Coronavirus

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 …

Broadway Theaters to End Face Mask Mandate at End of Month

Broadway theaters will end a requirement for theater patrons to don face masks when attending performances, adopting what, without a hint of irony, it termed a “mask optional” policy.
The Broadway League, the group that represents theater owners, said that the policy would remain in force until at least July 31, 2022 and said that the group would continue to “monitor the science,” adding that, if necessary, the mask policy would …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 21: Children Under 5 Start to Get Vaccinated, Omicron Study Finds Low Risk of Severe Illness

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 21: Children Under 5 Start to Get Vaccinated, Omicron Study Finds Low Risk of Severe Illness

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 803rd day of the pandemic
Children under the age of 5 – at least in the United States – will begin to get inoculated against the coronavirus on Tuesday, placing the United States in the vanguard of being perhaps the only country to vaccinate all age groups except infants under 6 …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 20: How Pandemics Influence City Planning, Macau Closes Shops and Businesses

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 20: How Pandemics Influence City Planning, Macau Closes Shops and Businesses

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 802nd day of the pandemic
At the onset of the Spanish Flu on the television program Downton Abbey, Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, commented: “Wasn’t there a masked ball in Paris when cholera broke out? Half the guests were dead before they left the ballroom.”
Her son, Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, replied …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 19: CDC Recommends Vaccinations for Children Under 5, North Korea Combats New ‘Epidemic’

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 19: CDC Recommends Vaccinations for Children Under 5, North Korea Combats New ‘Epidemic’

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 801st day of the pandemic
Toddlers who have never seen the inside of a supermarket may soon be free to explore the treasures of the cereal aisle from the vantage point of a shopping cart shortly after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed its advisory panel’s unanimous recommendation …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 18: Is Autocracy or Democracy Better in Fighting Pandemic, New York Readies Vaccines for Toddlers

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 18: Is Autocracy or Democracy Better in Fighting Pandemic, New York Readies Vaccines for Toddlers

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 800th day of the pandemic.
The 2022 Democracy Perception Index is out and, despite the harshness of the response to the pandemic in Asia, it found that, when it came to how citizens perceive their governments’ response, the average satisfaction rate in Asia was significantly higher than in Europe and Latin …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 17: How Watergate Influences Pandemic Events Today, WHO Says Vaccination Rates in Africa Are Up

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 17: How Watergate Influences Pandemic Events Today, WHO Says Vaccination Rates in Africa Are Up

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 799th day of the pandemic.
It was 50 years ago today, on June 17, 1972, when Frank Ellis, a security guard patrolling the parking garage at the Watergate hotel and office complex, noticed and reported a burglary in progress at what was the Democratic National Committee headquarters.
The scandal, which resulted in …