US trade chief says engaged with WTO members on vaccine waiver talks
US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Tuesday that she was still engaged in negotiations with World Trade Organization members on ways improve the supply and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, including a proposed waiver of intellectual property rights for the vaccines.In remarks prepared for delivery to a US-Africa business summit, she did not divulge any progress in the talks since she announced the Biden administration’s support for the waiver championed by South Africa and India in May.”This is an important moment for the WTO to show that it can step up in a global crisis and act efficiently to improve the lives of ordinary people,” Tai said in her remarks.
US health officials to recommend some vaccinated people resume wearing masks indoors under certain circumstances, reports New York Times
CDC expected to backpedal on some masking guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was expected to backpedal Tuesday on its masking guidelines and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the US where the coronavirus is surging, a federal official said.The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss details of the new policy.The CDC was expected to make an announcement later in the day.
More US states, employers, schools likely to mandate vaccines, says expert
US supports India’s emergence as leading global power: State Department
The US on Tuesday said it supports India’s emergence as a leading global power and a vital partner in efforts to ensure that the strategic Indo-Pacific is a region of peace, stability, and growing prosperity and economic inclusion, as America’s top diplomat arrived in New Delhi on his first visit.In a fact sheet, the State Department said the defence cooperation between the US and India was reaching new heights, including through information sharing, liaison officers, and increasingly complex exercises like Malabar.
CDC set to unveil revised mask guidance for vaccinated Americans: Sources
Blinken arrives in India, to meet Indian leaders tomorrow
US secretary of state Antony Blinken arrives in India; focus on expansion of ties
Man pleads guilty to four murders in Atlanta-area spa shootings
Robert Aaron Long, the man charged in the shooting deaths of eight people in Atlanta-area spas in March, six of them women of Asian descent, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to murdering four of the victims.Long affirmed that he agreed to the plea deal in a courtroom in Cherokee County, where he was charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault. Cherokee is about 40 miles (64 km) north of Atlanta.
Utah’s intensive care units were 84% full on July 22, and Covid patients made up about a quarter of the population
But just 45% of Utah residents are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and their vulnerability is fueling a surge in the virus, state data shows
Healthcare providers like Roberts had expected the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines to curb hospitalizations
In Utah, hospitals swell with unvaccinated Covid-19 patients
The Covid-19 intensive care unit where nurse Janine Roberts works in a Salt Lake City suburb is once again full, with patients who are mostly young, mostly unvaccinated and very ill.They arrive in the unit at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, already intubated and unconscious, in many cases stricken by the Delta variant of the coronavirus blazing through unvaccinated communities across the United States.”We have people in their 20s, 30s, even 40s who are so desperately sick, and we’re seeing all patients who are unvaccinated,” Roberts said. “It’s this new terrain.”