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India to resume exporting coronavirus vaccines, easing global supply shortage

September 21st, 2021
India to resume exporting coronavirus vaccines, easing global supply shortage

NEW DELHI — India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, will resume exports and donations of surplus coronavirus vaccines in October after halting them during a devastating surge in domestic infections in April, the health minister said Monday.Mansukh Mandaviya said the surplus vaccines will be used to fulfill India’s “commitment towards the world for the collective fight against Covid-19,” but vaccinating Indians will remain the government’s “topmost priority.”India was expected to be a key supplier for the world and for the U.N.-backed initiative aimed... Read More

Japan’s prime minister Suga to step down after Covid, Olympics marked year in office

September 3rd, 2021
Japan’s prime minister Suga to step down after Covid, Olympics marked year in office

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday that he would not run in the ruling center-right party’s leadership election this month, indicating he would step down after just a year as the country’s leader.Suga, 72, has struggled with low public approval ratings over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and for pressing ahead with holding the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer over the objections of health experts and much of the public.Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsIn a surprise announcement after a meeting of his Liberal Democratic Party,... Read More

‘Arbitrary and cruel’: Democrats excoriate Supreme Court decision on eviction moratorium

August 27th, 2021
‘Arbitrary and cruel’: Democrats excoriate Supreme Court decision on eviction moratorium

Democratic lawmakerson Friday denounced the Supreme Court’s decision that blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from allowing renters to stay in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called the decision “arbitrary and cruel” in a statement Friday.“The Court’s decision to block the new CDC eviction moratorium is immoral, putting families at risk of being put on the streets, and it is a serious public health threat, as the delta variant continues,” she said.In an unsigned opinion, six justices sided with a group representing... Read More

Supreme Court blocks Biden administration’s eviction moratorium

August 26th, 2021
Supreme Court blocks Biden administration’s eviction moratorium

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court late Thursday blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from enforcing the federal moratorium on evicting renters during the coronavirus pandemic, a defeat for the Biden administration’s effort to continue the moratorium even though the court had signaled that the action lacked the proper legal basis.The current moratorium, which was imposed in early August, had been due to expire in early October. It was challenged by a group of landlords who argued that the CDC had no authority to impose such a restriction on its own.They said the country’s... Read More

Japan to further expand virus emergency areas as Covid cases surge

August 25th, 2021
Japan to further expand virus emergency areas as Covid cases surge

TOKYO — Japan was set to expand its coronavirus state of emergency for a second week in a row Wednesday, adding several more prefectures as a surge in infections fueled by the delta variant strains the country’s health care system.The government last week extended the state of emergency until Sept. 12 and expanded the areas covered to 13 prefectures from six including Tokyo. Sixteen other prefectures are currently under quasi-emergency status.The government at a meeting of experts Wednesday proposed upgrading eight prefectures from quasi-emergency status to a full state of emergency. Those... Read More

Mariachis on Sunday mass are back at this Tucson church after a Covid hiatus

August 23rd, 2021
Mariachis on Sunday mass are back at this Tucson church after a Covid hiatus

TUCSON, Ariz. — A blast of festive trumpet flourishes and guitarrón bass breaks the solemn hush of Mass on a torrid August desert morning. Decked out in gold-embroidered suits, nine musicians pick, strum and trumpet the entrance hymn under tall stained-glass windows.After more than a year of silence due to the pandemic, mariachis are back playing Sunday services at Tucson’s St. Augustine Cathedral, where the colorful and sonorous tradition dates back a half-century and fuses Roman Catholicism with Mexican American pride.For the hundreds of worshippers gathered in this Spanish colonial church,... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court blocks single part of N.Y. eviction moratorium

August 12th, 2021
U.S. Supreme Court blocks single part of N.Y. eviction moratorium

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked part of New York’s moratorium on evictions, put into effect because of the coronavirus pandemic, less than a month before it was supposed to expire anyway.The legal issue is distinct from those surrounding a new moratorium that applies in most of the country that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention imposed last week.Over three dissenting votes, the court said New York could no longer enforce a provision that allows renters to stave off eviction by submitting a hardship declaration form that tells the state they lost income or had... Read More

Stanford will require weekly Covid-19 testing for all students regardless of vaccination status

August 12th, 2021
Stanford will require weekly Covid-19 testing for all students regardless of vaccination status

Stanford University announced Wednesday it would require weekly Covid testing for students, regardless of their vaccination status.In a message to students, school officials revealed new safety protocols on campus beginning Aug. 15, citing the surge of the delta variant of the coronavirus across the country.Returning students will be mandated to continue to wear face masks and get vaccinated, as well as undergo weekly testing for the coronavirus, regardless whether they are vaccinated or not, the school said. Students are expected to receive their test results within 24 hours.Unvaccinated students... Read More

YouTube suspends Sen. Rand Paul over a video falsely claiming masks are ineffective

August 11th, 2021
YouTube suspends Sen. Rand Paul over a video falsely claiming masks are ineffective

WASHINGTON — YouTube suspended Sen. Rand Paul’s account on Tuesday for posting a video claiming cloth face masks are ineffective against the coronavirus.“A badge of honor … leftwing cretins at Youtube banning me for 7 days for a video that quotes 2 peer reviewed articles saying cloth masks don’t work,” Paul, R-Ky., tweeted.Paul falsely claimed in the removed video, “Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work. They don’t prevent infection,” adding that “cloth masks don’t work.”A spokesperson for YouTube told NBC News that the video violated company... Read More

Florida grapples with record Covid surge as school looms

August 9th, 2021
Florida grapples with record Covid surge as school looms

Florida has become an epicenter of the latest surge of the pandemic in the U.S. with new cases still breaking records and hospitalizations rising as school starts this week in some districts.Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing legal challenges over his executive order threatening to withhold funds for schools that have mask requirements for students. The governor was also dealt a blow over a law banning companies from requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccinations.As the school year starts this week for some districts and later this month for others, one lawsuit represents concerned parents of students in schools... Read More