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Africa’s problem is vaccine access, not hesitancy

Omicron has shown up the racism of the West and highlighted inequalities and failures in our own countries. We need to tackle these to get more people vaccinated The post Africa’s problem is vaccine access, not hesitancy appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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2 Democrats joined with every Republican senator to repeal Biden's private employer vaccine-or-test mandate

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) speaks during a news conference about Covid-19 vaccine mandates, at the U.S. Capitol December 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Senate voted to overturn Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for private businesses with at least 100 employees.  Every Republican senator and two Democratic senators supported the resolution reversing the federal mandate.  The Biden administration insists the policy is necessary to increase vaccination rates and slow the ...
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How COVID-19 could affect the jury selection process

My wife and I had our first kid last June, three months into this pandemic life. By September, she had received a jury summons from the state. Needless to say, as a new mother in a vaccine-less pandemic world, she was not particularly excited about this opportunity, and of course, deferred it to a later date. — Read the rest
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Biglaw Holiday Party Turns Into COVID Outbreak

The party isn't the problem... the culture is the problem. The post Biglaw Holiday Party Turns Into COVID Outbreak appeared first on Above the Law.
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I was left in the dark after my son's COVID-19 exposure at school. It made me face my fear of the unknown.

A student at school in a mask.Getty Images The first week of school in New York City, my son's school emailed me about a possible exposure to COVID-19. My entire family, including my 13-year-old son, was vaccinated. But we still began a long cycle of waiting — and realizing we didn't know much about the COVID-19 situation at school. It was the first week of school in New York City, and I received an email from my son's school with the subject line: "Possible exposure to COVID-19."...
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Zimbabweans living in South Africa might not be able to travel home for for the holidays

According to the government’s latest Covid-19 guidelines, anyone coming into Zimbabwe must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days — at their own expense The post Zimbabweans living in South Africa might not be able to travel home for for the holidays appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Holidays, Africa, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Holiday Season, Openaccess, Quarantine, Top Six, Nick Mangwana, Omicron, COVID-19, Omicron Variant, Simba Chitando, Zimbabwean borders, Zimbabwean special permit, Zimbabweans

Bill Gates thinks the 'acute phase' of COVID-19 pandemic will be over in 2022, despite the emergence of the Omicron variant

Microsoft cofounder and former CEO Bill Gates thinks that the 'acute phase' of the pandemic will end in 2022.Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Bill Gates said in his blog that he thinks the "acute phase" of the pandemic will come to an end in 2022. He said the world is better prepared to tackle potentially bad variants than at any other point in the pandemic so far. It comes as the Omicron variant, which he described as "concerning," spreads worldwide. Microsoft cofounder Bil...
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A New York anime convention has become a focal point for health officials investigating how Omicron spreads

Anime NYC took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City in late November 2021.KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images An anime convention could provide early data on how the Omicron virus variant spreads, the CDC said. An attendee of the November event was among the first people in the US to test positive for Omicron. At least 35,000 attendees have been contacted and asked to get tested, the CDC said. An anime convention held in New York in November could provide an early look i...
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Scientists found a 2nd type of Omicron that's harder to track since tests struggle to distinguish it from other variants

A healthcare worker conducts a COVID-19 test on a traveller at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 28, 2021.Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images Scientists have spotted a version of Omicron that appears harder to track. BA.2, the new lineage, has been seen seven times across South Africa, Australia, and Canada. Its genetics mean that it is harder to tell apart from other virus variants via a PCR test. A new version of the Omicron coronavirus variant was designated on Tu...
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Experts Discuss Omicron COVID-19 Variant Findings In Sacramento Wastewater

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Debunked: The cruel and racist logic of Omicron travel bans

Wealthy countries were quick to ban Southern African nations from entering their borders when the Omicron variant was identified, but did not do so to each other. The post Debunked: The cruel and racist logic of Omicron travel bans appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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Leaked video shows Downing Street staff joking about hosting a Christmas party last year amid the UK's strict COVID-19 restrictions

A wreath is hung on the door of the prime minister's office at number 10 Downing street, London UK on November 28, 2021.Hollie Adams/Getty Images) Leaked video shows Downing Street staff joking about a Christmas party amid the UK's 2020 lockdown. 2020 media reports claimed politicians broke COVID-19 restrictions to gather for holiday parties. Officials hosted a mock press conference to practice responses related to the alleged gatherings. In a leaked video, Downing Street staff were h...
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Low Concentrations Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Found In Sacramento County Sewage Sample

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — While no official cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant have been found in Sacramento County just yet, public health leaders confirm that it has been detected in sewage samples. Sacramento County Public Health says they were alerted last week about the findings. Low concentrations of the HV69-70 mutation – which officials say is being used to mark the omicron variant – were present in the sample, which was collected back on Nov. 30. County officials say wastewater surveil...
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Mark Meadows compares Trump telling Americans 'don't be afraid' of COVID-19 to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

President Donald Trump removes his mask upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 05, 2020 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee/Getty Images Heaping praise on his former boss, Meadows compared one of Trump's speeches to the Gettysburg Address. Trump's post-COVID diagnosis speech had "the same compressed, forceful quality" as Lincoln's best-known address, Meadows writes. The former White House chief of staff goes to great lengths in his ne...
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Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino 'stared at each other in silence' while sorting out who would carry Trump's 'possibly contaminated' briefcase after his COVID-19 diagnosis: book

Former President Donald Trump leaving the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 on October 2, 2020.Drew Angerer/Getty Images Trump was so weak when he contracted COVID-19 that he couldn't carry his briefcase, Meadows wrote in his new book.  Meadows and Dan Scavino "stared at each other" as they decided who would carry the "possibly contaminated" briefcase.  Before contracting COVID-19, Trump repeatedly downplayed the threat of the...
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Omicron could become the dominant variant worldwide, experts say, but they still don't know how harmful it is

A women gets tested for COVID-19.Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance/Getty Images The Omicron variant could become dominant worldwide within weeks, one expert has said. Others, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, have been more cautious about making predictions with the information available.  Even if Omicron does become dominant, it's not clear yet if it's more harmful than Delta. Experts have said the new Omicron variant could soon become the most common COVID-19 variant worldwide — ...
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Trump is furious and privately railing against Mark Meadows over his new book detailing the former president's bout with COVID-19

President Donald Trump arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, on Marine One.AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Donald Trump is furious with Mark Meadows over his ex-chief of staff's new White House memoir. Meadows revealed that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 before his first debate with Joe Biden.  Trump called Meadows "dumb" for sharing that information, The New York Times reported. Former President Donald Trump is angry with Mark Mead...
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Pfizer should have helped low-income countries better distribute COVID-19 vaccines, CEO said

Pfizer CEO Albert BourlaAP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Pfizer could have helped low-income countries better distribute COVID-19 vaccines, the CEO said. CEO Albert Bourla said he should have helped improve vaccine-distribution infrastructure. Just 6.3% of people in low-income countries have received a shot, according to Our World in Data. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla acknowledged the pharmaceutical giant could have worked better to ensure low-income countries got enough COVID-19 vaccines.Bourla...
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France COVID Restrictions for Business Aviaton

Update: From 4 December 2021, any person aged 12 and over entering French territory must present a negative PCR or antigen test less than 24 or 48 hours old, depending on the country of origin. The only exception is for people with a complete vaccination schedule arriving from a Member State of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland. These people do not have to present a test. For the latest France travel restrictions visit o...
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Fauci says Omicron variant is 'almost certainly' not more severe than Delta

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Omicron variant is "almost certainly" not more severe than the Delta variant, AFP reported. Though it will likely take weeks to understand Omircon fully, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told AFP that the new variant could even be milder than its predecessors. "There is some suggestion that it might ...
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COVID cases in South Africa spiked 400% in a week in the wake of Omicron being found there

A nurse performs a COVID test in Johannesburg, South Africa on May 13, 2020.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images South Africa estimates Omicron has been in the country about at least a month.  Cases have risen at a rate "not seen since the pandemic started," per its president. Omicron appears to be dominating new infections in most provinces, he said. South Africa is reporting a sharp surge in COVID-19 cases as the Omicron variant spreads through the country, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a s...
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GlaxoSmithKline says its antibody drug works against all Omicron mutations in lab studies

Registered nurse prepares to treat coronavirus patient with antibody drug.Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe/Getty Images GlaxoSmithKline said that its antibody drug worked against all Omicron mutations. The company tested the drug, called sotrovimab, in the lab using a pseudovirus. Sotrovimab is available for the treatment of early COVID-19 in multiple countries, including the US. British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said on Tuesday its antibody-based COVID-19 therapy with US partner Vir Biotechn...
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A Cathay Pacific pilot says he's spent nearly 150 days in COVID-19 quarantine in 2021, according to a report

A Cathay Pacific Boeing 747.LAURENT FIEVET/Getty Images A Cathay Pacific pilot has been in COVID-19 quarantine for nearly 150 days in 2021, he told the BBC. Cathay Pacific crew must follow Hong Kong's strict quarantine rules even when overseas, the BBC said. Travelers entering Hong Kong are required to isolate for between 14 and 21 days. A Cathay Pacific pilot said he's spent nearly 150 days in quarantine this year because of Hong Kong's strict COVID-19 rules, the BBC reported Mon...
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July protests take their toll as economy shrinks by 1.5%

The largest drops in the third quarter were in the agriculture sector, trade and manufacturing. The post July protests take their toll as economy shrinks by 1.5% appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19, according to a new report

Former President Donald Trump leaving the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 on October 2, 2020.Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump's blood oxygen level plunged to a dangerous low when he had COVID-19 last year, The New York Times reported.Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff, revealed the detail in his new book titled "The Chief's Chief."The detail comes in stark contradiction to Trump's d...
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Workplace diversity is under the spotlight

Companies are beginning to realise that diverse groups such as women, working parents and LGBTQ+ employees, have been worse affected by the pandemic The post Workplace diversity is under the spotlight appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Gender, Jobs, Workplace, Opinion, Diversity, Equality, Lgbtq, Inclusion, Openaccess, Working Parents, Future World Of Work, COVID-19, Gender-neutral parental leave

The Right To Life, Abortion, And COVID Vaccines

We gave up long ago on rational discourse about abortions and vaccines, but here are some thoughts on both. The post The Right To Life, Abortion, And COVID Vaccines appeared first on Above the Law.
Tags: Law, Abortion, Mark Herrmann, Health Care / Medicine, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Real estate went into ‘hyperdrive’ in 2021: T3 Sixty report

The latest Swanepoel Trends Report finds that recent years have seen a wave of acquisitions and that COVID-19 accelerated migration away from pricy metro areas.
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64 of 150 guests tested positive for Omicron after a high school lunch in Denmark, the latest in a string of spreading events

A COVID-19 test at O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa, one of the first places where Omicron was identified, on November 28, 2021.Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images 64 of 150 people tested positive for Omicron after a Christmas lunch, authorities told Insider. More than 1,000 more were potentially exposed after the November 27 event, Danish officials said.  It is not yet clear how transmissible Omicron is or whether it causes more severe symptoms. Sixty-four people tested positi...
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The Omicron variant appeared to spread between two fully vaccinated people in separate hotel rooms in Hong Kong, early research suggests

Paul Biris/Getty Omicron appears to have infected two fully vaccinated men who were staying in separate rooms in a Hong Kong quarantine hotel. Researchers published the early findings in a letter in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal. "Airborne transmission across the corridor is the most probable mode of transmission," the research said. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus appears to have spread between two fully vaccinated people who were staying in separate rooms across a hall in ...
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