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Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 16: Scientists Disagree Over Need for Booster Shots

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 16: Scientists Disagree Over Need for Booster Shots

A week before it was set to begin, he White House’s plan to roll out additional doses of coronavirus vaccine is in flux as scientists and researchers debate whether they are needed.
Regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised questions on Wednesday about third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, also released on Wednesday, showed that individuals in Israel who …

Coronavirus News Update – August 4: World Crosses 200 Million Mark in Cases

Coronavirus News Update – August 4: World Crosses 200 Million Mark in Cases

The world crossed the 200 million mark in coronavirus cases on Tuesday as the virus surged in many parts of the globe, including in the United States.
As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded 200.5 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.3 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 180.7 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.
The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the …

U.S. to Maintain Current Travel Restrictions, Citing Delta Covid Variant

U.S. to Maintain Current Travel Restrictions, Citing Delta Covid Variant

The Biden Administration has no plans “at this point” to lift any current travel restrictions as concerns over the highly transmissible India, or Delta, variant rise in lockstep with the number of cases, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday.
“We will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point for a few reasons,” Psaki said at a White House briefing.  “The more transmissible Delta variant is spreading both here and …

Giant Pandas Are No Longer Endangered, Says China

Giant Pandas Are No Longer Endangered, Says China

Chinese officials announced that giant pandas are no longer considered to be endangered.
The news comes after decades of work, largely in the Chengdu province, to save the species from extinction by creating large panda preserves across several mountain ranges, which helped drive their population in the wild up to the current figure of 1,800.
Going forward, the giant pandas will be classified as “vulnerable,” Cui Shuhong, director of the Department of …

Coronavirus News Update – June 25: First Covid-19 Case Could Have Emerged in China in October 2019, Says Study

Coronavirus News Update – June 25: First Covid-19 Case Could Have Emerged in China in October 2019, Says Study

The virus that causes Covid-19 could have begun to spread in China as early as in October 2019. This would be two full months before the first case was identified in Wuhan, a new study that was published on Friday there revealed.
As of Friday morning, the world has recorded over 180.9 million mark in Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.98 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks …

World’s Tallest Hotel, the J Hotel Shanghai, Opens Its Doors to Guests

World’s Tallest Hotel, the J Hotel Shanghai, Opens Its Doors to Guests

What is being called the world’s tallestluxury hotel just opened in a Shanghai’s financial district.
The new J Hotel Shanghai occupies the top 26 floors of the Shanghai Tower.
The hotelier said that it dedicated “ten years into its detailed curation, masterful craft, and opulent design.”
The Shanghai Tower is the world’s second-tallest building by height to architectural top and it is one of two buildings with the world’s highest observation deck (the …

Coronavirus News Update – June 23: White House Concedes U.S. Won’t Hit Biden’s 70% Vaccination Goal by July 4

Coronavirus News Update – June 23: White House Concedes U.S. Won’t Hit Biden’s 70% Vaccination Goal by July 4

White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeffrey Zients said Tuesday that the United States will not meet President Joseph Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults ages 18 and older inoculated with at least one dose of vaccine. “We want every American in every community to be protected and free from fear of the virus,” he said. “That’s why we’ll keep working to vaccinate more Americans across the summer and into the fall …