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Kamila Valieva of Team ROC reacts after skating during the Women Single Skating Free Skating on day thirteen of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
Controversy Looms Over Beijing Olympics as Health and Political Issues Surface
The Beijing Winter Olympics was mired by a myriad of controversies and scandals involving both athletes and VIPs during the 17-day event. Behind the red curtain of festive propaganda, the latest Olympics in the heart...
New York State Department of Health found efficacy of Pfizer's COVID vaccine collapsed in kids aged 5 to 11.
COVID Vaccine Efficacy Cratered In New York Kids Aged 5 to 11: Study
A newly released preprint study by researchers from the New York State Department of Health examining data from three large statewide databases has found Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine efficacy (VE) is notably reduced to...
Biden puts on his face mask before receiving a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
White House Prolongs America’s COVID-19 National Emergency as States Drop Mandates
On Sunday, Feb. 21, President Biden declared an extension of the nearly two-year national emergency to March 1, citing COVID-19 as a “risk to the public health and safety” to the citizens of the U.S. ...
China’s GDP in the fourth quarter declined when compared to a year back.
China’s Q4 GDP Slowest in 1.5 Years
China, the world’s second-largest economy, got off to a strong start in 2021 following the economic turbulence resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. But after posting a record growth of 18.3 percent in the...
North Korean army soldiers wearing masks look at the South side of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
Insubordination Trend Rising in North Korean Military
North Korea is a totalitarian dictatorship ruled by a strong military establishment. Consequently, the loyalty of military personnel is a key factor that sustains the authoritarian regime. The regime’s top leaders are worried about the...
Cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in Tianjin's latest COVID-19 spike.
China Conducts Mass Testing in Tianjin After Omicron Cases Pop Up
The Chinese port city of Tianjin is the latest to get hit by a COVID-19 outbreak. After over 20 cases of infections popped up, including two Omicron incidents, the city started mass testing citizens on...
COVID-19 Outbreak Spreads in Tianjin, Further Complicating Upcoming Beijing Olympics
COVID-19 outbreaks are spreading across first-tier cities in China such as Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Tianjin. Most recently, Tianjin, a city of 14 million located next to Beijing, reported 20 new cases in one day.  On...
The French government wants to transform COVID-19 passes to vaccine passports.
French Lawmakers Shock Government by Rejecting Vaccine Passport Proposal
On Jan. 3, the French National Assembly rejected a government proposal aimed at turning the country’s COVID-19 pass into a vaccine passport. President Emmanuel Macron’s government had planned to impose the vaccine passport by Jan....
Gottlieb does not think cloth face masks are effective against COVID-19.
Cloth Masks Do Not Protect Against COVID-19: Former FDA Commissioner
As the Omicron variant brings about a new wave of COVID-19 infections worldwide, many experts have advised people to start using face masks again. However, Dr. Scott Gottlieb thinks otherwise. A Pfizer board member and...
69 percent of UK Omicron cases are fully vaccinated breakthroughs, says the UK Health Security Agency
69 Percent of UK Omicron Cases in Fully Vaccinated
Omicron Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases continue to balloon, affecting fully vaccinated and boosted individuals at a much higher rate than the Delta variant. Based on data through Dec. 20 published by the UK Health...
Mayor Bill de Blasio wants children 5 to 11 years old vaccinated despite the extremely low death rate from COVID-19 in this age bracket.
New York and Washington See Highest COVID-19 Cases Despite Strict Restrictions, High Vaccinations
As the Omicron variant spreads throughout the United States, the blue regions of New York and Washington, D.C. have the highest number of cases per capita. Both areas have been imposing harsh COVID-19 restrictions but...
Data from a South African Health Insurer shows Omicron is so far more infectious but resulting in less hospitalizations.
Omicron With More Infections, Less Hospitalizations Than Delta, South African Data Show
Recent data presented at a Dec. 14 briefing by South African private health insurer Discovery Health revealed that the Omicron Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) variant “is spreading faster than any previous coronavirus variant and showing...