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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 18: Companies Order Workers Back Thinking the Pandemic Is Over, China Quarantine Bus Crash

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 18: Companies Order Workers Back Thinking the Pandemic Is Over, China Quarantine Bus Crash

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 892nd day of the pandemic.
Companies in the United States including major banks and tech companies are ordering workers back left and right this fall, with a subtext of saying that the pandemic is, at least for them, over.  While managers are rosily prognosticating the future of the pandemic for fall …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 12: Covid Reducing U.S. Workforce by 500,000, 66 Million Now Under Lockdown in China

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 12: Covid Reducing U.S. Workforce by 500,000, 66 Million Now Under Lockdown in China

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 886th day of the pandemic.
A study published at the start of September found that coronavirus mRNA vaccines produced a mucosal antibody response in people with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, the response was minimal in those who were not previously infected with the virus, the study’s authors noted.
The primary author of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 11: Some in China Go Without Meat and Vegetables Under Lockdown, “Funny Girl” Star Hit With Covid

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 11: Some in China Go Without Meat and Vegetables Under Lockdown, “Funny Girl” Star Hit With Covid

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 885th day of the pandemic.
There may be some good news on the puzzling Long Covid front.  Based on recent research, scientists believe that post-acute sequelae, PASC or Long Covid in the vernacular, may be caused when SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid – remains in the body.
Noting that the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 10: New York’s Clumsy Subway Mask Guidance, Xinjian Residents’ Lockdown Woes

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 10: New York’s Clumsy Subway Mask Guidance, Xinjian Residents’  Lockdown Woes

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 884th day of the pandemic.
New York City, in dropping the mask requirement on public transit, introduced new signage explaining the change in policy.  While I’ll leave my thoughts that the policy change was short-sighted in many respects, my objection is to the misinformation depicted on the new signage.
Earlier versions of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 8: Updated Vaccines Become Available, New York State Lifts Transit Mask Mandate

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 8: Updated Vaccines Become Available, New York State Lifts Transit Mask Mandate

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 882nd day of the pandemic.
New York State lifted its widely ignored mask mandate for public transit on Wednesday, but it left in place a mandate for face coverings in all health-care settings including physicians’ offices and hospitals as well as in all adult-care facilities including nursing homes.
The move came as …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 7: Major Earthquake Shakes Chengdu While Under Lockdown, Japan Relaxes Travel Curbs

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 7: Major Earthquake Shakes Chengdu While Under Lockdown, Japan Relaxes Travel Curbs

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 881st day of the pandemic.
As new bivalent mRNA vaccines targeting, in part, the highly-infectious BA.5 sublineage of the omicron variant begin to become available, the United States is moving towards recommending annual coronavirus vaccinations, health officials in the Biden administration said.
Emphasizing convenience, officials are indicating that people could get the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 6: China Approves World’s First Inhaled Covid Vaccine, Germany Ends Mask Mandate for Planes

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 6: China Approves World’s First Inhaled Covid Vaccine, Germany Ends Mask Mandate for Planes

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 880th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, China approved an inhaled coronavirus vaccine, lockdowns in Shenzhen were eased while they were extended in Chengdu, and Germany will end a mask mandate on international flights.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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