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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailEurope's health agency is 'quite concerned' about new Covid variantPasi Penttinen, public health emergency response manager at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, said: "It looks like this particular variant has a very concerning sets of mutations."
Organizations: European Centre for Disease Prevention
Belgium seeks to curb social life to fight fourth COVID wave
  + stars: | 2021-11-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
A shopper, wearing a protective face masks, looks at a poster for a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination centre installed inside a supermarket in Brussels, Belgium, August 30, 2021. REUTERS/Bart BiesemansBRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Belgium brought in new restrictions on Friday such as the closure of nightclubs and an earlier end for bars and restaurants to reduce social contact and curb a rapidly spreading fourth wave of COVID-19 infections. "If we did not have such a high rate of vaccination today, we would be in an absolutely drastic situation." The fatality rate though is just below the EU average, with 75% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterReporting by Marine Strauss @StraussMarine and Philip Blenkinsop Editing by John ChalmersOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Bart Biesemans BRUSSELS, Alexander De Croo, Marine Strauss, StraussMarine, Philip Blenkinsop, John Chalmers Organizations: REUTERS, Belgian, European Union, NATO, European Centre for Disease Prevention, COVID, Marine, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Europe, Austria, Slovakia, Belgian
B.1.1.529 is spreading rapidly in South Africa and may be harder to contain than prior variants. The new variant, B.1.1.529, appears to have spread rapidly in South Africa. European Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday the EU planned to introduce a bloc-wide ban on air travel from South Africa and neighboring countries, Reuters reported. India told individual states to screen and test travellers from South Africa and other "at risk" countries, Reuters reported. As of Friday, the Africa CDC said the B.1.1.529 had been detected in 77 samples from South Africa, 4 from Botswana, and 1 from Hong Kong.
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The travel restrictions do not ban flights or apply to U.S. citizens and lawful U.S. permanent residents. "As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering additional air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries," Biden said in a statement. Amid this rapidly evolving situation, it is critical that U.S. government decisions regarding international travel restrictions and requirements be rooted in science." The United States could add countries to the restriction list if the variant spreads, a senior administration official said. She did not reference the Omicron variant.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Eduardo Munoz Read, Anthony Fauci, Kathy Hochul, David Shepardson, Nandita Bose, Dan Whitcomb, Maria Ponnezhath, Leslie Adler, Heather Timmons, Sandra Maler Organizations: for Disease Control, Prevention, World Health Organization, White, Reuters, Airlines for America, U.S, Newark Liberty International Airport, REUTERS, Eduardo Munoz Read More Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Cape Town, Biden, World Trade Organization, WTO, New, United, Thomson Locations: NANTUCKET, WASHINGTON, United States, South Africa, Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Massachusetts, Nantucket, Newark , New Jersey, U.S, Newark, Cape, China, Europe, India, Brazil, Ireland, Britain, Iran, Bengaluru
Crowds prepare to view Macy’s 95th Thanksgiving Day Parade in person. Image The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons returning to their full glory. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 1:10 - 0:00 transcript ‘Inflation Day’ Returns Before the Thanksgiving Day Parade Spectators lined up to watch workers prepare giant character balloons before the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which was reduced to just one block in 2020 because of the pandemic. Use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States has not been as widespread as that of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, and studies have found the Johnson vaccine provides less protection than the other two. Johnson & Johnson doses have been distributed abroad through Covax, the global vaccine-sharing program, in an effort to bolster immunity in poorer countries, including many in Africa.
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The European Union is considering a nine-month expiration date on its Covid-19 vaccine certificates, which allow tourists certain freedoms to travel while the coronavirus pandemic still rages. The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, proposed Thursday that the EU Digital Covid Certificate should be updated. The idea now is that the document has a life span of nine months after the first set of vaccines are administered — so after the second dose for Pfizer-BioNTech shot, for example, or after one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Thursday's recommendation does not yet address booster shots. As such, a new expiration date could be announced in a couple of week's time to include the advice for booster shots.
Persons: BioNTech, Johnson Organizations: European, European Commission, EU, Pfizer, European Centre for Disease Prevention, Control Locations: European Union
Use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States has not been as widespread as that of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, and studies have found the Johnson vaccine provides less protection than the other two. The Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson booster shots last month, despite concern among the F.D.A.’s expert advisory panel that data in the company’s application was limited and wasn’t independently verified. experts and committee members argued that recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine needed an additional shot to bolster against severe Covid-19, since that vaccine was less effective than those of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. Johnson & Johnson doses have been distributed abroad through Covax, the global vaccine-sharing program, in an effort to bolster immunity in poorer countries, including many in Africa. Many of those shots have been provided through a deal reached in May, under which Johnson & Johnson agreed to sell about 200 million doses to Covax at a discounted rate.
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Best Buy shoppers can expect to find more high-value merchandise behind locked shelves and a larger security presence in certain stores. He also told NBC News that investigators are looking at how social media appears to have been used to orchestrate organized retail robbery. He said he plans to propose more funding in next fiscal year's budget toward combating organized retail thefts statewide. There's also money to be made by these organized retail rings which can amass millions of dollars worth of products and sell them online or in other countries with the earnings laundered back to the United States. And experts say it remains to be seen what kind of long-term effect factors such as the pandemic and friction between communities and the police will have on organized retail theft and how widespread it may become.
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The head of the European Union’s public-health agency recommended governments accelerate their campaigns to roll out Covid-19 booster shots as case numbers rise rapidly across parts of the bloc. Andrea Ammon, head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, said on Wednesday that Covid-19 boosters should be offered to everyone over 18 years old, six months after they were first fully vaccinated, with priority given to those ages 40 and older.
Persons: Andrea Ammon Organizations: European Centre for Disease Prevention
The church opened in the early 1990s and has ever since become larger with communal living facilities of its own. The outbreak is a small portion of the national total, but is an example of a cluster with a high concentration of cases. EMERGENCY PLAN IMMINENTSouth Korea this month switched to a "living with COVID-19" plan aimed at lifting rigid distancing rules and ultimately reopening after reaching vaccination goals last month. Hospitals were treating 586 severe COVID-19 patients as of Tuesday midnight, rapidly filling up limited hospital beds for serious and critical cases. South Korea was one of the first countries to record novel coronavirus cases after it emerged in China in late 2019.
Persons: Jung youn, Jung, Shincheonji, Kim Boo, kyum, Kim, Son Young, rae, Sangmi Cha, Michael Perry Organizations: Reuters, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Thomson Locations: SEOUL, South Korea, Cheonan, Seoul, China, Daegu, COVID, Korea
People with COVID-19 may spew infectious particles that can spread beyond two meters. Cambridge University scientists used computer simulations to test scenarios of a person coughing. The study, published in science journal Physics of Fluids Tuesday, tested ten scenarios of a person with COVID-19 coughing using computer simulations. It found that each cough may emit a different number of infectious particles. This could mean, in the absence of masks, a person with COVID-19 could infect another person at a two-metre distance, even when outdoors, the scientists said.
Persons: Epaminondas Mastorakos, Bryan Bzdek Organizations: Cambridge University, Service, Cambridge, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, University of Bristol, CDC Locations: Bristol, Cambridge
Brian Laundrie died from a gunshot wound to the head and his manner of death was a suicide, according to a statement from the Laundrie family attorney. Brian Laundrie. After an initial autopsy was conducted last month, family attorney Steven Bertolino said that "no manner or cause of death was determined." On Sept. 17, investigators announced they were searching for Laundrie and could not locate him. Eventually, partial human remains were found near items belonging to Laundrie a month later.
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People wait in front of '2G' rule signs, allowing only those vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to enter, at the entrance of the Christmas market in Hamburg, Germany November 22, 2021. "The situation is not only serious, in some regions in Germany it is now dramatic," Spahn told German Radio. "We are having to move patients around as the intensive care units are full and that doesn't just affect COVID-19 patients." Whether it would affect the total number of vaccines assigned to Germany for the rest of the year remained to be decided, the sources said. The surge in cases in Germany, and in neighbouring Denmark, prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday to advise against travel to the two countries, raising its travel recommendation to "Level Four: Very High".
Persons: Fabian Bimmer BERLIN, Robert Koch, Jens Spahn, Spahn, Andreas Rinke, Riham Alkhousaa, Sarah Marsh, Raissa Organizations: REUTERS, Robert, Robert Koch Institute, Health, reuters.com, German, Pfizer, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Thomson Locations: Hamburg, Germany, United States, COVID, Saxony, Bavaria, Denmark
Two million passed through checkpoints on Saturday alone, about twice as many as on the Saturday before last Thanksgiving. And United said it expected the Sunday after Thanksgiving to be its busiest day since the pandemic began 20 months ago. A Texas court affirms a ruling against the governor’s ban on mask mandates. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning mask mandates impeded the ability of Judge Clay Jenkins, the top elected official in Dallas County, to protect his constituents from Covid. Mr. Abbott has faced a series of legal challenges since he signed an executive order in July barring mandates for both masks and vaccinations.
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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailEx-Unilever CEO says doing nothing to stop climate change is more costly than prevention effortsPaul Polman, the former CEO of Unilever and co-author of the new book "Net Positive," appeared on Tuesday's episode of "Mad Money."
Persons: Paul Polman Organizations: Ex, Unilever
Yes, You Should Get a Covid Booster
  + stars: | 2021-11-22 | by ( Marc Siegel | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +1 min
The Food and Drug Administration last week expanded its emergency-use authorization for Covid vaccine boosters to all adults over 18. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed, also recommending that all fully vaccinated adults over 50 receive it. If you are over 18, haven’t had Covid-19, and received your first shot more than six months ago, you should get a booster. A new study in Nature demonstrates that the viral load decreases after the booster, which should mean a lower risk of transmission in a breakthrough case. The side effects of boosters were similar to those from previous vaccine studies, mainly irritation at the injection site, fever and fatigue, but no evidence of myocarditis.
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You don't need a mask at Thanksgiving if your family is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Dr. Fauci said. He advised wearing a mask if you don't know the vaccination status of others, per CNN. "That's what I'm going to do with my family," Fauci, President Biden's chief medical adviser, told CNN on Sunday. "Get vaccinated and you can enjoy the holidays very easily, and if you're not, please be careful," Fauci, said. Fauci said that children aged five to eleven should get shots now so they are fully vaccinated in time for the Christmas holidays.
Persons: Fauci, Anthony Fauci, Biden's, Johnson, hadn't Organizations: COVID, CNN, Service, Privacy, Pfizer, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC
U.S. raises COVID-19 travel warning for Germany, Denmark
  + stars: | 2021-11-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Passengers check in for Delta Airlines flights and make their way through a TSA security checkpoint ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Brian SnyderWASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday advised against travel to Germany and Denmark because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those countries. The CDC raised its travel recommendation to "Level Four: Very High" for the two European countries, telling Americans they should avoid travel there. The CDC separately lowered its COVID-19 travel advisory from Level Four to "Level Three: Low" for Israel, Aruba, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Curacao and Guadeloupe. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterReporting by David Shepardson Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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So finds a new study by the Pew Research Center that surveyed over 3,800 Americans ages 18 to 49. The remaining 43% cited various factors, with medical reasons and financial reasons as the top two. Money has long been a reason why many millennials, who have long been facing an affordability crisis, have put off having kids or not having them at all. "So we may be seeing more women toward the end of their childbearing years having kids." "It's about women having access to education and employment opportunities," Percheski said.
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Of those, 1,969 myocarditis or pericarditis reports concerned people aged 30 and younger who received COVID-19 vaccines. Most cases were reported after vaccination with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, particularly in male adolescents and young adults. The organisations are investigating the reports and conducting longer-term monitoring to determine whether there is a relationship to COVID-19 vaccination, the CDC said. No deaths have been conclusively linked to the conditions following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, they added. Patients with myocarditis or pericarditis after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination have “responded well to conservative treatment and outcomes have been favorable,” the spokesperson said.
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Frozen vials with “smallpox” labels found at a Pennsylvania lab contain the virus used in the vaccine for the virus and not the virus that causes the disease, public health officials said Thursday. They did not contain the variola virus, which causes smallpox, the agency said. No one was exposed to the contents of the vials, and the agency said it notified local and state health officials, as well as the World Health Organization, about the lab results. A lab worker reportedly found the vials in a freezer at a Merck facility in Montgomery County, northwest of Philadelphia. Only two facilities in the world are supposed to have vials of the smallpox virus — the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta and a lab in Russia.
Organizations: Disease Control, Prevention, World Health Organization, Merck Locations: Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Russia
Travis Chen and Brian Femminella are the founders of the mental health app SoundMind. The duo felt there was a lack of reliable mental health resources that could help people during the pandemic. Backstory: The pandemic created a mental health crisis: People were isolated from others, while massive death tolls were broadcast across the news. The app uses music, created by an in-house composer team, to help reduce anxiety. Before SoundMind: Chen graduated from the University of Southern California in 2021, and Fremminella is finishing up his senior year at the same university.
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Previously, the booster shot was OK'd for certain groups of people at higher risk of COVID-19. The US regulator previously authorized booster shots for older and higher-risk populations. Adults who got the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are eligible for a booster shot six months after their second dose. J&J recipients can get a booster shot as soon as two months after their initial vaccination. The FDA previously allowed people to mix-and-match vaccine brands for a booster shot, meaning recipients of the Moderna or J&J vaccines could get the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot.
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“We know what the data are.”If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agrees, all adults who received a second shot of either Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago will likely be eligible for a booster shot by the weekend. repeatedly expressed discomfort with how quickly the administration was moving to offer the shots. Critics said the administration’s booster campaign was motivated by practical or political reasons more than scientific ones, and that federal regulators were analyzing safety and efficacy data on the fly. For a jittery public, he said, booster shots might feel like a quick and easy way to hold the virus at bay. But he repeated the administration’s own oft-stated position that convincing the unvaccinated to get the shots must remain the top priority.
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It authorized the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna booster for all adults who had their second dose of the vaccine six months prior. Over 31 million Americans have already received a booster shot, but current CDC guidelines recommend extra doses only for some population groups. A broad recommendation could bring uniformity in the country at a time when individual states such as Colorado, California and Massachusetts have already made all adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccine boosters. read moreThe FDA said that the decision was supported by data showing that a booster of the vaccine increased the immune response in studies of both Moderna and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Israeli data has also showed that administering Pfizer/BioNTech booster shots widely slowed virus transmission.
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