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Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 16: Scientists Disagree Over Need for Booster Shots

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 16: Scientists Disagree Over Need for Booster Shots

A week before it was set to begin, he White House’s plan to roll out additional doses of coronavirus vaccine is in flux as scientists and researchers debate whether they are needed.
Regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised questions on Wednesday about third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, also released on Wednesday, showed that individuals in Israel who …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 9: Biden to Mandate Federal Workers and Contractors to Get Vaccinated

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 9: Biden to Mandate Federal Workers and Contractors to Get Vaccinated

President Joseph Biden will require the vast majority of federal employees and government contractors to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a decision that will be announced in a speech on Thursday.
The vaccination mandate will apply to employees in the executive branch, all federal agencies, and all branches of the armed forces.  The requirement does not extend to members of Congress or those who work for the federal court system.
As of …

Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 26: Non-Vaccinated Individuals Now 96% of Cases, 97% of Hospitalizations in New York

Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 26: Non-Vaccinated Individuals Now 96% of Cases, 97% of Hospitalizations in New York

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that non-vaccinated people are 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with Covid than those who have been inoculated.   The study looked at over 40,000 cases in Los Angeles.  It also found that such individuals are five times more likely to be infected.
Meanwhile, in New York City, non-vaccinated individuals represent 96% of current coronavirus cases, 97% of …

Coronavirus News Update – July 18: Boris Johnson to Self-Isolate After Covid Exposure

Coronavirus News Update – July 18: Boris Johnson to Self-Isolate After Covid Exposure

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will go into self-isolation Sunday after coming into contact with a cabinet minister who tested positive for the coronavirus. The country’s new heath secretary, Sajid Javid, said Saturday that he had mild Covid symptoms.  The two men originally said they would enter a special program for essential workers that would allow them to keep working but reversed that decision …

Los Angeles County Reinstates Mask Mandate As Delta Variant Spreads

Los Angeles County Reinstates Mask Mandate As Delta Variant Spreads

Health officials in Los Angeles moved to reinstate some Covid-19 related restrictions one month after the region celebrated a long-awaited reopening.
Starting Saturday night, residents and visitors will be required to wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, the county’s health officer.
The move comes after a steep jump in new infections.  For the week ended Wednesday, the county reported an …

United Airlines Adds 150 New Flights to ‘Warm Weather’ Destinations to Winter Schedule

United Airlines Adds 150 New Flights to ‘Warm Weather’ Destinations to Winter Schedule

United Airlines announced the addition of almost 150 new flights to what it termed “warm-weather cities” come winter.
The additions are part of the airline’s preparations for a return to normalcy in air travel.
“United has prepared for the return of air travel for more than a year, matching its flying schedule and aircraft availability to demand by maintaining close coordination between its network planning teams and the airline’s operating groups,” it …

After Massive Aircraft Order, United Says It Will Hire 25,000 New Employees by 2026

After Massive Aircraft Order, United Says It Will Hire 25,000 New Employees by 2026

United Airlines, fresh on the heels of announcing its largest aircraft order ever, said Tuesday it plans to add 25,000 new union jobs by 2026 to support the flying that the new jetliners will bring to the company.
The move comes just one year after airlines were parking hundreds of planes in the desert amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in air travel, but the rebound in leisure travel has given airline …