San Francisco Chronicle: The next COVID surge may hit San Francisco’s wealthy neighborhoods the hardest. Here’s why

San Francisco Chronicle: The next COVID surge may hit San Francisco’s wealthy neighborhoods the hardest. Here’s why. “As COVID-19 case rates once more begin to climb in San Francisco, wealthy neighborhoods are seeing higher case rates than less-wealthy ones — a rare occurrence in a pandemic that has most deeply impacted lower-income people of color. But unlike the omicron wave last December, which started in wealthy neighborhoods and then quickly migrated to lower-income ones, public health experts say there’s a chance this latest wave could be the first to hit wealthy people harder — thanks both to pandemic fatigue within the demographic, and its relatively lower rates of natural immunity from prior infections.”

Private jet firms are soaring in popularity after big COVID-19 bailouts. Were they a ‘handout to the wealthy’? (ABC News)

ABC News: Private jet firms are soaring in popularity after big COVID-19 bailouts. Were they a ‘handout to the wealthy’?. “Lingering health concerns about commercial air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic have fueled a boom in private jet travel, a trend that has led to fresh scrutiny of the industry’s taxpayer bailout — which some critics are calling a ‘handout to the wealthy.’”

Washington Post: At Miami’s Art Basel, a canvas of global inequality in the pandemic age

Washington Post: At Miami’s Art Basel, a canvas of global inequality in the pandemic age. “In the United States, the net wealth of the top 1 percent richest households rose by nearly 35 percentage points during the pandemic, compared with a far more modest 5-percentage-point gain for households in the bottom 50 percent, according to a World Economic Forum analysis published this month. Globally, poverty rates have climbed, especially among younger, lower-skilled and female workers, while the more moneyed have enjoyed roaring stock markets and surging property values.”

The ‘Pandora Papers’: Effective use of open-source data can be a treasure trove to curb potential for corruption in South Africa (Daily Maverick)

Daily Maverick: The ‘Pandora Papers’: Effective use of open-source data can be a treasure trove to curb potential for corruption in South Africa. “The Pandora Papers and its 2016 predecessor, the Panama Papers, were based on leaked data. But the development of investigative databases to hold public bodies such as municipal authorities or police departments to account, and open-source investigation tools (OSINT), make it easier for investigators to follow the electronic clues.”

Washington Post: How the ultra-rich are traveling during covid, according to their travel advisers

Washington Post: How the ultra-rich are traveling during covid, according to their travel advisers. “After a year of being confined to their one, two or three homes, they are spending more than ever on vacations to make up for lost time. So what does a dream pandemic vacation look like when you’ve already been everywhere and bought everything? That’s the question travel advisers for ultra-high-net-worth individuals have to ask themselves on a regular basis.”

New York Times: Here’s How Bored Rich People Are Spending Their Extra Cash

New York Times: Here’s How Bored Rich People Are Spending Their Extra Cash. “Rather than elbowing past each other for reservations at the latest restaurants from Marcus Samuelsson and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, or getting into bidding wars for apartments at 740 Park Avenue, they are one-upping each other in online auctions for jewelry, watches, furniture, sports cards, vintage cars, limited-edition Nikes and crypto art. Bread lines grew longer, Birkin bags got hotter. A number of retailers were reticent to speak about the trend, stating that they did not wish to be on the record talking about nearly sold out $90,000 earrings during a time of growing wealth inequality.”

Politico: Major donors to South Florida hospital foundation got early vaccine access

Politico: Major donors to South Florida hospital foundation got early vaccine access. “The fundraising foundation for the Baptist Health of South Florida hospital system told donors who could afford at least six-figure financial contributions on New Year’s Day that they were eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, at a time when vaccine doses were in short supply in the rest of the state.”

Seattle Times: Special access to COVID-19 vaccine for Overlake Medical Center donors draws Inslee rebuke

Seattle Times: Special access to COVID-19 vaccine for Overlake Medical Center donors draws Inslee rebuke. “Last Friday, Molly Stearns, chief development officer at Overlake Medical Center & Clinics, emailed about 110 donors who gave more than $10,000 to the Eastside hospital system, informing them that highly coveted vaccine slots were available. ‘Dear Overlake major donors…’ the email read. ‘We’re pleased to share that we have 500 new open appointments in the Overlake COVID-19 vaccine clinic, beginning this afternoon and tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 23) and next week.’”

The Guardian: Canadian mogul fined after getting Covid vaccine meant for Indigenous residents

The Guardian: Canadian mogul fined after getting Covid vaccine meant for Indigenous residents. “The former head of a Canadian casino company and his actor wife have been fined after chartering a private plane to a remote community near the Alaska border and receiving coronavirus vaccines meant for vulnerable Indigenous residents. According to officials, Rodney and Ekaterina Baker travelled by chartered plane to Beaver Creek, a community of 100 in Canada’s Yukon territory, where a mobile team was administering the Moderna vaccine to residents. Among those slated for the vaccine were elderly members of the White River First Nation.”

Calling all billionaires: here’s how to keep your superyacht Covid-free (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Calling all billionaires: here’s how to keep your superyacht Covid-free. “It is a problem not many us have to consider: how to ensure your multimillion dollar superyacht remains a coronavirus-free zone despite taking on board crew from around the world. But for the billionaire owners of floating luxury homes there is now a solution – a very expensive one, naturally. An Australian naval architecture firm is launching a new double-hulled support vessel, in which new crew and guests can isolate while they await coronavirus test results from onboard medical staff.”