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

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

Australia predicts record farm production despite challenges

Reading Time: 5 minutes Australia is forecast to reap record revenue from farming this year despite pandemic challenges, a mouse plague and a trade dispute with China By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press September 14, 2021, 8:49 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is forecast to reap record farm revenues … 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

U.S. Covid cases finally start to dip from latest peak, but Delta variant still on the rise in some states

Reading Time: 16 minutes A CSULB student receives a first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine during a City of Long Beach Public Health Covid-19 mobile vaccination clinic at the California State University Long Beach (CSULB) campus on August 11, 2021 in Long Beach, California. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Covid case counts in the U.S. … 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

Data shows Covid booster shots are ‘not appropriate’ at this time, U.S. and international scientists conclude

Reading Time: 6 minutes A pharmacist administers a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a customer at a pharmacy in Livonia, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. Emily Elconin | Bloomberg | Getty Images An expert review of scientific evidence to date has concluded that Covid-19 vaccine booster shots are not needed at this time for … Read more