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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 12: Omicron Could Infect Half of Europe, Covid Nowhere Near Becoming Endemic, Says WHO

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 12: Omicron Could Infect Half of Europe, Covid Nowhere Near Becoming Endemic, Says WHO

The World Health Organization, in the course of issuing a warning to Europe, said that it was far too early to treat the coronavirus as an endemic disease, saying that it would require some sense of predictability.
“We are still ways off,” Catherine Smallwood, a WHO senior emergencies officer, said at a news conference Tuesday.  “We still have a huge amount of uncertainty.”
The WHO further warned that more than half of …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 16: Boosters Provide Sufficient Protection Against Omicron, Says Fauci

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 16: Boosters Provide Sufficient Protection Against Omicron, Says Fauci

Existing booster shots for coronavirus vaccines in the United States provide sufficient protection against the omicron variant according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease specialist, although he added that there was still a lot scientists need to learn about the mutation.
“What we do know is that when you give a person like a third shot boost with an mRNA, you substantially increase and reconstitute their level of …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 1: U.S. Plans Tougher Rules for Travelers Arriving from Foreign Countries

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 1: U.S. Plans Tougher Rules for Travelers Arriving from Foreign Countries

As the omicron “variant of concern” continues to take hold, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was considering tightening coronavirus testing requirements for travelers coming to the United States.  The new rules would mandate a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of boarding a flight to the United States and a second test within five days of arrival.  The current rules call for a test within 72 …

WestJet to Offer Dreamliner Service from Calgary to London

WestJet to Offer Dreamliner Service from Calgary to London

WestJet announced plans to launch new service between Calgary and London.
Flights would begin next spring.
“This is an important recovery milestone as we forge new connections between Canada and one of the world’s most sought after global hubs,” said the airline’s chief commercial officer, John Weatherill.
The low-cost Canadian carrier did not disclose the planned frequency of the service or any departure or arrival times in its announcement.
WestJet will operate the flights …

American Express Opens Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow

American Express Opens Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow

American Express, which first announced plans for a Centurion Lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport prior to the pandemic in December 2018, marked its opening on Tuesday.
The 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter) Centurion Lounge in London is located in Terminal 3 after security.
Visitors to the lounge have access to a large dining area, bar, shower suites, restrooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, a spa, and private phone rooms. The menu is focused on food and drink representative …

JetBlue Launches New Service to London’s Gatwick Airport

JetBlue Launches New Service to London’s Gatwick Airport

On the heels of launching its first-ever transatlantic service, JetBlue Airways introduced its second such service, this from New York to London’s Gatwick Airport.  The New York-based carrier launched non-stop service to London from the Big Apple on August 11.
JetBlue is operating both London routes using Airbus A321LR aircraft, equipped with 24 seats in Mint, and 117 seats in economy.
The airline termed the feature in its A321LR business-class cabin and …

BA Reverses Course on Low-Cost Subsidiary at Gatwick

BA Reverses Course on Low-Cost Subsidiary at Gatwick

British Airways said it no longer plans to to relaunch short-haul flights from London’s Gatwick Airport.
The airline suspended the flights last year amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
The carrier had planned to launch a new, low-cost and short-haul subsidiary but was unable to come to an agreement with the pilots’ union, Balpa.
A spokeswoman for the airline, who said that BA had lost money for years on Gatwick flights to …