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Canada suspends AstraZeneca

March 28, 2021
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Canada has suspended the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for people under 55 citing concerns that the vaccine could cause blood clots. Beyond Canada, AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine has been intermittently put on hold in parts of Europe and has not yet received its emergency use authorization in the U.S. This matters because Canada..

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IATA announces digital travel passport

March 18, 2021
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The IATA Travel Pass App will contain all the passenger details necessary for safe, efficient travel. It will inform passengers on what tests, vaccines, and other measures they require prior to travel, details on where they can get tested, and, most importantly, the ability to share their tests and vaccination..

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Canada supports AstraZeneca-Oxford

March 16, 2021
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Canada’s chief public health officer said today there is no evidence to suggest the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine is causing adverse events — and the vaccine’s benefits outweigh any risks. Dr. Theresa Tam told reporters at a media briefing that federal, provincial and territorial authorities are “continuously monitoring” vaccine safety after nearly a dozen European countries suspended the vaccine’s use..

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Texas lifts mask mandate

March 2, 2021
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Amid controversy and push back from the Federal Government, Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. The Governor made the announcement at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock in an..

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500,000 DEAD

February 22, 2021
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Today, President and Dr. Biden, accompanied by Vice-President Harris and Mr. Emhoff, solemnly commemorated the passing of 500,000 Americans to COVID-19. In a very solemn speech, the President tried to give the country both comfort and warning. The road ahead, according to the President, will still be difficult and require..

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WILMINGTON, DE - DECEMBER 23: President-Elect Joe Biden arrives to announce Miguel Cardona as his nominee for Education Secretary at the Queen theatre on December 23, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Cardona, the Connecticut Education Commissioner, will face the urgent task of planning to reopen schools safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

Double masking works

February 11, 2021
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According the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, double masking can block 92% of infectious particles. Researchers have concluded that layering a cloth mask over a medical procedural mask, such as a disposable blue surgical mask, can block 92.5% of potentially infectious particles from escaping by creating a tighter fit..

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Pfizer to cut production time in half

February 9, 2021
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Pfizer has announced its intention to cut in half the time it takes to produce COVID-19 vaccine from 110 days to an average of 60 as it makes the process more efficient and production is built out. This increase comes amid a growing cry that the time it will take..

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Israel closes airport

January 25, 2021
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Israel’s cabinet has approved the closure of Ben Gurion airport from Tuesday, January 26 until next Sunday January 31, although the closure is likely to continue for at least two weeks. Airlines have been given indications that the closure could extend until the end of February. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu..

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Weekly deaths above normal in the U.S. since 2015

400,000

January 19, 2021
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Today, one day before the presidential inauguration, the United States registered its 400,000th death to COVID-19. As confirmation, since March 2020, at least 400,000 more Americans have died than would have in a normal year, a sign of the broad devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. An analysis of mortality..

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UK goes on lockdown

January 4, 2021
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reimposed a lockdown in England on Monday as a more transmissible variant of Covid-19 fuels a surge in infections and hospitalizations in the country. “It is clear that we need to do more to bring this new variant under control,” Johnson said. “That means the..

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