How much does the delta variant threaten the economic recovery?

Jul 30, 2021
Delta could slow the economy in two main ways: Governments could restrict consumers — again — or consumers could restrict themselves.
Traders wear face masks at the New York Stock Exchange. The contagiousness of the delta coronavirus variant could restrain consumer spending.
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Washington apple farmer is "optimistic" as workers get vaccinated

“They are on the front lines of the food production industry in this country," said Patrick Smith, who runs Loftus Ranches.
"I’m really hopeful that when we get to our harvest season, globally, things are really looking up," says Patrick Smith, whose family runs Loftus Ranches, an apple and hops farm in Yakima, Washington.
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Indian drugmaker says U.S. is hoarding vaccine ingredients

Mar 9, 2021
The CEO of the Serum Institute of India said American raw materials are running out due to Biden administration policy.
The CEO of the Serum Institute of India said at a panel last Thursday that American raw materials are running out. Pictured: A Serum Institute employee works on an assembly line for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
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Retail pharmacy chains will face challenges for vaccine rollout

Jan 5, 2021
Pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens have to consider storage requirements, more staffing and store layout for vaccine distribution.
A CVS pharmacist administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a nurse at a senior living facility in Kirkland, Washington.
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CDC "vulnerability index" can help states determine distribution of COVID-19 vaccines

Dec 15, 2020
The CDC's index weighs factors like a community’s poverty level, racial breakdown and housing.
Vials in boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Dec. 13, 2020.
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How might COVID-19 vaccine makers compete in the marketplace?

Nov 17, 2020
At first, COVID-19 vaccines won't be marketed in the usual sense, because the government will be the main buyer.
A volunteer takes part in a COVID-19 vaccination trial this summer in Hollywood, Florida.
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Vaccine experts see hurdles in fighting efficacy, safety misinformation

Nov 10, 2020
As of now, confidence in a potential COVID-19 vaccine is lower than confidence in other vaccines, one specialist says.
Heidi Larson, director of Vaccine Confidence Project, says people are most concerned about the safety of a new COVID-19 vaccine.
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What's the definition of the "right" COVID-19 vaccine?

Dr. Larry Brilliant, an epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, believes the right kind of COVID-19 vaccine must meet some minimum requirements, like ease of storage and use.
"Thinking about coronavirus, the vaccine that we want is one that can be used in the most remote places by anybody," Dr. Larry Brilliant says.
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A completely global vaccine program will stop the COVID-19 pandemic, epidemiologist says

Epidemiologist and CEO of Pandefense Advisory Larry Brilliant, who helped eradicate smallpox and polio, believes any vaccine program aimed at stopping COVID-19 must be distributed in every corner of the world.
"Unless we conquer it everywhere, we're not conquering it anywhere," Dr. Larry Brilliant says of COVID-19.
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The Pivot Point

Jul 31, 2020
What technology will help us transition to a post-pandemic future?
Dr. Paul McKay, who is working on an vaccine for COVID-19, looks at bacteria containing the coronavirus' DNA fragments at Imperial College School of Medicine in London on Feb. 10.
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