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The US has surpassed 800,000 COVID-19 deaths amid Omicron variant spread and slowing vaccination rates

Clinicians work after intubating a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on August 10, 2021 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.Mario Tama/Getty Images More than 800,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the US as of Tuesday.  This comes a day after the US surpassed 50 million infections — the highest number of cases in the world. The tragic milestone comes as the Omicron variant spreads and only 61% of Americans are fully vaccinated. More than 800,000 Ameri...
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Joy, tears and emotional support puppies: Aucklanders get the green light to travel

Residents of the wider Auckland region, closed off in August as the city tried to contain an outbreak of Covid-19, finally allowed to leaveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere were tears of joy, long embraces and sighs of relief, as thousands of New Zealanders boarded flights or hit the road on Wednesday, in what was, for many, the first reunion with friends and family in four months.The wider Auckland region was closed off in August as the city tried to contain an o...
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One chart shows the most common COVID-19 booster side effects from Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J's vaccines

A Thai healthcare worker receives a booster dose of Pfizer's vaccine in Bangkok on August 9, 2021.Vichan Poti/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Side effects from COVID-19 booster shots generally resemble those after a second dose. Fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches are common after both. But two shots of J&J's vaccine yield fewer side effects than three shots of Pfizer or Moderna. See more stories on Insider's business page. Second and third doses of COVID-19 vaccines g...
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Nasa’s solar probe ‘touches’ sun for first time, dives into unexplored atmosphere

The Parker probe is exploring the corona to help scientists better understand solar outbursts that can interfere with life on EarthA Nasa spacecraft has officially “touched” the sun, plunging through the unexplored solar atmosphere known as the corona.Scientists announced the news Tuesday during a meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Continue reading...
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Former SpaceX engineer says she was sexually harassed and 'misogyny is rampant' at Elon Musk's rocket company

A SpaceX rocket and capsule at Cape Canaveral, Florida, in early November.Joe Raedle/Getty Images A former SpaceX engineer published an essay claiming the company is "rife with sexism." Former SpaceX engineer Ashley Kosak said she experienced sexual harassment from colleagues. SpaceX and Musk did not respond to a request for comment. A former SpaceX engineer published an essay on Tuesday accusing Elon Musk's rocket company of fostering an environment "rife with sexism."Ashley Kosak, a for...
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Pfizer says pill is effective in protecting against severe disease from Covid

Experimental antiviral pill Paxlovid is also effective against the Omicron variant, company announcesA pill manufactured by the prominent Covid-19 vaccine provider Pfizer is highly effective in protecting against severe disease from coronavirus, the company said on Tuesday.The experimental antiviral pill Paxlovid is also effective against the Omicron variant that is spreading rapidly across the world, the company announced, citing laboratory testing. Continue reading...
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Cornell University was forced to shut down its campus and move to 'alert level red' after COVID-19 cases spiked

kickstand/Getty Images Cornell University shut down its Ithaca campus Tuesday amid a "rapid spread of COVID-19" among students. As of Sunday, 469 active COVID-19 cases were reported, 214 of which were new positive tests. The university's president said evidence of the Omicron variant was present in a "significant number" of positive tests. Cornell University shut down its Ithaca campus on Tuesday amid a "rapid spread of COVID-19" among students, the university president announced.As of Su...
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Is Omicron as infectious as it gets? Scientists lay out their best and worst scenarios for the virus' future

A man takes a COVID-19 test at Sydney International Airport on November 28, 2021.James D. Morgan/Getty Images Omicron raises questions about how much more infectious or dangerous the coronavirus can get. In scientists' best-case scenario, the virus could become endemic by the end of the decade. But in a worst-case scenario, a more lethal variant could spill over from animals to humans. For nearly six months, Delta seemed capable of vanquishing all other coronavirus variants — so much so t...
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Nurse who was the first person in the US to get vaccinated says healthcare workers are 'tired' and 'concerned' as the pandemic drags on

Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, on December 14, 2020.Mark Lennihan/AFP/Getty Image The first person in US to receive a COVID-19 vaccine said healthcare workers are "tired." New York nurse Sandra Lindsay made the remarks on the one-year anniversary of her shot. Lindsay said more must be done to get people vaccinated as new variants like Omicron emerge. The first ...
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How big is the risk of Omicron in the UK and how do we know?

Analysis: Sajid Javid estimates there are 200,000 new cases a day – here’s why the experts suggest that number will soon multiplyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen Savid Javid revealed on Monday that an estimated 200,000 people a day are getting infected with Omicron, it brought understandable concern – especially as just 4,713 cases of the variant had been confirmed in the UK so far. So where does this figure come from – and what does it tell us about the trajector...
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Vaccines could still protect against Omicron via powerful 'T cells' that are hard to measure but prevent severe illness and death

A passenger who arrived from Italy administers a self-collected nasal swab at Los Angeles International Airport on December 3, 2021.Mario Tama/Getty Images Early data suggests Omicron could evade some types of protection from vaccines. Most has been about antibody responses, with less attention to another mechanism: T cells. T cells could stop the worst ravages of Omicron, but may not stop mild infection. As studies and predictions flood in about the Omicron coronavirus variant, much attentio...
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CDC director: Early data suggests Omicron may be less severe, but 'a lot of people' will still get sick

Director of the CDC Rochelle Walensky and Sec. of Education Miguel Cardona at a forum held at the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club on August 6, 2021 .Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald The Omicron variant may cause less severe disease, if early reports are any indication. However, more people will get sick, the CDC director told Today show hosts. Early data also suggests Omicron may be resistant to protection provided by vaccines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle ...
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CDC director says early data appears to show Omicron may be less severe, but warns that 'a lot of people' will still get sick

Director of the CDC Rochelle Walensky and Sec. of Education Miguel Cardona at a forum held at the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club on August 6, 2021 .Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said on Tuesday that early data appears to show the Omicron variant may be less severe, but warned that "a lot of people" will still get sick."We're starting to see some early data that is demonstrating some decreased severity," Walensky ...
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Airline association welcomes UK travel red list U-turn on Africa

The UK will remove South Africa and other African countries it recently placed on its travel red list at midnight on Wednesday The post Airline association welcomes UK travel red list U-turn on Africa appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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Key ice shelf on Antarctica's doomsday glacier will probably shatter like a car windshield within 5 years, scientists say

Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier.NASA via Reuters Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier is melting quickly, fueling 4% of sea-level rise each year. The eastern region of Thwaites is shielded from warming ocean waters by a dam-like ice shelf. The protective ice shelf will shatter and expose the glacier within five years, scientists say. A crucial ice shelf on Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier is on track to collapse within five years, accelerating the melting of the notorious "doomsday glacier."T...
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2 doses of Pfizer's vaccine cut the risk of hospitalization by 70% during Omicron surge in South Africa, real-world study finds

A person is tested for COVID-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday November 27, 2021.AP Photo/Jerome Delay Pfizer's shot cut hospitalization risk by 70% during Omicron surge, compared with no vaccine, a study found. Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council, said it was a drop from 92% during Delta wave, but boosters "will help". The study didn't confirm the cases were Omicron, so it's not possible to tell precise effectiveness against the varian...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, Pfizer, Vaccine, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, University of Reading, Simon Clarke, Omicron, Science Media Center, Coronavirus, Glenda Gray


Kroger is no longer offering paid emergency leave to unvaccinated workers who catch COVID-19

The Kroger logo is seen at one of its stores in Athens, Ohio.Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The grocery chain Kroger will no longer offer paid emergency leave to unvaccinated workers who get COVID-19, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a memo to employees sent last week.The policy comes into effect on January 1, 2022, The Journal reported.The Journal reported that the rule change will apply "unless local jurisdictions require otherwise."The company is also adding...
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Pfizer says its oral COVID-19 pill could help prevent severe infection from the Omicron variant in high-risk people

Both fell ill to COVID-19 during the April outbreak.Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe/Getty Images Pfizer announced Tuesday that its oral pill can help protect those at high risk of severe COVID-19.The company said in a press release that the drug, called Paxlovid, reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% when given to high-risk people within three days of symptoms starting in a study of 2,246 people.If the drug was given within five days of symptom onset it was 88% effective, Pfizer...
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2 doses of Pfizer's vaccine cut the risk of hospitalization by 70% during Omicron surge in South Africa, study finds

A person is tested for COVID-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday November 27, 2021.AP Photo/Jerome Delay Pfizer's shot cut hospitalization risk by 70% during Omicron surge, compared with no vaccine, a study found. Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council, said it was a drop from 92% during Delta wave, but boosters "will help". The study didn't confirm the cases were Omicron, so it's not possible to tell precise effectiveness against the varian...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, Pfizer, Vaccine, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, University of Reading, Simon Clarke, Omicron, Science Media Center, Coronavirus, Glenda Gray


‘Colossal waste’: Nobel laureates call for 2% cut to military spending worldwide

Governments urged to use ‘peace dividend’ to help UN tackle pandemics, climate crisis and extreme povertyMore than 50 Nobel laureates have signed an open letter calling for all countries to cut their military spending by 2% a year for the next five years, and put half the saved money in a UN fund to combat pandemics, the climate crisis, and extreme poverty.Coordinated by the Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli, the letter is supported by a large group of scientists and mathematicians including Sir R...
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A 'large wave' of Omicron cases and hospitalizations is coming to the US, Biden official tells Axios

A medical worker shows a COVID-19 rapid antigen test.PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP/Getty Images A Biden official warned "everything points to a large wave" of Omicron hospitalizations and deaths. The Omicron variant currently appears to spread more rapidly. "It won't be as severe, but regrettably, there will be plenty of hospitalizations," the official said. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus will bring a "large wave" of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations to the US soon, a senior Biden ad...
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Billionaire who blasted into space defended spending tens of millions of dollars on the trip, saying his critics 'perhaps have never been to space'

Yusaku Maezawa during a space-suit check before his launch to the International Space Station.REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire, is currently on the ISS. He said the reports he spent $80 million on his trip were "pretty much" accurate. He defended the cost, saying "those who criticize are perhaps those who have never been to space." A Japanese billionaire who is currently in space has responded to people who criticized him for spending millions of dollars on the t...
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