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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 21: Booster Shots Effective in Fighting Omicron CDC Finds, Mandatory Vaccinations in Austria

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 21: Booster Shots Effective in Fighting Omicron CDC Finds, Mandatory Vaccinations in Austria

In breaking news, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that third, or booster, doses of the vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are 90% effective in preventing individuals infected with the omicron variant of the coronavirus from being hospitalized.
In other news, we cover the mounting death toll from Covid, a law making Covid vaccinations mandatory in Austria, and a plea for people to vaccinate from the son of …

American Airlines Records $931 Million Q4 Loss

American Airlines Records $931 Million Q4 Loss

American Airlines announced financial results for fourth quarter of 2021.
The Fort Worth-based carrier reported a $931 million loss for the period on revenue of $9.43 billion.  Just one year prior, the airline had posted a loss of nearly $2.2 billion for the same period.
Meanwhile, revenue for the period was down 17% compared to the same period in 2019 but nearly double that of what it reported in 2021.
Robert Isom, who …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 20: Germany Reports Record Cases, 40% of U.S. Has Gotten Booster

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 20: Germany Reports Record Cases, 40% of U.S. Has Gotten Booster

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 20th day of 2022.
Over 40% of the U.S. population is now what is slowly becoming considered “fully” vaccinated, meaning having had two shots plus a third, or booster, dose, while 25% has yet to get an initial jab.  The figures sound much more promising when looking at the adult population, …

United Airlines Posts $646 Million Loss, Warns Omicron Will Delay Pandemic Recovery

United Airlines Posts $646 Million Loss, Warns Omicron Will Delay Pandemic Recovery

United Airlines announced financial results for the fourth quarter of 2021.
The Chicago-based carrier posted a net loss of $646 million, compared with a $641 million profit in the same period of 2019 but a far smaller loss than the $1.9 billion it lost in Q4 2020.
The airline reported that revenue for the period was $8.19 billion, down 25% from 2019.  Despite the drop, it was the airline’s strongest quarter since …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 19: Free Masks and Test Kits, U.K. Bets Covid Has Peaked

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 19: Free Masks and Test Kits, U.K. Bets Covid Has Peaked

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected without comment a request to block the federal mask mandate for public conveyances such as planes, trains, and buses as well as at airports and train stations.  The news came just as the percentage of Americans who had received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine hit the 75% mark.
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The U.S. government launched its free online Covid test kit offer one day early on …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 18: ‘The Covid Clouds Are Parting’ and Will Omicron End the Pandemic?

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 18: ‘The Covid Clouds Are Parting’ and Will Omicron End the Pandemic?

Slowly but surely, the world has made progress in vaccinating its citizens.  As of Tuesday morning, some 60% of the world population has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, according to Our World in Data, which uses the most recent official numbers from governments and health ministries worldwide.
The picture is also brighter in the northeastern United States, where states are seeing a rapid drop in Covid cases.
“The Covid …

Delta Posts $408 Million Loss in Final Quarter of 2021

Delta Posts $408 Million Loss in Final Quarter of 2021

Delta Air Lines announced financial results for the fourth quarter of 2021.
The Atlanta-based carrier posted a $408 million loss in the final quarter as the surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the omicron variant caused a high rate of absenteeism and a decline in travel, thereby delaying Delta’s recovery from the pandemic.
More than 10% of employees – some 8,000 people in total – called out sick over the end-of-year period, …