Cincinnati Pride Parade Returns After Pandemic Hiatus

Cincinnati Pride returned as an in-person event on Saturday, June 25, following a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Event organizers told local media that 100,000 to 120,000 people typically attend the parade, but they were expecting larger crowds than usual this year. This footage, captured by Scott Ford, shows crowds in Vine Street on … Read more

Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline looms

WASHINGTON — Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine, and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and could be forced out of service. Guard soldiers have until Thursday … Read more

Life in China is ruled by the government’s COVID health app. That app is ripe for abuse.

In Chinalife is now governed by an official coronavirus health app on pretty much everyone’s smartphones. More important than a passport, more personal than a photo, the app decides who can go where. It can force people to cancel trips, retreat into isolation, or even seek hospital treatment. Not having it really isn’t a viable … Read more

COVID-19 vaccines saved nearly 20 million lives in a year, study says

Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday. On December 8, 2020, a retired shop clerk in England received the first shot in what would become a global vaccination campaign. … Read more

China’s Xi to visit Hong Kong for handover anniversary

BEIJING — Chinese leader Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong this week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the former British colony’s 1997 return to China, a state news agency said Saturday, in his first trip outside the mainland since the start of the coronavirus pandemic 2 1/2 years ago Xi will also attend the … Read more

Scientists probe Japan’s remarkable COVID success in hunt for new vaccine to protect some of the most vulnerable

Tokyo — Japan’s remarkable coronavirus Pandemic resilience has generated scores of possible explanations, from the country’s preference for going shoeless indoors, to the purportedly low-aerosol-generating nature of Japan’s quiet conversation, to its citizens’ beneficial gut bacteria. Even irreligiousness — said to have spared the Japanese from exposure to crowded houses of worship — has been … Read more

Japan PM’s cautious course sets up potential long-term rule

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida did not look like he’d last long when he took office eight months ago. He was seen as nice, but indecisive and subservient to party heavyweights. Many believed that, like his short-lived predecessor, he was not up to the task of winning over a public battered by months … Read more

WHO to share vaccines to stop monkeypox amid inequity fears

LONDON — The World Health Organization said it’s creating a new vaccine-sharing mechanism to stop the outbreak of monkeypox in more than 30 countries beyond Africa. The move could result in the UN health agency distributing scarce vaccine doses to rich countries that can otherwise afford them. To some health experts, the initiative potentially misses … Read more

China major city apologizes over COVID-19 lockdown response

BEIJING — The major of a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that has been under lockdown for more than 50 days has apologized for failures in his administration’s work amid widespread — but often disguised — dissatisfaction over the government’s heavy-handed approach to handling the pandemic. Dandong Mayor Hao Jianjun gave no … Read more

Take holiday to grow food, Sri Lanka tells civil servants

COLOMBO: Crisis-hit Sri Lanka is asking civil servants to take an extra day off each week to grow crops in their backyards in a bid to forestry a looming food shortage. The island nation’s unprecedented economic downturn has left several staple foods in short supply, along with petroleum and medicines, and rampant inflation is ravaging … Read more