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Sen. Ron Johnson says he'd support a vaccine mandate for an 'incredibly deadly' virus but not COVID-19, which has killed more than 613,000 Americans

Sen. Ron Johnson said Friday that he would only support a vaccine mandate for an "incredibly deadly" disease, but not COVID-19. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images GOP Sen. Ron Johson said he would support a vaccine mandate only for an "incredibly deadly" disease but not COVID-19. COVID-19 has killed more than 613,000 people in the US and more than 4.2 million globally, per Johns Hopkins University. Johnson also attacked the CDC for changing its guidelines on masking. See more...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Cdc, Washington, Disney, US, Trends, Walmart, Joe Biden, United States, Delta, Wisconsin, Vaccine, Johnson, Defense Department


CDC says fully vaccinated people spread the Delta variant and should wear masks: 'This new science is worrisome'

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in Wilmington, Delaware on December 8, 2020. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters The CDC updated its guidelines on Tuesday to recommend masks indoors, even for vaccinated people. The Delta variant makes it easier for vaccinated people to transmit the virus, the CDC said. Vaccinated and unvaccinated people infected with Delta may have similar viral loads. See more stories on Insider's business page. New science has once again prompted the Centers for Disease Control an...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Delta, Ohio, Pfizer, Public Health England, East Coast, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Midwest, Reuters, Variant, Wilmington Delaware


US will reportedly keep travel restrictions in place as highly infectious Delta variant surges

Travelers, some in protective gear, walk through John F. Kennedy Airport in New York in April 2020. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Because of increasing COVID-19 cases, the US won't lift its travel restrictions, an official told Reuters. The White House official told Reuters that the spread of the Delta variant had driven that decision. Cases are increasing in the US, especially among unvaccinated people, health officials say. See more stories on Insider's business page. Because of the...
Tags: Travel, New York, Science, News, White House, India, US, Trends, United States, United Kingdom, Healthcare, Delta, John, Reuters, Kennedy Airport, Reuters The White House


The US will reportedly keep travel restrictions in place as highly infectious Delta variant surges

Travelers, some in protective gear, walk through John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) as it stands mostly empty due to the ongoing cutbacks in travel because of the coronavirus on April 16, 2020 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images The US will not lift its existing travel restrictions due to the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus and increasing COVID-19 cases, Reuters reported. "Given where we are today with the Delta variant, the United States will maintai...
Tags: Travel, Science, News, White House, India, US, Trends, United States, Healthcare, Delta, John, Jfk, Reuters, Breaking, Kennedy Airport JFK, Coronavirus


This is 996 culture, a grueling 72-hour work week popular in China that's been criticized for ruining work-life balance

Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce giant, is one of many companies criticized for its grueling work culture. Thomas Peter/Reuters The 996 schedule compels employees to work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week. The schedule is widespread in China, especially among tech companies in China's Silicon Valley. Chinese workers have blasted the policy on social media for ruining their personal lives. See more stories on Insider's business page. The brutal work schedule known as the "996" ha...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, News, China, Trends, Tech, Alibaba, Silicon Valley, Github, Jack Ma, Overtime, Weibo, Tech Companies, Reuters, Ma, South China Morning Post


There are very solid engineering reasons why Jeff Bezos' rocket looks exactly like, you know, that

A view of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. Blue Origin Billionaire Jeff Bezos went to the edge of space on Tuesday in Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. The suborbital rocket has a domed, wide capsule on top for passengers - giving it a phallic profile. New Shepard's characteristic design makes it more stable and optimizes cabin space, experts said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos flew to the edge of space Tuesday in a company roc...
Tags: Space, Japan, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Rockets, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Falcon, Blue Origin, Reuters


There are very solid engineering reasons why Jeff Bezos's rocket looks exactly like, you know, that.

A view of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. Blue Origin Billionaire Jeff Bezos went to the edge of space on Tuesday in Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. The suborbital rocket has a domed, wide capsule on top for passengers - giving it a phallic profile. New Shepard's characteristic design makes it more stable and optimizes cabin space, experts said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos flew to the edge of space Tuesday in a company roc...
Tags: Space, Japan, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Rockets, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Falcon, Blue Origin, Reuters


Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk both want to colonize space. Here are the 6 biggest problems with their plans, from thinning bones to toxic plants on Mars.

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos both have grand plans to colonize space. Samantha Lee/Business Insider The space race between Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk is heating up. Both billionaires have grand - but very different - plans to colonize space. Three experts told Insider about the scientific, medical, and ethical challenges facing space colonies. See more stories on Insider's business page. We are currently in the middle of a new space race, except this time it's not between conflicting nat...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, London, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Esa, Moon, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Iss, London Marathon


Coronavirus live: Dutch and Czech athletes in Tokyo test positive; South Korea reports record daily cases

More Olympic athletes confirmed to have Covid; Seoul considering new restrictions amid one of worst outbreaks to dateStark silence in Tokyo speaks volumes about Olympic fearsChina refuses further inquiry into Covid-19 origins in Wuhan labAustralia PM says sorry for vaccine failures amid Sydney lockdownFiji records its highest number of weekly deaths from CovidUK coronavirus updates – live 10.25am BST A Czech beach volleyball player has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 (see 10:11 and 0...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Science, UK News, US news, Infectious Diseases, Netherlands, Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul, Wuhan, Reuters, Czech Television, Coronavirus, COVID, Marketa Nausch Slukova


Coronavirus live news: China rejects stage two of WHO origins probe; two more athletes test positive in Tokyo

Shinzo Abe ‘not attending’ opening ceremony in Tokyo; US president says it is ‘gigantically important’ that Americans get vaccinated; YouTube removes Bolsonaro videosStark silence in Tokyo speaks volumes about Olympic fears‘Never thought this would happen in France’: day one of vaccine passFiji records its highest number of weekly deaths from CovidSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.15am BST China has rejected a World Health Organization plan for a second phase of an investigation into the or...
Tags: Japan, Science, Youtube, France, China, US, UK News, Joe Biden, US news, Shinzo Abe, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Tokyo, Ohio, Biden, Wuhan


Extreme weather is sweeping the world, with devastating floods and wildfires on 3 continents at once

Photos showing flooding in Germany, fire in the US, fire in Russia, and flooding in China. BERND LAUTER/AFP via Getty Images; USDA Forest Service via Getty Images; REUTERS/Roman Kutukov; Twitter/The Paper The past week has seen extreme weather strike around the world. China and Europe are fighting flooding while the US, Canada, and Russia have huge fires. Worsening extreme weather is a consequence of the climate crisis, experts say. See more stories on Insider's business page. Extreme ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Climate Change, Oregon, China, Germany, Russia, US, Trends, Getty Images, Austria, Canada, Ireland, New York Times, News UK


Extreme weather is sweeping the world, with devastating floods and wildfires on 4 continents at once

Photos showing flooding in Germany, fire in the US, fire in Russia, and flooding in China. BERND LAUTER/AFP via Getty Images; USDA Forest Service via Getty Images; REUTERS/Roman Kutukov; Twitter/The Paper The past week has seen extreme weather strike around the world. China and Europe are fighting flooding while the US, Canada, and Russia have huge fires. Worsening extreme weather is a consequence of the climate crisis, experts say. See more stories on Insider's business page. Extreme ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Climate Change, Oregon, China, Germany, Russia, US, Trends, Getty Images, Austria, Canada, Ireland, New York Times, News UK


Meet Wally Funk, the 82-year-old female aviator on Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin flight who's finally going to space six decades after training for it

Elizabeth Culliford/Reuters Wally Funk is one of three other passengers joining Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin's suborbital space flight on Tuesday. She was part of a group of female aviators known as Mercury 13 who trained for space in the 1960s. The 82-year-old will break John Glenn's record for being the oldest astronaut. See more stories on Insider's business page. When Wally Funk joins Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin's flight to the edge of space Tuesday, she will become the ol...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Science, News, US, Trends, Nasa, Features, Virgin Galactic, Jeff Bezos, Faa, Mercury, Federal Aviation Administration, Blue Origin, Funk, Reuters


Indonesia's COVID-19 surge has been so extreme that volunteers are recovering dead bodies from people's homes as hospitals turn patients away

A family covers the body of their 56-year-old mother who died at home due to complications related to COVID-19 in Bogor, West Java province, Indonesia. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan Indonesia is battling a huge coronavirus surge that has overwhelmed hospitals. Volunteers have stepped in to remove the bodies of coronavirus patients from their homes instead. Volunteers are also digging graves and sourcing oxygen. See more stories on Insider's business page. Volunteers in Indonesia are taking c...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Trends, News UK, Reuters, Coronavirus, COVID, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Ardi Novriansyah, Bogor West Java, Indonesia REUTERS Willy Kurniawan Indonesia


South Korea bans fast-paced music in gyms and limits treadmill speeds to a walk as COVID-19 cases soar

People exercise at a gym in Seoul on July 13, 2021, as South Korea announced implementation of level 4 social distancing measures amid concerns of a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images South Korea is seeing a spike in coronavirus cases. Health officials have asked gym-goers to slow down in attempt to curb the spread. Some experts are skeptical that capping music and treadmill speeds will be effective. See more stories on Insider's business page. S...
Tags: South Korea, Science, Trends, Kanye West, New York Times, Gyms, Transmission, Seoul, Young, Carly Rae Jepsen, Reuters, Afp, Kim Yong, Jung Yeon Je, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Dua Lipa


Catch up on billionaire Richard Branson's trip to space with these photos of what it's like to fly with Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson flew to the edge of space on Sunday. He joined a crew of three Virgin employees for the fourth flight of SpaceShipTwo above 50 miles. Branson's role was "mission specialist," testing the passenger experience for future customers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Billionaire Richard Branson, who founded Virgin Galactic in 2004, joined a crew of three employees and two pilots for the fourth high-altitude test fligh...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Features, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Richard Branson, Astronaut, Chris Hadfield, Branson, Vms, Joe, Reuters, Spaceport America


Covid live news: UK reports 31,772 daily infections and 26 new deaths; new restrictions in Libya after record cases

UK figures drop slightly on previous day; Libyan cafes closed, weddings and funerals with mourners banned and public transport use barredTory MP fears Boris Johnson will delay winter Covid restrictionsUgandan minister blames west for country’s Covid vaccine shortageEngland reopening going ahead, but mask wearing ‘expected’ Woman, 90, infected with Alpha and Beta Covid variants at the same time 7.20pm BST South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has said that restaurants will be allowed to r...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Biology, France, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Libya, Boris Johnson, Reuters, Cyril Ramaphosa, Ramaphosa, BST South Africa


A woman who died from COVID-19 was the first recorded case of contracting 2 variants of coronavirus at the same time, researchers say

A nurse works on a patient in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) on January 7, 2020. Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images A 90-year-old Belgian woman died in March after contracting two coronavirus strains at the same time. The woman, who had both the UK and South African variant, died five days after getting sick. Researchers say the case is the first of its kind, but warn there could be more. See more stories on Insider's business page. A 90-year-old Belgian woman who died from COVID...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, India, Trends, United States, News UK, Delta, Belgium, Brussels, Reuters, VRT, Victoria Jones, COVID-19, Coroanvirus, UK Weekend


Aerial photos capture the devastation of the California drought that's shriveling vegetation and drying up reservoirs

An aerial view shows former docks on the beach at Salton Sea in California. Aude Guerrucci/Reuters An extreme drought in California is drying up lakes and reservoirs and straining electrical grids. Agriculture and tourism could be severely impacted, and wildfires are likely to rage this summer. Aerial photographs show how much the drought has already devastated California's landscape. See more stories on Insider's business page. Boats sit on dry land. Once-lush palm trees are now b...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, California, Trends, California Drought, Economy, Features, United States, New York Times, West Coast, Heat Waves, Environmental Protection Agency, Pacific Ocean, Accuweather, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom


600 people have reserved $250,000 tickets to fly to space with Virgin Galactic, including celebrities like Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga

Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson is expected to fly to the edge of space on Sunday. Roughly 600 people - including celebrities - have reserved tickets worth $250,000 for future flights. Another 1,000 have made deposits for when ticket sales resume after Branson's flight. See more stories on Insider's business page. While Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos claim they aren't in a race to be the first billionaire in space, a long list of wealthy people aim to b...
Tags: Transportation, Science, Celebrities, Entertainment, Trends, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Billionaires, Richard Branson, Lady Gaga, New Mexico, Ashton Kutcher, Jeff Bezos, Tickets, Reservations, Branson


While poor countries struggle to find vaccines, places that bought too many are scrambling to get rid of doses about to expire

Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine on Dec 17, 2020 in Victorville, California. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Countries including Israel, Bulgaria, and parts of the US have more vaccines than they can use. They are trying to sell on hundreds of thousands of doses before their expiry dates arrive. It is a stark illustration of global vaccine inequality: other nations are desperate for shots. See more stories on Insider's business page. Last week, Israel was on the c...
Tags: South Korea, Science, Mississippi, Israel, US, Trends, Ap, Canada, New Hampshire, Maine, Tennessee, News UK, Chad, Romania, Who, Astrazeneca


Countries that signed up for Russia's COVID-19 vaccine are complaining that hardly any doses ever came

Shipping containers with Russian vaccines in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on June 8. Juan Mabromata/AFP; Getty Images Russia is failing to meet demand from foreign countries for its Sputnik V vaccine It promised vast numbers of shots, competing with Western producers. But many never arrived, and now Russia says it needs all available shots for itself. See more stories on Insider's business page. Russia is falling far short of its aim to provide COVID-19 vaccines for almost a tenth of the w...
Tags: Politics, Science, Russia, Trends, Philippines, Guinea, News UK, Moscow, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Algeria, Kremlin, Guatemala, Reuters, Buenos Aires Argentina


RIP Pepper the Robot (2014-2020)

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank halted production of Pepper the robot in August of 2020, according to a new report from Reuters. And it seems unlikely that new ones will ever roll off the manufacturing line.Read more...
Tags: Science, Angela Merkel, Softbank, Companies, Pepper, Francois Hollande, Robotics, Robot, Foxconn, Aldebaran, Reuters, Black Pepper, Masayoshi Son, SoftBank Group, Mr President, Humanoid Robot


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


John McAfee Has Died of Suspected Suicide

Multiple Spanish outlets are reporting that John McAfee was found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona on Wednesday. Citing prison sources, El Mundo reports that administrators found the creator of the McAfee antivirus software unresponsive in his cell, and following resuscitation efforts he was declared dead. Reuters …Read more...
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Israel says it's facing a new COVID-19 outbreak fueled by the Delta variant, despite having the world's most-vaccinated population

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Yonatan Sindel/Pool via AP Israel is worried about the Delta coronavirus variant despite its widespread vaccinations. Its leader described a recent surge as a "new outbreak," and announced new prevention measures. Around 70% of new infections were the Delta variant, the director of Israel's health ministry said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Israel said it is battling a new outbreak of COVID-19, which struck despite its success...
Tags: UK, Science, Israel, US, Trends, News UK, Delta, Naftali Bennett, Reuters, Haaretz, Coronavirus, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Naftali Bennett Yonatan Sindel Pool


US will likely miss Biden's July 4 COVID-19 goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated, White House says

Dado Ruvic/Reuters The country will likely miss Biden's goal of having 70% of adults partially vaccinated by July 4. The White House made the announcement on Tuesday. Press secretary Jen Psaki said the goal will likely be achieved a couple weeks after July 4. See more stories on Insider's business page. The United States will probably miss President Joe Biden's goal of getting at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose into the arms of 70% of adults by July 4, the White House said Tue...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, New York Times, Vaccine, Vaccines, Biden, Reuters, Dado Ruvic, Jeff Zients, Jen Psaki


The US sent 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan - more than triple it initially pledged - as it deals with an unexpected outbreak

In this photo released by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, Taiwan's Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, third from left, and Brent Christensen, the top U.S. official in Taiwan, fourth from left, hold up thank you cards as they welcome a China Airlines cargo plane carrying COVID-19 vaccines from Memphis. Taiwan Centers for Disease Control via AP The US on Sunday sent Taiwan 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, the AP reported. Previously, the US said it would send 750,000 vaccine dos...
Tags: Japan, Science, News, China, US, International, Trends, Ap, Taiwan, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Associated Press, Memphis, Reuters, Duckworth, Johns Hopkins University


Brazil hits 500,000 COVID-19 deaths as the Amazon Gamma variant accelerates virus contagion

Demonstrators gather with signs and flags during a protest against President Jair Bolsonaro's administration on June 19, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil Cristina Szucinski/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images The number of coronavirus-related deaths passed 500,000 in Brazil on Saturday. Only the US, with 600,000+ deaths, surpasses Brazil. Protesters took to the streets of every Brazilian city to protest Bolsonaro's pandemic response. See more stories on Insider's business page. The number...
Tags: Amazon, Science, News, Senate, US, Trends, BBC News, Cnn, Healthcare, News UK, Brazil, Pfizer, Reuters, Death Toll, Gamma, Fiocruz


More than 350 Indonesian healthcare workers vaccinated with China's Sinovac vaccine got COVID-19 and dozens are hospitalized, raising questions about the vaccine's efficacy on variants

A man receives a dose of the Sinovac covid-19 coronavirus vaccine during a mass vaccination at a sports centre in Banda Aceh on June 19, 2021. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP via Getty Images The vast majority of Indonesia's healthcare workers received China's Sinovac vaccine. A study in the country found the vaccine was very effective at curbing hospitalization and death. Over 350 healthcare workers caught COVID-19, most likely the Delta variant, Reuters reported. See more stories on Ins...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Australia, China, India, International, Trends, Delta, Brazil, Banda Aceh, Griffith University, Reuters, Kudus, Sinovac, Coronavirus, COVID



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