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Have a good evening. Here is the latest at the end of Tuesday.
1. The FDA has set the stage for a new round of decisions on which Americans should receive coronavirus booster shots.
Regulators published a review from Moderna which found that a half-dose booster at least six months after the second dose significantly increased antibody levels. But the agency did not take a position on the need.
An independent advisory group will review available data on Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters at meetings scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Votes are expected on whether to recommend emergency authorization of the booster shots for the two vaccines. While the panel votes are not binding, the FDA generally follows them.
Vaccines have been a difficult sell for the police. In the United States, many more law enforcement officers died from Covid-19 than from any other work-related cause in 2020 and 2021.
2. The global economic recovery is faltering as a resurgence of the coronavirus in critical links in global supply chains hampers progress, the IMF has warned.
The global growth forecast has been reduced to 5.9% from 6%, and the US growth forecast has been reduced from 7% to 6%. The fund warned that disparities in vaccine distribution threaten to prolong the unrest.
In other economic news, China’s attempt to cool its expensive, debt-ridden real estate market threatens an important economic engine: home sales. Nearly three quarters of Chinese household wealth is now tied to real estate.
3. Britain’s initial response to Covid-19 “ranks as one of the most significant public health failures the UK has ever seen”, a parliamentary investigation found.
The highly critical report blamed the UK government for “several thousand preventable deaths”. Indeed, the report says, the government pursued an ill-conceived herd immunity strategy when it failed to conduct large-scale testing and delayed the imposition of lockdowns or border rules in the first months of this year. the pandemic.
4. Low-dose aspirin should no longer be prescribed initially in an attempt to prevent a first heart attack or stroke. an American panel suggested.
The proposed recommendation is based on a growing body of evidence that the risk of serious side effects, including the risk of bleeding, far outweighs the benefit. The panel of experts, the U.S. Task Force on Preventive Services, also plans to back down from its 2016 recommendation to take baby aspirin for the prevention of colorectal cancer, which was seen as a revolutionary direction to l ‘era.
The draft guidelines would not apply to those who are already taking aspirin or to those who have had a heart attack. Those who take baby aspirin should talk to their doctor.
5. Homophobic and misogynistic remarks led to Jon Gruden’s rapid downfall as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
His resignation yesterday came hours after The Times detailed seven years of emails in which it used slurs to disparage NFL figures. The comments were discovered during a review of the Washington football team’s workplace misconduct that ended this summer. This followed a previous report of a racist statement about a union leader, which the NFL is already investigating into Gruden.
The Raiders moved to a new $ 2 billion stadium in Las Vegas last year, hoping to build a football dynasty. Things did not go as they had hoped.
Separately, the Brooklyn Nets have banned Kyrie Irving from all games until he is “eligible to be a full participant.” The team danced around his vaccine status, but its CEO told The Times: “If he was vaccinated, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. ”
6. Ethiopian forces have launched a massive offensive aimed at reversing the gains of the Tigrayan rebels, officials said.
The UN said the attack would worsen the humanitarian crisis in a region that is plunging into the world’s worst famine in a decade. As the Ethiopian government blocks aid deliveries, some hungry Tigrayans are eating leaves to survive.
The assault, which had been anticipated for weeks, began in the Amhara region, which borders Tigray to the south. But a strict government-enforced communications blackout means few details can be confirmed.
For Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopian Prime Minister and 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the offensive is an effort to take control of a brutal 11-month war that has ruined his reputation as a peacemaker.
7. Alex Murdaugh’s wife and youngest son were found shot dead in June. But that was only the first of many mysteries surrounding the family.
Murdaugh, a powerful South Carolina lawyer, then asked a handyman to kill him in hopes that his eldest son would receive $ 10 million in life insurance. Five people in her family’s orbit have died in recent years, and investigators are looking for connections.
Police recently reopened closed files, including one involving the death of a former classmate of Murdaugh’s son and another involving a housekeeper who allegedly tripped to death at Murdaugh’s home. They are also looking into allegations that Murdaugh stole millions from his law firm and millions more from a settlement intended for the housekeeper’s children.
8. Chucky has been a horror movie icon for over 30 years. In a new TV series, he’s also the father of a queer and gender-fluid child.
The introduction of the “Child’s Play” franchise on television has allowed filmmaker Don Mancini, who is gay, to create “the most autobiographical work” of his career. The series centers on the story of a gay teenager who unknowingly buys Chucky at a garage sale, and follows the doll as he terrorizes Hackensack, NJ, protecting the boy from bullies.
October marks the start of spooky season – and pumpkin spice season, handcuff season, and a myriad of other unofficial seasons. This year there are more than ever.
10. And finally, finally free to roam.
For more than two years, residents of Pine, Colo., Have been sending reports to wildlife authorities about a moose that somehow stuck its head in a discarded car tire that has been hanging around since. then around his neck. As its antlers branched out, the tire was locked in place.
On Saturday night, a resident noticed the elk in his yard and notified officials at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, who were successful in tranquilizing the bull and removing the tire. The officers had to chop the antlers of the elk (a common practice to help free elk from the traps of human civilization), but once the sedation was reversed, the bull was back on its feet within minutes.
Have a liberating night.
Bryan denton photos compiled for this briefing.
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