“We know that the future is vaccinations and testing,” McAlpin said, and that’s why Virgin Voyages is “committed to fully vaccinated cruises,” he added.
McAlpin said the adult-only aspect of the cruise line “allows for us to offer a highly controlled, safe environment for everyone on board” and that the company is “uniquely set up to do this with testing and vaccine travel requirements.”
Anxious Americans to Pay Debt, Taxes With Stimulus ChecksIn interviews with a dozen Americans, including a nurse, a man who became homeless by the CCP virus pandemic, a plumber, a teacher, and a bar owner, nearly all say they are so worried about the future that they will use their stimulus checks to pay debt and taxes accumulated in the past year.
Labor economist Diane Swonk sees a divide between those who can work from home and those who can not—highlighted by the ways Americans have spent their stimulus checks from the government during the year-long pandemic.
Report on Virus Origins Delayed a Week: WHOA World Health Organization spokesman says a widely expected report by a team of experts who traveled to China to look into the origins of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic is “likely” to be pushed back until next week.
Serbia Imposes Nationwide LockdownAuthorities in Serbia have announced a nationwide lockdown for the rest of the week, closing bars, restaurants, and non-essential shops and businesses.
France Enters 3rd Wave; New Cases Highest Since NovemberFrench Prime Minister Jean Castex told Parliament on Tuesday that France had entered a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the seven-day average of new cases rose above 25,000 for the first time since Nov. 20.
Moderna Begins Study of Vaccine in KidsModerna has begun dosing patients in a mid-to-late stage study of its CCP virus vaccine, mRNA-1273, in children aged six months to less than 12 years, the company said on Tuesday.
Sweden Is Latest Country to Halt Using AstraZeneca VaccineSweden is pausing the use of the AstraZeneca CCP virus vaccine as a precautionary measure amid concerns about reports of blood clots in some recipients in Europe.
Masks and Distancing Required for Roadside Spectators During Torch RelayTokyo Olympic organizers on Tuesday called on roadside spectators at the torch relay to wear masks and practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus.
UK Variant More Deadly, New Study FindsTwo new studies add evidence that a variant of the CCP virus first detected in Britain is more deadly than the previously dominant form.
Nigerian Variant Found in Southern ChinaOn March 12, southern China’s Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the B.1.525 strain had been detected in two cases. This is the first time it has been discovered in the province.
EU and Vietnam to Exclude China-made VaccinesThe European Union is expected to exclude Chinese-made vaccines from its “vaccine passport” certification program because they are not approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). At the same time, Vietnam is reportedly buying large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines from Western counties and Russia, but not China.
China has produced four types of COVID-19 vaccines from Sinopharm, Sinovac, and CanSinoBIO. However, detailed data about their clinical trials have not been published.