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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 29: FDA Advisors Recommend Updating Vaccine for Variants, A Surge in Hong Kong

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 29: FDA Advisors Recommend Updating Vaccine for Variants, A Surge in Hong Kong

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 811th day of the pandemic.
The next dose of vaccine that you receive may have been reengineered to attack new subvariants of the omicron variant.
A panel of expert advisors recommended on Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration move to authorize updated coronavirus vaccine booster shots that target some form or …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 28: U.K. ‘Living with Covid’ Strategy Is Flawed, 10 Million Cases in California

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 28: U.K. ‘Living with Covid’ Strategy Is Flawed, 10 Million Cases in California

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 810th day of the pandemic.
Britain is in yet another wave of Covid cases, its third major wave this year.
The country’s Office for National Statistics released an updated Infection Survey that shows that approximately 17 million people were estimated to have become infected in the week ending June 18, a 23% …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 27: FDA Considers Whether to Update Vaccines, Sweden and Romania Drop in Travel Risk

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 27: FDA Considers Whether to Update Vaccines, Sweden and Romania Drop in Travel Risk

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 809th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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On Tuesday, an independent panel of outside advisors will recommend whether drug makers should update existing coronavirus vaccines to target newer versions and variants of the virus in a booster for the fall.
Given …

Review: Schloß Elmau, The Bavarian Castle Hotel and Spa Hosting the G-7

It was only seven years ago that President Obama, German Chancellor Merkel, and other Group of Seven leaders gathered at a summit in the Bavarian Alps to discuss affairs of state that included sanctions against Russia.
While the roster of leaders may have changed, the topic of Russian sanctions remains on the agenda, and that country’s invasion of Ukraine will also be a topic of much conversation.
Nestled at the foot of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 26: Updated Pfizer Vaccine Offers Better Protection Against Omicron Variants, Britain Sees New Spike

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 26: Updated Pfizer Vaccine Offers Better Protection Against Omicron Variants, Britain Sees New Spike

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 808th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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Pfizer and partner BioNTech said that two coronavirus vaccine boosters which have been updated to target the omicron variant show a substantially higher immune response than the current vaccine, the two said Saturday.
The …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 25: Shanghai Declares Victory Over Covid, Congress Passes Bill Giving Kids Free Meals

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 25: Shanghai Declares Victory Over Covid, Congress Passes Bill Giving Kids Free Meals

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 807th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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Both houses of Congress passed a bill that would extend free meals and other food assistance to children and the legislation now awaits the president’s signature.  The Keep Kids Fed Act was passed …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 24: Austria Ends Controversial Vaccine Mandate for Citizens, Shoppers Fail to Return to Shanghai Stores

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 24: Austria Ends Controversial Vaccine Mandate for Citizens, Shoppers Fail to Return to Shanghai Stores

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 806th day of the pandemic.
The Republic of Austria, which in February to great fanfare introduced a coronavirus vaccine mandate for all its citizens, eligible to receive a dose, scrapped the policy on Thursday.
The move came four months after its introduction. The policy was never actually enforced although it was watched …