New Variants & Vaccine Hesitancy To Hinder Herd Immunity, Study Finds

Australia is unlikely to achieve herd immunity with current levels of Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy and the higher infectiousness of new variants, reports the Guardian quoting a modelling from Melbourne medical research laboratory the Burnet Institute.

Public health initiatives to remain vital

The scenarios modelled by researchers assume a vaccine rollout speed of either 150,000 or 250,000 doses per week, and that on detection of the first case, symptomatic testing increases, isolation of positive...

Dry Bulk Ships Generating 300%+ More Revenue

Dry Bulk Ships Generating 300%+ More Revenue says an article on Freight Waves.

Freight rates have spiked

The effects of COVID-19 on international shipping are still actively unfolding ⁠— but not only at the West Coast ports where there is a “parking lot” of containerized cargo ships waiting in droves. While container rates have spiked after growing demand in the second half of 2020, causing labor and vessel shortages to ensue, so have freight rates across the entire industry, including those for...

COVID-19 Vaccines Key for Economic Resurgence

  • Vaccines against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are emerging as an antidote for under-development.
  • Over 90 per cent of the world’s countries have reported an economic slowdown due to the pandemic.
  • But access to COVID-19 vaccines and their deployment seem to be a critical precondition for fast economic recovery currently.
  • In the global post-pandemic development discourse, access to vaccines has gained a status similar to that of financial capital after any recession or big economic...

Covax: How many Covid Vaccines Have The US And The Other G7 Countries Pledged?

UNICEF has urged leaders of the G7 group of countries – who are meeting in Cornwall this weekend – to speed up the donation of vaccines says a news article Published in BBC.

An open letter, signed by celebrity ambassadors including David Beckham, Andy Murray, and Katy Perry, says Covax is facing an urgent shortfall of 190 million doses.

The charity says G7 countries could donate 20 percent of their vaccine supply between June and August – over 150 million doses – without causing “significant...

Shipping industry agrees action on R&D investment and trade digitisation

Shipping industry agrees action on R&D investment and trade digitisation

John Denholm; photo by Mark Earthy

As world leaders meet in Cornwall, England, for the G7, the first ever meeting of the equivalent maritime bodies, titled M7, took place on Wednesday this week, organised by the UK Chamber of Shipping.

Delegates from the shipowner associations of the G7, plus those from Australia, India, South Africa and South Korea, were joined by the Secretary General of the International Chamber of...

[Watch] Hundreds Protest Against Return of Giant Cruise Ships

Anti-cruise ship campaigners in Venice claim they were being “deceived” by the Italian governing administration as hundreds protested towards big vessels docking in the historic city’s port, reports the Guardian.

Cruise liner sails despite restrictions

Citizens were caught by surprise on Thursday when a cruise liner sailed into the lagoon city for the to start with time due to the fact the pandemic started, in spite of key minister Mario Draghi’s authorities declaring that the ships would be...

US removes Defense Production Act ratings for some vaccines

The U.S. recently removed priority ratings from vaccine orders from Novavax, AstraZeneca and Sanofi. (Photo: Novavax)

This is an excerpt from Medically Necessary, a health care supply chain newsletterSubscribe here.

The decision: Last week, the U.S. announced it was removing the priority ratings issued under the Defense Production Act for vaccines made by Sanofi, AstraZeneca and Novavax. Orders for other vaccines remain prioritized.

The Defense Production Act, or DPA, allows the president to place priority ratings on government orders, which compels companies to accept and prioritize those orders.  Companies...

CDC Decodes Link Between COVID Vaccination & Cardiac Illness

A higher-than-expected number of young men have experienced heart inflammation after their second dose of the mRNA COVID-19 shots from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, reports CNN quoting a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC says the reports of the ailment are “rare” and that “most patients who received care responded well to medicine and rest and quickly felt better.”

Investigation of heart inflammation cases

The CDC and other health regulators have been...

Shipping Industry Welcomes Nigeria’s ‘Deep Blue Anti-piracy Project’

The Round Table of Shipowner Associations and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) have expressed their ‘full support’ for the launch of Nigeria’s Deep Blue Project which aims to stamp out piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, reports BIMCO.

Addressing piracy at GoG

Nigeria has pledged a ‘significant investment’ for the multi-agency project, which will be managed by the Nigerian Maritime Safety Agency (NIMASA).

A central command and control centre based in Lagos will oversee a network of...

Join Our Newsletter
Enter your email to receive a weekly round-up of shipping news.