Coronavirus

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 22: New York Ends ‘Test-to-Stay’ Rules in Schools, Japanese Prime Minister Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 22: New York Ends ‘Test-to-Stay’ Rules in Schools,  Japanese Prime Minister Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 865th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, the Japanese prime minister tested positive for Covid and Australia announced an inquiry into some of its early pandemic policies.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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In New York State, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 21: BA.5-Specific Booster Shots Are Coming Soon, Jill Biden Tests Negative

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 21: BA.5-Specific Booster Shots Are Coming Soon, Jill Biden Tests Negative

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 864th day of the pandemic.
There is good news on the vaccine front: New bivalent vaccines that are partially targeted towards the highly-contagious omicron variant will soon be available in the United States, possibly within a matter of weeks.
For fully vaccinated Americans, this is good news.  Anyone who has completed a …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 20: World Hits 600 Million Mark in Cases, Half of Those Infected With Omicron Were Unaware Says Study

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 20: World Hits 600 Million Mark in Cases, Half of Those Infected With Omicron Were Unaware Says Study

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 863rd day of the pandemic.
The world hit a coronavirus pandemic milestone on Friday, crossing the 600 million mark in total cases of the virus.  The news comes as the highly contagious omicron variant along with the BA.5 subvariant continues to cause one million cases per day across the globe.
What is …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 19: U.S. Plans for Insurers and Patients to Pay for Covid Shots, Willie Nelson’s Severe Bout

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 19: U.S. Plans for Insurers and Patients to Pay for Covid Shots, Willie Nelson’s Severe Bout

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 862nd day of the pandemic.
One hallmark of the coronavirus pandemic has been that the U.S. government has paid for all coronavirus inoculations and treatments.  Now it plans to shift that burden to the healthcare industry – and patients.
The move could generate new sources of revenue and higher costs for consumers …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 17: U.K. Expects Surge of Cases, 2 Flight Attendants Charged With Breaking Covid Quarantine

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 17: U.K. Expects Surge of Cases, 2 Flight Attendants Charged With Breaking Covid Quarantine

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 860th day of the pandemic.
Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 860th day of the pandemic.
The head of the UK Health Security Agency, Dame Jenny Harries, is telling people not to turn their refrigerators off to save …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 16: What Apple’s Return-to-Office Policy Might Signify, Jill Biden Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 16: What Apple’s Return-to-Office Policy Might Signify, Jill Biden Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 859th day of the pandemic.
In a move bound to be met by groans, Apple told employees they will be required to return to the office to work three times per week in September.
Employees will work in the office on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and a third day that will vary by team.
However, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 15: U.K. Approves Booster Targeting Omicron, Pfizer CEO Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 15: U.K. Approves Booster Targeting Omicron, Pfizer CEO Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 858th day of the pandemic.
On Monday, the United Kingdom, which was the first country to administer a coronavirus vaccine back in 2020 approved an updated Moderna vaccine that targets two coronavirus variant, namely the Omicron strain and the original virus.
“An updated version of the Covid-19 vaccine made by Moderna that …