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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 13: Trump Endorses Booster Shots, France Relaxes Entry Requirements for Some

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 13: Trump Endorses Booster Shots, France Relaxes Entry Requirements for Some

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 13th day of 2022.
Former President Donald Trump gave coronavirus vaccine booster shots a strong endorsement Tuesday night and said that politicians who refused to disclose their vaccine status were “gutless.”
The move appeared to be a thinly-veiled shot at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is among the many Republican lawmakers who …

As Pandemic Continues, The World’s Most Powerful Passports for 2022 Are…

Although they likely sit in a drawer, unused at the current time, passports are a key to unlocking the mysteries of the world, and not all passports are created equal.
The travel restrictions imposed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 continue to remain in place as the world enters the third year where Covid is seemingly omnipresent and stubbornly refusing to go away.
Still, if you happen to …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 11: U.S. Reports 1.4 Million New Cases, Shattering Global Record

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 11: U.S. Reports 1.4 Million New Cases, Shattering Global Record

The United States recorded over 1.4 million new coronavirus cases Monday, the highest daily total for any country in the world, according to data from Worldometer, which tracks such information.  The number of new cases is driven largely by the highly transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus.
The news came as Covid-related hospitalizations in the country also reached a record high – 145,982 – surpassing the previous peak in January 2021, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 30: WHO Warns of New Variants and ‘Tsunami of Cases,’ Life in N.Y.C. Grinds to a Halt

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 30: WHO Warns of New Variants and ‘Tsunami of Cases,’ Life in N.Y.C. Grinds to a Halt

The head of the World Health Organization issued a warning saying that new variants could emerge that are fully resistant to current vaccines, rendering them useless, and called for nations to work together to improve access to Covid vaccines.
“Delta and Omicron are now twin threats driving up cases to record numbers, leading to spikes in hospitalization and deaths,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director-general, at a news conference …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 25: Four Vaccine Doses, Travel Chaos, and Today’s Statistics

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 25:  Four Vaccine Doses, Travel Chaos, and Today’s Statistics

As the United States hit the 500 million mark in dispensing vaccine doses, daily Covid case rate surges eclipsed those associated with the delta variant, although Covid-related hospitalizations remain lower than peaks earlier in the year.
In Germany, Gesundheitsminister Karl Lauterbach said that a fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine will be needed to maintain protection against the omicron variant, although the country has yet to initiate a round of such doses.
Earlier in …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 24: New Year’s Eve Festivities in Times Square Scaled Back Due to Variant

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 24: New Year’s Eve Festivities in Times Square Scaled Back Due to Variant

 
New York City will scale back its Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, an event viewed across the globe.  Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the number of attendees would be reduced from 58,000 to 15,000 to allow for greater social distancing. Only individuals who are fully vaccinated and wear a mask will be allowed into the designated spectator area.
Meanwhile, several major U.S. airlines, including United and Delta, cancelled hundreds …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 19: Omicron’s Spread Leads to Cancelled Holiday Events, Tightened Restrictions Across the Globe

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 19: Omicron’s Spread Leads to Cancelled Holiday Events, Tightened Restrictions Across the Globe

With just one week until Christmas, Dutch officials announced a full lockdown to prevent the spread of the omicron variant.  The Dutch hit shops in full force Saturday after Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the plan, which includes the closing of all non-essential stores, cafés, restaurants, bars, fitness centers, outdoor sports activities, cultural venues, and schools.  The measure went into effect Sunday and will remain in force through at least …