Tag: Shortages

How the Car Market Is Shedding Light on a Key Inflation Question

In a recent speech pointedly titled “Bringing Inflation Down,” Lael Brainard, the Federal Reserve’s vice chair, zoomed in on the automobile market as a real-world example of a major uncertainty looming over the outlook for price increases: What will happen next with corporate profits. Many companies have been able to raise prices beyond their own […]

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‘At the Breaking Point’: Tibetans, Under Lockdown, Make Rare Cries for Help

BEIJING — Infected patients quarantined alongside those who tested negative. No food for hours, despite repeated requests. Lines of buses, loaded with people, waiting late into the night to drop them off at makeshift isolation centers. These are the scenes described by residents of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, who have been locked down for […]

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Who Are America’s Missing Workers?

On a basic level, there are two reasons that employers have been so desperate to hire workers as the United States emerges from the pandemic. The first is that demand for goods and services rebounded. The second: A bunch of former workers never showed up to take the jobs that resulted. More than two years […]

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Just Bread and Noodles: China’s Covid Lockdown Distress Hits Xinjiang

This summer, Yining, a city in the Xinjiang region of far-western China, celebrated a boom of Chinese tourists seeking a sunny respite from Covid worries in their hometowns. Now Yining is under its own grueling, weekslong pandemic lockdown, with residents calling for help over limited food, difficulty getting medicines and drastic shortages of sanitary pads […]

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How to Address the Child Therapist Shortage

My stomach lurched when I answered the phone at my therapy practice. On the line was the latest worried and exasperated parent hoping to schedule a psychotherapy appointment with me for a child or teenager. I’m one of the few child and adolescent therapists in my area, and I dreaded telling this mother that my […]

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Why Totino’s Needs 25 Ways to Make Pizza Rolls

It takes about 21 ingredients to make a Totino’s pizza roll, the bite-size snack that soared in popularity during the pandemic as people sought easy-to-make meals. And on any given day since last winter, at least one of those ingredients, if not many, has either been difficult to find or insanely expensive. The shortages became […]

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Monkeypox Vaccine Plan Prods Cities and States to Adopt New Dosing Regimen

WASHINGTON — The White House, under pressure to contain a growing monkeypox outbreak, announced on Thursday that it was sending 1.8 million vaccine doses to jurisdictions that agree to use a new vaccination protocol, as public health officials prepare for Gay Pride events and the return to college campuses, which they fear could hasten spread […]

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‘Frustration and Stress’: State Officials Fault Rollout of Monkeypox Vaccine

Roughly 5,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine intended for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., left the national stockpile’s warehouse in Olive Branch, Miss., on July 19. They somehow ended up in Oklahoma. Then Tennessee. Then Mississippi again. Then, finally, Florida. In Idaho, a shipment of 60 vaccine doses disappeared and showed up six days later, refrigerated rather than […]

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Ukraine’s First U.N. Grain Ship Prepares to Depart for Africa

PIVDENNYI PORT, Ukraine — Sailors in blue and orange coveralls milled around on the deck of the freighter Brave Commander on Sunday as a series of chutes and conveyors loaded the ship’s cargo bay with 23,000 metric tons of wheat bound for Africa. The Brave Commander, a Lebanese-flagged freighter, was scheduled to depart later in […]

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Why Monkeypox Vaccine Shortage May Threaten the Immunocompromised

The shortfall of monkeypox vaccine doses in the United States, expected to last for months, is raising urgent questions about how well and for how long a single shot may protect against the virus. The vaccine, called Jynneos, is approved as a two-dose regimen, but most people at risk of infection have been receiving one […]

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Why Monkeypox Vaccine Shortage May Threaten the Immunocompromised

The shortfall of monkeypox vaccine doses in the United States, expected to last for months, is raising urgent questions about how well and for how long a single shot may protect against the virus. The vaccine, called Jynneos, is approved as a two-dose regimen, but most people at risk of infection have been receiving one […]

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Sequía en México: el país enfrenta una emergencia del agua

México, o gran parte de él, se está quedando sin agua. Una sequía extrema ha hecho que las llaves de agua se sequen en todo el país, con casi dos tercios de todos los municipios enfrentando una escasez que obliga a la gente en algunos lugares a hacer fila durante horas para las entregas de […]

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Mexico’s Drought: Country Faces a Water Emergency

Mexico, or large parts of it, is running out of water. An extreme drought has seen taps run dry across the country, with nearly two-thirds of all municipalities facing a water shortage that is forcing people in some places to line up for hours for government water deliveries. The lack of water has grown so […]

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What Drives the Price of Wheat, Beyond War in Ukraine

The price of wheat has tumbled from its peak after Russia invaded Ukraine, but experts say one of the world’s most widely consumed foods remains in short supply and warn that a global hunger crisis still looms. Like oil, steel, beef and other commodities integral to the economy, wheat shifts in price and availability in […]

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Germans Tip-Toe Up the Path to Energy Savings

AUGSBURG, Germany — Wolfgang Hübschle went into city government expecting a simple life, planning things like traditional festivals replete with lederhosen. Instead, these days he has the unpopular task of calculating which traffic lights to shut off, how to lower temperatures in offices and swimming pools — and perhaps, if it comes to it, pulling […]

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Russia Cuts Gas Flow to Europe, Intensifying Fears It Is Weaponizing Fuel

BERLIN — On the eve of a European Union emergency meeting on cutting natural gas consumption, Russia’s state-owned gas monopoly said Monday that it would slash gas deliveries to Germany, as President Vladimir V. Putin once again showed his unpredictability and his power to inflict pain on the bloc for backing Ukraine. E.U. energy ministers […]

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Russia Agrees to Let Ukraine Ship Grain, Easing World Food Shortage

BRUSSELS — After three months of talks that often seemed doomed, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on Friday to free more than 20 million tons of grain stuck in Ukraine’s blockaded Black Sea ports, a deal with global implications for bringing down high food prices and alleviating shortages and a mounting hunger crisis. Senior […]

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A Painful Deadline Nears as Colorado River Reservoirs Run Critically Low

States in the Colorado River basin are scrambling to propose steep cuts in the water they’ll use from the river next year, in response to a call by the federal government for immediate, drastic efforts to keep the river’s main storage reservoirs from reaching critically low levels. The request comes with the Southwest still in […]

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A Painful Deadline Nears as Colorado River Reservoirs Run Critically Low

States in the Colorado River basin are scrambling to propose steep cuts in the water they’ll use from the river next year, in response to a call by the federal government for immediate, drastic efforts to keep the river’s main storage reservoirs from reaching critically low levels. The request comes with the Southwest still in […]

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Germany Hopes to Outrace a Russian Gas Cutoff and Bone Cold Winter

Russian natural gas has fired the furnaces that create molten stainless steel at Clemens Schmees’s family foundry since 1961, when his father set up shop in a garage in the western part of Germany. It never crossed Clemens’s mind that this energy flow could one day become unaffordable or cease altogether. Now Mr. Schmees, like […]

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