Pandemic


Biden’s bridge-building plan can happen without bridge building 

Biden’s bridge-building plan can happen without bridge building 

US President Jo Biden is preparing to push through his $2 trillion infrastructure plan with or without bipartisan support.Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Biden would prefer that his plan had Republican backing but, if it doesn’t, he would probably use a procedural strategy called reconciliation to allow Democrats to pass …

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China’s response to the pandemic and how the ‘stars have aligned’  

China’s response to the pandemic and how the ‘stars have aligned’  

Facts speak for themselves when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic. For China, culturally, a top-down model works better for dealing with a virus. From the moment the first cases of Covid-19 were identified in Wuhan, in December 2019, China initiated rigorous public health measures, such as lockdowns and widespread …

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Streaming service Netflix moves to stop password sharing

Streaming service Netflix moves to stop password sharing

(ATF) Netflix, the streaming entertainment platform that has been one of the big winners of the coronavirus pandemic, is moving to stop password sharing as it tries to expand user number growth.Some Netflix users who were apparently tapping into other people's accounts turned to Twitter to share news of an …

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China rolls out 'vaccine passports' to kickstart international travel

China rolls out vaccine passports to kickstart international travel

(ATF) China has become the first large country to issue "vaccine passports" to kickstart international travel, enabling citizens to download the new certificates and potentially use them to enter and leave the country. However, as it is only available for Chinese citizens, it is not yet clear how it could …

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The jab and the jab-nots: battle over 'vaccine equity' reaches UN

The jab and the jab-nots: battle over vaccine equity reaches UN

(ATF) The United Nations has called for global "vaccine equity" amid reports that rich nations are hoarding Covid-19 shots while the developing world faces a massive shortage, in the wake of an unprecedented UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting called to discuss the pandemic.Convened by the UK, a permanent UNSC member, …

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Post-Covid stimulus a ‘unique chance to tackle climate change’ 

Post-Covid rescue packages a ‘unique chance to tackle climate change’ 

Post-Covid recovery stimulus need to target green issues more, in what will be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to clean up the planet, say experts. Of a total of $14.9 trillion in stimulus spending announced globally since the pandemic began, so far $1.8 trillion has been set aside to deal with the …

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South Korea jobless rate hits 22-year high as recovery weakens

South Korea jobless rate hits 22-year high as recovery weakens

(ATF) South Korea's unemployment surged to its highest level since 1999, raising concerns that recovery from the coronavirus pandemic could be tougher than expected.The jobless rate jumped to 5.4% in January from a revised 4.5% the previous month to hit its highest level since the aftermath of the Asian financial …

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Malaysia fast-tracks vaccine deals as coronavirus cases surge

Malaysia fast-tracks vaccine deals as coronavirus cases surge

(ATF) Malaysia’s science, technology and innovation minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, recently wrote on social media that 2021 would be the country's "year of vaccination".As Singapore and Indonesia kickstarted their vaccination programmes earlier this month, Malaysia has invested 3 billion ringgit ($743 million) in three major Covid-19 vaccines to cover at least …

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Chinese media launch negative attacks on foreign vaccines 

Chinese media launch negative attacks on foreign vaccines

(ATF) China’s state-run media is running a blitz of negative articles about foreign Covid-19 vaccines while touting its indigenously developed products as safer, more reliable and cheaper.While mostly developing countries have bought or ordered China’s three coronavirus vaccines – made by Sinovac Biotech, Sinopharm and CanSino Biologics – developed nations …

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Beijing to track down visitors as new wave of coronavirus strikes city

Beijing to track down visitors as new wave of coronavirus strikes city

(ATF) Officials in the Chinese capital said on Wednesday (Jan 20) they would track down anyone who has entered the city from overseas in the last six weeks after reporting the biggest daily jump in new Covid-19 cases in more than three weeks.The measures to be enforced in Beijing come …

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