Sesame Street’s Elmo gets a coronavirus shot;  Ted Cruz starts the Muppets feud

Sesame Street’s Elmo gets a coronavirus shot; Ted Cruz starts the Muppets feud

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Young Muppet Elmo proudly received his coronavirus vaccine, weeks after the United States made vaccines widely available for children under 5.

The furry red Sesame Street resident, who has been 3½ since 1984, acknowledged in his signature falsetto voice that there was “a little twinge, but it was okay”. His Muppet dad, Louie, told Elmo, who wore a green bandage on his arm, that he was “super-duper” into getting the shot.

“I had a lot of questions about Elmo getting the covid shot. Was it safe? Was it the right decision? I spoke to our pediatrician so I could make the right choice,” Louie told the camera in a clip shared online Tuesday. “I learned that Elmo getting vaccinated is the best way to keep ourselves, our friends, neighbors and everyone else healthy and enjoying the things they love,” he adds before hug Elmo.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) shared the clip on Twitter — and lambasted the popular PBS/HBO children’s show for allowing Elmo to “aggressively advocate for vaccinations for children UNDER 5.” He added: “You cite NO scientific evidence for this.”

The internet was quickly filled with comments about Cruz vs. Elmo, with one person Tweeter: “I’m here for the right-wing crisis because a puppet got vaccinated.”

The Food and Drug Administration this month granted emergency use authorization for coronavirus vaccines for young children. It has licensed two vaccines – one by Moderna and the other by Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech – for lower doses than adults.

Cruz, along with other Republicans, was seeking more government responses before vaccines were authorized for children in this age group. The Centers for Disease Control said in announcing their recommendation that childhood vaccines have undergone “the most intensive safety oversight in U.S. history.”

The FDA also said the injections are “safe” and “effective,” but added that, together with the CDC, it would put in place several systems to “continuously monitor the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine and enable detection and detection. timely investigation of potential security. concerns.

According to the latest data from the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 13 million cases of coronavirus in children have been reported since the start of the pandemic, or nearly 19% of all cases, with long-term impacts on the health and social well-being of children.

This isn’t the first time Cruz has had a run-in with a high-profile Sesame Street star. He slammed Big Bird last year when the yellow-feathered creature got a coronavirus shot – a rift that led to a parody of ‘Saturday Night Live’.

“My wing is hurting a bit, but it will give my body an extra protective boost that will keep me and others healthy,” Big Bird, 6, said after his shot. Cruz tweeted that the act was “government propaganda”. President Biden weighed in, Tweeter: “Well done, @BigBird. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your entire neighborhood safe.

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In a statement Tuesday, Sesame Workshop, the educational nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, said the public service commercial featuring Elmo was produced in partnership with the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The clip, released in English and Spanish, is part of a series of resources for parents and carers “to answer common questions in an age-appropriate way”, the organization said.

The nonprofit organization added that nearly 5.7 million child cases of covid-19 were reported in the United States in 2022, “making vaccination an important step to protect both children and their families,” he said.

Some on Twitter berated Cruz for tweeting about the popular kids show during the January 6. committee hearings on Tuesday. “Why is a US senator watching Sesame Street instead of doing his job? we wrote. During the hearing, former White House official Cassidy Hutchinson revealed explosive details about President Donald Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021.

Some parents said the show had inspired their own children: “Thank you, Elmo! My little girl just got her first dose! I will also share your video, so it gets all those good vibes you send.

Others seemed to agree with Cruz. One user said, “I blocked them, it’s disgusting. No more sesame street for my house.

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The Emmy-winning American show, beloved by many preschoolers and their families, has been on the air since 1969, starring popular neighborhood residents including Cookie Monster, Grover, and Bert and Ernie. It now airs in over 150 countries and often features celebrities.

“Many parents understandably have questions about COVID-19 vaccines for young children, and we want to encourage them to ask questions and seek information,” said Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of US social impact. at Sesame Workshop, in a press release.

“With the help of Elmo and his dad Louie, we want to model real conversations, encourage questions from parents, and help kids know what to expect,” she added.

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Sesame Street has a long history of hosting social or hot-button issues and political guests.

Among them were Jesse Jackson, who led a group of children in reciting the poem “I Am Somebody” in 1971, and Barbara Bush, the first first lady to appear on the show, in 1990 (followed by Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, but not Melania Trump).

Kofi Annan became the first UN Secretary General to visit the fictional Manhattan street, mediating a dispute between the Muppets who all wanted to sing the alphabet song.

During the 2012 presidential election campaign, Republican candidate Mitt Romney made headlines when he said that while he liked Big Bird, he wouldn’t support continuing the government subsidy to PBS if he was elected president.

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