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Coronavirus News Update – July 26: 60% of U.S. Adults Now Vaccinated, New Calls for Mandatory Vaccinations

Coronavirus News Update – July 26: 60% of U.S. Adults Now Vaccinated, New Calls for Mandatory Vaccinations

As of Sunday, 60% of the U.S. population over the age of 18 is fully vaccinated.  The news comes as municipalities and businesses have started to announce policies that require employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment.  New York City will require some 340,000 municipal workers to get the jab by mid September as the Big Apple faces a third wave of the coronavirus, one driven by the …

Coronavirus News Update – July 20: India’s Death Toll Could Be Over 3 Million

Coronavirus News Update – July 20: India’s Death Toll Could Be Over 3 Million

A study found that the number of people in India who died from the coronavirus is likely to exceed three million – ten times the official death toll. “True deaths are likely to be in the several millions, not hundreds of thousands, making this arguably India’s worst human tragedy,” wrote the study’s authors from the Center from Global Development, which include a former chief economic adviser to the government of …

Coronavirus News Update – June 23: White House Concedes U.S. Won’t Hit Biden’s 70% Vaccination Goal by July 4

Coronavirus News Update – June 23: White House Concedes U.S. Won’t Hit Biden’s 70% Vaccination Goal by July 4

White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeffrey Zients said Tuesday that the United States will not meet President Joseph Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults ages 18 and older inoculated with at least one dose of vaccine. “We want every American in every community to be protected and free from fear of the virus,” he said. “That’s why we’ll keep working to vaccinate more Americans across the summer and into the fall …

Coronavirus News Update – June 21: Only Vaccinated Fans Will Be Allowed at the 2022 World Cup, Says Host Country Qatar

Coronavirus News Update – June 21: Only Vaccinated Fans Will Be Allowed at the 2022 World Cup, Says Host Country Qatar

The government of Qatar announced that everyone who attends the World Cup, which will be held there next year, must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Officials there expect over 1.5 million fans fromacross the globe to attend the world’s largest football, or in the United States, soccer, tournament, which will be held in November 2022.
As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 179.3 million Covid-19 cases and has …

Coronavirus News Update – June 17: Five Weeks Ahead of Olympics, Tokyo Eases State of Emergency

Coronavirus News Update – June 17: Five Weeks Ahead of Olympics, Tokyo Eases State of Emergency

Just five weeks ahead of the start of the 2021 Summer Olympic Games, Tokyo will ease its state of emergency as the latest coronavirus outbreak there recedes. The news was announced by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who said that new infections had declined sufficiently over the past month as to ease the strain on hospitals.
As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded over 177.9 million Covid-19 cases and has seen …

CDC Updates Travel Recommendations for 110 Countries, Moving Dozens to ‘Recommended’ for Vaccinated Individuals

CDC Updates Travel Recommendations for 110 Countries, Moving Dozens to ‘Recommended’ for Vaccinated Individuals

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced significant changes to travel recommendations for over 110 countries.
The action moves Japan and 60 other countries from the CDC’s most severe level, “Level 4,” which discouraged all travel, to a level where travel is recommended for fully vaccinated individuals.
“Avoid travel to these destinations,” the CDC guidance for Level 4 reads.
The list of countries in this tier includes Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, …

G7 Nations Agree to ‘Mutual Recognition’ of Vaccine Passports

G7 Nations Agree to ‘Mutual Recognition’ of Vaccine Passports

Health ministers from the G7 nations agreed Friday to devise a means for the “mutual acceptance” of vaccine passports to help restore global travel and commerce, days after the EU said that its digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate would be open to certain non-EU international travelers including those from the United States, subject to individual states’ acceptance of proof of vaccinations, recovery from Covid, or a negative test result.
The move is …