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Germany to Exclude the Unvaccinated from Much of Public Life with New ‘2G’ Rules

Germany to Exclude the Unvaccinated from Much of Public Life with New ‘2G’ Rules

The German government announced new so-called 2G rules that exclude all individuals who have not yet been vaccinated for the coronavirus, or who don’t have proof of recovery from the virus, from almost all facets of life outside of the home.
The rules restrict non-vaccinated individuals from entering restaurants, cafés, hotels, theaters, cinemas, hairdressers, and shops except for those carrying basic necessities such as grocers or apothecaries.
“2G” stands for “geimpft” (vaccinated) …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 3: More Omicron Cases in the U.S., Oslo Party Source of World’s Largest Outbreak

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 3: More Omicron Cases in the U.S., Oslo Party Source of World’s Largest Outbreak

The new omicron variant of the coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, is starting to appear more in the United States, health officials there said.  Cases have been reported in California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Minnesota.
New York State confirmed its first five cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a joint press conference.  “This is not a major cause for …

New U.S. Covid Plan Includes Tighter Travel Rules and Free At-Home Covid Tests

New U.S. Covid Plan Includes Tighter Travel Rules and Free At-Home Covid Tests

The White House announced a plan to keep the economy open as the new omicron variant spreads throughout the globe.
The plan includes new testing requirements for international travelers, hundreds of additional vaccination sites aimed at families, booster shots for all adults, and insurance reimbursements for at-home coronavirus tests.  It also extends the face mask mandate for all forms of public transportation through March 2022.
The mask mandate requires people traveling on …

Southwest Airlines Celebrates 50 Years with Commemorative Book

Southwest Airlines Celebrates 50 Years with Commemorative Book

In commemoration of its 50th anniversary, Southwest Airlines announced the release of a commemorative book, “50 Years. One Heart. A History of Southwest in 50 Objects.”
The coffee-table style book is available through Southwest’s online store for $50. It is not, however, available through traditional booksellers such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon.
The hard-cover book is 220 pages long and includes photographs of 50 objects, outfits, and artifacts from the airline’s …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 2: EU President Backs Vaccine Mandates, Rockefeller Center Tree Lighted in New York City

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 2: EU President Backs Vaccine Mandates, Rockefeller Center Tree Lighted in New York City

The European Union must consider coronavirus vaccination mandates for all residents as a response to the omicron variant, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said Wednesday.
Von der Leyen said the EU’s 27 member states should quickly deploy booster doses and consider temporarily enforcing pre-travel PCR tests even within the bloc’s borders.
“We have the vaccines, the life-saving vaccines, but they are not being used adequately everywhere,” Von der Leyen, …

United Operates Passenger Flight Using 100% Sustainable Fuel

United Operates Passenger Flight Using 100% Sustainable Fuel

United Airlines operated what it termed the aviation industry’s first-ever passenger flight that used 100% petroleum-based sustainable aviation fuel.
The Boeing 737 Max departed Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Wednesday morning with over 100 passengers on board.  The passenger list included the airline’s CEO, Scott Kirby.
“Today’s SAF flight is not only a significant milestone for efforts to decarbonize our industry, but when combined with the surge in commitments to produce and purchase …

World War II Bomb Explodes in Munich, 4 Injured, Trains Disrupted

World War II Bomb Explodes in Munich, 4 Injured, Trains Disrupted

Four people were injured when a bomb dating back to the Second World War exploded in Munich.
The explosion took place near the Donnersbergerbrücke station Wednesday morning during nearby construction work for a new train line.  One worker was seriously injured.  The detonation, which was approximately half a mile (0.8 km) from Munich’s Hauptbahnhof, one of Germany’s busiest train terminals, resulted in a suspension of service in and out of the station, …