WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Vaccine maker Novavax said its coronavirus vaccine was highly effective in a late-stage study that included variants in the U.S. and Mexico. The vaccine, which had 100% efficacy against the original strain of COVID-19 and 93% efficacy against other variants, is expected to help with boosting vaccine supplies in the developing world.
- G7 commits to sending 1 billion COVID vaccine doses to lower-income countries – Axios
- Anti-Vaccine Activists Use A Federal Database To Spread Fear About COVID Vaccines – NPR
- Why it’s been relatively easy to vaccinate against COVID-19 compared to HIV or cancer – USA Today
- @ChadBown : The United States may not need Novavax COVID-19 vaccine doses, fine. But Novavax has licensed its technology and established a massive GLOBAL network of manufacturing sites to help vaccinate the world once regulators give it the OK… 2
- A federal court in Texas dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of hospital employees who argued they had a right to refuse vaccine requirements imposed by their employer. The group of 117 employees sued Houston Methodist Hospital after 178 employees were suspended for not getting vaccinated by a June 7 deadline.
- Companies Push Employees to Prove They Are Vaccinated – Wall Street Journal
- @nytimes : The message from many companies to their workers is clear: It will soon be time to work from the office again.But first, some businesses are sending surveys and offering cash rewards to find out how much of their workforce is vaccinated.
- At least four U.S. cities suffered mass shootings over the weekend that left at least 38 people wounded and six dead, underscoring a rise in crime and homicides that has accompanied the reopening of local economies. Mayors in several U.S. cities have announced initiatives to improve community policing, enhance surveillance and enforce curfews, especially in places eager to see tourists return.
- Rash of mass shootings stirs US fears heading into summer – Associated Press
- Crime in Atlanta: Homicides are up nearly 60 percent in 2021 – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- @AnaCabrera : There have been at least 270 mass shootings in the US in 2021, according to data compiled by CNN and the Gun Violence Archive. That’s approximately 40% higher than at this point in 2020 & approximately 65% higher than this point in 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
- More than 2 million people passed through airport security checkpoints across the nation on Friday, the most since March 2020. Still, that number is about 74% of the total on the same date in 2019. Companies that rely on seasonal hires or foreign professionals say that travel restrictions between countries and visa backlogs are contributing to the already short supply of labor.
- The Copa America soccer tournament kicked off on Sunday with eleven players already testing positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Brazil, where no spectators are allowed due to an alarming rate of spread. Argentina player Lionel Messi said ahead of his team’s opener against Chile that he was concerned about the coronavirus risk, but added that his biggest dream would be to win something with the Argentina team. The Euro Cup similarly kicked off on Friday with reduced stadium capacity and a “labyrinth” of travel restrictions and testing requirements.
- Russian winger Andrey Mostovoy out of Euro Cup after testing coronavirus positive – The New Indian Times
- Venezuela Faces Coronavirus Outbreak Ahead of Copa América Tournament – The New York Times
- @bollemdb : Geopolitics on full display: The main advertiser in Copa America’s soccer match between Brazil and Venezuela today is China’s Sinovac, maker of Coronavac — the COVID-19 vaccine most widely distributed in a region devastated by SARS-CoV-2.
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