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‘Station Eleven’ is a post-apocalyptic show, but it’s not all doom and gloom

December 24th, 2021
‘Station Eleven’ is a post-apocalyptic show, but it’s not all doom and gloom

It’s not lost on showrunner Patrick Somerville that his post-apocalyptic drama “Station Eleven” debuted just as omicron, the latest coronavirus variant, began to race around the globe.The HBO Max series, based on Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel of the same name, follows survivors of a devastating flu as they try to rebuild while coping with what they’ve lost. Although the series began filming before the pandemic upended everyone’s lives, the parallels are hard to ignore. There are scenes at an overrun hospital, characters who feel anxious when they hear coughing... Read More

Trump renews praise for Covid vaccines, ‘one of the greatest achievements of mankind’

December 23rd, 2021
Trump renews praise for Covid vaccines, ‘one of the greatest achievements of mankind’

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump praised the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines in a new interview just days after being booed by an audience for revealing he received a Covid booster shot.”The vaccine is one of the greatest achievements of mankind,” Trump told conservative commentator Candace Owens in an interview on Wednesday. While Trump has expressed opposition to vaccine mandates, he has long taken credit for the vaccines developed on his watch.”I came up with a vaccine, with three vaccines all are very, very good,” he said in the interview, referring... Read More

VP Harris tests negative after ‘close contact’ with Covid-positive staffer

December 22nd, 2021
VP Harris tests negative after ‘close contact’ with Covid-positive staffer

Vice President Kamala Harris has tested negative for the coronavirus after she was in “close contact” with a staffer who later tested positive for Covid, her office said Wednesday night.The announcement comes two days after the White House said President Joe Biden had been in close contact with another staffer who later tested positive. Biden has tested negative.Harris’ office said the exposure involved a staff member who worked with her throughout the day Tuesday and then tested positive Wednesday. The staffer, who had tested negative on Tuesday and Monday, “is fully vaccinated... Read More

California becomes second state to require booster shots for healthcare workers

December 21st, 2021
California becomes second state to require booster shots for healthcare workers

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that California will require health care workers to get Covid vaccination booster shots, part of a broader plan to combat the recent surge in coronavirus cases.”With Omicron on the rise, we’re taking immediate actions to protect Californians and ensure our hospitals are prepared,” Newsom, a Democrat, said on Twitter, adding that he would provide details of the overall strategy Wednesday.California will become the second state to mandate booster shots for health care workers. New Mexico issued a similar order this month, requiring health care workers... Read More

London’s mayor declares ‘major incident’ as omicron surges in U.K. capital

December 18th, 2021
London’s mayor declares ‘major incident’ as omicron surges in U.K. capital

LONDON — London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” Saturday as the omicron variant of the coronavirus surged through the United Kingdom’s capital.The impact of the rapid spread of the variant was already felt across the city with staff absences in front-line services, a statement from the mayor’s office said.Khan said the surge was “hugely concerning.” Urging citizens to get vaccinated, he added that the omicron “variant has quickly become dominant with cases increasing rapidly and the number of patients in our hospitals with Covid-19 on the rise again.” The... Read More

Boris Johnson urges boosters as U.K. faces ‘tidal wave’ of omicron infections

December 12th, 2021
Boris Johnson urges boosters as U.K. faces ‘tidal wave’ of omicron infections

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new effort to get the country coronavirus booster shots by New Year’s Day, saying the region faces a “tidal wave” of new coronavirus infections. In a national broadcast Sunday evening, Johnson said the government will try to get boosters to residents 18 and older by the end of the month. His original timeline had been to have the U.K. up to three vaccine doses by the end of January.The booster effort is a “national mission,” with offerings of pop-up vaccination centers and daily clinics. Johnson said he expects adults whose... Read More

Former Trump aide Peter Navarro defies House subpoena in Covid-19 probe

December 12th, 2021
Former Trump aide Peter Navarro defies House subpoena in Covid-19 probe

WASHINGTON — Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has refused to comply with a subpoena for documents issued by the congressional panel investigating the Trump administration’s pandemic response, Navarro said in a letter released by the panel.In his refusal, Navarro cited a “direct order” from former President Donald Trump to claim executive privilege. The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis made the letter public Saturday when its chairman, James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., sent a letter in response to Navarro’s refusal.”Your blanket refusal to comply... Read More

Inside the making of Biden’s omicron playbook

December 12th, 2021
Inside the making of Biden’s omicron playbook

WASHINGTON — Last year on Christmas Eve, advisers to then-President-elect Joe Biden held an emergency meeting to discuss a scenario that felt increasingly likely: the emergence of a mutant strain of the coronavirus that would evade vaccine protection.At the time, the alarm bells were ringing for the alpha variant, which quickly faded. But the concerns led Biden’s team to lay the groundwork for the plan they are now beginning to implement as researchers work to determine how much of a threat the omicron variant may pose, according to people familiar with the planning.While there are still more... Read More

Italian dentist presents fake arm for vaccine to get Covid pass

December 4th, 2021
Italian dentist presents fake arm for vaccine to get Covid pass

A dentist in Italy faces possible criminal charges after trying to receive a coronavirus vaccine in a fake arm made of silicone.A nurse in the northern city of Biella, Filippa Bua, said she could tell right away that something was off when a man presented the phony limb for a shot on Thursday.“When I uncovered the arm, I felt skin that was cold and gummy, and the color was too light,’’ Bua told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.Download the NBC News app for full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakShe said she initially thought the 57-year-old man was an amputee and had mistakenly offered... Read More

Omicron already playing havoc with travel and tourism

November 30th, 2021
Omicron already playing havoc with travel and tourism

News of the omicron variant of the coronavirus and a growing list of new restrictions is putting a crimp in freshly made travel plans.Thanksgiving leftovers are still in the fridge, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday sales are in play, and this week many fully vaccinated people were hoping to get deals for Christmas travel, spring break, and reunion and bucket list trips.Cases were first reported in South Africa and soon surfaced in other countries, including Israel, Belgium, and Canada. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Saturday on NBC’s “Weekend... Read More