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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 3: Canada Ends Covid Entry Requirements, Norwegian Drops Testing for the Non-Vaccinated

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 3: Canada Ends Covid Entry Requirements, Norwegian Drops Testing for the Non-Vaccinated

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 907th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Germany instituted strict new mask mandates over the weekend, Norwegian Cruise Line ended testing requirements for the non-vaccinated, and Canada ended Covid-related entry requirements for travelers.
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Nine New York State counties are now at “high risk” of Covid transmission and the …

United Airlines to (Once Again) End Service at JFK Airport

United Airlines to (Once Again) End Service at JFK Airport

United Airlines, which famously ended service at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2015, is once again discontinuing operations there after a much heralded albeit brief return in March 2021.
In a memorandum to employees on Friday that was viewed by Frequent Business Traveler, the Chicago-based carrier said that it had had “constructive” conversations with the Federal Aviation Administration concerning the expansion of its presence at JFK. The FAA’s …

New York State to Ban Sale of New Gasoline-Powered Vehicles by 2035

New York State to Ban Sale of New Gasoline-Powered Vehicles by 2035

New York is the latest state that plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. The move, officials say, is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and getting more electric vehicles on the road.
The state’s governor, Kathy Hochul, had announced plans to take this step in 2021 but the state could not act because, under the Clean Air Act of 1970, California is the only state that …

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. 25: More Airlines May Fail in Wake of Pandemic, Bill Gates Wants to Curb Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 25: More Airlines May Fail in Wake of Pandemic, Bill Gates Wants to Curb Infectious Diseases

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 899th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Bill Gates wants to use his foundation to end infectious disease, the CEO of Pfizer tested positive for Covid, and New York State unveiled a Long Covid website.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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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. 23: Los Angeles Ends Mask Mandate, Pandemic Unemployment Fraud May Have Topped $45 Billion

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Sept. 23: Los Angeles Ends Mask Mandate, Pandemic Unemployment Fraud May Have Topped $45 Billion

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 897th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Los Angeles officials ended a mask mandate on public transit and at airports, pandemic unemployment fraud may have topped $45 billion, and manufacturing issues are causing a shortage of Moderna’s new bivalent booster.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over …