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Biden to Facebook: You're Not Killing People

President clarifies comments, renews call to stamp out misinformation

(Newser) - President Biden was pretty ticked at Facebook . Then Facebook got pretty ticked at Biden . Now Biden wants everyone to just get along—and work together to stop the antivaccine misinformation campaign. After saying Facebook and other social media giants that give platforms to antivaxxers are "killing people," CNBC...

First US Athlete Tests Positive in Japan

Kara Eaker is an alternate on the women's gymnastics team

(Newser) - An alternate on the women's gymnastic team has become the first American athlete to test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan for the Olympics. Officials say 18-year-old Kara Eaker has been transferred to a hotel for quarantine, as has Leanne Wong, an alternate who trains with Eaker and...

Toyota May Be Distancing Itself From the Games

Company will not run Olympic ads in Japan

(Newser) - Coronavirus cases in Japan have risen to 1,000 per day just as the Tokyo Olympics are set to start. Now Toyota, a top sponsor of the Games, says it will not run any Olympics ads in the country, and its chief executive won’t attend the opening ceremonies, the...

The Eye of the Pandemic Has Shifted
The Eye of
the Pandemic
Has Shifted

The Eye of the Pandemic Has Shifted

Things are worsening in Indonesia

(Newser) - For months, India and Brazil have taken up a disproportionate number of COVID-19 headlines, with stories emerging of bloated bodies in the Ganges and collapsing hospital systems . The New York Times says the eye of the pandemic's storm has shifted to a new location: the fourth most populous country,...

'Disinformation Dozen' Pushes Most Antivaccine Content

73% of false conspiracy theories on Facebook come from accounts of 12 people

(Newser) - Twelve people are responsible for 73% of COVID misinformation on Facebook. A group called the Center for Countering Digital Hate says it looked at content posted on Facebook and antivaccine Facebook groups in February and March, and then monitored how the content was shared. The group says antivaccine influencers make...

Johnson Isolates as England Prepares to Dance

Scientists worry that pandemic restrictions are ending too soon

(Newser) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to self-isolate after a meeting with an infected person, just as the rest of England prepares for the end of coronavirus restrictions —and the return of dancing in nightclubs, even. Johnson will keep to himself for 10 days, the Wall Street Journal reports,...

First Athletes Test Positive in Olympic Village

As teams arrive in Tokyo, so does worrisome heat

(Newser) - Olympic Village in Tokyo has its first positive coronavirus tests among the athletes staying there—two members of South Africa's soccer team. The team also reported a video analyst in its delegation tested positive, Reuters reports. The South African team, which is to play its first match Thursday against...

Nurses Join Vaccine Protest
Nurses Join Vaccine Protest

Nurses Join Vaccine Protest

More than 100,000 people march in France against new coronavirus measures

(Newser) - Over 100,000 people protested across France on Saturday against the government's latest measures to push people to get vaccinated and curb rising infections by the delta variant of the coronavirus. In Paris, separate protest marches by the far right and far left wound through different parts of the...

CDC's Warning: 'Pandemic of the Unvaccinated'

Outbreaks of highly transmissible delta variant burning through areas with low rates

(Newser) - With COVID cases rising sharply because of the delta variant, the CDC chief on Friday cast things in stark terms: "This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated," said Rochelle Walensky, per the Hill . "We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have...

Scientists Call British COVID Strategy a 'Threat to World'

They say lifting all restrictions while cases rising could spawn new variants

(Newser) - In England, the press has been hailing Monday as "Freedom Day," when almost all COVID restrictions, including mask mandates, are due to end. One problem: coronavirus infections in the UK—including Scotland and Wales, which are lifting fewer restrictions—have surged to their highest level in six months....

Yankees Report 2nd Outbreak Among Vaccinated Players

Thursday game against Red Sox was called off

(Newser) - The New York Yankees' Thursday night game against the Red Sox was canceled after another coronavirus outbreak among fully vaccinated players. The team says pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr., and Wandy Peralta have confirmed positive tests, CNN reports. Two of them received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the...

Los Angeles Does a 180, Requires Masks Again

Indoors, whether vaccinated or not

(Newser) - Starting at 11:59pm on Saturday, everyone in Los Angeles County will be required to wear a mask while indoors in public spaces, whether they're vaccinated or not. The California county announced the reversal on Thursday, exactly one month after the statewide mask mandate was dropped, ABC 7 reports....

Vaccines for Kids Under 12 Are Still Months Away

FDA official says emergency approval could be granted by midwinter

(Newser) - Coronavirus vaccines for children under 12 are still months away, with emergency authorization for at least one vaccine expected by midwinter and full approval likely coming soon afterward, a Food and Drug Administration official says. The official tells NBC that many families are hesitant because no COVID vaccine has received...

Not All the News on the Delta Variant Is Grim
Not All the News on the
Delta Variant Is Grim
the rundown

Not All the News on the Delta Variant Is Grim

It's more contagious but cases aren't more severe, notes 'New York Times'

(Newser) - COVID cases in the US and around the world are rising again, thanks largely to the fast-spreading delta variant. But in the New York Times , David Leonhardt offers up a counterpoint to the doom-and-gloom coverage. While delta is indeed more contagious than previous variants, preliminary data suggest it doesn't...

DeSantis T-Shirt: &#39;Don&rsquo;t Fauci My Florida&#39;
DeSantis Mocks
Fauci With Merch

DeSantis Mocks Fauci With Merch

The two have disagreed about pandemic restrictions throughout

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has put his opposition to infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci in writing—on T-shirts and koozies. The governor, who's up for reelection next year, has begun selling anti-Fauci and anti-pandemic restrictions merchandise online. The launch comes during an increase in coronavirus cases: Florida's...

Vax Fight Between Cruise Line, Florida Heats Up

Norwegian wants 100% of crew, passengers vaxxed, sues Fla., which says that's discrimination

(Newser) - The cruise industry is taking shaky steps back into the water, and Norwegian Cruise Line just made a move it hopes will help keep its business safe and afloat. On Tuesday, the company sued Scott Rivkees, the surgeon general of Florida, over the state's ban against businesses asking for...

At Tokyo Olympics, a 'Very Significant Change'

Athletes will put on their own medals to protect against COVID

(Newser) - Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading the coronavirus. The "very significant change" to traditional medal ceremonies was revealed Wednesday by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, per the AP . "The medals will not be given around the...

COVID Cases Double Over 3 Weeks in US

Delta variant is driving new infections, officials say

(Newser) - "For the most part, people seem to feel as if COVID is over," one epidemiologist tells the Wall Street Journal . But that's not so: In the US, the number of new cases per day has doubled over the past three weeks. On Monday, the seven-day average hit...

Seoul's New COVID Rules Target Gym Music

Songs in group exercise classes can't exceed 120bpm, to prevent the 'spatter' of saliva, sweat

(Newser) - Seoul has seen a recent spike in COVID cases, but the government's latest health measure in the South Korean capital to try to contain them has prompted a fair amount of head-scratching. Gymgoers in Seoul won't be able to rely on hard-driving music to get their hearts pumping...

Fired Vaccine Official: I'm Afraid for Tennessee

Dr. Michelle Fiscus says government is caving to ignorant politicians

(Newser) - Tennessee has fired its top vaccination official, who claims she was scapegoated to placate Republican state lawmakers upset by efforts to vaccinate teenagers. Dr. Michelle Fiscus served as director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs at the Tennessee Department of Health before her termination Monday. Though her termination letter offers...

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