Holiday Spending on Experiences Drives Gains, but Supply Chain and Inflation Challenges May Dampen Seasonal Cheer for SomeBy Sandy Di Angelis
Blinken met Colombian President Ivan Duque ahead of talks with regional officials to discuss migration in the Americas
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken led the U.S. delegation to the ninth round of the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Dialogue (HLD) in Bogotá, Colombia October 21. First conducted in 2010, the dialogue serves as the flagship opportunity for the United States and Colombia to deepen our cooperation across a broad range of bilateral issues. All discussions focused on recognizing progress on our shared goals, highlighting the spirit of partnership, and designating future areas for inclusive engagement under this framework. Colombian Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez led the Colombian delegation.
At the HLD, delegations from the two countries held discussions on expanding cooperation in the areas of Economic and Social Opportunities; Education, Culture, and Sports; Environment, Climate Change, and Health; Energy and Infrastructure; Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights; and Security, Counternarcotics, and Rural Development. Secretary Blinken and Vice President Ramírez committed to work with civil society and other relevant stakeholders to advance racial and ethnic equity and equality in both countries, and to deepen cooperation on combatting environmental crimes, rural and digital development, and strengthening climate change action.
With the conclusion of the ninth HLD, the United States looks forward to celebrating 200 years of bilateral relations with Colombia…
NATO defense ministers are meeting in Belgium to chart the course for the alliance as it modernizes and adapts to a world dominated by strategic competition, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a news conference in Brussels today.
The alliance must maintain the technological edge over any competitor, he…
The noncombatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan in August illustrated a resolvable logistics enterprise and highlighted the compassion of the military and U.S. partners around the world, Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, said.
The Transcom commander delivered today’s keynote address — her first since…
World-Renowned Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Explores the Ways Music Can Be a Source of Meaning, Connection, Imagination and UnderstandingBy D’Arcy Sardone
THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
For all eligible individuals who receive authorized COVID-19 vaccines
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), has recommended its COVID-19 vaccine as a booster for all eligible individuals who receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
“Today’s recommendation supports the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as a booster for eligible individuals in the U.S. regardless of which vaccine they initially receive,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer at Johnson & Johnson. “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine provided 94 percent protection in the U.S. against COVID-19 when given as a booster following the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and due to its unique mechanism of action, offers long-lasting, durable protection. We remain confident in the benefit it will provide to millions around the world.”
The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was recommended as a booster for adults aged 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine at least two months earlier. A booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was also recommended for eligible adults at least six months following the second dose of an authorized mRNA vaccine.
The ACIP recommendation has been forwarded to the Director of the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for review and adoption.
The Company’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for adults aged 18 and older on February 27, 2021. On October 20, 2021, the FDA authorized for emergency use a booster shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for adults aged 18 and older at…
PANDEMIC UPDATE (LIVE)
The Lancet Countdown’s sixth annual report tracks 44 indicators of health impacts that are directly linked to climate change - and shows key trends are getting worse and exacerbating already existing health and social inequitiesBy Marc Brousseau / Deputy Editor
The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future outlines the growing risks to health and climate. These risks exacerbate the health hazards already faced by many, particularly in communities exposed to food and water insecurity, heatwaves, and the spread of infectious diseases. The authors call for urgent, globally coordinated action to mitigate climate change and build a healthier, sustainable future for all.
- Many current COVID-19 recovery plans are not compatible with the Paris Agreement and will therefore have long-term health implications.
- Despite the detrimental climate effects, the world continues to subsidize fossil fuels. In 2018, 65 out of the 84 countries analyzed by Lancet Countdown researchers had net-negative carbon prices equivalent to an overall subsidizing of fossil fuels. The median value of the subsidy was US$1 billion, with some countries providing net subsidies to fossil fuels in the tens of billions of dollars each year. The 84 countries surveyed are responsible for around 92% of global CO2 emissions.
- In 2020, adults over 65 were affected by 3.1 billion more days of heatwave exposure than in the 1986–2005 baseline average. Chinese, Indian, American, Japanese, and Indonesian senior citizens were the most affected.
- Climate change and its drivers are creating ideal conditions for infectious disease transmission, potentially undoing decades of progress to control diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika, malaria, and cholera.
- Healthcare systems are ill-prepared for current and future climate-induced health shocks. Only 45 (49%) of 91 countries in 2021 reported having carried out a climate change and…
55places.com surveyed more than 1,200 adults to learn about snowbird travel plans
A leading real estate platform for adults 55 and older, 55places.com, recently surveyed 1,274 snowbirds based in the U.S. about their travel plans for the 2021-2022 season. Snowbirds, a term often referring to retirees and 55+ active adults, are known to migrate south to a warmer climate during the winter season. Based on the 70% of participants who are moving forward with their annual migration, the ongoing pandemic is causing little impact.
For 70% of snowbirds, relocation plans are in motion.
- When asked about travel destinations, Florida was the most popular response, with 63% of snowbirds planning to migrate to the Sunshine State in the coming months. Other popular destinations include Arizona (13%), South Carolina (5%), Texas (5%), and North Carolina (3%).
- Traveling by car is the selected form of transportation for 65% of snowbirds, while 30% will fly, 3% specified an RV, 1% will ride by train, and 1% will use another vehicle to get to their destination.
- When asked when they plan to arrive, there were mixed responses. 5% of snowbirds plan to arrive at their destination before October of 2021, while 23% plan to arrive between October and November, and 24% plan to arrive at their destination between November and December. The remaining half will arrive between December and January (19%), between January and February of 2022 (22%), or between February and March (7%).
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