Association of the United States Army: Army Moves Closer To Fully Vaccinating The Force

Association of the United States Army: Army Moves Closer To Fully Vaccinating The Force. “The active Army is close to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, but less than half of the soldiers in the Army Reserve have been vaccinated because of the logistical challenges of reaching people who are ‘spread all over the country,’ Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said.”

The Register: Apple patches ‘actively exploited’ iPhone zero-day with iOS 15.0.2 update

The Register: Apple patches ‘actively exploited’ iPhone zero-day with iOS 15.0.2 update. “Described as a ‘memory corruption issue’ by Apple, the vuln is present within the IOMobileFrameBuffer kernel extension, used for managing display memory. Malicious applications are said to be capable of triggering an integer overflow in the framebuffer, permitting execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges.”

Orlando Sentinel: Florida fines Leon County $3.57 million for violating ‘vaccine passport’ law

Orlando Sentinel: Florida fines Leon County $3.57 million for violating ‘vaccine passport’ law. “Florida fined Leon County $3.57 million Tuesday for violating the disputed ‘vaccine passport’ law by mandating COVID shots for its employees, the first such penalty issued by the state. The move by the Florida Department of Health comes a day after the Orlando Sentinel published the list of agencies and businesses being investigated by the state for violating the law, signed earlier this year by Gov. Ron DeSantis.”

BuzzFeed News: Southwest Airlines And The Pilots Union Say Vaccine Mandates Had Nothing To Do With The Massive Flight Cancellations

BuzzFeed News: Southwest Airlines And The Pilots Union Say Vaccine Mandates Had Nothing To Do With The Massive Flight Cancellations. “Conservative figures and politicians opposing vaccine and mask mandates have blamed more than 2,000 recent flight cancellations by Southwest Airlines on vaccine mandates, but both the airline and pilots union have said the massive number of flight disruptions had nothing to do with it. That didn’t stop some politicians, like former president Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rep. Andy Biggs from Arizona, from trying to link the cancellations to federal vaccine mandates even though they offered no evidence of it.”

New York Times: What the Future May Hold for the Coronavirus and Us

New York Times: What the Future May Hold for the Coronavirus and Us. “To date, more than 237 million people have been infected with the virus, and 4.8 million have died — 700,000 in the United States alone. With every infection come new opportunities for the virus to mutate. Now, nearly two years into the pandemic, we are working our way through an alphabet of new viral variants: fast-spreading Alpha, immune-evading Beta, and on through Gamma, Delta, Lambda and, most recently, Mu.”

Idaho Capital Sun: Only 2 states refuse to track this health care data. Idaho is one of them.

Idaho Capital Sun: Only 2 states refuse to track this health care data. Idaho is one of them.. “Health officials knew that at least 749 adults and 15 children were in Idaho hospitals with COVID-19 last Saturday. What they didn’t know — and have never known — is how many Idahoans were hospitalized in other states for COVID-19 or any other reason. It’s not because they don’t want that information. It’s because they can’t get it.”

State of New York: New York State Department of Health Study Shows Continued Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines

State of New York: New York State Department of Health Study Shows Continued Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines. “The New York State Department of Health today announced the release of a new study addressing one of the most critical questions regarding COVID-19 – the extent to which vaccine effectiveness is declining and whether these changes are due to waning immunity or other factors such as the predominance of the Delta variant. The study, which expands upon the work of the Department’s first-in-the-nation vaccine effectiveness study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August, concluded that declines in vaccine effectiveness (VE) for cases may have been driven primarily by the Delta variant or factors other than immunological waning, such as reduced use of masks. In contrast, VE for hospitalizations remained high, with modest declines limited to Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna recipients 65 years of age and older. This finding […]

Johns Hopkins: New data shows COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on American Indian, Alaska Native tribes

Johns Hopkins: New data shows COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on American Indian, Alaska Native tribes. “The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center today launched new data and maps tracking the pandemic’s impact across American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Developed in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and Indian Country Today, the map provides one of the most comprehensive views of how the pandemic has unfolded across more than 100 Tribal Nations.”

Google Blog: Walk the Great Wall of China

Google Blog: Walk the Great Wall of China. “Today, in collaboration with renowned Great Wall expert Dong Yaohui and curators from Gubei Water Town, Google Arts & Culture presents a new theme page enabling people to visit the Great Wall virtually. ‘Walk the Great Wall of China’ includes an exclusive 360-degree virtual tour of one of the best-preserved sections, 370 images of the Great Wall in total, and 35 stories that dive into fascinating architectural details. It’s a chance for people to experience parts of the Great Wall that might otherwise be hard to access, learn more about its rich history, and understand how it’s being preserved for future generations.”

New York Times: The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers in November

New York Times: The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers in November. “The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers, reopening the door of the United States to tourists and separated family members who had been sealed out of the country during the pandemic.”

Brookings Institution: Worsening global digital divide as the US and China continue zero-sum competitions

Brookings Institution: Worsening global digital divide as the US and China continue zero-sum competitions. “At this critical juncture, it has become even more essential to examine the urgent challenges that the world confronts and to engage in global cooperation instead of devolving into constant contention and confrontation. One of the most urgent tasks for the international community is to overcome growing digital divides.”