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Macron says France, Britain to propose Kabul safe zone to U.N.

Source: Reuters

France, Britain and Germany are working on a United Nations proposal aimed at establishing a safe zone in Kabul to allow safe passage for people trying to leave Afghanistan, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday.

Macron, who said France had begun discussions with the Taliban to explore how further evacuations might proceed, said the resolution would be brought on Monday to an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting of veto-wielding members.

"There are some discussions to see how flights could be re-established," Macron said in a TV interview broadcast by France's TF1, adding that Qatar was also helping negotiations.

"What we have proposed, and what we plan to bring to the U.N. Security Council along with Britain and Germany is a solution that we have used before in other operations, which would involve creating a zone allowing people to arrive at that airport."

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/macron-says-france-britain-propose-kabul-safe-zone-2021-08-28/

I've heard the US is now part of this proposal. Do we not know what it means to get out?

How about having France and UK give it a go and see how it works out for them?

Update: Sounds like the Taliban rejected the plan, and it was left out of the UN resolution.


Rest assured that we can still launch drone attacks. /s

Canada halting AstraZeneca vaccine shots for people 55 and younger

Source: CNN

Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended Monday that the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine should not be used in adults under age 55 while rare cases of serious blood clots following vaccination are being investigated, according to a release from the committee.

The rare cases of serious blood clots, known as vaccine-induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (VIPIT), have recently been reported in Europe following post-licensure use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, primarily in women under the age of 55.

According to the vaccine committee, the rate of this adverse event is still to be confirmed and information is being gathered to be more accurate.

"Following population-based analyses of VIPIT assessing risk of COVID-19 disease by age, and considering that alternate products are available (i.e., mRNA vaccines), from what is known at this time, there is substantial uncertainty about the benefit of providing AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to adults under 55 years of age given that the potential risks associated with VIPIT, particularly at the lower estimated rates," committee officials said.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/29/americas/canada-astrazeneca-vaccine-intl/index.html

They got to do what they got to do, but this doesn't help persuade people to get the vaccine. I'm glad the US has three other vaccines currently being produced in great quantities, so we can stay out of the AZ controversies.

Happy Vaccine Day!

US stocks rise sharply as election results keep trickling in

Source: CNN

The stock market rally is still in full swing at midday. The Dow has now gained more than 700 points, or 2.7%. Phew.

The S&P 500 is up 3.2%, and the Nasdaq is still leading gains with 4.3%.

Experts' views are divided about why the market is shooting higher. Part of it might be that a delayed election outcome was already priced in, as well as continued odds in favor of a Joe Biden win in the betting markets.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/business/live-news/stock-market-news-110420/index.html

After all that expert talk that the market abhors uncertainty.

It speaks to vice presidential debates

that a fly in the studio was the most interesting thing.

Sounds like I missed a good one.

PSA - Flu vaccine for 2020-2021 is now becoming available.


New COVID-19 inflections downward trend.

I haven't heard this reported at all, but it seems like the infection rate has clearly peaked and the 7-day average has been down for 16 days in a row. Am I missing something?

Edit to add source (very popular site): https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

Kodak soars another 60% after Trump announces deal to manufacture generic drug ingredients

Source: CNBC

Shares of Kodak soared more than 60% in extended trading. The stock more than tripled during Tuesday’s regular trading for its best day ever after the U.S. government awarded the company a $765 million loan to start producing drug ingredients under the Defense Production Act, the first of its kind.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/28/kodak-soars-another-40percent-after-trump-announces-deal-to-manufacture-generic-drug-ingredients.html

I figured this was coming as a longer term effort to pull critical medical manufacturing back to the US.

But I think it would have been better done through regulation (e.g. make it very expensive to do production overseas) and allow the market to pull back the manufacturing.

Just registered for the COVID-19 vaccine trial


It is a fairly long questionnaire - probably about 40 questions, mostly about your interactions with other people on a daily basis, some medical history, willingness to sacrifice your life for the benefit of society (just kidding on that last one) As I was filling it out, I got the feeling I won't be selected because I'm isolating to a large degree, and wouldn't be a good test subject.

I still have not seen a definitive list of test sites, but I'm fairly sure there will be one or two in my city.

I broke a record this tax year

I filed 2 days early. The 3 months of extra time I was given did me no good .

I'm usually one of those looking for a post office with late-night hours.

This time I field electronically even though I owed money. With interest rates what they are, it wasn't worth delaying another week or so by mailing in a check.
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