Polk Awards Honor Pandemic Reporters

Three CNN journalists — the reporter David Culver, the producer Yong Xiong and the photographer Natalie Thomas — received the foreign reporting award for work on the virus’s initial strike in Wuhan, China. The award for magazine reporting recognized Katie Engelhart for an August article in California Sunday Magazine about the Kirkland, Wash., nursing home […]

Italians working in cultural sector decry pandemic closures

Milan, Italy – Art and cultural workers protested across Italy on Tuesday, marking a year since theatres, music venues, cinemas and cultural spaces shut their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic – closures which rendered jobless the 300,000 people working in the sector. A protest in front of the local seat of the central government […]

Russia’s Lavrov slams West for coronavirus pandemic ‘selfishness’

GENEVA: The United States is seeking a return to the UN Human Rights Council, three years after former president Donald Trump’s administration withdrew, the US top diplomat told the rights body Wednesday.“I’m pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term,” US Secretary of State Antony […]

As Pandemic Took Hold, Suicide Rose Among Japanese Women

TOKYO — Not long after Japan ramped up its fight against the coronavirus last spring, Nazuna Hashimoto started suffering panic attacks. The gym in Osaka where she worked as a personal trainer suspended operations, and her friends were staying home at the recommendation of the government. Afraid to be alone, she would call her boyfriend […]

Copper rises over $9,000 as supply tightens in pandemic recovery

Copper is surging amid a rally in commodities from iron ore to nickel, while oil has gained over 20 percent this year. Copper rose above $9,000 a metric ton for the first time in nine years, taking another step closer to an all-time high set in 2011 as investors bet that supply tightness will increase […]

France Hired McKinsey to Help in the Pandemic. Then Came the Questions.

PARIS — As France raced to complete a complex blueprint in December for vaccinating its population against the coronavirus, the government quietly issued millions of euros in contracts to the consulting giant McKinsey & Company. The contracts, which were not initially disclosed to the public, were intended to help ensure that millions of tiny vaccine […]

Why hoarding COVID vaccines could prolong pandemic

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, with new, more infectious variants complicating responses to outbreaks, governments are racing to roll out vaccinations. With more than 57 million vaccine doses administered, the United States is leading the way in the total number of shots administered, followed by China and the European Union. The […]

Fed pledges continued support for US economy amid pandemic woes

Monetary policy will continue to provide ‘powerful support’ to the economy, the United States’ central bank told Congress on Friday. Federal Reserve actions will continue to bolster the U.S. economy as it battles the Covid-19 pandemic, the central bank said Friday in its twice-yearly update to Congress. “Monetary policy will continue to deliver powerful support […]

How Car Collecting Powered Through the Pandemic

An eight-day Mecum auction in July in Indianapolis — previously postponed by the pandemic — notched record sales of $74 million. That figure included a highest-ever price of $3.85 million for a Mustang. The auctioneer billed the car, a 1965 Shelby prototype once driven by Ken Miles of “Ford v. Ferrari” fame, as “the most […]

Indoor farming gains ground amid pandemic, climate challenges

Investors used to brush off Amin Jadavji’s pitch to buy Elevate Farms’ vertical growing technology and produce stacks of leafy greens indoors with artificial light. “They would say, ‘This is great, but it sounds like a science experiment,’” said Jadavji, CEO of Toronto, Canada-based Elevate. Now, indoor farms are positioning themselves as one of the […]

Cuomo Faces Revolt as Legislators Move to Strip Him of Pandemic Powers

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Democratic leaders of the New York State Senate are moving to strip Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of unilateral emergency powers granted during the pandemic, setting up a remarkable rebuke for the governor from members of his own party. The Senate’s measures, which could be voted on as soon as next week, […]

Debt in the time of pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic devastation it caused made 2020 a trying year for me and so many people I know. After months of bad news, disappointments, and difficulties, I convinced myself that things will be better in 2021. Sadly, I was quickly proved wrong. On New Year’s Day, I received an email from […]

In Pictures: Pandemic threatens New York’s iconic yellow taxis

They were omnipresent on the streets of New York, day and night, as emblematic of the Big Apple as the Empire State Building or Yankees caps. But the pandemic has made yellow taxis scarce and facing an uncertain future. On a February morning in a parking lot near La Guardia Airport, a few dozen yellow […]

The Drawbacks of Living in a Tiny Home During a Pandemic

Keri Gailloux’s tiny home — a converted school bus — is also retired now, thanks to the pandemic. Ms. Gailloux, 68, had lived and worked in San Francisco running a hepatitis C training program for primary care doctors, but after retirement she converted the school bus which she named “Skoolie,” into a mobile home so […]

General Motors Rebounds From Pandemic Disruptions: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: “GM.’s 2020 performance was remarkable by any measure,” said Mary Barra, the General Motors chief executive.Credit…Rebecca Cook/Reuters General Motors said on Wednesday that it earned $6.4 billion in 2020, a modest decline from the year before, as brisk sales of pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles in the second half […]

CPI data show pandemic continues to tame US inflation — for now

US consumer price index data show core inflation eased in January, but there is an intensifying debate in financial markets over the course of inflation. A key measure of prices paid by U.S. consumers was unchanged in January for a second straight month, underscoring the pandemic’s lingering restraint on inflation. The core consumer price index, […]

Worth a shot? How one-dose COVID jab could help in pandemic fight

A vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson is close to becoming the first single-dose COVID-19 shot to be approved by regulators in the United States, in what could be a key moment in the fight against the pandemic. The drug company filed an application on Thursday to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after […]

UK teenager wakes up from coma with no knowledge of pandemic

Joseph Flavill, 19, contracted COVID-19 twice while in a coma after an accident that happened before the lockdown. A British teenager is slowly emerging from a coma after nearly a year and has no knowledge of the coronavirus pandemic, despite having twice contracted COVID-19. Joseph Flavill, 19, suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was […]

‘All open’: French flock to Madrid cafes for pandemic reprieve

French tourists weary of their strict national lockdown are flocking over the border to Madrid, where bars and restaurants are open and people can stay outdoors until 10pm, even as COVID-19 batters Europe in a virulent third wave. “Here, there’s life – everything’s happening!” said 22-year-old student Clara Soudet as she left a live music […]

In Milan, a free medical clinic serves migrants in the pandemic

Milan, Italy – On a winter afternoon in Milan, a group of people head towards via dei Transiti, a narrow street that runs alongside a small public park, to enter a red building. A sign on its glass door says, in multiple languages: “We do not denounce people without a residence permit.” Ambulatorio Medico Popolare […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Israel’s Vaccination Results Point a Way Out of the Pandemic

Here’s what you need to know: A vaccination center in a gymnasium in the central Israeli city of Hod Hasharon on Thursday.Credit…Jack Guez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images In the most extensive real-world test so far, Israel has demonstrated that a robust, rapid coronavirus vaccination program can have a quick and powerful impact, showing the world […]