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The Latest: Indian states warn of COVID-19 vaccine shortages

The Latest: Indian states warn of COVID-19 vaccine shortages

Health
NEW DELHI — Multiple Indian states are warning the federal government of COVID-19 vaccine shortages as another spike in cases threatens to overrun the country and its already-feeble medical infrastructure.Authorities in New Delhi and in Punjab and Rajasthan states said Saturday that they would not be able to continue vaccinations in the coming days unless stocks were replenished. Earlier this week, western Maharashtra state, the epicenter of the country’s outbreak, closed some vaccination centers and turned people away due to inadequate vaccine supplies.Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said the country has enough doses and urged state governments to put an end to “fearmongering.”India, a major vaccine manufacturer, has so far administered 97 million shots but is facing major supply...
Texas freeze shuts chip factories amid shortages

Texas freeze shuts chip factories amid shortages

Technology
Getty Images/BBCA fierce winter storm has closed computer-chip facilities in Texas, amid a global chip crisis.Millions of people in the US state have been left without electricity due to the storm, and authorities are prioritising power for families.Samsung and NXP are among the companies to have halted production at their Texas facilities.Car and electronics-makers had already been facing chip shortages caused in part by the coronavirus pandemic.The vehicle industry has warned the disruption could amount to billions in lost sales. Texas is the centre of semiconductor manufacturing in the US, with more facilities than any other state.Typically, chip factories have to run 24 hours a day to be economically viable.One expert said the power crisis would be a "big headache" for the factories, b...
Coronavirus: NHS staff off work due to testing shortages, say bosses

Coronavirus: NHS staff off work due to testing shortages, say bosses

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your device A lack of coronavirus tests for NHS staff is leading to staff absences and services being put at risk, hospital bosses have warned.NHS Providers, which represents English hospital trusts, said staff are having to self-isolate because they cannot get tests for themselves or family members.It comes after widespread reports of people struggling to get tested.The home secretary said the government was "surging capacity" where it was needed.The government's testing system - part of its test, track and trace operation which Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised would be "world-beating" - has faced criticism in recent weeks.An increase in demand for coronavirus tests has led to local shortages - with some ...
Planned power plants in Asia likely to face water shortages

Planned power plants in Asia likely to face water shortages

Science
Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Climate activists have raised concerns about the number of power plants planned for development in Asia, but the threat of climate change appears to be just one reason to think twice about building new power plants in the region. According to a new study, water shortages in Asia could make it increasingly difficult to cool new power plants. "One of the impacts of climate change is that the weather is changing, which leads to more extreme events -- more torrential downpours and more droughts," Jeffrey Bielicki, an associate professor of civil engineering and public policy at Ohio State University, said in a news release. "The power plants -- coal, nuclear and natural gas power plants -- require water for cooling, so when you don't have the rain, you don't have the stream...