SCIENTIST BEHIND UK VACCINE SAYS NEXT PANDEMIC MAY BE WORSE

One of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is warning that the next pandemic may be more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats. In excerpts released before a speech Monday, Professor Sarah Gilbert says the scientific advances made in fighting deadly viruses … Continued

US ANNOUNCES DIPLOMATIC BOYCOTT OF BEIJING 2022 OLYMPICS

The Biden administration will not send an official US delegation to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a statement against China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. US athletes will still be allowed to compete in the Olympics, but the administration will not be sending government … Continued

AT LEAST 22 DEAD, INCLUDING 13-YEAR-OLD BOY, AND DOZENS MISSING AFTER VOLCANO ERUPTS IN INDONESIA

PEOPLE The death toll has continued to rise following the sudden eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Semeru on Saturday. As of Monday, at least 22 people have been killed, while an additional 27 people remain missing, according to the Associated Press and Reuters. On Monday, rescuers recovered three bodies — including a 13-year-old boy — from … Continued

EXPLAINER: WHAT IS THIS NEW COVID VARIANT IN SOUTH AFRICA?

LONDON (AP) — WHAT IS THIS NEW COVID-19 VARIANT IN SOUTH AFRICA? South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first … Continued

LEONARDO DICAPRIO TO PLAY “CULT LEADER” ROLE IN MASSACRE THAT TOOK OVER 900 LIVES IN GUYANA

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play a religious cult leader in the upcoming film Jim Jones. The 46-year-old Oscar winner is in final talks to portray Jim Jones, the man who orchestrated the 1978 Jonestown massacre. In what is considered one of the most bizarre events in history, Jones led more than 900 of his followers to suicide … Continued

SUSPECT BEHIND ASSASSINATION OF HAITI’S MOÏSE SUCCUMBS TO COVID-19

Caribbean News Online Haiti’s former police commissioner who was suspected of being involved with the assassination of the late president Jovenel Moïse, has died of complications from COVID-19. According to a Reuters report, Gilbert Dragon, 52, died of cardiac arrest while being transferred to a hospital after suffering from coronavirus symptoms. His wife, Marie Leslie … Continued