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Jen Psaki says the IRS letter sent to Americans about stimulus checks was 'not intended to make it about' Biden

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Alex Wong/Getty Images Jen Psaki defended a letter Biden sent to Americans about stimulus checks. The letter was "not intended to make it about" Biden, per the White House press secretary. Trump sent a similar letter to Americans when stimulus checks went out during his administration. See more stories on Insider's business page. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday defended a letter that President Joe Biden sent to tens of millions of ...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Irs, Trump, Internal Revenue Service, White House Press, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Noah Bookbinder, Citizens for Responsibility


Walmart’s Flipkart to cover insurance for all sellers in India and waive additional fees

Walmart-owned Flipkart is exempting storage and cancellation fees for sellers on its marketplace and also providing them with insurance coverage as the top e-commerce platform in India looks to maintain cordial relationships with more than 300,000 sellers who are facing severe disruption amid an unprecedented rise in the spread of coronavirus infections in the South Asian nation. The Bangalore-headquartered firm said Friday evening that it is exempting storage fees to sellers who use the company...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Asia, India, Tech, Walmart, Canada, Flipkart, Bangalore, Amazon India, South Asian, Amazon Flipkart, Coronavirus, Vriddhi Walmart, Jagjeet Harode


Biden administration allocates $21.6 billion in rental assistance to prevent evictions

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced the allocation of $21.6 billion in emergency rental assistance to help prevent evictions of people who lost jobs during the pandemic. The administration also announced changes Friday in the rental assistance program aimed at addressing criticism that the emergency support has not reached many who need the help. This latest round of aid for renters was included in the $1.9 trillion relief package President Joe...
Tags: Business, Politics, News, Congress, Washington, White House, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Long Beach, Kaiser, Associated Press, Biden, Justice Department, Trump, Amazon Fresh


Meet the 2 women running new Amazon Fresh stores in Woodland Hills and Long Beach

Amazon Fresh grocery store managers Meyali Plascencia and Louisa Van like to say they lead by example. And they demonstrated as much. Masked and standing apart, the lively duo — both immigrants, mothers and college grads with previous management experience — have made health and safety a priority at their respective store locations. It’s no wonder. The brick-and-mortar offshoot of the e-commerce giant was launched amid the worldwide pandemic and the protocols that followed. “Like everyone else i...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, Business, Whole Foods, California, Mexico, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Alexa, Southern California, Amazon Fresh, Woodland Hills, Plascencia, Louisa, Top Stories LADN


People are getting 'COVID nails,' and one expert says the unusual lines could be used as an antibody test to prove previous infection

So-called 'COVID nails' Tim Spector/ZOE A horizontal line across the nail could be a sign of a previous COVID-19. If "COVID nails" were an infection marker it could be as useful as an antibody test, Prof Spector said. The lines can happen on the fingers or toes and are harmless. See more stories on Insider's business page. Odd-looking nails could be a sign of previous coronavirus infection, a top UK scientist has said.Horizontal lines across the nail that appear several months...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Trends, Healthcare, Symptoms, Nails, King s College, Beau, Spector, British Association of Dermatologists, Tim Spector, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Catherine Schuster Bruce, Tanya Bleiker


Booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine probably won't cause worse side effects than the original vaccines, experts predict

Man takes vaccine selfie in Colorado Michael Ciaglo / Stringer / Getty Images COVID-19 boosters are expected later this year. It's too early to say for sure what side effects to expect. But experts predict they won't be much worse than the original COVID-19 vaccines. See more stories on Insider's business page. COVID-19 vaccine booster shots probably won't cause worse side effects than the original vaccines, two leading experts have told Insider - although others say it'...
Tags: Health, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Poland, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, University Of Maryland, Mayo Clinic, Gregory, American Medical Association, Adalja, Amesh Adalja, Susan Bailey, Moderna, BioNtech


Pfizer and BioNTech are filing for full approval of their COVID-19 vaccine with the FDA

vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are prepared to be administered to front-line health care workers under an emergency use authorization at a drive up vaccination site from Renown Health in Reno, Nevada on December 17, 2020. Patrick Fallon/AFP via Getty Images Pfizer and BioNTech are the first of the three US-approved vaccines to file for non-emergency approval with the FDA. If approved, the FDA would allow Pfizer to administer shots even after the pandemic state of emergency e...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Cnn, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Cnbc, Johnson Johnson, Reno Nevada, BLA, FDA approval, Pharmaceutical Companies, Coronavirus


The WHO is granting emergency use of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

A vial of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine Associated Press WHO approved a COVID-1 vaccine from China's Sinopharm for emergency use on Friday. The vaccine was developed by Sinopharm, a Chinese state-owned drugmaker, alongside the Beijing Institute of Biological Products. This is the first time WHO has authorized any Chinese-made vaccine for emergency use. See more stories on Insider's business page. A World Health Organization panel has authorized the emergency use of a COVID-19 vac...
Tags: News, China, Trends, Speed, Healthcare, World Health Organization, Vaccines, The Washington Post, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Kelly McLaughlin, Coronavirus, Sinopharm, Associated Press WHO, Beijing Institute of Biological Products, Beijing Institute of Biological Products This


WHO is granting emergency use of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

A vial of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine Associated Press WHO approved a COVID-19 vaccine from China's Sinopharm for emergency use on Friday. The vaccine was developed by Sinopharm, a Chinese state-owned drugmaker, alongside the Beijing Institute of Biological Products. This is the first time WHO has authorized any Chinese-made vaccine for emergency use. See more stories on Insider's business page. A World Health Organization panel has authorized the emergency use of a COVID-19 va...
Tags: News, China, Trends, Speed, Healthcare, World Health Organization, Vaccines, The Washington Post, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Kelly McLaughlin, Coronavirus, Sinopharm, Associated Press WHO, Beijing Institute of Biological Products, Beijing Institute of Biological Products This


People are getting 'COVID nails,' and one expert says the unusual lines could be as useful as an antibody test to prove previous infection

So-called 'COVID nails' Tim Spector/ZOE A horizontal line across the nail could be a sign of a previous COVID-19. If "COVID nails" were an infection marker it could be as useful as an antibody test, Prof Spector said. The lines can happen on the fingers or toes and are harmless. See more stories on Insider's business page. Odd-looking nails could be a sign of previous coronavirus infection, a top UK scientist has said.Horizontal lines across the nail that appear several months...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Trends, Healthcare, Symptoms, Nails, King s College, Beau, Spector, British Association of Dermatologists, Tim Spector, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Catherine Schuster Bruce, Tanya Bleiker


Nancy Messonnier, the senior CDC official who first warned the US about the coronavirus pandemic, is resigning

Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, speaks at a coronavirus briefing on January 28, 2020. Samuel Corum/Getty CDC health official Nancy Messonnier announced she was resigning on Friday. She said her last day with the CDC would be May 14. Messonnier was the first US official to publicly warn the country of the COVID-19 pandemic. See more stories on Insider's business page. Nancy Messonnier - a senior health expert at t...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, Washington Post, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Speed, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Business Insider, Mike Pence Read, Messonnier, Nancy Messonnier


A California bar owner is accused of selling fake COVID-19 vaccine certificates for $20 each

EJ Hersom, Department of Defense Todd Anderson, the owner of Old Corner Saloon in Clements, California, has been arrested. Prosecutors say Anderson sold fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards from his bar. He's been charged with identity theft, forging government documents, and falsifying medical records. See more stories on Insider's business page. A California bar owner has been accused of selling fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards, state and county officials said this week....
Tags: Health, Science, Crime, News, California, Trends, Speed, San Joaquin County, The Washington Post, Anderson, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Todd Anderson, Kelly McLaughlin, Tori Verber Salazar, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Germany is not happy with Biden's support for waiving COVID-19 vaccine patents, predicting 'severe complications'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Getty Biden's support for waiving COVID-19 vaccine patents has had a mixed reaction from EU countries. A spokesperson for the German government said it would cause "severe complications," per Bloomberg. Experts have said lifting vaccine patents may not be that effective in easing global shortages. See more stories on Insider's business page. Germany pushed back Thursday against President Joe Biden's support for a patent waiver on COVID-19 vacci...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, United States, News UK, European Commission, WTO, Vaccine, Biden


The UK is offering people under 40 an alternative to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine following concerns about rare blood clots in young people

A vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP The UK's vaccine advisory committee recommended that people under 40 be offered an alternative vaccine to AstraZeneca's. It cited the rare occurrence of blood clots forming among vaccinated young people. It stressed that the vaccine's benefits outweigh the risks. See more stories on Insider's business page. The UK is recommending that people under 40 be offered an alternative to the AstraZene...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Trends, Speed, Astrazeneca, Alexandra Ma, Steve Parsons, JCVI, MHRA, Medicines and Healthcare, Regulatory Agency, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Wei Shen Lim


How US companies could use patients’ data from Covid vaccine drive

Privacy advocates warn retail pharmacies in particular are blurring the line between public health and commerceData rights organizations have warned that patients lack a clear understanding of how information about their health, employment, contact or location details may be used if it is collected by private entities during the Covid-19 vaccine drive.Some advocates have already expressed concerns that the information could be used for marketing, targeted advertising or de-identified and sold in...
Tags: Business, US, US news, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Gamescom 2021 Event Going Online Once Again

The German Games Industry Association has officially announced one of the biggest gaming conventions in the world, Gamescom, will be a free online event for 2021. Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse has stated that the 2020 event, which also took place online due to safety concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, was generally […]
Tags: Business, Games, Germany, Events, Anime, Announcements, Cancellations, Gamescom, Koelnmesse, Coronavirus, Oliver Frese, Games Industry Association


Moderna's CEO said he 'didn't lose a minute of sleep' over the US support for waiving patents for COVID-19 vaccines

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel. Steven Ferdman/Getty Images The Biden administration said on Wednesday it supported IP waivers for COVID-19 vaccines. But Moderna's CEO said on Thursday he doesn't believe the move would hurt the company. Stéphane Bancel said it would take a long time for other companies to recreate Moderna's vaccine. See more stories on Insider's business page. The CEO of Moderna said he "didn't lose a minute of sleep" following the US decision to back waiv...
Tags: Politics, Finance, Germany, US, Trends, Spain, Joe Biden, Healthcare, News UK, World Trade Organization, WTO, Pfizer, Vaccine, Biden, Morgan Stanley, Reuters


New York City wants to offer tourists free COVID-19 vaccines as it prepares for a full reopening this summer

Pedestrians cross 6th Avenue in Midtown, New York City. John Lamparski/Getty Images Mayor Bill de Blasio said he wants to offer tourists in NYC free coronavirus vaccines. The plan, which still needs state approval, involves giving the one-shot J&J vaccine at tourist sites. De Blasio has said the city plans to fully reopen on July 1. See more stories on Insider's business page. New York City could start offering coronavirus vaccines to tourists as it prepares to fully reopen for the su...
Tags: New York, Science, News, New York City, Trends, Speed, News UK, Broadway, Bill De Blasio, Andrew Cuomo, Wall Street Journal, De Blasio, Central Park, Cuomo, Johnson Johnson, NBC New York


LA County’s mammoth vaccine centers will remain open despite drop in demand

Despite a recent sharp decline in demand for COVID-19 vaccines, Los Angeles County plans to continue operating its large-scale vaccination sites while also stepping up outreach efforts in communities where the inoculations have lagged, the county’s public health director said today. Health officials in Orange County announced Thursday that they will be closing mass-vaccination facilities due to dropping demand. Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that while L.A. sites w...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, India, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Orange County, Southern California, Los Angeles County


Kaiser just laid off hundreds. Are more cuts coming to health care industry?

More than a year into a deadly pandemic that has pushed health care workers to the brink, Kaiser Permanente announced last week it was laying off more than 200 workers. Earlier this year, Sutter Health made similar reductions. The job cuts — which come just as doctors, nurses and other employees who help keep hospitals and clinics running are finally allowing themselves to feel hopeful the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is in the past — have prompted backlash from unions and others. But COVID...
Tags: Business, News, Kaiser Permanente, California News, Sacramento, Sutter Health, Sport, Soccer, Kaiser, Local News, University Of Southern California, Ruskin, UCSF, Sutter, University of Minnesota, California Hospital Association


California jobless claims improve — but backlog worsens

California workers filed fewer unemployment claims last week, but the state’s labor agency is falling behind again as it works to whittle down a mountain of backlogged claims, separate government reports show. Workers statewide filed 71,200 first-time claims for unemployment during the week ending May 1, which was down 7,400 from the 78,600 claims filed in the week ending April 24, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday. However, the backlog of unemployment claims that have yet to be pai...
Tags: Business, Jobs, News, California, California News, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Associated Press, U S Department of Labor, Employment Development Department, San Fernando California, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Economy


UK companies claiming furlough dropped by 12,000 in February

Fall follows peak of 852,000 in January, with some firms repaying sums taken earlier in the pandemicThe number of companies claiming furlough dropped between January and February but more than 840,000 still depend on state support to pay staff.Revised figures published by HM Revenue and Customs showed that nearly 12,000 fewer companies claimed in February under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme than did so in January. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, UK, Hmrc, UK News, Customs, Dixons Carphone, Hospitality Industry, Coronavirus, UK job furlough scheme


Scientists have taught bees to smell the coronavirus. They can identify a case within seconds.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images Dutch scientists have trained bees to smell COVID-19. Every time the bees were exposed to an infected sample, they stuck out their tongues. The animals could be a low-tech solution for identifying COVID-19 cases. See more stories on Insider's business page. Scientists in the Netherlands have trained bees to identify COVID-19 through their sense of smell, according to a press release from Wageningen University.The research was conducted on more than 150 bees in ...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Speed, Bees, Netherlands, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Joe Raedle Getty, Holger Volk, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Kelly McLaughlin Aria Bendix


Scientists have taught bees how to smell when you're infected with the coronavirus

Joe Raedle/Getty Images Scientists in the Netherlands have trained bees to identify COVID-19 through their sense of smell, according to a press release from Wageningen University.The research is being carried out in Wageningen University's bio-veterinary research laboratory.The scientists train the bees by giving them a treat of a sugar water solution every time they were exposed to a scent from a sample infected with COVID-19. The bees wouldn't get a reward after being exposed to ...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Speed, Bees, Netherlands, Wageningen University, Joe Raedle Getty, Kelly McLaughlin, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Amazon just became another company's healthcare provider

Hello,Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm Blake Dodge, and today in healthcare news:Amazon Care has its first client;Startups are betting on a new Medicare program;Vida Health grabs $110 million from General Atlantic and other investors.If you're new to this newsletter, sign up here. Comments, tips about big tech-in-healthcare? Email me at [email protected] or tweet @dodgeblake. Amazon Care Amazon just signed its first employer client for its medical-care business Amazon'...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Healthcare, Medicare, General Atlantic, Cvs, Blake, Newsletters, VIDA, Precor, Moderna, Cigna Humana, Karen Lynch


EU wants to mass produce three ‘course-changing’ Covid drugs from October

Health commissioner says plan is to reduce hospitalisation and tackle long-term impact of CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThree Covid medicines with the potential to “change the course” of the pandemic will be authorised for mass production and use in the EU by October under a European Commission plan.Stella Kyriakides, the commissioner for health, said such a move would reduce hospitalisation and tackle the long-term impact of Covid, with one in 10 people report...
Tags: Europe, Business, Eu, European Union, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, European Commission, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, GlaxoSmithKline, Ursula von der Leyen, Coronavirus, Stella Kyriakides


Drugs to ‘change course of pandemic’ to be trialled for use in EU

Three therapeutics will be authorised by European Commission for mass production and use in bloc by OctoberCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThree Covid medicines with the potential to “change the course” of the pandemic will be authorised for mass production and use in the EU by October under a European Commission plan.Stella Kyriakides, the commissioner for health, said such a move would reduce hospitalisation and tackle the long-term impact of Covid, with one in 10 p...
Tags: Europe, Business, Eu, European Union, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, European Commission, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, GlaxoSmithKline, Ursula von der Leyen, Coronavirus, Stella Kyriakides


Tucker Carlson is attacking the COVID-19 vaccine again, baselessly claiming that thousands have died from taking the shot

Tucker Carlson talking about the COVID-19 vaccine on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." Fox News Fox News host Tucker Carlson upped his anti-vaccine rhetoric on Wednesday night. Without any supporting evidence, Carlson claimed thousands have died from COVID-19 vaccines. "The actual number is almost certainly much higher than that - perhaps vastly higher," he said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fox News host Tucker Carlson attacked the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in a segment of his ...
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Tucker Carlson is attacking COVID-19 vaccines again, making baseless claims about their safety

Tucker Carlson talking about COVID-19 vaccines on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." Fox News The Fox News host Tucker Carlson upped his anti-vaccine rhetoric on Wednesday night. Without any supporting evidence, Carlson linked thousands of deaths to COVID-19 vaccines. "The actual number is almost certainly much higher than that - perhaps vastly higher," he said. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Fox News host Tucker Carlson attacked the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in a segment of hi...
Tags: Politics, News, Media, Cdc, US, Trends, Speed, United States, Fox News, Tucker Carlson, Johnson Johnson, Kevin McCarthy, Carlson, Fox Nation, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Real-world data from Qatar suggests 2 doses of Pfizer's vaccine are needed against variants

A health worker applies a pad on the arm of a man after inoculating him against the coronavirus at a drive-through vaccination centre in the city of al-Wakrah, north of the capital Doha, on March 31, 2021 (Photo by Anne LEVASSEUR / AFP) (Photo by ANNE LEVASSEUR/AFP via Getty Images) Pfizer's vaccine was 54% effective against severe COVID-19 caused by variants after one dose in Qatar. Effectiveness against severe COVID-19 rose to more than 90% when two doses were given 21 days apart. Th...
Tags: Health, UK, Cdc, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Qatar, South Africa, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Doha, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC



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