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While hospitals around the United States report oxygen shortages as they treat primarily unvaccinated Americans, a recent University of Washington model said it is possible another 100,000 people could die from Covid-19 by December.

  • That terrifying forecast could be prevented if more Americans get vaccinated, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN Sunday. Around 80 million eligible Americans have still not received the shot and they are the very group who could turn things around, he said. Officials are now urging this unvaccinated group to refrain from traveling over Labor Day as the US averages 160,000 new cases a day.
  • Children are increasingly in the firing line. More kids in the US were hospitalized with Covid-19 last month than any other time this past year – proving how seriously the Delta variant can hit any age group. Between August 20 and 26, an average of 330 children were admitted to hospitals every day with Covid-19. Experts say wearing masks in school can help to keep kids safe, and on Monday the Education Department’s civil rights enforcement arm announced investigations in five states to determine whether their indoor mask bans were discriminatory against students with disabilities.
  • Two prominent anti-maskers died over the weekend from Covid-19 – the latest casualties among a string of anti-mask and anti-vaccine crusaders who have died or been hospitalized due to the virus. Florida conservative talk radio show Marc Bernier died on Saturday night. Earlier in the day, prominent mask opponent Caleb Wallace also died after catching Covid-19. He was 30 years old while Bernier was 65.
  • As Western countries prepare to rollout Covid-19 vaccine boosters, a troubling new variant, C.1.2, has popped up across South Africa and seven other countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, say researchers. While they are unsure if its constellation of mutations will make it more dangerous, it carries changes that have given other variants increased transmissibility and the ability to evade the immune system’s response to some degree. This comes weeks after the World Health Organization warned that if manufacturers prioritize supply for booster shots in richer nations, it will lead to further vaccine inequity and offer opportunities for the virus to mutate in the rest of the world.
  • Two people have died in Japan days after receiving doses from a batch of Moderna Covid-19 vaccines whose use was suspended last week following concerns over a contamination risk, the country’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Saturday. A causal link between the vaccine and the deaths has not yet been established, according to the ministry and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, which distributes the Moderna vaccine in Japan.
  • The Climate Action Network (CAN), which includes groups from more than 130 countries, called for a delay to November’s UN climate conference in Scotland. They argue that the failure to provide vaccines to millions of people in poor countries, as well as the high costs of travel and accommodation, would mean countries most affected by the climate crisis will be absent from the COP26 talks. The UK COP26 Presidency has said that it is providing vaccines to all delegates who have requested them, with the first shots beginning this week.


Q: What’s the risk of indoor dining if you’re fully vaccinated?

A: Indoor dining in a restaurant definitely has more risk than dining outdoors, says CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen. What that risk is depends on several factors. For starters, what’s the space configuration in the restaurant? A very crowded, poorly ventilated setting will have higher risk than a venue in which you can spread out from other diners.

“The point is to make sure we do this before they get on the school bus,” said Xiaoyan Song, director of infection control and epidemiology at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. “If all the parents did their due diligence and the child is looking great and everything’s normal, before they say goodbye to the kids at the school bus or before they drop the kids off, we’ll have a very, very minimum transmission in the school.” 

When kids go to school, they should wear masks indoors, keep a physical distance from others and regularly wash their hands. Schools need good ventilation and to keep surfaces clean. Teachers and staff must be vaccinated and masked.  

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The intelligence community is still divided about which of the two theories – that the virus came from a lab leak or that it jumped from animals to humans naturally – is likely to be correct. But there is consensus among the intelligence agencies that both of the two prevailing theories are plausible. In a statement, Biden criticized China for its lack of transparency in helping the investigation, and the intelligence community said China’s cooperation would likely be needed to reach a more definitive conclusion.

One of the greatest success stories of the Covid-19 crisis has hit an alarming bump in the road. The initial stages of the vaccine rollout earlier this year in countries such as Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States provided hope that the misery of lockdowns and isolation could soon be a distant memory, at least in a small group of rich nations, Luke McGee reports.  

In July, with France’s vaccination rate stagnating and coronavirus cases surging, French President Emmanuel Macron imposed sweeping vaccination requirements for much of daily life, Saskya Vandoorne, Melissa Bell, Eliza Mackintosh and Joseph Ataman report.

Working as a flight attendant previously afforded Mitra Amirzadeh the freedom to explore the world – taking her from her home in Florida to destinations including Kenya, France and Spain, Francesca Street reports.  

A man who completed 21 days of mandatory quarantine upon returning to China from overseas has been identified as the likely source of a new outbreak, raising questions over the sustainability of the country’s zero-Covid strategy, among the strictest in the world, Nectar Gan and Steve George write.

Flight attendants are getting self-defense training as the number of unruly passengers rises.

Anger over UK quarantine rules for fully vaccinated travelers from India and much of Africa

His claim adds to growing misinformation around the drug, also given to horses and cows who have worms, that has led to a surge in people trying to get their hands on it. The CDC sent a health advisory last week warning against the use of the anti-parasitic drug for Covid-19 amid an increase in calls to the poison center. 

Roughly 18 months into the Covid-19 pandemic, global shipping is still in crisis, with backlogs looming over the peak holiday shopping period. One look at the market for steel shipping containers, and it’s clear that a return to normal won’t happen any time soon, Julia Horowitz reports.  

Thousands of Brazilians demand President Bolsonaro’s impeachment over his mishandling of the pandemic


The Covid pandemic is highlighting mental health issues among men

But the pandemic may also be helping men of all ages become more aware of their mental well-being and needs. Here’s how.

One of the highest-risk settings during school hours is during mealtime, when kids aren’t wearing masks and could be crowded together. As a parent, you can take steps to reduce risk by asking what provisions your child’s school can offer during lunch and snack time, says CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen


Trust is hard to build and all too easy to break. It’s the essential foundation for all our relationships, and the glue that keeps our society together. But over the past two years, many Americans have lost trust in our government, our medical institution, and each other. In this episode, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with trust expert Professor Karen Cook about the reasons for why we trust, how we can foster it, and how we can restore it when it’s been lost. LISTEN NOW.