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    Bloomberg Astra antibody assays indicate efficacy against variants (Bloomberg) – AstraZeneca Plc’s antibody cocktail against covid-19 showed efficacy against variants of the virus in early trials, potentially relevant for vulnerable populations that cannot be vaccinated. The combination of monoclonal antibodies obtained from convalescent patients of COVID-19 showed resistance against the new strains first identified in the UK and South Africa in extensive laboratory testing, Mark Esser, Astra’s director of microbial sciences, said in an interview. The news is particularly helpful given that the recruitment process is now slower amid the success of vaccines. While vaccines can protect the general population from disease, each person’s immune system does not always respond appropriately. High-risk people, such as cancer patients, may need medications such as monoclonal antibodies that can neutralize the virus and mimic the immune response necessary to prevent infection. Astra is running five late-stage trials of its antibodies, looking at both...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  Over 75,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended for crossing the border into the U.S. last month, breaking record numbers for the highest number of January apprehensions in over a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The majority of illegal immigrants who were apprehended in January 2021 were single adults, though Border Patrol agents detained 7,260 migrants traveling as family units, nearly 3,000 more than in December 2020, the WSJ reported. Some of the migrants said they are illegally crossing the border with the hope that the Biden administration will be more forgiving than the Trump administration. “We came now in part because of the law change,” said Dennis Chaveco Velazquez, who was staying in Mexico with his family while waiting for asylum policies to change, the WSJ reported. “It seemed like there is more tolerance,” he said of their decision to illegally cross...
    Over 75,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended for crossing the border into the U.S. last month, breaking record numbers for the highest number of January apprehensions in over a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The majority of illegal immigrants who were apprehended in January 2021 were single adults, though Border Patrol agents detained 7,260 migrants traveling as family units, nearly 3,000 more than in December 2020, the WSJ reported. Some of the migrants said they are illegally crossing the border with the hope that the Biden administration will be more forgiving than the Trump administration. “We came now in part because of the law change,” said Dennis Chaveco Velazquez, who was staying in Mexico with his family while waiting for asylum policies to change, the WSJ reported. “It seemed like there is more tolerance,” he said of their decision to illegally cross the border last week, they were released...
    KYLIAN MBAPPE 'will never reach Lionel Messi's level' despite having a great career ahead of him, according to a raging Ally McCoist. The former Scottish striker turned pundit, 58, fumed as people appeared to write Messi, 33, off after the Argentine great was outshone by the Frenchman. 4Kylian Mbappe was tipped to have a great career but to not hit the same heights as Lionel MessiCredit: AP:Associated Press 4Messi was overshadowed by Mbappe's barnstorming performance in the Champions LeagueCredit: Reuters ❌ “I’m not sure Mbappe will [ever reach the levels of Messi].”???? “Mbappe cannot do things with the ball that Messi can.”???? “Are we writing Messi off!? This is annoying me! He’s one of the best ever!”Ally McCoist is getting angry with people rating Mbappe over Messi! ???? pic.twitter.com/GH1sy8W72J— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 18, 2021 Mbappe, 22, bagged a sensational hat-trick as Mauricio Pochettino's side thumped Barcelona 4-1 in the first...
    Antoine Griezmann was full of praise for Kylian Mbappe after the Paris Saint-Germain star torched Barcelona for a hat-trick on Tuesday, comparing him to icons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Mbappe fired three of PSG’s four goals in a 4-1 rout at the Camp Nou, all but ending Barca’s Champions League hopes in the round of 16. With his three goals, Mbappe became only the third player to score a Champions League hat-trick against Barcelona, joining Faustino Asprilla for Newcastle and Andriy Shevchenko for Dynamo Kyiv. What did Griezmann have to say about Mbappe? “I am happy for him,” Griezmann told RMC Sport of his international team-mate with France. “He has been criticised a lot, but that is what happens when you are someone for a little while. “As soon as he plays less well, we criticise him. It is quite easy. But I believe that PSG have a future star, one...
    Top companies covered are Honeywell International, Inc. (The U.S.), DuPont (The U.S.), U.S. ARMOR CORPORATION (The U.S.), MKU Limited (India), EnGarde Body Armor (The Netherlands), Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. (The U.S.), MARS Armor (Bulgaria), BulletSafe Bulletproof Vests (The U.S.), Armor Express (The U.S.), Safariland, LLC. (The U.S.), VestGuard UK Ltd. (The U.K)), and more players profiled in the global bulletproof vest market report Pune, India, Feb. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The global bulletproof vest market size is expected to reach USD 1,998.1 million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.23% during the forecast period. The increasing security concerns coupled with cross-border conflicts will fuel demand for bulletproof vests, which, in turn, will foster the healthy growth of the market, states Fortune Business Insights, in a report, titled “Bulletproof Vest Market Size, Share and Covid-19 Impact Analysis by Material (Kevlar, Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE), and Graphene) By Type (Level IIA, Level...
    DENVER (CBS4) – A powerful storm will continue to bring snow and wind to most mountain areas in Colorado on Friday. Denver and the Front Range remains dry while the conditions in the mountains keeps the avalanche danger high. Early Friday morning the Colorado Avalanche Information Center extended the existing Avalanche Warning until 7am Saturday and expanded the warning north to include the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs. The warning now includes almost every mountain area in Colorado north of Highway 50. (source: CBS) Officials strongly discourage any travel in the backcountry through at least early Saturday and skiers and snowboarders should stay in-bounds at ski areas where avalanche conditions are continuously monitored. On Thursday, a skier was caught and killed in an avalanche in the East Vail backcountry. In terms of new snow on Friday, the heaviest amounts will be found across the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs. A Winter Storm Warning...
    Republican Senators had a “frank and useful” meeting with President Joe Biden on coronavirus relief bills Monday night, Republican Maine Senator Susan Collins said. Collins and nine other Republican senators met with Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and other top policy makers in the administration for roughly two hours at the White House on Monday. Collins, the only member of the Republican group to speak to the press afterward, said no deal had been reached, but that it had been a “very productive” discussion. “It was a very good exchange of views. I wouldn’t say that we came together on a package tonight. No one expected that in a two hour meeting,” Collins told reporters. “But what we did agree to do is to follow up and talk further at the staff level and amongst ourselves and with the President and Vice President on how we can continue to work...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Fewer than one percent of ICU beds are available across the Bay Area and health officials fear we haven’t seen the full effects from the holiday surge. As of Monday night, 63 COVID-19 patients are inside Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, 13 of those in the critical care unit. “This is our third surge, these are the highest numbers we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Dr. Lukejohn Day, Chief Medical Officer for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. These new numbers have pushed the hospital to ‘surge level red,’ meaning PACUs, those recovery rooms you go into post-surgery while coming out of anesthesia, are now COVID wards. The problem is that COVID-19 patients are typically hospitalized for a long time, filling up capacity. “If a patient is ventilated, they stay on average of two to three weeks, if a patient...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The number of people who were hospitalized in Washington to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high, forcing hospitals to make changes to meet the influx of patients, health officials said. There were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday, KOMO-TV reports. “I am very, very worried about it,” Washington State Hospital Association CEO Cassie Sauer said. Leaders from hospitals statewide met last week to consider strategies to ensure they have room to care for COVID-19 patients as the hospitalization rate climbs. “Every hospital is now making a plan for how they’re going to cancel elective surgeries so they’re looking at their cases, especially those that would require long hospital stays after surgery and making plans that they may need to cancel those,” Sauer said. The cancellations under consideration to make room for coronavirus patients include joint and...
    The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears close at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest level since the calamitous spring in and around New York City. The overall U.S. death toll has reached about 254,000, by far the most in the world. Confirmed infections have eclipsed more than 11.8 million, after the biggest one-day gain on record Thursday — almost 188,000. And the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 hit another all-time high at more than 80,000. With health experts deeply afraid Thanksgiving travel and holiday gatherings next week will fuel the spread of the virus, many states and cities are imposing near-lockdowns or other restrictions. California ordered a 10 p.m.-to 5-a.m. curfew starting Saturday, covering 94% of the state’s 40 million residents. The Texas border county of El...
    By DAVID CRARY and PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York City. The overall death toll has reached about 253,000, by far the highest in the world. Total confirmed infections have eclipsed more than 11.7 million, after the biggest one-day gain on record Thursday — almost 188,000. And the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 hit another all-time high at more than 80,000. With health experts deeply afraid Thanksgiving travel and holiday gatherings next week will fuel the spread of the virus, many states and cities are imposing near-lockdowns or other restrictions. California ordered a 10 p.m.-to 5-a.m. curfew starting Saturday, covering 94% of the state’s 40 million...
    Hate crimes across the US rose to their highest level in more than a decade last year, the agency said Monday. The US saw 7,314 hate crimes in 2019, up from 7,120 in 2018 — and the highest level in 12 years, according to a new FBI report. Fifty-one people were killed in hate attacks in 2019 — including the 22 murdered in an El Paso Walmart massacre that authorities say was carried out by a gunman targeting Hispanics. That is the highest number of hate-motivated murders since the FBI began tracking such statistics in the early 1990s. The FBI’s annual report defines hate crimes as those motivated by bias based on a person’s race, religion or sexual orientation, among other categories. Religious groups have been increasingly targeted, as officials saw a nearly 14 percent increase in attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions, the report found. That surge in violence...
    In the is Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, El Paso Walmart shooting suspect Patrick Crusius pleads not guilty during his arraignment in El Paso, Texas. (Briana Sanchez / El Paso Times via AP, Pool, File) Loading the player... Hate crimes in the U.S. rose to the highest level in more than a decade as federal officials also recorded the highest number of hate-motivated killings since the FBI began collecting that data in the early 1990s, according to an FBI report released Monday. There were 51 hate crime murders in 2019, which includes 22 people who were killed in a shooting that targeted Mexicans at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso, Texas, the report said. The suspect in that August 2019 shooting, which left two dozen other people injured, was charged with both state and federal crimes in what authorities said was an attempt to scare Hispanics into leaving...
    By Michael Balsamo | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Hate crimes in the U.S. rose to the highest level in more than a decade as federal officials also recorded the highest number of hate-motivated killings since the FBI began collecting that data in the early 1990s, according to an FBI report released Monday. There were 51 hate crime murders in 2019, which includes 22 people who were killed in a shooting that targeted Mexicans at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso, Texas, the report said. The suspect in that August 2019 shooting, which left two dozen other people injured, was charged with both state and federal crimes in what authorities said was an attempt to scare Hispanics into leaving the United States. There were 7,314 hate crimes last year, up from 7,120 the year before — and approaching the 7,783 of 2008. The FBI’s annual report defines hate...
    Sara MedialdeaMADRID Updated: 11/06/2020 10:34 am Save Related news The seroprevalence study carried out by the Community of Madrid among residences in the region, it concludes that 53 percent of the residents and 37 percent of the workers of these centers gave a positive result for immunity. Based on this, 46.2 percent of the centers are considered low immunity, 27.9 percent medium immunity, and 25.9 had high immunity, which also means that more than 50 percent of the total had achieved a good level of immunity. Madrid health officials consider this level of immunity acceptable, which would reach almost 60 percent between the medium and high, especially when compared with the prevalence of immunity against Covid in the general population, which does not reach 11 percent. Centers with lower immunity are more likely to have an outbreak, the study has indicated. From the classification of...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The United States is in the midst of a “major surge” of coronavirus cases, but Maryland is prepared, Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday. Hogan made the remarks during a news conference Thursday evening, calling the surge an “indisputable fact.” Thursday marked the second consecutive day on which the state reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases. While statewide metrics don’t warrant taking dramatic action just yet, Hogan said Maryland is at a “pivotal moment in this fight.” “Maryland is prepared for the fall surge,” a slide in Hogan’s presentation read. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Maryland has now reported 149,964 COVID-19 cases, including 1,198 on Thursday alone. That’s the highest one-day total since July 25, Hogan said. In addition, 4,035 deaths have been reported in...
    By THOMAS PEIPERT, The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis pleaded with residents Thursday to wear masks and reduce social interactions as state health officials reported that hospitalizations from the coronavirus have reached the highest level since the pandemic began. “Colorado, I love you. This is an intervention,” Polis said during a virtual news conference. “Cancel your social plans the next few weeks, avoid interacting with others. Wear a mask. Keep your distance. Let's get through this.” About 121,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Colorado, and 3,369 cases were reported Wednesday, a record daily high. The virus has killed 2,158 people since it started its onslaught on the state in the spring. The governor said 894 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 — the disease caused by the coronavirus — surpassing the state’s peak of 888 patients in April. Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the state...
    SAN DIEGO — The last swing of the day, before the Yankees returned to their resort from where they cannot depart the premises for any extracurricular activity, came off the bat of Erik Kratz, perhaps the 28th man on their American League Division Series roster. It traveled far and high and finally gone, landing on the top tier of the iconic Western Metal Supply Company building here at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon. Are you ready for the next level of 2020’s never-ending bizarreness? The Yankees must be if they are to upend their fierce rivals the Rays, as the neutral-site action kicks off Monday with a slate calling for the five games, if necessary, to be played in five straight days. Each contest will be held in the late afternoon into evening, adding the shadows to consider for a venue where the Yankees, as a franchise, have played a...
    PARIS (Reuters) - France reported nearly 17,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections on Saturday, about 5,000 more than on the previous day, setting a new daily record. The number of infections rose by 16,972 to a total of 606,625 cases, the health ministry said, more than the previous record of 16,096 registered last week. The number of deaths increased by 49 to 32,198. There were 4,087 new cases of people being hospitalised over the last seven days, including 849 in intensive care units. The figures are relatively stable compared with the previous report on Friday. The rate of positive coronavirus tests in France rose to 7.9% from 7.7% on Friday. (Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain and Nicolas Delame; Editing by Giles Elgood and Hugh Lawson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's debt load won't reach the level it did in the financial crisis a decade ago as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the finance minister said Tuesday, and it will still look better than that of Germany's peers in the Group of Seven did before the virus outbreak. Olaf Scholz was presenting to parliament a draft 2021 budget that foresees significant borrowing for the second consecutive year as Germany, Europe's biggest economy, works to limit the economic fallout of efforts to contain COVID-19. The crisis has derailed the government’s dedication to keeping its budget balanced, long a point of pride. After six years in the black, it is borrowing a net 217.8 billion euros ($253.7 billion) this year to finance rescue and stimulus packages and cover an expected shortfall in tax revenue. Next year, it plans to borrow a further 96.2 billion euros. “If we didn't...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s debt load won’t reach the level it did in the financial crisis a decade ago as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the finance minister said Tuesday, and it will still look better than that of Germany’s peers in the Group of Seven did before the virus outbreak. Olaf Scholz was presenting to parliament a draft 2021 budget that foresees significant borrowing for the second consecutive year as Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, works to limit the economic fallout of efforts to contain COVID-19. The crisis has derailed the government’s dedication to keeping its budget balanced, long a point of pride. After six years in the black, it is borrowing a net 217.8 billion euros ($253.7 billion) this year to finance rescue and stimulus packages and cover an expected shortfall in tax revenue. Next year, it plans to borrow a further 96.2 billion euros. “If we didn’t...
    BERLIN – Germany's debt load won't reach the level it did in the financial crisis a decade ago as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the finance minister said Tuesday, and it will still look better than that of Germany's peers in the Group of Seven did before the virus outbreak. Olaf Scholz was presenting to parliament a draft 2021 budget that foresees significant borrowing for the second consecutive year as Germany, Europe's biggest economy, works to limit the economic fallout of efforts to contain COVID-19. The crisis has derailed the government’s dedication to keeping its budget balanced, long a point of pride. After six years in the black, it is borrowing a net 217.8 billion euros ($253.7 billion) this year to finance rescue and stimulus packages and cover an expected shortfall in tax revenue. Next year, it plans to borrow a further 96.2 billion euros. “If we didn't act,...
    Global temperatures by the end of the century will reach levels not seen in 50 million years if greenhouse gas emissions are not significantly reduced, a study has warned. German and US experts analysed tiny fossils in cores drilled from the seabed to reconstruct the Earth's climatic history back to the time of the dinosaurs. During this 66-million-year period, the planet has seen four distinct climate states — which scientists have dubbed 'hothouse', 'warmhouse', 'coolhouse' and 'icehouse'. Each state is characterised by particular greenhouse gas concentrations and the extent of the ice to be found stored at the Earth's poles For most of the past three million years, the Earth has been in an 'icehouse' state — one characterised by alternating glacial and interglacial periods. However, greenhouse gas emissions and other human activities are now pushing the climate towards a 'warmhouse' and 'hothouse' state, experts have warned. Warmhouse conditions were...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas surpassed 13,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths Thursday as hospitalizations continued falling to the lowest levels since June. State health officials reported 3,899 new cases and 221 additional deaths blamed on COVID-19. Hospitalized patients were just over 4,000. Gov. Greg Abbott hinted this week, looser restrictions may be coming as trends improve. On Twitter, Gov. Abbott singled out hospitalizations as the most important decline in numbers but has not elaborated on what steps may be next. Bars remain closed in Texas, and restaurants are still operating under partial capacity. ‘We Are Not Where We Need To Be’: Dallas County Judge Urges ‘Smart Decisions’ Regarding COVID-19 Labor Day Weekend For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Top Illinois health officials are pushing back against new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance regarding COVID-19 testing. They are reiterating that residents should still get tested, especially after close contact with someone who has tested positive.Illinois health officials reported 2,149 new coronavirus cases and 20 additional deaths Friday.The Illinois Department of Public Health now reports a total of 229,483 cases and 7,997 deaths in 102 counties in the state.The statewide positivity rate for the period of August 21 - August 27 stands at 4.1%. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 48,383 specimens for a total of 3,924,305.As of Thursday night, 1,546 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 352 patients were in the ICU and 132 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.Coronavirus testing: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois, Chicago areaThe deaths include:-Cook County:...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois has reported more than 1,500 new COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day.State health officials announced 1,532 new coronavirus cases and 19 additional deaths on Friday, a day after Illinois reported its highest daily case total this month.On Thursday, Illinois reported 1,624 new COVID-19 cases.The state's seven-day statewide positivity rate remains at 3.4%, after rising for several days.The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday that the state's total confirmed COVID-19 cases has reached 168,457, including 7,385 deaths.The deaths include:- Cook County: 1 female 60s, 3 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 4 females 80s, 4 females 90s- DuPage County: 3 females 90s, 1 female 100+- Winnebago County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 90sCoronavirus testing: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois, Chicago areaIllinois health officials also reported Friday that four counties are considered to be at warning level for COVID-19. A county reaches a warning...
    For the third time in the past week, California reported at least 100 deaths from COVID-19 as the seven-day average of fatalities from the virus rose to its highest level in a month, according to data compiled by this news organization. As the number of cases spiked around the state and more patients were hospitalized, many have wondered if an increase in deaths would follow. Health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, have said deaths are a lagging indicator — reflecting infections from weeks prior to the death being reported. For weeks now, California has been reporting record number of infections, followed by rising hospitalizations and now, its deadliest week since the end of May (May 26-June 2). On Tuesday, the seven-day average of new cases per day climbed to 7,358 — 62% higher than two weeks ago. And after 118 newly reported deaths —...
    Florida health officials recorded another record-breaking day, as cases of coronavirus spiked to their highest numbers yet in both Miami-Dade and Broward County on Saturday. HOW FOURTH OF JULY IN 2020 WILL BE UNLIKE ANY OTHER: NO BEACH, NO BOOZE, NO BBQ Despite beach closures ahead of Fourth of July weekend to prevent large crowds from congregating, there were 2,418 new cases of coronavirus in Miami-Dade County on Saturday. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber chastised residents for "not listening" and refusing to adhere to social distancing protocols and mask mandates that have been in effect for weeks. "For some people, they're listening to mixed messages from Washington and they're deciding they don't need to wear a mask," Gelber told Fox News' Neil Cavuto in an interview on "Cavuto Live," Saturday. Marvin Turcios puts out American flags at Ocean's 10 restaurant on Miami Beach, Florida's famed Ocean Drive on South Beach,...
    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY > US coronavirus cases reach highest single-day level  > Nearly 1.5 million Americans file new claims for jobless benefits > Trump 'not withdrawing support' from COVID-19 testing sites, official says > Treasury sent more than 1 million coronavirus stimulus payments to dead people, congressional watchdog finds > Fauci: ‘I’ve never seen anything closely resemble’ what the coronavirus can do > New York to require out-of-state travelers from hard hit states to quarantine upon arrival; critics argue order borders on unconstitutional > Houston hospitals, overrun with COVID-19 patients, are running out of ICU beds  > California Gov. Newsom says small gatherings at home may be to blame for coronavirus spread > WHO official warns ‘significant resurgence’ in Europe could push health systems ‘to the brink’ again  > Kentucky Derby to take place with spectators and safety measures > Geopolitical adviser Parag Khanna criticizes US and...
    Crude Oil West Texas Intermediate West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil Market It has risen slightly during the trading session on Friday, reaching the level at $ 40. However to be able to fill the differential that is above we would still have to reach the level at $ 41 and therefore I think that sooner or later we will end up getting there. However, you should bear in mind that today a large number of options were expiring and it is difficult to know if that factor could have influenced prices or not. The 200-day exponential moving average (EMA) above is also offering resistance and so I don’t think we’re going to be able to break above the $ 41 level with ease. If everything remains the same, I think we are ready to fill the differential and then the market will try to move within a broader range....
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