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CDC director Rochelle Walensky announces shake-up of the organization, citing COVID mistakes
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CDC director Rochelle Walensky announces shake-up of the organization, citing COVID mistakes

The head of the nation's top public health agency on Wednesday announced a shake-up of the organization, saying it fell short responding to COVID-19 and needs to become more nimble.The planned changes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — CDC leaders call it a "reset"— come amid criticism of the agency's response to COVID-19, monkeypox and other public health threats. The changes include internal staffing moves and steps to speed up data releases."To be frank, we are responsible for some pretty dramatic, pretty public mistakes, from testing, to data, to communications. As an agency, even with all the terrific work we do, we still suffer the consequences from these mistakes," Walensky said in a video message shared with the agency's staff on Wednesday. ...
The pandemic in Russia and the bankruptcy of national-chauvinist politics
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The pandemic in Russia and the bankruptcy of national-chauvinist politics

The pandemic continues to exact a terrible toll in Russia. Since the invasion of Ukraine, efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 have been abandoned. This essay has been submitted to the World Socialist Web Site by the Young Guard of Bolshevik Leninists, an organization of Trotskyist youth in Russia.On Tuesday, July 19, the Rospotrebnadzor press service reported the detection of the new Omicron BA.2.75 subvariant in five people in Russia. The press service wrote, “The material was sampled in July. The material was collected in the city of Moscow. The disease had a mild form in all the patients. There are no hospitalized patients.”Previously, this heavily mutated Omicron subvariant has been found in India, Australia, Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. ...
Borda to Retire as NY Philharmonic Head, Ginstling Hired | Entertainment News
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Borda to Retire as NY Philharmonic Head, Ginstling Hired | Entertainment News

By RONALD BLUM, Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Deborah Borda will retire as president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 2022-23 season and will be succeeded by Gary Ginstling, head of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra since 2017.Borda, who turns 73 on July 15, returned to the Philharmonic in 2017 for her second stint in charge and presided over the unprecedented dual challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and the reconstruction of David Geffen Hall, the orchestra’s long-maligned Lincoln Center home that reopens Oct. 7.Ginstling will become the Philharmonic’s executive director on Nov. 1 and take over from Borda when she retires June 30, 2023. Borda will then became executive adviser to Ginstling and the board of directors, a role in which she will concentrate o...
WTO Ministers Reach Deals on Fisheries, Food, COVID Vaccines | Business News
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WTO Ministers Reach Deals on Fisheries, Food, COVID Vaccines | Business News

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated PressGENEVA (AP) — After all-night talks, members of the World Trade Organization early Friday reached a string of deals and commitments aimed to limit overfishing, broaden production of COVID-19 vaccines in the developing world, improve food security and reform a 27-year-old trade body that has been back on its heels in recent years.WTO Director-General Nzogi Okonjo-Iweala, after a pair of sleepless nights in rugged negotiations, concluded the WTO’s first ministerial conference in 4-1/2 years by trumpeting a new sense of cooperation at a time when the world faces crises like Russia's war in Ukraine and a once-in-a-century pandemic that has taken millions of lives.“The package agreements you have reached will make a difference to the lives of people around the w...
Covid pandemic impact: When technology marries school education
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Covid pandemic impact: When technology marries school education

When the pandemic disrupted existing practices of imparting education and forced the world to rethink its medium of instruction, technology was the saving grace. Reliance on technology in the post-pandemic era has made education increasingly mobile, creating an opportunity to make quality school education accessible in the country’s most remote areas. Technological integration is poised as a critical catalyst in the field of education. The world has recognised that technology will inevitably be crucial to education for all. Countries worldwide have been developing national-level schemes to promote ICT usage, which World Bank and UNESCO have also re...
Engineered water nanostructures as a new technology against SARS-CoV-2
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Engineered water nanostructures as a new technology against SARS-CoV-2

In a recent study published in the MDPI journal Nanomaterials, a research group from the United States (US) has shown the possibility of inactivating surrogates of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) on surfaces with the use of specific water nanostructures incorporated with nature-derived antimicrobials. Study: Inactivating SARS-CoV-2 Surrogates on Surfaces Using Engineered Water Nanostructures Incorporated with Nature Derived Antimicrobials. Image Credit: peterschreiber.media / Shutterstock Even though manifold effective vaccines have been developed against SARS-CoV-2, a causative agent of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, we need more weapons in our armamentarium. Hence, halting the spread of COVID-19 through environmental disinfec...
Biden Launches Indo-Pacific Trade Deal, Warns Over Inflation | Business News
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Biden Launches Indo-Pacific Trade Deal, Warns Over Inflation | Business News

By JOSH BOAK and AAMER MADHANI, Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday launched a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations aimed at strengthening their economies as he warned Americans worried about high inflation that it was “going to be a haul” before they feel relief. The president said he does not believe an economic recession is inevitable in the U.S.Biden, speaking at a news conference after holding talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, acknowledged the U.S. economy has “problems” but said they were "less consequential than the rest of the world has.”He added: “This is going to be a haul. This is going to take some time," even as he rejected the idea a recession in the U.S. was inevitable.The comments came just before Biden's launch of the Indo-Pacif...
Official: China’s Economy Reviving as Anti-Virus Curbs Ease | Business News
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Official: China’s Economy Reviving as Anti-Virus Curbs Ease | Business News

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business WriterBEIJING (AP) — China's factory and consumer activity fell even more than expected in April under anti-virus controls, official data showed Monday, but a Cabinet official said the economy is reviving as anti-virus curbs ease and its commercial capital of Shanghai reopens.The slump in the second-biggest economy fueled fears global manufacturing and trade might be disrupted after most business in Shanghai were shut down and its 25 million people confined to their homes starting in late March. That adds to complications for President Xi Jinping in a year when he is expected to try to extend his time in power.Retail sales tumbled 11.1% from a year ago after shops, restaurants and other consumer outlets in Shanghai and other cities closed, according to the Nati...
Chicago Alt-Weekly Survives Column Clash, Going Nonprofit | Entertainment News
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Chicago Alt-Weekly Survives Column Clash, Going Nonprofit | Entertainment News

By KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Reader, the city's famed alt-weekly, is expected to become a nonprofit this month after the sale was nearly derailed over a co-owner's column opposing COVID-19 vaccine requirements for children.The publication was on track to be sold to the new nonprofit last year until the November printing of defense attorney Leonard Goodman’s column headlined “Vaxxing our kids" prompted allegations of misinformation and censorship.Goodman agreed to step aside in late April, allowing the sale to go through. Still, the standoff among the alt-weekly's managers left staff members in limbo for months, wondering if the Reader would be shut down after surviving multiple previous sales and the coronavirus pandemic.In the column, Goodman wrote that “f...
Stocks Stagger Higher After Mixed Report on April Inflation | Business News
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Stocks Stagger Higher After Mixed Report on April Inflation | Business News

By STAN CHOE, AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are stumbling mostly higher on Wall Street Wednesday after inflation slowed last month but still came in worse than feared.The S&P 500 was 0.4% higher after waffling between gains and losses in early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 315 points, or 1%, at 32,480, as of 11:49 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 0.5% lower as tech stocks again lagged the market.Wall Street has been transfixed on the nation's high inflation, and where it's heading, because it's causing the Federal Reserve to yank the supports it propped under markets for most of the pandemic. The Fed has flipped aggressively toward raising interest rates after seeing high inflation last longer than it expected.Wednesday’s report from the U.S...