Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 29: FDA Advisors Recommend Updating Vaccine for Variants, A Surge in Hong Kong

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 29: FDA Advisors Recommend Updating Vaccine for Variants, A Surge in Hong Kong

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 811th day of the pandemic.
The next dose of vaccine that you receive may have been reengineered to attack new subvariants of the omicron variant.
A panel of expert advisors recommended on Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration move to authorize updated coronavirus vaccine booster shots that target some form or …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 28: U.K. ‘Living with Covid’ Strategy Is Flawed, 10 Million Cases in California

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 28: U.K. ‘Living with Covid’ Strategy Is Flawed, 10 Million Cases in California

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 810th day of the pandemic.
Britain is in yet another wave of Covid cases, its third major wave this year.
The country’s Office for National Statistics released an updated Infection Survey that shows that approximately 17 million people were estimated to have become infected in the week ending June 18, a 23% …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 27: FDA Considers Whether to Update Vaccines, Sweden and Romania Drop in Travel Risk

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 27: FDA Considers Whether to Update Vaccines, Sweden and Romania Drop in Travel Risk

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 809th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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On Tuesday, an independent panel of outside advisors will recommend whether drug makers should update existing coronavirus vaccines to target newer versions and variants of the virus in a booster for the fall.
Given …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 26: Updated Pfizer Vaccine Offers Better Protection Against Omicron Variants, Britain Sees New Spike

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 26: Updated Pfizer Vaccine Offers Better Protection Against Omicron Variants, Britain Sees New Spike

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 808th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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Pfizer and partner BioNTech said that two coronavirus vaccine boosters which have been updated to target the omicron variant show a substantially higher immune response than the current vaccine, the two said Saturday.
The …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 25: Shanghai Declares Victory Over Covid, Congress Passes Bill Giving Kids Free Meals

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 25: Shanghai Declares Victory Over Covid, Congress Passes Bill Giving Kids Free Meals

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 807th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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Both houses of Congress passed a bill that would extend free meals and other food assistance to children and the legislation now awaits the president’s signature.  The Keep Kids Fed Act was passed …

Broadway Said ‘Masks Off’ But Not All Theaters or Stars Apparently Got the Memo – or Agree With the Change

Broadway Said ‘Masks Off’ But Not All Theaters or Stars Apparently Got the Memo – or Agree With the Change

The Broadway League may have announced earlier in June that all 41 Broadway theaters would drop mask mandates starting July 1 of this year but, as it turned out, the united front that the organization, which represents theater owners, claimed to have was not in fact fully united.
Unlike when the group announced, in the spring, that just some theaters would end the requirement at the end of May to present …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 23: N.Y.C. Won’t Enforce Vaccine Mandate for Businesses, Dr. Birx Describes White House Efforts to Downplay Threats

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 23: N.Y.C. Won’t Enforce Vaccine Mandate for Businesses, Dr. Birx Describes White House Efforts to Downplay Threats

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 805th day of the pandemic.
Slowly but surely, vaccinations for children in the age group six months to five years are starting, but there are some obstacles to overcome.
Perhaps the greatest obstacle is a persistent belief among many that the pandemic is over, which is not at all the case given …