Tag: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Pandemic Rescue: It’s ‘And’ Not ‘Or’

President Biden is proposing a large relief package to deal with the continuing fallout from the coronavirus. The package is expansive, as it should be. But it is, predictably, facing demands that it be scaled back. Which, if any, of these demands have some validity? We can discount opposition from Republican leaders who have suddenly […]

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E.U. and U.K. Fight Over Covid Vaccines: ‘Solidarity Is Failing’

The European Commission is now demanding that AstraZeneca open up its production plans to scrutiny. In an internal document seen by The New York Times, the commission said that the European Union wants to know “which factory produced what and when,” a question that the bloc believes its contract entitles it to have answered. Britain […]

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Why Are U.S. Covid Cases Falling? And Will the Trend Last?

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New Yorkers Can’t Find Parking. For Bikes.

Weather: Chance of flurries or showers early, and again this evening. Mostly cloudy, with a high around 40. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Feb. 11 (Lunar New Year’s Eve). The Times’s Winnie Hu and Daniel E. Slotnik write: The pandemic set off an extraordinary surge in biking as people sought to avoid public transit and […]

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Is South Dakota’s Kristi Noem the Worst Pandemic Governor?

“This is how we do social distancing in our state.” [GUN FIRING] Meet South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and her, um, unique strategy for defeating Covid. “Great.” “Less Covid, more hunting. That‘s the plan for the future.” Should we check in on how that went? “Incredibly, more people in South Dakota are testing positive than […]

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E.U. and U.K. Fight Over Coronavirus Vaccines: ‘Solidarity Is Failing’

The European Commission is now demanding that AstraZeneca open up its production plans to scrutiny. In an internal document seen by The New York Times, the commission said that the European Union wants to know “which factory produced what and when,” a question that the bloc believes its contract entitles it to have answered. Britain […]

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After Government Falls, Italy Must Navigate Pandemic on ‘Cruise Control’

ROME — The Italian prime minister resigned on Tuesday and triggered the collapse of the government. This sort of thing happens all the time in Italy. But the return to a familiar state of political instability has never happened in the midst of a pandemic that has seared the country so deeply. After offering a […]

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Vancouver Couple Fined After Flying to Remote Town for Vaccination

A Canadian couple violated coronavirus restrictions when they traveled to the Yukon Territory last week to get vaccinated, according to the authorities, prompting accusations of entitlement and raising concerns about infection in a remote community of about 100 people. The couple, Rodney and Ekaterina Baker, of Vancouver, British Columbia, face fines of $1,000 for failing […]

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Hong Kong’s First Covid-19 Lockdown Exposes Deep-Rooted Inequality

HONG KONG — When Shirley Leung, 60, woke up enclosed in Hong Kong’s first coronavirus lockdown, she surveyed the tiny room she shares with her adult son, which fits a single bed and cardboard boxes and plastic tubs for storing clothes. She tried to ignore the smell of the ceiling and walls, which were blanketed […]

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Biden Pledges to Speed Flow of Vaccines to the States

WASHINGTON — President Biden, under intense pressure to speed up the pace of coronavirus vaccination, said Tuesday that his administration was nearing a deal with two manufacturers that would enable 300 million Americans to have their shots by the end of the summer. Supplies to the states will be increasing by 16 percent beginning next […]

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Made in the U.S.A.: Socialism for the Rich. Capitalism for the Rest.

In the 1980s, “only 2 percent of publicly traded companies in the U.S. were considered ‘zombies,’ a term used by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) for companies that, over the previous three years, had not earned enough profit to make even the interest payments on their debt,” Sharma wrote. “The zombie minority started to […]

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Britain Passes a Grim Milestone of 100,000 Coronavirus Deaths

LONDON — Britain on Tuesday surpassed 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus, a tragic milestone that laid bare the missteps in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s handling of the pandemic, as well as the tough choices he now faces in trying to keep lethal new variants of the virus out of the country. Britain’s death toll has […]

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CDC Officials Say Evidence Indicates Schools Can Reopen If Precautions Are Taken

During the fall term, about one-quarter of school districts were completely online, about half were using a hybrid model, and fewer than one-quarter were fully open for in-person teaching. Yet more than half of school districts had students participating in sports programs. In an opinion column in USA Today earlier this week, Randi Weingarten, the […]

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Thank You, Dr. Fauci

To the Editor: “Fauci on What Working for Trump Was Really Like” (Q. and A., Jan. 25) paints a vivid picture of a consummate scientific professional up against a boss with a crass disregard for truth and reason. I often watched Dr. Anthony Fauci and wished that his message were more positive, but I trusted […]

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False Rumors About Covid-19 Vaccines Are Scaring Women

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on women’s careers, finances and home lives. Although the vaccines may represent a solution, as scientists studying coronavirus infection and immune responses in women, we are now hearing from young women who say they might skip the shots out of fear for their fertility or nursing child. […]

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Who Owns Stocks? Explaining the Rise in Inequality During the Pandemic

Last year featured a devastating public health crisis, an imploding job market, a heavy dose of political tumult and — surprisingly — a roaring stock market. Add it all up, and a major consequence was an expansion of inequality in a nation where economic disparity was already on the rise. It boils down to which […]

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Do Curfews Slow the Coronavirus?

“Scientific intuition does tell you something,” Dr. Longini said. “It’s just that you can’t quantify it very well.” Updated  Jan. 27, 2021, 12:00 p.m. ET Maria Polyakova, an economist at Stanford University, has studied the effects of the pandemic on the U.S. economy. “In general,” she said, “we expect that staying at home mechanically slows […]

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Flaming Lips Use of Plastic Bubbles at Concerts Leave Covid-19 Experts Unsure

There are Covid-19 bubbles — small clusters of friends or family who agree to socialize exclusively with each other during the pandemic — and then there are the kinds of bubbles the Flaming Lips used at recent concerts. Band members and concertgoers rocked out and bounced while encased in large individual plastic bubbles amid bright […]

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If You Squeeze the Coronavirus, Does It Shatter?

That frailty is exactly what many researchers are counting on. Adam Zlotnick, a biophysicist at Indiana University Bloomington, specializes in disrupting virus assembly. An obvious strategy, he said, would be to introduce a drug or other treatment to slow or stop the building of new viruses. But he and his colleagues have found that using […]

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Dr. Anthony Fauci on Working For Donald Trump

Donald G. McNeil Jr. contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Theo Balcomb, Andy Mills, Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Annie Brown, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Wendy Dorr, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, Kelly […]

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Mona Lisa Is Alone, but Still Smiling

PARIS — From her bulletproof case in the Louvre Museum, Mona Lisa’s smile met an unfamiliar sight the other morning: Emptiness. The gallery where throngs of visitors swarmed to ogle her day after day was a void, deserted under France’s latest coronavirus confinement. Around the corner, the Winged Victory of Samothrace floated quietly above a […]

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Testing Requirement Is the Latest Curveball for the Travel Industry

Ms. Flynn showed her test results on her phone at the Turkish Airlines check-in counter at Istanbul Airport and kept a printed copy in case it was required when she landed. “No one asked to see the results again, so it really was minimal hassle for the extra peace of mind,” she said. “ It’s […]

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N.Y.C.’s Bike Parking Problem: 1.6 Million Riders and Just 56,000 Spots

The report cited repeated instances in which city officials had failed to carry out promises to increase bike parking, including building more parking near transit hubs and adding 1,500 bike racks annually. City officials said they took bike parking “very seriously” and were working to expand it. Despite the pandemic, 1,150 new bike parking spaces […]

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The Biden Administration’s Plan to Get Vaccines to Americans

I’ve never covered a moment that simultaneously merits so much despair and so much hope. It’s dizzying. The Biden administration takes office with over 25 million Covid-19 cases nationwide, over 420,000 Americans dead, and new, highly contagious variants of the virus stalking our future. It’s as grim a situation as I’ve seen. But for the […]

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Is It OK to Enroll in a Covid-19 Vaccine Trial If I Might Drop Out?

Your participation would probably be of more value if you take the antibody test only when your turn approaches for receiving an authorized vaccine. Should you test positive and, as you plan, remain in the trial, researchers will be able to track (for instance) your antibody levels over time; your membership in the treatment arm […]

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In U.K., Concern Grows Over Vaccine Hesitancy Among Minority Groups

LONDON — Health experts, doctors and government officials in Britain are calling for a more concerted campaign to address vaccine hesitancy among minority groups, with some also urging that those groups be designated a priority for immunization against the coronavirus because they are more at risk. The government said on Monday that it would give […]

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The High-Risk Group Left Out of New York’s Vaccine Rollout

When New York announced new vaccine eligibility guidelines two weeks ago covering millions of additional state residents, one particularly hard-hit group remained unmentioned: the nearly 50,000 people incarcerated in the state’s prisons and jails. Now, with state supplies dwindling and no clear plan for vaccinating incarcerated people, the virus that tore through the state’s correctional […]

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Mexico’s President Has Covid. Will It Make Him Take the Disease More Seriously?

MEXICO CITY — A day after the news that Mexico’s president had contracted Covid-19, frustration rippled through the line of Mexicans anxiously waiting Monday to refill tanks of oxygen for relatives who were suffering from the same illness and gasping for air at home. For nearly a year, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had minimized […]

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In Israel, Infections Drop Sharply After One Shot of Vaccine

JERUSALEM — Israel, which leads the world in vaccinating its population against the coronavirus, has produced some encouraging news: Early results show a significant drop in infection after just one shot of a two-dose vaccine, and better than expected results after both doses. Public health experts caution that the data, based on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, […]

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Biden Raises Daily Vaccination Target and Extends Travel Bans

On Monday, Moderna said its vaccine is effective against new variants that have emerged in Britain and South Africa. But the immune response is slightly weaker against the variant discovered in South Africa, so the company is developing a new form of the vaccine that could be used as a booster shot against that virus. […]

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