The decision by President Biden to have his administration steer clear of the Beijing Winter Olympics is not enough. With the Games two months away and the host country’s ugly record on human rights well in view once again, more needs to be done to send China a message that it operates outside the bounds of acceptable behavior. Yes, the diplomatic boycott announced this week by the Biden administration was a wise move, a public rebuke to China’s growing list of human rights atrocities and a guarantee that the United States’ emissaries would not lend tacit approval of these Games with their attendance. Human rights organizations joined the American government and lawmakers from several nations in describing China’s treatment of its ethnic Muslim minorities as genocide and denouncing crackdowns on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong . Pressure to hold China to task has only grown in the weeks since Peng Shuai , a Chinese tennis star, disappeared from public view in November … [Read more...] about A Diplomatic Boycott Is a Start. Sponsors Should Act Next.
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We’re covering tests of Pfizer’s booster vaccine against the Omicron variant and a new chapter in Germany after 16 years under Angela Merkel. Pfizer says its booster protects against Omicron Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday that two doses of their Covid vaccine “may not be sufficient to protect against infection” by the new Omicron variant, but lab tests suggested that three doses offered significant protection . The companies said that blood tests from people who received only two doses found much lower antibody levels against Omicron compared with an earlier version of the virus. Blood samples obtained from people one month after a booster shot showed neutralizing antibodies against Omicron, comparable to the levels of antibodies against a previous version of the virus after two doses, the companies said. Big takeaway: These experiments, done with blood samples in the lab, cannot determine for sure how the vaccines will perform in the real world. But the … [Read more...] about Your Thursday Briefing: Pfizer’s Booster and Omicron.
Presented by Uber Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week : Monday, 788,364; Tuesday, 789,745; Wednesday, 791,514; Thursday, 793,228. Senate Democrats are in the midst of a waiting game as they push to pass President Biden Joe Biden Pharma lobby eyes parliamentarian Demand for US workers reaches historic high Biden to award Medal of Honor to three soldiers who fought in Iraq, Afghanistan: report MORE ’s Build Back Better agenda by the end of the year but could be forced to wait until 2022 as they blame Sen. Joe Manchin … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Uber – Senate gets busy, except for Build Back Better
Ali S. Khan, MD MPH is a professor and dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a former assistant surgeon general and senior CDC director of Preparedness and Infectious Diseases. He serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the WHO's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. The views expressed here are those of the author. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN) The United States' commitment to develop, manufacture and distribute safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines for all Americans started with Operation Warp Speed and was ramped up even further by the Biden Administration. The nation put resources and manpower behind the mission before even knowing if the vaccines would work. Less than a year after the first known cases of Covid-19 reached this country, the US had developed and authorized the first Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use. This is not the typical development process for vaccines, which usually … [Read more...] about The recipe for getting more vaccine shots in arms
NEW YORK (AP) — Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison personally knows about racism. He grew up in segregated rural Tennessee. His father was a sharecropper-turned-insurance salesman and his mother was one of the first in their family to graduate from high school. Both parents taught him and his six siblings to never allow their surroundings to limit their expectations or their vision of what they could be. Today at 55, Ellison stands out as one of only three Black Fortune 500 CEOs, bringing with him 35 years of retail experience including as the former CEO of J.C. Penney and various senior operations roles at rival Home Depot. When he took over the helm of Lowe’s in 2018, Ellison diversified the company’s ranks to better reflect its customer base. Now, 55% of its executive leaders and 60% of its board are female or ethnically diverse. Following the police killing of George Floyd, Lowe’s began holding meetings with employees to create “comfortable″ settings to have “uncomfortable” … [Read more...] about Lowe’s CEO addresses race, inflation and vaccine mandates