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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. 13: Indoor Mask Mandate Returns to New York State

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 13: Indoor Mask Mandate Returns to New York State

Residents of New York State woke up to the start of a new mask mandate on Monday when Governor Kathy Hochul’s order went into effect.  The mandate calls for people to wear masks in all indoor spaces including restaurants, shops, lobbies in residential buildings, showrooms, and offices where full vaccination is not checked and required.
The governor first announced the move Friday.  Businesses face fines of up to $1,000 per violation …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 9: Britain Introduces Tough New Measures to Combat the Current Covid Surge

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 9: Britain Introduces Tough New Measures to Combat the Current Covid Surge

The United Kingdom introduced significant new restrictions on daily life in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus there. Prime Minister Boris Johnson adopted a contingency plan he had long resisted that includes telling people in England to work from home wherever possible and introducing a vaccine passport.
Starting next week, people will be required to don face masks in theaters, cinemas, and most other indoor venues, and to …

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 …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 27: The World Sounds the Alarm as Omicron Variant Is Detected in Germany, U.K.

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 27: The World Sounds the Alarm as Omicron Variant Is Detected in Germany, U.K.

A growing number of countries moved to halt air traffic from South Africa and neighboring countries after the discovery of the new Omicron variant that appears to have originated there.
The World Health Organization skipped two Greek letters, Nu and Xi, and bestowed the new variant with the name Omicron, to avoid confusion with the English word “new” that is pronounced similarly to the letter Nu and with the name of …

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 …

International Travel Has Reopened: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Go Right Now

The reopening of international borders has given rise to family reunions and the activation of long-dormant travel plans to Europe but such trips come with a fairly large caveat: “Avoid travel” recommendations from Austria to the former Yugoslavia are now in place.
“Because of the current situation,” the CDC writes on its travel-advisory website, “even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants.”
The situation that the …