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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. 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 …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 21: Biden Walks Back ‘Pandemic Is Over’ Comment, October is Ideal Month for Covid Boosters

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 21: Biden Walks Back ‘Pandemic Is Over’ Comment, October is Ideal Month for Covid Boosters

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 895th day of the pandemic.
October appears to be the ideal window for getting a Covid-19 booster shot and that’s because the protection from the new bivalent booster shots from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna will last through the expected wave of new coronavirus cases in the fall and winter.
White House coronavirus coordinator …

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 – Aug. 24: U.S. to Offer Bivalent Vaccines Within Weeks, Germany Moves Ahead with Mask Mandates

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 24: U.S. to Offer Bivalent Vaccines Within Weeks, Germany Moves Ahead with Mask Mandates

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 867th day of the pandemic.
We’re getting closer to our next jab.
Now that both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have submitted applications to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use authorization of their new bivalent vaccines (see a related dispatch filed under United States in today’s issue), the next step is that …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 23: Fauci Says He Will Retire to Pursue His ‘Next Chapter,’ Apple Employees Resist Return to Office

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 23: Fauci Says He Will Retire to Pursue His ‘Next Chapter,’ Apple Employees Resist Return to Office

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 866th day of the pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has spent over half a century at the National Institutes for Health in the United States and served as advisor to seven presidents, said Monday that he plans to retire from government service by the end of the current year.
In an interview …