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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...
Biden, CDC director warn of virus rebound if nation lets up

Biden, CDC director warn of virus rebound if nation lets up

Health
WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden and a top health official warned Monday that too many Americans are declaring virus victory too quickly, appealing for mask requirements and other restrictions to be maintained or restored to stave off a “fourth surge” of COVID-19. The head of the CDC said she had a feeling of “impending doom” if people keep easing off.The double dose of warnings came even as Biden laid out hopeful new steps to expand coronavirus vaccinations, with all adults to become eligible over the next 5 weeks. Biden announced plans to expand the number of retail pharmacies that are administering vaccines, and investments to help Americans get to vaccination sites. But the optimism was tempered by stark warnings about the potential for another wave of cases.“This is deadly serious,” ...

Too much stimulus in the U.S. may bring ‘imported inflation’ to China, economists warn

Finance
Jason Lee | ReutersBEIJING — As the U.S. pumps trillions of dollars into its economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, economists are concerned about spillover effects in China, including the risk of "imported inflation."Worries about high inflation, or rapidly rising prices, hit U.S. markets last week. The U.S. Congress is reviewing a $ 1.9 trillion stimulus plan that critics say could cause inflation to soar, and add to debt levels that rose following last year's historic $ 2 trillion stimulus package.In China, economists are wary of risks to growth as the country tries to recover fully from the shock of the pandemic."The large-scale issuance of U.S. Treasurys, and the rapid expansion of the Federal Reserve (balance sheet), have increased the spillover effect of U.S. macro polic...
PM to warn climate change will risk worsening global conflict and insecurity

PM to warn climate change will risk worsening global conflict and insecurity

World
Boris Johnson will warn the United Nations Security Council that unless urgent action is taken to tackle climate change, the world risks worsening conflict, displacement and insecurity.In a virtual address, the prime minister will call on all members to help the most vulnerable countries adapt to the impact of climate change and cut emissions. He will say the issues of security needs to be considered alongside the environmental impacts of global warming. Image: Boris Johnson will be addressing the UN Security Council The UK has pledged to reduce its emissions by 68% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.In November, Britain will host the landmark COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. ...
‘Virus always has mutation as a weapon’: Scientists warn against lifting lockdown too soon

‘Virus always has mutation as a weapon’: Scientists warn against lifting lockdown too soon

Technology
Scientists tracking the spread of COVID variants have warned against lifting lockdown too soon.They caution that easing restrictions before daily cases are in "the low thousands" could allow more sinister versions of the virus to escape and seed a new outbreak. In an exclusive interview, Steve Paterson, professor of genetics at Liverpool University, told Sky News: "The virus doesn't care that we want to meet our friends. It's going to find new ways to transmit or evade immunity. Image: Professor Paterson said the virus 'has always got mutation and evolution as a weapon' "To give public health and the genome sequencing a chance to work out where the virus is mutating and where new variants are starting to spread, we really need that he...