When can we go on vacation again?

This is what experts say

After reaching an all-time high in January 2021, global coronavirus case numbers are beginning to drop.
Vaccination roll-outs are now underway around the world, but when it comes to the recovery of leisure travel, we’re a long way from being out of the woods.
While travel experts are optimistic that things will slowly begin to open up again this year, how quickly that happens will depend on where you are, where you want to travel to, and if the virus and its mutant strains are able to be brought under control.

A Stanford scientist’s quest to cure his son

A Stanford scientist’s quest to cure his son could help unravel the mystery of Covid-19 long haulers

At the height of a luminous career in genetics, Ron Davis, professor of biochemistry and genetics at Stanford University in California, switched to researching a disease that many of his colleagues had never heard of.

Prior to that shift seven years ago, his breakthrough work had led to dozens of patents and laid the groundwork for the Human Genome Project, revolutionizing modern biology by giving scientists a complete map of all genes in the human species.

How this year of working on Zoom has affected your brain

We have passed a year since the initial Covid-19 shutdowns. That means a year of working from home, business casual from the waist up, and staring at your colleagues’ faces in a 13-inch grid.

Zoom has become a huge part of today’s work flow, with a 470% increase in customers having more than 10 employees from this time last year, the company says.

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

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