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Health

Pfizer Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine 100% Effective In Children

In a recent press release, Pfizer Incorporated said its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong long-term protection against the virus in a late-stage study conducted among adolescents aged 12 to 15 years. The company said a two-dose series of the vaccine was 100% effective against COVID-19, measured seven days through over four months after the second dose. “As the global health community […]

Jamaica

Jamaica Positioning For Health And Wellness Tourism

Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett says the ministry is putting the Blue Ocean Strategy to work, to return the sector to its pre-COVID-19 performance with arrivals and economic returns. “A Blue Ocean Strategy calls for the creation of business models that depart from traditional models based on competition and standardization. It will see the Ministry of Tourism pursuing enhanced value-creation […]

EDUCATION

Tonia Williams — Jamaica’s 2022 Rhodes Scholar

The announcement was made recently at King’s House after a full day of interviews of the 11 candidates, who vied for the scholarship. A former student of Immaculate Conception High School in St. Andrew, Ms. Williams studied Psychology at Vassar College in the United States (U.S.) and is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in education at Harvard University. She will […]

Jamaica

Jamaica — Growth To Remain Within Seven to 10 Percent Range For 2021-22

As the economy continues to rebound from the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) is projecting growth to remain within the seven to 10 percent range for the fiscal year 2021-22, before moderating to between two and four percent in 2022-23. BOJ Governor, Richard Byles, said the positive outlook comes against the background of stronger-than-expected […]

SPORTS

Seven Jamaicans Plying Their Trade In Abu Dhabi T10 League

Seven Jamaicans have been selected to compete in the 2021-2022 season of the Abu Dhabi T10 League in the United Arab Emirates. All-rounder Rovman Powell will captain the Northern Warriors franchise and is joined by countryman Kennar Lewis. Chris Gayle decks out once again for Team Abu Dhabi and is also joined by Sheldon Cottrell. Fabian Allen suits up for the Chennai […]

Jamaica

IMF — Jamaica’s Inflation Rate To Hit 8.8 Percent

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it expects inflation in Jamaica to increase to 8.8 percent by the end of 2021. It has projected movement in prices to recede to 6.7 percent in 2022. However, according to press reports, the IMF said there are significant risks that could push inflation higher. The Washington-based financial institution said global inflationary pressures may […]

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Drug Companies Get Booster Approval

Vaccine advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a recent meeting, voted unanimously to recommend booster doses of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for all adults in the United States six months after their first two shots expire. Members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also voted to strengthen the recommendation to say that […]

Health

Drug Overdose Continues To Plague The U.S.

Drawing from the latest available death certificate data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 100,300 Americans died of drug overdoses from May 2020 to April 2021. It’s not an official count. It can take many months for death investigations involving drug fatalities to become final, so the agency made the estimate based on 98,000 reports it has […]

Jamaica

Jamaica COVID-19 Report — 72 New Cases

The Ministry of Health and Wellness reported 72 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths in one of its latest reports. This brings the local infection total to 90,630 and total deaths to 2,356. The new cases comprise 37 females and 35 males with ages ranging from 33 days to 92 years.  The cases were recorded in St Catherine (20), Kingston […]

Health

COVID-19 Update

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 255.4 million people, leaving more than 5.1 million dead across 196 countries and territories. The majority of those infected have recovered and many countries have rolled out vaccine campaigns as economies start to recover from the pandemic. — Thousands of protesters decrying COVID-19 vaccinations gathered in cities around Australia Saturday as smaller counter-rallies […]