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A new lab study reveals troubling signs that Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 shots could be far less effective against the variant first found in South Africa

Hartford HealthCare's Colleen Teevan administers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to a front-line healthcare worker outside of Hartford Hospital. AP Photo/Jessica Hill Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna's COVID-19 shots were at least 10 times less effective against a coronavirus variant in a new study.  Researchers tested the vaccines on the variant first found in South Africa, which is now in 20 US states. A mutation on the variant called E484K appeared to be a "major contributor," the study auth...
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Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 shots were 10 times less effective against the variant first found in South Africa in a new study

Hartford HealthCare's Colleen Teevan administers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to a front-line healthcare worker outside of Hartford Hospital. AP Photo/Jessica Hill Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna's COVID-19 shots were at least 10 times less effective against a coronavirus variant in a new study.  Researchers tested the vaccines on the variant first found in South Africa, which is now in 20 US states. A mutation on the variant called E484K appeared to be a "major contributor," the study auth...
Tags: Health, UK, Texas, Science, California, Cdc, Israel, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Columbia University, Pfizer, Johnson Johnson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Hartford Hospital


The Latest: Michigan makes homeless people vaccine-eligible

By The Associated Press DETROIT — People who are homeless will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan starting Monday. Health officials say it’s a critical step in curbing infections and making sure vulnerable populations have access. “Our vulnerable populations are high priority for us right now,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said, according to the Lansing State Journal. “This opens the door to make sure that population is also vaccinated and we don’t continue to have outbreak...
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Pfizer's CEO has reportedly postponed an Israel trip because he's not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and refuses to 'cut the line'

An Israeli man receives the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a coronavirus vaccination center in Tel Aviv. Oded Balilty/AP Photo Pfizer's CEO reportedly postponed a trip to Israel because his entourage wasn't fully vaccinated. The Jerusalem Post and The Times of Israel said members of the CEO's team had received a first dose. CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC previously he wouldn't "cut the line" for the COVID-19 vaccine.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stor...
Tags: Germany, Israel, US, Trends, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Benjamin Netanyahu, Cnbc, Reuters, Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, Albert Bourla, Bourla, COVID-19, COVID


America built the world's most sophisticated cyberweapons. Now they're being used against the country, a new book argues.

Jaap Arriens/Getty Images The US has long emphasized cyber offense over defense, Nicole Perlroth argues in a new book. But now the weapons it developed are being used against it, the The New York Times reporter said. Perlroth told Insider the US needs to shore up its biggest vulnerability: critical infrastructure. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. In March 2017, WikiLeaks published a trove of leaked CIA hacking tools. The agency's internal report, obtained last year ...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Enterprise, Interview, North Korea, Nsa, Israel, US, America, Trends, Iran, United States, New York Times, Antarctica, The New York Times, Cyber Attack


Mercenary armies are running amok around the world

Erik Prince testifies at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, October 2, 2007. Mark Wilson/Getty A recent report by UN investigators detailed a bungled plot to prop up Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar with mercenaries, allegedly including a special hit squad. Not all the details of that 2019 plot are clear, but it underscores the increasing use and ongoing opacity of operations by private military contractors around the world. Visit the Business section of Insider for ...
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Biden and Europe allies worry Israel is preparing a substantial attack on Iran

An Israeli soldier holds a clump of tar cleaned from the sand after an offshore oil spill deposited tar along Israel's Mediterranean shoreline, at a beach in Atlit, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo Israel has not yet responded to a suspected Iranian oil spill on its shores in February. The lack of response could be a sign it is preparing a substantial strike against Iran, sources tell Insider. Biden and allies in Europe are worried a revenge attack might scuttle nucle...
Tags: Europe, News, Washington, Israel, Trends, Iran, Syria, Analysis, United States, Binyamin Netanyahu, Libya, Biden, Tehran, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Mediterranean


Five Questions with Mark Gerson

Mark Gerson is a serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist (see his short bio below). I first met Mark in Israel in 2003, when he offered me a job at GLG straight out of college. It was one of the most rewarding work and personal experiences in my career, and also where I met my wife. Mark is one of the smartest and thoughtful people, and I’ve been lucky to call him a friend ever since. This week, Mark launched his new book, The Telling, and I thought it’s worth sharing with a broader...
Tags: New York, Entrepreneurship, Africa, Israel, Uncategorized, Trends, Judaism, Christian, Impact Investing, ESG, Founder, Mark, Torah, Deuteronomy, GLG, Mt Sinai


3 ways the US can improve COVID contact tracing efforts and encourage honest participation

The US has a poor success rate when it comes to contact tracing coronavirus infections thus far. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images The US has notably been unsuccessful in using contact tracing to reduce COVID-19 outbreaks. A recent study suggests that more than 40% of people would not speak to public health officials when contacted. Kellogg School clinical professor, Sarit Markovich, says that to get people to participate in contract tracing, there needs to be a level of trust. Visit the B...
Tags: Cdc, China, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Strategy, Nordic, Kellogg School, Contributor, Infections, ANGELA WEISS, Kellogg Insight, Markovich, Susan Margolin, COVID-19


The data is in: COVID-19 vaccines are proving to be crucial in curbing the pandemic by slashing infections, hospitalizations, and deaths

A frontline healthcare worker receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. Photo by William Campbell/Getty Images The coronavirus vaccines being rolled out are really, really good.  The first real-world data shows huge drops in transmission, infections, and hospitalizations. Vaccines are more than a silver lining to the pandemic — they're our way out. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. For coronavirus vaccines, the good news keeps on coming.Scientists tracking the performa...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Bloomberg, South Africa, Healthcare, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Fda, Pfizer, Bloomberg News, Chris Jackson


The data is in: COVID-19 vaccines are proving crucial in curbing the pandemic by slashing infections, hospitalizations, and deaths

A frontline healthcare worker receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. Photo by William Campbell/Getty Images The coronavirus vaccines being rolled out are really, really good. The first real-world data shows huge drops in transmission, infections, and hospitalizations. Vaccines are more than a tool in the pandemic — they're our way out. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. For coronavirus vaccines, the good news keeps on coming.Scientists tracking the performance of sho...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Bloomberg, South Africa, Healthcare, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Bloomberg News, The Food and Drug Administration, Chris Jackson


Israel accuses Iran of deliberately spilling oil to pollute its shores, calling it 'environmental terror'

Scientists examine the body of a dead fin whale that washed up from the Mediterranean Sea on February 21, 2021 in Nitzanim, Israel. Vets carrying out an autopsy on the young whale found black liquid in its lungs, suspecting links to oil spills along the Israeli shoreline. Amir Levy/Getty Images Israel on Wednesday accused Iran of intentionally orchestrating a massive oil spill near its shores. An Israeli official said the incident was a willful act of "environmental terror." Visit the Busi...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Washington, Israel, Oil, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Syria, Associated Press, Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden, Tehran, Donald Trump


Bitcoin reclaims $50,000 level as more businesses eye exposure to cryptocurrencies

Chesnot/Getty Images Bitcoin surged 5% on Wednesday to reclaim the $50,000 level as more firms eye exposure to the cryptocurrency space.PayPal is said to have paid more than $200 to acquire Curv, a crypto custody firm based in Israel, while Goldman Sachs revived its crypto trading desk.The surge higher also follows SEC nominee Gary Gensler's testimony to Congress.Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening BellBitcoin spiked 5% and reclaimed the key $50,000 level on...
Tags: Congress, Israel, Trends, Paypal, SEC, Goldman Sachs, Gensler, Gary Gensler, Matthew Fox, Congress Sign, Chesnot Getty Images Bitcoin, MIT Businesses


How AstraZeneca's vaccine got mired in politics and mistrust to become Europe's least favorite shot

A vial and syringe are seen in front of the AstraZeneca logo. Reuters/Dado Ruvic Europeans are turning down the AstraZeneca vaccine, threatening the EU's path out of the pandemic. The problem flared last week, but has been months in the making. AstraZeneca and EU leaders both made mistakes that sapped public confidence. Experts and regulators say the shot is safe, and EU leaders are moving to repair the damage. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. "There is currently an ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Science, France, Scotland, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Israel, US, Trends, Eu, Ireland, South Africa, Oxford


Royal Caribbean has announced its first 'fully vaccinated' cruises. These are all the cruise lines that will require COVID-19 vaccinations for guests and crew

The Norwegian Epic. Alain DENANTES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images The return of cruising still remains in limbo for many cruise lines. Companies including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian have announced vaccine requirements. These are all the cruise lines that have COVID-19 vaccine requirements for guests or crew. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Several cruise lines have started announcing vaccination requirements for guests and crew members as the industry looks to rest...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Israel, US, Trends, Cruise, United Kingdom, Vaccine, Benjamin Netanyahu, Saga cruises, Carnival, Cruise Ships, Royal Caribbean, Crystal Cruises, Holland America, Royal Caribbean Cruises


Lobbying agency claims its former head concealed arms trade and terror funding from Qatar to Hezbollah

Hezbollah is part of the government in Lebanon but is also internationally classified as a terrorist organization. Getty Images / Salah Malkawi Prominent German lobbying agency WMP has accused its former chairman of damaging its reputation. The complaint alleges that Michael Inacker hid evidence of terror funding and arms deliveries from Qatar to Hezbollah. Inacker strongly denied the claims, saying WMP was attempting to paralyze a new venture he founded. Visit the Business section of Insi...
Tags: Germany, Berlin, Israel, Trends, Qatar, Munich, Nato, Middle East, Macedonia, Brussels, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Jason, Doha, Eastern Europe, Mohammed bin Salman


Royal Caribbean just announced its first 'fully vaccinated' cruises are setting sail in May

Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas. Royal Caribbean Royal Caribbean's new Odyssey of the Seas cruise ship will be setting sail from Israel in May. The ship's crew and guests over 16-years-old must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The cruise line previously said it will be expecting its crew to receive the vaccine before sailings return. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Royal Caribbean's new ship, the Odyssey of the Seas, will be setting sail in May from Israel ...
Tags: Greece, Washington Post, Israel, Trends, Cyprus, Royal Caribbean, Netanyahu, Michael Bayley, Brittany Chang, COVID, Seas Royal Caribbean Royal Caribbean, Israel Royal Caribbean, Haifa Israel Benjamin Netanyahu Israel


Is it time to decriminalize prostitution? Two New York bills answer yes in unique ways

Today in the majority of the United States, it is a crime to sell sex, buy it, or promote its sale. The Sex Trade Survivors Justice & Equality Act would decriminalize prostitution in New York state while maintaining punitive measures against buyers and pimps. Opponents suggest this law would only push the illegal sex trade further underground and seek full decriminalization for everyone involved. Although incorrectly labeled the world's oldest profession, prostitution has been on the minds of l...
Tags: New York, Sweden, Activism, Law, Sex, Germany, Israel, Public Health, Homelessness, United States, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Innovation, Manhattan, University of Pennsylvania, Norway


From dreams of the presidency to 'Flyin' Ted': How Ted Cruz became the most ridiculed senator in US politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) walks out of a meeting room for the lawyers of former President Donald Trump and back to the Senate floor in Washington, DC, on February 12, 2021. Jabin Botsford - Pool/Getty Images Once touted as the next president, Ted Cruz is now one of the most controversial people in Congress. The senator is back in the spotlight after taking a trip to Mexico during a deadly winter storm. Scroll down to read more about the life and career of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Visit the Business...
Tags: Politics, New York, Texas, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Mexico, Senate, Israel, Disney, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Reagan


Desperate for more planes, cargo airlines are buying up aging passenger jets. Here's how they're converted to fly Amazon packages instead of people.

Converting a Boeing 767-300ER to a cargo plane. Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com and Israeli Aerospace Industries Cargo carriers and e-commerce giants are buying up aging airliners and turning them into cargo jets. Israel Aerospace Industries is one conversion firm that the likes of Amazon have entrusted with their planes. The process can take up to around 120 days, and slots are booked years in advance.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A unique fleet of aircra...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, News, Air Travel, China, Planes, Israel, Trends, Features, Flying, Canada, Aviation, DHL, Boeing, Delta Air Lines


Israel Has High COVID Vaccination Level But Still Has COVID Problems

By Feb 7, 2021, Israel had administered over 5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine which covered 60% of its population. Israel has a population 9.3 million people. The US might get to the current... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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France admits it needs to repair the image of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after struggling to convince people to take it

A sign in France says "all vaccinated against COVID-19" on February 8, 2021 THOMAS SAMSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images France is embarking on an effort to persuade its people to accept the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Regulators say the vaccine is safe and effective, but its performance data has prompted some doubts. France's president, Emmanuel Macron, was among those to disparage the vaccine in the past. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. France is working to fix the d...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Science, France, Scotland, Germany, Israel, US, Trends, Turkey, News UK, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Donald Trump


Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine performs just as well in the real world as it did in trials, a landmark Israeli study of more than 1 million people suggests. It was 94% effective.

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau receives a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, December 20, 2020. Ariel Schalit/AP Photo Pfizer-BioNTech's two-dose coronavirus vaccine was 94% effective at protecting against COVID-19 in a real-world study. In late-stage clinical trials before it was authorized, it was 95% effective. The new Israeli study of the Pfizer vaccine involved more than 1 million people. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. P...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Israel, US, Trends, Harvard University, Healthcare, Sydney, Pfizer, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, University of New South Wales, New England Journal of Medicine, Tel Aviv Israel, Johns Hopkins University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev


Israeli bar offers free beer and shots to young people who get coronavirus vaccination

This is an automated machine translation of an article published by Business Insider in a different language. Machine translations can generate errors or inaccuracies; we will continue the work to improve these translations. You can find the original version here.The planet has begun to visualize the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic with the supply of vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca among others.However, many people are not very convinced about the effectiveness of...
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The more data we get, the more it seems vaccinated people aren't spreading the coronavirus

A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a health services center in Rehovot, Israel, on January 14, 2021. Xinhua/Gil Cohen Magen via Getty Images COVID-19 vaccines can help reduce coronavirus transmission, preliminary research shows. Multiple studies show vaccinated people have lower viral loads, which are linked to less spread. Research suggests vaccines also reduce asymptomatic infections.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Now that effective coronavirus vaccines are a...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Kentucky, Israel, US, Tel Aviv, Trends, Research, Healthcare, Oxford, Fda, Pfizer, London Underground, Anthony Fauci


Acumen nabs $7M seed to keep engineering teams on track

Engineering teams face steep challenges when it comes to staying on schedule, and keeping to those schedules can have an impact on the entire organization. Acumen, an Israeli engineering operations startup announced a $7 million seed investment today to help tackle this problem. Hetz, 10D, Crescendo and Jibe participated in the round, designed to give the startup the funding to continue building out the product and bring it to market. The company, which has been working with beta customers for a...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Europe, Enterprise, Funding, Israel, US, Tech, Alva, Israeli startups, Recent Funding, Hetz, Acumen, Engineering Operations Tools, Nevo Alva


Scotland's vaccine rollout suggests delaying the 2nd COVID-19 shot is a bad idea

A frontline healthcare worker receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at the Park County Health Departments storefront clinic on January 5, 2021 in Livingston, Montana. Photo by William Campbell/Getty Images The UK strategy to delay the second coronavirus vaccine dose for up to 12 weeks carries real risk. New data from Scotland showed protection against hospitalization peaking after five weeks — and then declining. Vaccine developers and public-health experts told Insider it's a mistake to...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Obama, Scotland, Israel, Trends, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Philadelphia, Pfizer, Children s Hospital, Patel, Paul Offit, Livingston Montana


A single shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 70%, the first real-world data suggests

Medical assistant April Massaro gives a first dose of Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Alice Fallago at Desert Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Victorville, California. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images One shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine reduced the risk of coronavirus infection by 70% in a UK study. The COVID-19 vaccine's protection increased to 85% in those who got two shots. The data showed Pfizer's vaccine worked against a mutated va...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Cdc, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Phe, Pcr, Lancet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Massaro


A single shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 70%, the first real-world UK data suggests

Medical assistant April Massaro gives a first dose of Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Alice Fallago at Desert Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Victorville, California. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images One shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine reduced the risk of coronavirus infection by 70% in a UK study. The COVID-19 vaccine's protection increased to 85% in those who got two shots. The data showed Pfizer's vaccine worked against a mutated va...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Cdc, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Phe, Pcr, Lancet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Massaro


People in France, Germany, and the UK are turning down the AstraZeneca vaccine because they want the Pfizer one instead, reports say

A box containing vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on the start of a vaccination campaign for health workers in France on February 6. ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images During vaccine rollouts in France, Germany, and the UK, some are insisting on a particular shot.  In Europe, officials are struggling to give out AstraZeneca's jab, and cite concerns about performance.  In the UK, reports are mixed. The Washington Post suggested that some prefer the AstraZeneca vaccine, calling it t...
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