Delta variant is so contagious it ‘raises the bar’ for Covid vaccines, Moderna president says

Reading Time: 5 minutes Houston Fire Department paramedics prepare to transport a man with breathing difficulties from a senior living center to a hospital on September 14, 2021 in Houston, Texas. John Moore | Getty Images The fast-spreading delta variant is so contagious, it’s exposed weaknesses in vaccine protection and changed the outlook for ending the pandemic, Moderna President … Read more

Emmys ceremony will be a ‘fun, ritzy party’ with ‘plenty of music,’ producers say

Reading Time: 5 minutes Cedric the Entertainer marking his first time as Master of Ceremonies for the Emmy Awards. CBS Photo Archive | CBS | Getty Images With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, the Emmy Awards will once again break with tradition. Since 2008, the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles has been the go-to venue for the annual television … Read more

UK and Trinidad health officials refute Nicki Minaj’s ‘false claim’ Covid shots cause swollen testicles

Reading Time: 9 minutes Health officials from the U.K. to Trinidad refuted rapper Nicki Minaj’s “false claim” that her cousin’s friend’s testicles swelled after he received a Covid-19 vaccine in her home country of Trinidad. Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh, health minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, said Minaj’s tweet late Monday to her more than 22 million followers … Read more

Moderna releases new data on Covid breakthrough cases it says supports need for booster shots

Reading Time: 8 minutes A healthcare worker fills a syringe with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Giorgio Companies site in Blandon, PA where the CATE Mobile Vaccination Unit was onsite to administer Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines to workers Wednesday morning April 14, 2021. Ben Hasty | MediaNews Group | Reading Eagle via Getty Images Moderna on Wednesday released more data … Read more

Rap artist Nicki Minaj faces backlash after tweeting inaccurate information about Covid vaccines

Reading Time: 7 minutes Nicki Minaj is seen arriving to the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. Gilbert Carrasquillo | GC Images | Getty Images Nicki Minaj faced public backlash Tuesday after tweeting the day before that a friend of her cousin developed … Read more

Giving Covid booster shots to healthy people is ‘not right,’ WHO says in plea to wealthy nations

Reading Time: 5 minutes Nurse Mary Ezzat administers a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot to Jessica M. at UCI Medical Center in Orange, CA, on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Jeff Gritchen | MediaNews Group | Orange County Register via Getty Images World Health Organization officials called again for wealthy nations to stop distributing Covid vaccine booster doses in hopes of … Read more

Solar prices jumped in the second quarter, reversing recent trends, on material costs and supply chain issues

Reading Time: 7 minutes Peter Cade | Stone | Getty Images The solar industry is among many sectors feeling the pinch of higher prices, according to a report released Tuesday by the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie. Prices rose quarter over quarter and year over year across every solar segment during the period. It’s the first time … Read more

Gates Foundation annual report says Covid pushed 31 million into dire poverty, child vaccine rates fell

Reading Time: 8 minutes The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has pushed an additional 31 million people worldwide into dire poverty, reversing global progress on eliminating poverty by four years, according to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s fifth-annual Goalkeeper report published Monday. The report — which examines global progress on vaccine access, reducing poverty and other health issues — also … Read more

Stock futures inch higher after Dow, S&P snap 5-day losing streak

Reading Time: 6 minutes U.S. stock index futures were modestly higher during overnight trading on Monday, after the S&P 500 finished in the green, snapping a five-day losing streak. Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 39 points. S&P 500 futures gained 0.12%, while Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.08%. The Dow and S&P both advanced … Read more

Flight attendants fear being ‘punched in the face’ over mask enforcement, union president says

Reading Time: 5 minutes Flight attendants enforcing mask mandates onboard are worried about physical attacks from travelers, Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday. The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday it would double fines for passengers who refuse to comply with the federal mask mandate for air travel. The union … Read more