Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6% effective

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6% effective against symptomatic Covid-19, interim trial results suggest

(CNN)After criticism last year for an early rollout, Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 and 100% effective against severe and moderate disease, according to an interim analysis of the vaccine’s Phase 3 trial results.

The preliminary findings were published in The Lancet on Tuesday and are based on data gathered from 19,866 participants, of which around three-quarters (14,964) received two doses of the vaccine and a quarter (4,902) were given a placebo.

Concorde successor AS2 takes leap forward

Concorde successor AS2 takes leap forward with vast new Florida HQ

(CNN) — The race is heating up to produce the first supersonic passenger aircraft to enter commercial service in more than 50 years.
US planemaker Aerion, whose AS2 jet promises to fly New York to London in 4.5 hours, is building a massive new global headquarters in Florida ahead of production beginning on the supersonic craft in 2023.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/as2-supersonic-jet-florida-hq/index.html

CDC says travellers must wear masks

CDC says travelers must wear masks on all forms of public transportation

(CNN)To slow the spread of Covid-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued late Friday an order that will require people to wear a face mask while using any form of public transportation, including buses, trains, taxis, airplanes, boats, subways or rideshare vehicles while traveling into, within and out of the US.

The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Norway’s King Harald leaves hospital after heart surgery

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A photo reportedly of King Harald on the way to hospital last week.
King Harald has been discharged from Rikshospitalet in Oslo after undergoing a heart operation on Friday.

The Norwegian palace confirmed to news wire NTB that the king was to leave hospital following the procedure three days ago.

https://www.thelocal.no/20201012/norways-king-harald-leaves-hospital-after-heart-surgery

 

Norway to make coronavirus vaccine free for everyone

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A vaccine against the coronavirus will be made freely available to everyone in Norway, the government has promised.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s government hopes that a Covid-19 vaccine will be ready to be offered to the population early in 2021, according to a government statement released on Tuesday.

https://www.thelocal.no/20201013/norway-to-make-coronavirus-vaccine-free-for-everyone

Norway accuses Russia over cyber attack on parliament

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Norway’s government on Tuesday said that it believes Russia was behind an August cyber attack targeting the email system of the country’s parliament.

The attack was detected in August, when Norway announced hackers had attacked the parliament’s email system, gaining access to some lawmakers’ messages.

“Based on the information the government has, it is our view that Russia is responsible for these activities,” foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said in a statement.

https://www.thelocal.no/20201013/norway-accuses-russia-over-cyber-attack-on-parliament

World’s population likely to shrink after 50 years

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The population of sub-Saharan African countries, such as Nigeria, could triple, experts predict by 2100.

(CNN)The world’s population is likely to peak at 9.7 billion in 2064, and then decline to about 8.8 billion by the end of the century, as women get better access to education and contraception, a new study has found.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/14/world/world-population-shrink-intl-scli-scn/index.html

Trump gives in to the mask but takes new risks with schools

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Saturday finally did the one thing that public health experts and even his own aides have begged him to do to save lives. He wore a mask in public during a visit to wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Given his intransigence for so many months, it was a small but significant gesture at a time when coronavirus cases are surging in the US and the President has failed to grasp the depth of the crisis or offer any coherent strategy to control the spread of the virus.

The United States is ‘looking at’ banning TikTok

Hong Kong/Washington (CNN Business)The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that “we’re taking this very seriously.”
Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, “especially TikTok.”
“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” he said. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.”
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