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Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Rare photos show some of the birds, fish, and mollusks added to the extinction list this week

Moe Flannery, senior collections manager for ornithology and mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences, holds an ivory-billed woodpecker in San Francisco on September 24, 2021. Haven Daley/AP The US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed declaring 23 species extinct this week. The species include birds, fish, mussels, and 11 species from Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. Because the animals have been endangered for so long, there are very few photos of them. See more stories on Insider'...
Tags: Texas, Science, News, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Fish, Birds, Hawaii, Endangered Species, Biodiversity, North America


A declassified 2018 State Dept report suggests noises linked to 'Havana Syndrome' were probably just crickets

Close-up of a cricket (not the species in the story) perching outdoors. Andrew Casson/EyeEm/Getty Images An advisory group for the State Department analyzed sounds associated with the "Havana syndrome." The 2018 report, now declassified, found the sound was likely made by a particularly loud cricket. The report found that the sounds were not likely to have caused the potential medical effects. See more stories on Insider's business page. A 2018 State Department inquiry into the lou...
Tags: Science, White House, US, Trends, Cricket, News UK, Pentagon, Associated Press, Jamaica, State Department, Cuba, Havana, Los Alamos National Laboratory, BuzzFeed News, New York Times Read, Havana Cuba


A member of the CIA director's team experienced symptoms of the mysterious 'Havana Syndrome' on a trip to India, report says

CIA Director Bill Burns. Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP A member of CIA director Bill Burns team reported symptoms of Havana Syndrome this month, CNN said. The incident happened on Burns' trip to India and left him "fuming," sources told CNN. At least 130 US personnel have reported symptoms, including in China, Vietnam, the US, and Russia. See more stories on Insider's business page. A colleague of CIA Director Bill Burns experienced symptoms consistent with the mysterious "Havana Syn...
Tags: Politics, Science, Russia, India, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Cnn, News UK, Moscow, Cia, Vietnam, Cuba, Havana, Kamala Harris


Astronauts' photos from the space station reveal the highs and lows of watching Earth from above in 2021 so far

The thin blue line of Earth's atmosphere appears on the horizon beyond the Red Sea and the Nile River in Africa, February 3, 2021. NASA Astronauts on the International Space Station enjoy mesmerizing views of Earth. They orbit the planet every 90 minutes, so they see lots of sunrises, nighttime city lights, blue ocean water, and colorful landscapes. The best photos taken from the space station in 2021 so far, which follow below, showcase bright auroras, hypnotizing crop patterns, and s...
Tags: Asia, Florida, Science, News, Climate Change, Washington Post, Russia, Africa, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Features, United States, South Africa, National Parks


Nearly 1 million homes along the Gulf Coast might be damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Ida

A damaged house after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Chris Graythen/Getty Images Storm surge could damage or destroy homes in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, CoreLogic data suggests. As a Category 4 hurricane, Ida is expected to cost approximately $220.37 billion in damages. Ida will reach the Gulf Coast this Sunday evening on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. See more stories on Insider's business page. Hurricane Ida is barreling towards the Gulf Coast and the Category 4 sto...
Tags: Real Estate, Science, Mississippi, US, Trends, Atlantic, Hurricane, Homes, Natural Disaster, Storm, Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana, Gulf Coast, Cuba, Gulf of Mexico, Damages


Why Tropical Storm Ida Is Set to Rapidly Intensify Into a Monster Hurricane

Cuba is currently bearing the brunt of Tropical Storm Ida, with heavy rain and gusty winds. But what’s happening there is unfortunately a warmup for what could be an explosive few days for the storm.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Environment, Meteorology, Wind, Storm, Cuba, Tropical Cyclone, Maria, Ida, Kim Wood, Dorian, Atlantic Hurricane, Tropical Cyclones, Vortices, Physical Geography


Why Hurricane Ida Is Set to Rapidly Intensify Into a Monster Storm

Cuba is currently bearing the brunt of Hurricane Ida, with heavy rain and gusty winds. But what’s happening there is unfortunately a warmup for what could be an explosive few days for the storm.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Environment, Meteorology, Wind, Storm, Cuba, Tropical Cyclone, Maria, Ida, Kim Wood, Dorian, Tropical Cyclones, Vortices, Hurricane Ida, Physical Geography


Cuba to Legalize and Regulate Cryptocurrencies But Questions Remain

The Cuban government announced it will legalize and regulate cryptocurrencies for payments, according to a resolution published Thursday in Cuba’s Official Gazette and a new report from the Associated Press. But the details are incredibly scarce at this point.Read more...
Tags: Science, Articles, Bitcoin, Biden, Cuba, Donald Trump, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, Decentralization, Countries, NAYIB BUKELE, Binance, Payment Systems, Private Currencies, Member States Of The United Nations


Covid-19 Diary : Sunday 8 August, 2021

May I start off with a request/reminder.  There’s a reader survey in Friday’s regular newsletter, asking for your opinion on when things will return back to normal in the US.  If you’ve not already responded to that survey, could I ask you to please do so now.  A collation of responses, and comparing them to previous times the survey has been held, will be featured this coming Friday. The key thing about any survey is of course that it should have a reasonably large number of responses, from pe...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Usa, UK, Science, Sweden, Cdc, France, Israel, US, Georgia, Spain, Iran, Pandora, Czech Republic, Current Affairs


Covid-19 Diary : Thursday 5 August, 2021

Tuesday saw the world total of reported Covid cases pass through 200 million.  Here in the US we’re just over 36 million cases, and rising now at a new rate of 100k or greater every day. I created a new chart, comparing the seven day average new case count in the US for each day this year with the same day last year.  This helps us to answer a key question – are we winning or losing the battle with Covid?  Are we better off? As you can see, for all of June and most of July, the answer was triu...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Florida, Usa, UK, Science, Sweden, Cdc, Mexico, France, Germany, Israel, US, Georgia


Louisiana has a higher rate of COVID-19 infections than any country in the world

The Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Chris Graythen/Getty Images Louisiana has an average daily case rate of 89 COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people. That number is higher than that of any US state, or country in the world. Florida and Arkansas also rank in the top 5 highest infection rates worldwide. See more stories on Insider's business page. Louisiana has become a national coronavirus hotspot in this wave of the pandemic, with soaring case rates and an "exponential" surge ...
Tags: Florida, Science, US, Trends, Georgia, Cnn, Arkansas, New York Times, Delta, Gibraltar, Louisiana, Cuba, Fiji, Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, University of Minnesota


Covid-19 Diary : Sunday 1 August, 2021

We are now something like 18 months into this pandemic.  You would think that by this point, and after all the resources, people, and trillions of dollars spent, we would have at least some semblance of order and consistency in terms of what we do and how we respond to something that is sadly an everyday event – someone coming down with the virus.  In the US, this event has now been repeated almost 36 million times. But please read this article and note how even today, there is absolutely no c...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Florida, Usa, UK, Science, Sweden, Cdc, France, Germany, Massachusetts, US, Georgia, Spain, Cyprus


Covid-19 Diary : Thursday 29 July, 2021

Thursday set a new record high number of Covid cases reported in the US since early February.  Sadly, that same statement applies to many of the preceding days for the last five weeks due to the rapidly increasing new cases, with Thursday being the first day cases have again exceeded 90,000.  Thursday’s final count isn’t yet available, but the number is already over 93,000 and could go over 95,000 when the last reports are collated. As you can see, for almost three weeks, our daily growth (ora...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Usa, UK, Science, Sweden, Cdc, France, White House, Germany, US, Georgia, Eu, Spain, Cyprus, Iran


The Guardian view on Covid and the world: the pandemic’s impact is growing | Editorial

Cases are soaring in many countries, and the social and political effects are becoming clearer“At the root of every pandemic is an encounter between a disease-causing microorganism and a human being … It is a social phenomenon as much as it is a biological one,” writes Laura Spinney in her book Pale Rider, arguing that Spanish flu “pushed India closer to independence, South Africa closer to apartheid, and Switzerland to the brink of civil war”.It will be a long time before we, or our descendants...
Tags: Science, India, Africa, World news, Colombia, Asia Pacific, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Jacob Zuma, Switzerland, Cuba, Laura Spinney, Coronavirus, COVID


That Viral 'Protest' Photo of Cuba is Actually From May Day 2018

Protests against the Cuban government have been taking place this week, with many conservatives in the U.S. circulating photos and video of the demonstrations. But not everything that’s going viral out of Cuba is actually from this week. In fact, one photo isn’t even from this year.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Cuba, Fidel Castro, Donald Trump, Countries, Political Ideologies, Matt Couch, Cubaunited States Relations, Anti Imperialism


Cuba’s Government Has Blocked Access to Facebook and Telegram Amid Protests

Cuba’s government has restricted access to social media in the country amid raging protests over economic turmoil stemming from the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Software, Computing, Cuba, Telegram, Operating Systems, Internet Censorship, Bruno Rodriguez, Alp Toker, NetBlocks


A former CIA officer opens up about his Havana Syndrome: 3 years of headaches, early retirement, and a fight for care

Marc Polymeropoulos, a retired CIA officer, believes he was attacked in Moscow in 2017. Marc Polumeropoulous; Sergey Alimov/Getty Images; Gary Hershorn/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Insider Victims of the mysterious Havana Syndrome have brain injuries without ever hitting their heads. More than 130 US personnel have reported symptoms following incidents in Cuba, China, Russia, and the US. A leading theory suggests microwave attacks may be the cause, but evidence is scant. See more stories on...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, Senate, White House, China, Iraq, Russia, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Afghanistan, Washington Dc, House


Here's how much money 25 types of scientists make

Soil scientists make a median of $66,120 a year. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images There are dozens of career specializations in science, but some are more lucrative than others. Physicists and natural-sciences managers were among the highest-paid professions. Here are 25 select science jobs ranked from lowest to highest median annual pay as of May 2020. See more stories on Insider's business page. 25. Conservation scientists had a median annual salary of $64,020. Don Emmer...
Tags: Science, US, Careers, Trends, Earth, Features, United States, Salaries, Cuba, Miami Florida, John S, Department of Labor, Savannah River, Charlie Riedel, Occupations, Smith Collection Gado Getty


A group of US diplomats and employees with 'Havana Syndrome' symptoms say the Biden administration is denying them care and ignoring their evidence

The US Embassy in Havana, where diplomats suffered from an unusual set of symptoms. Ernesto Mastrascusa/Getty Images US diplomats and staffers around the world have reported symptoms of the mysterious "Havana Syndrome." Twenty-one of them wrote a letter criticizing the Biden admin for not supporting them enough. They say they were not given enough medical support and had their evidence ignored. See more stories on Insider's business page. A group of US diplomats and employees who say t...
Tags: Politics, Science, White House, China, Politico, Nbc News, US, Trends, Cnn, Washington Dc, New York Times, News UK, The New York Times, State Department, Gru, Cia


Military scientists are planning experiments on primates involving pulsed microwaves to look for links to Havana Syndrome, report says

People walk past the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba Thomson Reuters US military scientists are reportedly planning experiments to look for the cause of Havana Syndrome. The scientists plan to expose primates to pulsed microwave radiation and study their brains. Havana Syndrome is the nickname for the mysterious brain injuries US personnel have suffered. See more stories on Insider's business page. Scientists at a US military laboratory are planning to experiment on primates to investigat...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, China, US, Trends, The Times, National Security Council, Experiments, Biden, Cuba, Havana, Los Alamos National Laboratory, The New Yorker, U S Embassy, Havana Cuba


Military scientists are planning experiments on primates involving pulsed microwaves to look for links to Havana Syndrome

People walk past the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba Thomson Reuters Scientists at a US military lab are planning to experiment on primates to investigate the cause of the mysterious Havana Syndrome that has injured US public servants in Cuba, China, and elsewhere, according to a report from The New Yorker.As part of the experiments, scientists would expose the primates to pulsed microwave radiation and study their brains to see if the results are consistent with a report from the National Aca...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, US, Trends, Experiments, Cuba, New Yorker, Havana, National Academy of Sciences, Cuba China, Kelly McLaughlin, Havana Syndrome, Speed desk


In This Best of World SF Story, an Artificial Daughter Longs for Her Mother in Near-Future Africa

Edited by World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar, The Best of World SF: Volume 1 collects 26 new short stories from authors representing 21 countries, including France, China, Singapore, Nigeria, India, Japan, Italy, and Cuba. io9 has a first look at the entry by Tlotlo Tsamaase, who hails from Botswana.Read more...
Tags: Science, Africa, Cuba, Sisi, Botswana, Lavie Tidhar, Mama, Tlotlo Tsamaase, France China Singapore Nigeria India Japan Italy


US honey still contains traces of the radioactive fallout of nuclear bomb testing in the 50s and 60s, study finds

150-megaton thermonuclear explosion, Bikini Atoll, March 1 1954. Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images Honey from the Eastern US shows traces of a cesium-137, a radioactive element. A study traced this back to nuclear bomb testing that took place decades ago. There is no risk to human health, but the honey can help locate "hot spots" of soil contamination. See more stories on Insider's business page. US honey still carries traces of cesium-137 from atom bomb testing during...
Tags: UK, Science, Virginia, Russia, Environment, US, Trends, News UK, New Mexico, Cuba, North Carolina, Chernobyl, Pacific Ocean, Marshall Islands, Soviet Union, Williamsburg Virginia


Ransomware Gang Says It's Selling Data from Cyberattack That California DMV Warned About

A ransomware gang called “Cuba” claims to be selling off data on the dark web belonging to Automatic Funds Transfer Services (AFTS), a Seattle-based financial services and data management firm that suffered a bad ransomware attack in early February.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Crime, California, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Cyberattack, Security Breaches, DMV, Cuba, Seattle, Computer Security, Business Finance, Technology Internet, Automatic Funds Transfer Services AFTS


Ransomware Gang Says Its Selling Data from Cyberattack That California DMV Warned About

A ransomware gang called “Cuba” claims to be selling off data on the dark web belonging to Automatic Funds Transfer Services (AFTS), a Seattle-based financial services and data management firm that suffered a bad ransomware attack in early February.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Crime, California, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Cyberattack, Security Breaches, DMV, Cuba, Seattle, Computer Security, Business Finance, Technology Internet, Automatic Funds Transfer Services AFTS


Rex Tillerson Screwed Up Investigation Into Cuba 'Sonic Weapon' Attacks, New Report Says

A newly released report says Rex Tillerson’s State Department responded in a slow, disorganized fashion to the “Havana syndrome”—the mysterious rash of neural disorders that has plagued U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Cuba and other locations since 2016. Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Government, State Department, Cuba, Central Intelligence Agency, International Relations, Foreign Relations, Rex Tillerson, Havana Syndrome, In Cuba, Cubaunited States Relations


Scientists suggest US embassies were hit with high-power microwaves - here's how those weapons work

Then-Secretary of State John Kerry and other dignitaries watch US Marines raise the US flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, August 14, 2015. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool The mystery ailment that has afflicted US Embassy staff and CIA officers in Cuba, China, Russia and elsewhere over the last four years appears to have been caused by high-power microwaves. The truth of what actually happened and why might remain a mystery, but the technology most likely involved comes...
Tags: Science, Vladimir Putin, China, Russia, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, John Kerry, Cia, Thor, Cuba, Boeing, Microwave, Havana, US Embassy, US Marines


Coronavirus live news: Swedish royals self-isolating after positive test; Germany extends partial lockdown

Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia ‘have light flu symptoms’; Merkel warns restrictions may last until next year; Ukraine reports record daily case riseSicily asks Cuba to send medics as Italy fights second Covid waveChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?Germany to decide next round of Covid restrictionsSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.30am GMT Over in Greece military C-130 transport planes have begun airlifting patients stricken with Covid-19 from Drama, in th...
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