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Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 22: New Cases in Britain Hit 9-Month High After Loosening of Restrictions

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 22: New Cases in Britain Hit 9-Month High After Loosening of Restrictions

 
Britain, which four months ago shed almost all Covid-era restrictions, is experiencing a surge in cases, with new infections almost a pandemic high.  The number of new cases October 21, 2021 was 51,484.  The high, reached earlier this year, was 68,053 on January 8, while the number of new cases was only 1,712 on April 25 of this year.
Meanwhile, hospital admissions and deaths are rising again, just as the effect …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 21: San Fran In-N-Out Burger Shut Down After Refusing to Check Vaccine Passports

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 21: San Fran In-N-Out Burger Shut Down After Refusing to Check Vaccine Passports

San Francisco’s only In-N-Out Burger restaurant ran afoul of Covid rules earlier in the month.  The San Francisco Department of Public Health issued a closure order, shutting down operations, after multiple warnings after learning that the restaurant wasn’t checking customer vaccination status, a violation of both city and county mandates.
“We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,” a company official told reporters.
 San Francisco’s mandate requires checking proof …

Coronavirus Virus Briefing – Oct. 20: New York City Mandates Vaccinations for All City Workers, Offering No Testing Option

Coronavirus Virus Briefing – Oct. 20: New York City Mandates Vaccinations for All City Workers, Offering No Testing Option

 
New York City plans to require all municipal employees to be vaccinated by the end of their month or go without pay, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.
The plan does not allow workers to submit to regular coronavirus tests as an alternative to vaccination.
“We need to reassure all New Yorkers that if you’re working with a public employee, they’re vaccinated,” Hizzoner said in announcing the mandate.
Starting November 1, all …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 19: Non-Vaccinated State Workers on East and West Coasts Face Dismissal

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 19: Non-Vaccinated State Workers on East and West Coasts Face Dismissal

Non-vaccinated public employees are being fired in Washington State and Massachusetts after the deadline to prove vaccination status had passed. In Washington, Monday was the last day of employment for more than 800,000 workers, including the head football coach at Washington State University as well as employees at state agencies, schools, and health care facilities.  That figure represents more than 10% of the state’s 7.65 million population.
In Massachusetts, some 1,600 …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 18: Fauci Urges Police Officers to Get Vaccinated

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 18: Fauci Urges Police Officers to Get Vaccinated

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, urged police officers to get vaccinated, telling Fox News that they should think of it as a key part of their role in the community.
“Think about the implications of not getting vaccinated when you’re in a position where you have a responsible job, and you want to protect yourself because you’re needed at your job, whether you’re a police officer or …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 15: Italy’s Vaccine Mandate Enters the Workplace

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 15: Italy’s Vaccine Mandate Enters the Workplace

A vaccine mandate for all workers – regardless of company size – went into effect Friday in Italy.  Government employees and those in the private sector must have the Certificazione Verde Covid 19, or Green Pass, or be fined and sent home on unpaid leave.  The green pass has been required in restaurants and other indoor venues.  Opponents of the pass tried to rally workers into protesting, but those efforts …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 14: Mix and Match Vaccine Boosters Are Effective, NIH Study Finds

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 14: Mix and Match Vaccine Boosters Are Effective, NIH Study Finds

At press time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisors were meeting to discuss booster shots for the coronavirus vaccine, including reviewing data for Moderna’s Covid-19 booster.  Earlier this week, Moderna recommended that the agency recommend a half-size booster dose, saying it increased protection against the virus.
Health officials from Israel told the FDA panel that booster shots “improved protection” against the virus. In one meeting, Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis of …