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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 18: Is Autocracy or Democracy Better in Fighting Pandemic, New York Readies Vaccines for Toddlers

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 18: Is Autocracy or Democracy Better in Fighting Pandemic, New York Readies Vaccines for Toddlers

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 800th day of the pandemic.
The 2022 Democracy Perception Index is out and, despite the harshness of the response to the pandemic in Asia, it found that, when it came to how citizens perceive their governments’ response, the average satisfaction rate in Asia was significantly higher than in Europe and Latin …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 17: How Watergate Influences Pandemic Events Today, WHO Says Vaccination Rates in Africa Are Up

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 17: How Watergate Influences Pandemic Events Today, WHO Says Vaccination Rates in Africa Are Up

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 799th day of the pandemic.
It was 50 years ago today, on June 17, 1972, when Frank Ellis, a security guard patrolling the parking garage at the Watergate hotel and office complex, noticed and reported a burglary in progress at what was the Democratic National Committee headquarters.
The scandal, which resulted in …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 26: Exercisers Expel High Amounts of Aerosols, China Moves to Revive Covid-Battered Economy

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 26: Exercisers Expel High Amounts of Aerosols, China Moves to Revive Covid-Battered Economy

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 777th day of the pandemic.
Many readers have asked, just how safe is it to return to the gym and if exercising indoors is a higher-risk activity than exercising outside.  A small study about respiration and exercise coming out of Munich confirms many people’s suspicions that there indoor workouts pose a …

Trump Name Removed from Historic Old Post Office Hotel in D.C. Following Sale

Trump Name Removed from Historic Old Post Office Hotel in D.C. Following Sale

The Trump name was removed from Donald Trump’s former hotel in Washington, D.C., located in the historic Old Post Office Building, after it was sold to CGI Merchant Group, an investment firm.
Once considered the crown jewel of its hotel operation, the luxury property served as a magnet for Trump aides, supporters, and foreign businesses seeking to curry favor during the Trump administration.
The hotel, which sold for $375 million, lost more …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 10: 2 Omicron Subvariants Bypass Immunity, Few New Yorkers Are Returning to Office Towers

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 10: 2 Omicron Subvariants Bypass Immunity, Few New Yorkers Are Returning to Office Towers

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 761st day of the pandemic.
God save the Queen.
On Monday, Queen Elizabeth, who reigns over the United Kingdom and 14 Commonwealth realms, became the third longest reigning monarch in history, surpassing Johann II of Liechtenstein, who ruled for 70 years and 91 days before dying in October 2016.
The 96-year-old has been …

Boeing to Move Headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia

Boeing to Move Headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia

Boeing said that it will relocate  its headquarters, currently in Chicago, to Arlington, Virginia.
The move “makes strategic sense … given its proximity to our customers and stakeholders,” said Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun in a statement.
An Arlington location would place Boeing near federal government decision-makers in Washington, D.C.
The planemaker moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001 after an unusually public search that also considered Dallas and Denver.  Boeing has …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 3: We Haven’t Seen the Worst of the Pandemic Says Bill Gates, VP Harris Returns to the White House

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 3: We Haven’t Seen the Worst of the Pandemic Says Bill Gates, VP Harris Returns to the White House

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 754th day of the pandemic.
I don’t wish to be in the habit of making dire predictions but, unfortunately, in covering the pandemic on a non-stop daily basis since January 2020, I’ve become a doomsayer at times, hoping to be proven wrong.
Apparently, I’m in good company.
Bill Gates believes it’s quite possible …