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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 13: Pfizer Vaccine Is Effective in Young Children, ‘Cinderella,’ a Victim of Theater Shutdowns, Closed

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 13: Pfizer Vaccine Is Effective in Young Children, ‘Cinderella,’ a Victim of Theater Shutdowns, Closed

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 795th day of the pandemic.
The Andrew Lloyd Weber musical “Cinderella” took its final curtain at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End Sunday evening.
The show was a casualty of the pandemic multiple times, from its twice-delayed opening night to Lord Lloyd Weber’s public promise to open the show in …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 7: Boris Johnson Barely Survives No-Confidence Vote, FDA Advisors Review Novavax Non-MRNA Vaccine

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 7: Boris Johnson Barely Survives No-Confidence Vote, FDA Advisors Review Novavax Non-MRNA Vaccine

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 789th day of the pandemic.
Waste not, want not.
The proverbial saying, which can be traced back to at least 1772, comes from an even more alliterative version, namely “willful waste makes woeful want,” which dates back even further to 1576.
But I digress.
Apparently, over 82 million coronavirus vaccine doses have gone to …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 6: Western U.S. Eclipses Northeast in Latest Surge, U.K. Prime Minister Faces Vote of No Confidence

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 6: Western U.S. Eclipses Northeast in Latest Surge, U.K. Prime Minister Faces Vote of No Confidence

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 788th day of the pandemic.
Shoppers are fickle and clothing buyers are perhaps among the most mercurial.
Fashions that were all the rage in the first two years of the pandemic, namely casualwear and activewear items, are being left behind .  Now that there has been some movement in returning to the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 3: Musk Tells Workers to Return to Office, or Else, Prince Andrew Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 3: Musk Tells Workers to Return to Office, or Else, Prince Andrew Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 785th day of the pandemic.
Companies are taking desperate measures in the move to have employees return to the office.
Investor and business magnate Elon Musk, in an e-mail memorandum to SpaceX employees and a separate one to Tesla executives, said that they were required to spend “a minimum of 40 hours” …

JetBlue to Delay Start of Boston London Flights

JetBlue to Delay Start of Boston London Flights

JetBlue Airways, which first announced plans to offer service from Boston to London in 2019, said it would delay the launch of the new service by several months.
The move was attributed to delays in the delivery of aircraft from Airbus that would be used on the route.
When the service was originally announced, almost a year before the start of the pandemic, flights were intended to start in 2021.
The New York-based …

Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday

Thursday and Friday are bank holidays in Great Britain as part of the queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II marks the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.  In the United Kingdom, the usual bank holiday that takes place at the end of May was moved to the start of June to create a four-day bank holiday weekend from June 2 through June 5.
Elizabeth ascended the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 28: Two-Thirds of Britons Want Boris Johnson to Resign Over ‘Partygate,’ Cases Fall in Shanghai

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 28: Two-Thirds of Britons Want Boris Johnson to Resign Over ‘Partygate,’ Cases Fall in Shanghai

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 779th day of the pandemic.
It was a different kind of lockdown for top echelon politicians in Britain versus the rest of the country.
While their fellow countrymen were told to stay home and not co-mingle households, things were hopping at No. 10 Downing Street, the official residence and executive offices of …