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Coronavirus News Update – July 26: 60% of U.S. Adults Now Vaccinated, New Calls for Mandatory Vaccinations

Coronavirus News Update – July 26: 60% of U.S. Adults Now Vaccinated, New Calls for Mandatory Vaccinations

As of Sunday, 60% of the U.S. population over the age of 18 is fully vaccinated.  The news comes as municipalities and businesses have started to announce policies that require employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment.  New York City will require some 340,000 municipal workers to get the jab by mid September as the Big Apple faces a third wave of the coronavirus, one driven by the …

Floodwaters in Germany May Have Caused Over €6 Billion in Damage to Homes, Offices, and Infrastructure

Floodwaters in Germany May Have Caused Over €6 Billion in Damage to Homes, Offices, and Infrastructure

Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway operator, said that last week’s flash floods caused at least €1.3 billion ($1.53 billion) to its network, while the deutsche Versicherungswirtschaft, or German Insurance Association estimated that there had been as much as €5 billion in insured losses in Rheinland-Pfalz and Nordrhein-Westfalen provinces.
The death toll in Germany – at least 180 people – is the highest from a natural catastrophe there since a deadly Nordsee …

Coronavirus News Update – July 23: 3 States Now Responsible for 40% of all U.S. Cases

Coronavirus News Update – July 23: 3 States Now Responsible for 40% of all U.S. Cases

The United States has “fundamentally changed the course of this pandemic” and the pandemic is now one of the unvaccinated.   Three states – Florida, Missouri, and Texas – are currently responsible for 40% of all cases in the United States. “For the second week in a row, one in five of all cases occurring in Florida alone,” Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters Thursday, adding that, …

Airlines, Once in Favor of a Mask Mandate, Are Over It

Face masks are required on all public transit regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, but that could soon change.  With support of U.S. airlines and cabin crew, President Joseph Biden issued a mask mandate shortly after taking office that requires passengers on planes, trains, buses, and streetcars to don the face covering.
The masks limit the wearer’s exposure to respiratory droplets and large particles of the virus and may help prevent people …

Coronavirus News Update – July 22: Final Approval for Vaccines Likely Within Months, Says Biden

Coronavirus News Update – July 22: Final Approval for Vaccines Likely Within Months, Says Biden

President Joseph Biden said that he expects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to “quickly” give final approval to  current coronavirus vaccines, as he underscored the need for Americans to get vaccinated amidst a surge in infections fueled by the India, or Delta, variant.  The vaccines are currently authorized for emergency use.
As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded 193 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.15 million deaths, according to Worldometer, …

Coronavirus News Update – July 21: ‘If Anybody is Lying Here, it is You,’ Fauci Tells Senator

Coronavirus News Update – July 21: ‘If Anybody is Lying Here, it is You,’ Fauci Tells Senator

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, clashed with Senator Rand Paul at a senate hearing on Tuesday.  The senator accused President Biden’s top health advisor of lying about U.S.-funded virus research and Fauci turned the tables on him. “If anybody is lying here, it is you,” he admonished the senator at the hearing.
New York City officials said they would require city health workers to either be fully …

AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport Gets Green Light

AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport Gets Green Light

The $2.1 billion AirTrain to New York’s LaGuardia Airport cleared its final hurdle Tuesday as the Federal Aviation Administration gave its approval.
The project, which was first proposed in 2014, will be similar to the people mover, known as the AirTrain JFK, at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Currently, unlike JFK and Newark Liberty International Airport, the only public transportation to LaGuardia is via a bus that connects to the subway and …