 June 2021 ++PARTIALLY COVERED++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Andy Beshear, (D) Kentucky:"So this pandemic for me was the end of politics. It's just about doing the right thing. And I've already had to make so many difficult decisions that there's no going back, and I refuse to go back to polling or concerns about how something is going to be viewed politically. We've had the moment in COVID where you have to do the right thing. Not the red thing or the blue thing or the Democrat thing or Republican thing, just the right thing."ASSOCIATED PRESS Louisville, Kentucky – 14 December 2020 3. STILL of Gov. Andy Beshear speaking to media as the first delivery of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrives at University of Louisville Hospital4. STILL of a doctor receiving a dose of Pfizer vaccine ASSOCIATED PRESS Frankfort, Kentucky – 11 June 2021 ++PARTIALLY COVERED++5. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Andy Beshear, (D) Kentucky:"On the negative side, we continue to see areas politicized that in the past we believed were off limits. We saw basic science and basic facts challenged many times for personal political gain at harm and the risk of people's lives. We need to get back to the place where basic scientific principles, epidemiological facts, economic principles and foundations aren't red and blue debates but are based on actual fact."++WHITE FLASH++6. SOUNDBITE (English), SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Andy Beshear, (D) Kentucky:"Well I think you saw with that presidential administration some good and some bad. They certainly did a great job on pushing the R&D for vaccines and they deserve a lot of credit for having these vaccines available. Certainly the distribution of them picked up in the Biden administration but there wouldn't be vaccines at the speed they came without the Trump administration."ASSOCIATED PRESS Louisville, Kentucky – 14 December 20207. STILL of a vial of Pfizer COVID vaccine ASSOCIATED PRESS Shepherdsville, Kentucky – 1 March 2021 8. STILL of an employee with the McKesson Corporation scans a box of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccineSTORYLINE:Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has declared his state's deadly fight against COVID-19 a "success story." Beshear is preparing to end most pandemic restrictions, and says his state lessened the crisis because Kentuckians ultimately put science ahead of politics.The Democratic governor, who confronted protests, lawsuits and impeachment petitions over his virus-related executive actions, expressed frustration that mask mandates meant to slow the virus' spread became a "question of liberty." Defeating the coronavirus required the collective efforts of Democrats and Republicans, offering a lesson to move beyond the partisan strife that "can just be toxic," Beshear said in an interview with The Associated Press, the first in-person interview he's given in more than a year.Shortly before announcing he was ending capacity restrictions for businesses, Beshear said the pandemic was "a test of our humanity" and posed "the single deadliest threat" of his lifetime. Kentucky's virus-related death toll has surpassed 7,000."When you look at our response, I think you see a success story and that's obviously comparative and based on what could have happened," the governor said. Kentucky has seen 7,138 COVID-19 related deaths to date, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. That death count is the 27th highest in the country overall and the 32nd highest per capita at 159.7 deaths per 100,000 people.Beshear said the state's hospitals were never overrun with virus patients, and the rollout of vaccinations was "pretty successful," with more than 2 million Kentuckians vaccinated.The first-term governor spoke in personal terms about the difficulties of leading the state through the public health crisis and the heartache and losses it caused.Beshear has faced steady criticism and occasional protests over his actions.Armed protesters gathered near the governor's home last year and then hanged Beshear in effigy in a tree near the state Capitol. The event was billed as a rally in defense of constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms, but turned into a protest against the governor's virus restrictions.Earlier this year, Beshear pointed to a man in a social media video that warned the governor risked being struck down by God unless he rescinded a COVID-19 order from applying to churches. The video showed a gun behind the man.Beshear faced petitions this year seeking his impeachment. A Republican-led legislative panel recommended that the governor not face removal from office and the matter died after that. As he prepared to largely lift the state's mask mandate, Beshear vented his frustration with the divisions over donning a facial covering.Beshear became a fixture on statewide TV for more than a year, with press conferences where he announced the daily toll the pandemic had taken on Kentuckians. The governor said Friday that his decisions were guided by science, even when it incurred a backlash."To me, this wasn't a red or a blue issue, it was a life and death issue," he said. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has declared his state's fight against COVID-19 a "success story." Speaking to The AP, his first in-person interview in more than a year, Beshear said his state lessened the crisis by putting science ahead of politics. (June 11) Governor: Kentucky put science ahead of politics