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World leaders had the ability to avert the COVID-19 pandemic but failed to do it, a scathing WHO-commissioned report said

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on March 11, 2020. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images A proper global response could have averted the COVID-19 pandemic, a WHO-backed report found. A "fundamental transformation" is needed to prevent a future pandemic, its authors said. It was critical of both national leaders and the WHO itself, which was slow to declare an emergency. See more stories on Insider's business page. The COVID-19 pandemic, and most of its death and devast...
Tags: Science, China, Trends, Getty Images, Liberia, News UK, New Zealand, Who, Wuhan, Financial Times, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sirleaf, Johnson Sirleaf, Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Pandemic, Preparedness


Pieces of a runaway Chinese rocket have rained down on the Indian Ocean, quelling fears it would hit people or property

The Long March-5B Y2 rocket, carrying the core module of China's space station Tianhe, takes off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province, China April 29, 2021. An uncontrolled Chinese rocket reentered Earth's atmosphere and landed in the Indian Ocean Saturday. The rocket had been hurtling towards Earth for a week, with no one knowing when or where it would land. The landing quelled fears that debris from the rocket might have fallen on people or property. See more st...
Tags: Transportation, New York, Science, News, China, Russia, Trends, Earth, Beijing, Chile, New Zealand, Associated Press, South Pacific, Rocket Launch, Roscosmos, Indian Ocean


The Chinese rocket speeding back to Earth is so unpredictable it could land almost anywhere. One guess is around Turkmenistan late on May 8.

Experts say anywhere in the shaded area could be the re-entry point for a piece of China's Long March 5B rocket. Turkmenistan - one possible landing area - is marked with an arrow. Google Maps/Insider The US military and others are tracking a Chinese rocket piece due to re-enter the atmosphere soon. Experts have highlighted a huge swathe of the planet where the rocket could come down. Some say it will re-enter over Turkmenistan Sunday, but estimates differ by thousands of miles. See mo...
Tags: Google, Space, Science, China, New York City, US, Trends, Earth, Harvard, News UK, New Zealand, Rocket, Indian Ocean, Turkmenistan, Space Debris, Foreign Ministry


Coronavirus live news: India deaths pass 200,000; crisis needs global response – Fauci

Study in England says single treatment can have dramatic impact on curbing spread; Fiji fears ‘Covid tsunami’ after India variant outbreak; New Zealand donates $1m; Mutations, politics, vaccines: the factors behind India’s Covid crisisHarry and Meghan to join Biden at concert to boost global vaccinationGlobal faith leaders call for drug firms to vaccinate worldSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.02am BST Data from France has shown that the country’s Covid crisis is beginning to ease as French...
Tags: England, Science, France, India, US news, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Biden, Fiji, Reuters, Emmanuel Macron, Meghan, Fauci, Johns Hopkins University, Coronavirus, COVID


Coronavirus live news: rich nations must help India, says Fauci; Delhi’s crematorium crisis

Study in England says single treatment can have dramatic impact on curbing spread; Fiji fears ‘Covid tsunami’ after India variant outbreak; New Zealand donates $1m; Mutations, politics, vaccines: the factors behind India’s Covid crisisHarry and Meghan to join Biden at concert to boost global vaccinationGlobal faith leaders call for drug firms to vaccinate worldSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.35am BST Good morning/afternoon/evening wherever you are. I’m Martin Farrer and welcome to the Gua...
Tags: England, Science, India, US news, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Biden, Delhi, Fiji, Meghan, Fauci, Martin Farrer, Coronavirus


Covid Australia live updates: WA contact tracing focuses on at least 10 venues associated with hotel quarantine case

Premier Mark McGowan has also halved international arrival intake; 15 Sydney waterfront workers waiting on coronavirus test results after boarding ship carrying infected sailors. Follow the latest Scott Morrison claims future generations will ‘thank us’ despite no new emissions pledgeMalcolm Turnbull accuses resources minister Keith Pitt of living in ‘coal-hugging bubble’Indian Australians say new Covid travel restrictions a heavy blow 10.25am BST New Zealand’s Covid response minister, Chris...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, New Zealand, Scott Morrison, Perth, Western Australia, Nz, WA, Coles, Mark McGowan, Chris Hipkins


Gaps in genetic knowledge affect kiwi conservation efforts

Kiwi are iconic birds that have been severely impacted by deforestation and predation from invasive mammals since the arrival of humans in New Zealand. The remaining kiwi can be split into 14 clusters that are now treated as separate conservation management units. A review published in Ibis examines the latest information on kiwi genetics to investigate the legitimacy for maintaining these differences.
Tags: Science, New Zealand, Kiwi


A vaccinated New Zealand airport worker tested positive for COVID-19 one day after the country opened a travel bubble with Australia

A passenger arriving to Sydney, Australia, from Auckland, New Zealand. James D. Morgan/Getty Images Australia and New Zealand opened a quarantine-free travel bubble on Monday. A New Zealand airport worker tested positive for COVID-19 a day after. But New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said "all signs" suggest the case isn't connected to new travellers. See more stories on Insider's business page. A fully vaccinated airport worker in New Zealand has tested positive for the coronavirus a ...
Tags: Transportation, Science, News, Australia, Trends, Speed, News UK, New Zealand, Sydney Australia, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus, Travel Bubble, Sinead Baker


An AI-powered version of Albert Einstein has joined UneeQ's growing lineup of 'digital humans'

UneeQ's virtual version of Albert Einstein. UneeQ UneeQ's virtual version of Albert Einstein is among its latest batch of 'digital humans.' A digital COVID-19 health advisor and doppelgänger of a famed banker are also available. Virtual companions could solve feelings of isolation and loneliness, the company says. See more stories on Insider's business page. The latest virtual companions created by UneeQ, a New Zealand and Austin-based company specializing in "digital ...
Tags: Science, Trends, Tech, Earth, Austin, Mental Health, New Zealand, Ubs, Albert Einstein, Ai, Einstein, Don, Sophie, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Pandemic, Artificial Intellegence


The CDC says airplanes should leave middle seats empty to reduce COVID-19 spread - after every major US airline decided it was unnecessary

Not a great idea anymore. The Late Late Show with James Corden A new CDC modeling study estimated that keeping middle seats empty on planes may reduce 'viable virus' spread by 23-57%. In the study, mannequins didn't wear any masks. It's a reminder that masks and distance are best - especially if plane passengers remove masks or wear masks with gaps in them. See more stories on Insider's business page. This summer, every major airline across the US will have middle sea...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, Masks, US, Trends, Public Health, New Zealand, James Corden, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Pandemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Hilary Brueck, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


He Said “Poyekhali!”

Today, Russia celebrates Cosmonautics Day (День Космон а́ втики), also known as The International Day of Human Space Flight. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut (Do you want to know why Russians call their astronauts cosmonauts? Read THIS B LOG ) Yuri Gagarin made the world’s first orbital flyby of the Earth (Земл я́ ). Exactly twenty years later, the first American “Space Shuttle” was launched. Since then, we have the “World’s Space party” – Yuri’s Night. Celebrate it with us! Ironic...
Tags: Space, Texas, Science, Russia, US, History, Linguistics, New Zealand, Moscow, Traditions, Yuri Gagarin, Yuri Malenchenko, Leonid, Wernher von Braun, Yuri, Saratov


Back in business - how Israel beat Covid: inside the 9 April Guardian Weekly

This week: Behind Israel’s vaccination success story. Plus, Myanmar’s mass exodus, and Britain’s contentious race report.Get the magazine delivered to your doorThe northern hemisphere spring is well on the way: will it bring renewed grounds for optimism as the world wrestles with the Covid pandemic? Many nations still face difficult weeks ahead as cases surge and vaccination rates are slow. But in others, normality is returning fast as infection rates fall to negligible levels.This week’s Guardi...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Israel, Society, World news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Myanmar, Vaccines and immunisation, Auckland, Sarah Boseley, Oliver Holmes


Silver linings to New Zealand lockdown

Two thirds of New Zealanders believed there were 'silver linings' to the country's Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown imposed in March last year, a University of Otago survey has found.
Tags: Science, New Zealand, University of Otago, COVID


The UK needs a robust border policy, but right now we can’t see if it is working

Analysis: it is incredibly challenging to scrutinise the system because data on movement is so opaqueCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage The official response to coronavirus at the UK border has been problematic from the start. It was not until February this year that the government introduced mandatory hotel quarantine – some 11 months after coronavirus was first recorded the UK – despite it being used in countries such as New Zealand from the off.Even now with stricter...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, Science, UK News, World news, New Zealand, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: keep using AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, says WHO

Health body says it hasn’t found association between blood clots and jab ... Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Indonesia pause AstraZeneca injections Benefits of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risk, says EMAEurope’s caution over Oxford vaccine about more than the scienceWhich European states have paused AstraZeneca jabs?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.00am GMT Immigration New Zealand has granted 126 foreign nationals “critical worker” ...
Tags: Science, World news, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, New Zealand, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Auckland, New Zealand Herald, Soumya Swaminathan, Coronavirus, AstraZeneca Oxford, Oxford AstraZeneca


The US should stop contact tracing COVID-19. Invest in genetic sequencing instead.

Business Insider PeopleImages/Getty Images The US is still trying, and failing, to contact trace the coronavirus. Other countries have put a premium on sequencing virus, tracking the spread of variants instead. It's a much better way to see what the virus is doing, and strategize national mitigation plans. This article is one in a four-part series on the simple ways to fix the America's biggest COVID-19 mistakes. Click here to read more. See more stories on Insider'...
Tags: UK, New York, Science, London, News, California, Cdc, New York City, US, America, Trends, Hawaii, Tennessee, New Zealand, Nba, Brazil


Daylight-saving time begins on March 14 - here's why we have it and why some lawmakers want to make it permanent

Sunset over the Arizona desert Shutterstock At 2 a.m. ET on March 14, Americans will "spring forward" for daylight-saving time. Common wisdom about daylight-saving time is that it originated with farming, but it really goes back to World War I. Most of the US, with the exception of Hawaii, Arizona, and many territories, recognizes daylight-saving time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On March 14 at 2 a.m. ET, US states that recognize daylight-saving time will "spr...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Science, News, Congress, Washington, Cbs News, Germany, Massachusetts, Time, US, West Virginia, Trends, European Union, History, Features


Coronavirus live news: England schools to reopen; don't grant Russia vaccine emergency use, EU urged

EU Medicines Agency says it must review Suptnik V’s safety before use; US passes 90m vaccinations; Norway may introduce tougher measures. Follow latest updatesCovid data show sewage monitoring could be vital in infection controlHow do we track and measure new variants of coronavirus?Dutch clubbers hit dancefloor for study into easing lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.40am GMT Vietnam launched has vaccination programme with healthcare workers first in the ...
Tags: Asia, England, Science, Russia, Israel, US, Eu, UK News, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Norway, Pfizer, Vietnam, Reuters


Coronavirus live news: US passes 90m vaccinations; UK daily deaths drop to 82

Norway should prepare for more restrictions, says PM; Italy records 207 deaths; Israel reopens restaurants. Follow latest updatesCovid data show sewage monitoring could be vital in infection controlHow do we track and measure new variants of coronavirus?Dutch clubbers hit dancefloor for study into easing lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.19am GMT The US is approaching Joe Biden’s target of 100m vaccinations in his first 100 days in office United States, ...
Tags: Japan, UK, Science, Israel, US, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Pfizer, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


Ardern announces Auckland's Covid lockdown will lift on Sunday

Prime minister thanks New Zealand for complying with seven-day restrictions on fifth day of no new community casesAuckland’s seven-day lockdown is due to lift on Sunday morning after no new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the community on Friday.The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said Auckland would go from alert level three to level two at 6am on Sunday, while the rest of the country would move down to level one. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Auckland, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus


Common dolphin populations at risk

While consumers look out for the Dolphin Safe mark on seafood purchases, a major research stocktake of Australian-New Zealand waters gives new guidelines to managers of dolphin fisheries.The extensive new genomic study of almost 500 common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), spanning multiple spatial areas of more than 1500 sq km from the southern and east coast of Australia to Tasmania and New Zealand, calls for greater collaboration between the two countries' conservation and fisheries plans.
Tags: Science, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania


New Zealand urged 'don't let virus divide you' as Covid frustration builds

Jacinda Ardern said lockdown breaches would face ‘judgment of nation’ but director general of health calls for unityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAshley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s director general of health, has called on the nation to “not let the virus divide you” amidst frustration with rule-breakers linked to recent coronavirus cases, as well as with the government’s response.Auckland has been in lockdown since Sunday morning as a result of two cases of community...
Tags: Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Auckland, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus, Bloomfield New Zealand


Coronavirus live news: US distributes 96m vaccine doses; West Bank shuts schools to stem infection rise

Wales allows households with a baby to bubble; Italy announces further restrictions; UK records 290 deaths and 7,434 cases - follow all the day’s news as it happensConcerns grow as UK Covid testing labs scaled back before even openingHouse approves $1.9tn Covid aid bill despite minimum wage setbackNew Zealand: Auckland to go into seven-day Covid lockdownOne million Covid vaccine doses administered in WalesCaptain Sir Tom Moore: tributes paid by family at funeralSee all our coronavirus coverage ...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, Wales, Iraq, US, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Infectious Diseases, Pope Francis, Italy, West Bank, Microbiology, New Zealand


Coronavirus live news: Wales allows households with a baby to bubble; Italy announces further restrictions

UK records 290 deaths and 7,434 cases; Joe Biden tells US ‘now is not the time to relax - follow all the day’s news as it happensConcerns grow as UK Covid testing labs scaled back before even openingNew Zealand: Auckland to go into seven-day Covid lockdownNew York Covid variant reports divide officials and health expertsOne million Covid vaccine doses administered in WalesCaptain Sir Tom Moore: tributes paid by family at funeralSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.12pm GMT The British governme...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, Wales, US, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, New Zealand, Auckland, Tom Moore, Mark Drakeford


Coronavirus live news: Captain Tom Moore funeral takes place; Italy announces further restrictions

Rishi Sunak warns of risk to economy; Joe Biden tells US ‘now is not the time to relax - follow all the day’s news as it happensConcerns grow as UK Covid testing labs scaled back before even openingNew Zealand: Auckland to go into seven-day Covid lockdownNew York Covid variant reports divide officials and health expertsOne million Covid vaccine doses administered in WalesSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.19pm GMT Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has declared that “victory” is wit...
Tags: UK, Science, Greece, Biology, US, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, New Zealand, Auckland, Riga, Kyriakos Mitsotakis


Coronavirus live news: Captain Tom Moore funeral takes place; Auckland to go into lockdown for seven days

Rishi Sunak warns of risk to economy; Joe Biden tells US ‘now is not the time to relax - follow all the day’s news as it happensNew Zealand: Auckland to go into seven-day Covid lockdownNew York Covid variant reports divide officials and health expertsVan-Tam warns against giving up on Covid rulesExperts criticise Boris Johnson for putting dates in Covid roadmapSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.19pm GMT Many thousands of people have signed an online book of condolences to Captain Tom Moore....
Tags: Science, Biology, Wales, US, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, New Zealand, Boris Johnson, Auckland, Tam, Tom Moore


Coronavirus live news: UK will face 'enormous strains', says chancellor; New Zealand PM says Auckland to go into lockdown for seven days

Rishi Sunak warns of risk to economy; Joe Biden tells US ‘now is not the time to relax - follow all the day’s news as it happensVan-Tam warns against giving up on Covid rulesExperts criticise Boris Johnson for putting dates in Covid roadmapSee all our coronavirus coverage 8.35am GMT New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, will enter a week-long lockdown, Jacinda Ardern has announced, after a new Covid-19 case was detected.The measures will come into effect on Sunday, the prime minister told a ...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, US, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, New Zealand, Boris Johnson, Auckland, Tam, Jacinda Ardern, Rishi Sunak


Coronavirus live news: Johnson & Johnson jab 'to get EU approval'; Berlin pupils allowed to repeat school year

EMA expected to approve vaccine on 11 March; all pupils in German capital to have chance to repeat a year; global deaths pass 2.5mSingle Pfizer jab can reduce asymptomatic Covid infections by 75%Biden hails 50m vaccine doses since he took office What we know about the California coronavirus variantWords matter: how New Zealand’s clear messaging helped beat CovidUK coronavirus updates – live 12.09pm GMT Berlin school pupils are to be given the opportunity to repeat the current school year, in...
Tags: UK, Science, California, Germany, Berlin, Eu, World news, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Biden, JCVI, Coronavirus, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation


Coronavirus live news: first travellers to leave UK quarantine hotels; France could impose regional lockdowns

Some of first people to check into quarantine hotels in UK ‘released’; French PM says worrying spread in 20 areas; global deaths pass 2.5mBiden hails 50m vaccine doses since he took office Blair says collaboration on Covid could have cut three months off crisisWhat we know about the California coronavirus variantWords matter: how New Zealand’s clear messaging helped beat CovidRevealed: four in five Oxford Covid jabs delivered to EU not yet used 8.19am GMT A poll in the in the Republic of Ire...
Tags: UK, Science, California, France, Eu, World news, Infectious Diseases, Philippines, Republic Of Ireland, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Blair, Irish Times Ipsos MRBI, Coronavirus


Words matter: how New Zealand's clear messaging helped beat Covid

One year on from the nation’s first case of coronavirus, Aotearoa has largely eliminated the virus - communications played a key part in its successCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.” The catch cry of pandemic Britain under Boris Johnson, revived last month, might sound familiar to New Zealanders now enjoying their “unstoppable summer”.Johnson’s three-part slogan reportedly derived last March from a suggestion by Ben Guerin, a ...
Tags: Science, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, NHS, New Zealand, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Jacinda Ardern, Ben Guerin, Coronavirus, COVID



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