Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 30: Shoppers Are Over Leisure- and Pandemicwear, China Places Millions Under Lockdown

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 30: Shoppers Are Over Leisure- and Pandemicwear, China Places Millions Under Lockdown

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 873rd day of the pandemic.
Even though we remain in the midst of a raging pandemic, one thing has become clear: Leisurewear is out of fashion.
Yes, pandemicwear is out of fashion and clothing retailers are failing to see a return to pre-pandemic levels, even though other segments are showing signs of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 29: U.S. to Stop Sending Free At-Home Covid Tests Out, Only 2% of Children Under 4 Vaccinated in N.Y.

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 29: U.S. to Stop Sending Free At-Home Covid Tests Out,  Only 2% of Children Under 4 Vaccinated in N.Y.

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 872nd day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, the United States will stop sending at-home test kits to households on September 2, a Green Bay Packers quarterback said he deliberately mislead the media over his vaccination status,  and fewer than 2% of infants and toddlers in New York are …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 28: Theft of Covid Relief Funds Greatest Fraud in U.S. History, Germany Expects ‘Epidemic Conditions’

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 28: Theft of Covid Relief Funds Greatest Fraud in U.S. History, Germany Expects ‘Epidemic Conditions’

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 871st day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, the misuse of Covid relief funds may turn out to be the one of the largest fraud cases in U.S. history, Germany expects “epidemic conditions” this winter, and Washington, D.C. will require all pupils 12 and older to be vaccinated against …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 27: Moderna Sues Pfizer and BioNTech Over mRNA Patents, Google Workers’ Exposure Notices

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 27: Moderna Sues Pfizer and BioNTech Over mRNA Patents, Google Workers’ Exposure Notices

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 870th day of the pandemic.
Please pass the popcorn.
If you thought that it might just be a spectacular coincidence that Pfizer and its vaccine partner BioNTech brought an mRNA coronavirus vaccine to market just as drugmaker Moderna did, it’s possible you are sadly mistaken.
Moderna filed two lawsuits in Massachusetts and Germany …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 25: Twitter Labeled Fact-Based Covid Info as Misinformation, Death Toll in U.K. Doubles

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 25: Twitter Labeled Fact-Based Covid Info as Misinformation, Death Toll in U.K. Doubles

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 868th day of the pandemic.
In what sounds like something from a George Orwell novel, we now know that Twitter, one of the world’s major social media companies, repeatedly labeled factual information about the novel coronavirus and pandemic as misinformation.
This practice, as it were, left researchers, scientists, doctors, and health officials …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 24: U.S. to Offer Bivalent Vaccines Within Weeks, Germany Moves Ahead with Mask Mandates

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 24: U.S. to Offer Bivalent Vaccines Within Weeks, Germany Moves Ahead with Mask Mandates

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 867th day of the pandemic.
We’re getting closer to our next jab.
Now that both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have submitted applications to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use authorization of their new bivalent vaccines (see a related dispatch filed under United States in today’s issue), the next step is that …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 23: Fauci Says He Will Retire to Pursue His ‘Next Chapter,’ Apple Employees Resist Return to Office

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 23: Fauci Says He Will Retire to Pursue His ‘Next Chapter,’ Apple Employees Resist Return to Office

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 866th day of the pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has spent over half a century at the National Institutes for Health in the United States and served as advisor to seven presidents, said Monday that he plans to retire from government service by the end of the current year.
In an interview …