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When Will the Pandemic Truly Be Over?

President Biden’s premature statement that the pandemic was over and the White House’s awkward pivot has fueled a discussion of how we will know when the pandemic is over.
Apparently, the fat lady has not yet sung.
I’m an historian by training and degree and, just as when looking for when a paradigm shift took place, the end of the pandemic can only be determined in the rear-view mirror.
There won’t be a …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 28: North Korea Starts Mass Vaccination Campaign, Japanese Covid Pill Shows Promise

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 28: North Korea Starts Mass Vaccination Campaign, Japanese Covid Pill Shows Promise

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 902nd day of the pandemic.
President Biden’s premature statement that the pandemic was over and the White House’s awkward pivot has fueled a discussion of how we will know when the pandemic is over.  Apparently, the fat lady has not yet sung.
I’m an historian by training and degree and, just as …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 27: New BA.2.75.2 Variant Can Evade Vaccines, U.K. Sees 30% Increase in Cases in One Week

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 27: New BA.2.75.2 Variant Can Evade Vaccines, U.K. Sees 30% Increase in Cases in One Week

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 901st day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, reports indicate that the new BA.2.75.2 sublineage of the omicron variant can evade the protection offered by current vaccines and the United Kingdom is heading towards a fall wave of new cases.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 26: Canada and Hong Kong End Entry Restrictions, Covid in Older Patients May Lead to Alzheimer’s

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 26: Canada and Hong Kong End Entry Restrictions, Covid in Older Patients May Lead to Alzheimer’s

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 900th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Canada and Hong Kong are ending coronavirus travel restrictions, a study found that older coronavirus patients are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, and German Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz tested positive for the virus.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 25: More Airlines May Fail in Wake of Pandemic, Bill Gates Wants to Curb Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 25: More Airlines May Fail in Wake of Pandemic, Bill Gates Wants to Curb Infectious Diseases

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 899th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Bill Gates wants to use his foundation to end infectious disease, the CEO of Pfizer tested positive for Covid, and New York State unveiled a Long Covid website.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 16: Updates to Navigation, Easier Dictation, and New Driving Task Apps

Apple CarPlay has become the premier in-vehicle infotainment system, in many respects, since its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014.  With each new version of its mobile operating system, Apple added features and functionality that enhanced the drivers’ and passengers’ experience as well as their safety.
The Cupertino-based company says that CarPlay is now available on 97% of new automobiles sold in the United States and over 80% elsewhere. …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 24: The World ‘Could Have Blood on Its Hands’ Says WHO, New Variants Emerge

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 24: The World ‘Could Have Blood on Its Hands’ Says WHO, New Variants Emerge

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 898th day of the pandemic.
Just as a new sublineage of the omicron variant is starting to make its presence known, an official of the World Health Organization said that the world will have “blood on your hands” if it stops tackling the coronavirus pandemic.  Rich nations that declare the pandemic …