New Zealand Covid: Ardern unveils post-lockdown ‘traffic light’ system linked to 90% vaccination rate | New Zealand

More than 18 months into the pandemic, New Zealand has announced its roadmap for a post-lockdown future – and says dropping restrictions hinges on the country hitting some of the world’s most ambitious vaccination rates.Prime minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday announced that 90% of eligible New Zealanders needed to be fully vaccinated across each District … Read more

Victoria AMA says Covid-deniers and anti-vaxxers should opt out of public health system and ‘let nature run its course’ | Australia news

“Covid-deniers” and “anti-vaxxers” should opt out of care in the public health system if they catch the virus as Victoria reopens, says the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association.The AMA Victoria president, Dr Roderick McRae, said those who do not believe Covid-19 is real or a threat should update their advanced care directives and … Read more

The vaccine system is broken — but Covid shows us how to fix it

The vaccine system is broken — but Covid shows us how to fix it

The global drive to develop Covid-19 vaccines has been a logistical and scientific triumph. From a standing start last year, seven companies outside of China are on track to deliver more than 10bn doses in 2022, surprising many who predicted it would take years.For some of these companies, it is also a financial bonanza. Analytics … Read more

If Crypto Causes ‘Instability,’ It’s Because the System Is Unstable

If Crypto Causes ‘Instability,’ It’s Because the System Is Unstable

I started reading Nobel prize-winning economist Robert Shiller’s bestselling book “Irrational Exuberance” about asset bubbles recently. Wait, I should be more specific. I started reading the third edition published in 2015, during what Shiller identified as another asset runup. The modern classic economics text was first printed in 2000, before the implosion of the “dot … Read more

IMF warns of the danger to the financial system from ‘disappearing’ crypto coins and the instability of stablecoins | Currency News | Financial and Business News

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Bitcoin balloon Andriy Onufriyenko The IMF warned countries about the risks that came with the growing crypto space in a report Tuesday. More than 16,000 tokens have been listed on exchanges, but only around 9,000 exist today, the report said. The fund said stablecoins were vulnerable to volatility and investor runs despite being pegged to … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 round-up: Public Health launches new registration system for proof of vaccination

N.B. COVID-19 round-up: Public Health launches new registration system for proof of vaccination

Public Health has made it easier for New Brunswickers to access their proof of COVID-19 vaccination online. Instead of having to attend a regional health authority vaccination clinic to obtain a registration code to create a MyHealthNB account and securely access their COVID-19 information, people can simply type “IR,” followed by one of their vaccination dates for the … Read more

North Carolina hospital system Novant Health fires 175 unvaccinated employees refusing covid shot

North Carolina hospital system Novant Health fires 175 unvaccinated employees refusing covid shot

“We agree with the North Carolina Healthcare Association, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and many other health care systems in the region that a mandatory vaccine program is in the best interest of public health,” the health system said in a news release. “Simply put, it is essential to ensure the safety of our … Read more

Rural schools close as Alberta’s COVID 19 vaccine passport system launches

Rural schools close as Alberta’s COVID 19 vaccine passport system launches

Two schools in rural Alberta closed their classrooms Monday over the number of students not attending because of COVID-19 infections as Edmonton police introduced tough new vaccine requirements on the first day of the province’s new proof-of-vaccination program. The Big Valley and Donalda schools, both in central Alberta’s Clearview Public School Division, announced that … Read more