Two global maritime organizations are recommending a tax on CO2 in shipping that would provide a market-based mechanism to slow greenhouse gas emissions.
Logistics conditions remain strained, with trucking demand exceeding availability and continued congestion at ports due in part to operating challenges related to the pandemic. Clients are advised to provide expanded lead times on orders to help ensure delivery dates.
There were 38,222 new COVID-19 cases and 572 deaths in the U.S. yesterday. Over 107 million vaccine doses have been administered, with 11.06% of the population fully vaccinated.
The number of U.S. patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has been falling the past two months, reaching 45,000 last week after setting a record of 141,000 on Jan. 7.
A handful of states, including California, Texas, Georgia and Kentucky, are expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility starting today. On April 5, all residents of Michigan over age 16 will be able to get a vaccine.
States are finding thousands of unreported COVID-19 fatalities as death certificate data catches up to real-time counts provided by hospitals and local governments.
A new study suggests the U.K. variant of COVID-19 may be 64% more lethal than previous strains.
The U.S. could experience another COVID-19 surge if it lifts restrictions too soon, the nation’s top infectious disease expert is warning. As pandemic restrictions loosen in several states, businesses are being left to write the rules on face coverings and distancing requirements.
The federal government is halting distribution of Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody drug to California, Arizona and Nevada due to the high prevalence of the “California” variant that is resistant to the medicine.
CEOs have become activists for vaccinations, with some providing employees with incentives and time off to receive shots and some making vaccination a job requirement.
Daycare centers get nearly $50 billion from the just passed $1.9 trillion in pandemic aid, a bid to help parents manage returning to work after months at home. The plan also lengthens supplemental $300 payments to all laid-off workers through early September, promising to keep billions of dollars flowing into the economy each week through summer.
Nearly 1.4 million travelers passed through U.S. airports on Friday, the highest daily count since March 2020.
College students are flocking to U.S. beaches to celebrate spring break, heightening the risk for potential superspreading events.
Some hotels are adding “covid specialists” to answer questions, provide safety provisions and, in some cases, administer free tests as amenities for guests.
Travelers are encountering a shortage of rental cars after rental car companies went into survival mode early in the pandemic and slashed their fleets.
Carnival expects to have all of its ships in operation by year end, but says the cruise industry may take two years to return to pre-pandemic business levels.
Used cars, household appliances, and seeds and potted plants saw the most price inflation during the pandemic and initial rounds of economic stimulus.
South Africa COVID-19 cases have fallen to 1,000 per day from around 22,000 per day in mid-January, a mystery to scientists as the country has neither a large-scale vaccination plan nor stringent lockdowns.
More than 25% of Chile’s population has received one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, putting the country among the world’s best for vaccinating its population.
An Amazon warehouse outside Toronto will shut for two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.
Canadian businesses, hurt by border closures that prevented servicing U.S. customers, are now facing an additional obstacle. With U.S. vaccination rates far outpacing Canada’s, the government does not expect to have all eligible adults inoculated until September.
AstraZeneca said it will no longer supply the European Union with the planned 100 million COVID-19 shots in the next several months, a result of manufacturing problems at a plant in Europe.
Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway joined a growing list of European countries to suspend use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports of blood clots. The company, however, says safety data of vaccinated people shows no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots.
AstraZeneca’s vaccine is among the least trusted of Western alternatives:
Mexico said it will continue to use the AstraZeneca vaccine despite reported cases of thrombosis. Mexico received a million doses of China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, as lawmakers plan to request an additional 22 million doses.
The U.S., Japan and Australia pledged more than $200 million to help Indian companies expand their vaccine production capacities, with the goal of adding a billion doses to the global supply.
China is easing visa restrictions for visitors who have received home-grown COVID-19 vaccines, which have not been approved by most Western nations.
The United Arab Emirates is starting to give people a third dose of China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine, as doctors report two doses sometimes do not generate enough protective antibodies.
Dubai is doing clinical trials of a breath test that would detect COVID-19 within a minute.
Global birth rates have fallen dramatically during the pandemic, a severe problem for the long-term if the supply of future taxpayers becomes too small to service coronavirus-bloated national debts.
Industrial production, consumption, investment and home sales all rose more than 30% in China in the first two months of this year compared with pandemic-depressed year-ago levels, but momentum slowed from late 2020.
In an acknowledgement of pandemic lifestyle changes, the U.K. added hand weights, sanitizer and loungewear to the basket of goods it uses to measure inflation.
Volkswagen plans to offer early retirement to thousands of workers in Germany and will extend its hiring freeze through 2021.
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