Southwest CEO exams optimistic for Covid days after unmasked Senate listening to with different airline chiefs

Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, and Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, say during a Senate hearing on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on December 15 2021.

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Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly tested positive for Covid-19 after a Senate hearing with other airline chiefs earlier this week, the airline said on Friday.

Kelly, along with the CEOs of United Airlines and American Airlines, Delta Airlines” Chief of Operations and President of the largest flight attendant union in the country, testified personally for more than three hours At the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday afternoon over $ 54 billion in federal payroll slips the airlines spent trying to get out of the pandemic. Witnesses and lawmakers did not wear masks during the hearing. Most of the other participants wore face masks.

“Although Gary tested negative several times before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing, he tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home, showing mild symptoms and a PCR test,” a Southwest spokeswoman said in a statement. “Gary is fine and is currently resting at home. He was fully vaccinated and received the booster earlier this year. Gary’s symptoms remain mild and he is getting closer to a full recovery each day.”

United boss Scott Kirby, who was Kelly’s left in the hearing, tested negative for Covid on Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter. American boss Doug Parker tested negative on Friday, a spokeswoman said.

Delta’s chief of operations, John Laughter, who testified at the hearing on Wednesday and sat two seats away from Kelly, tested negative on Thursday and Friday.

“He will continue to carry out tests and take other precautions if necessary,” the airline said in a statement.

To Laughter’s left sat Sara Nelson, President of the Association of Flight Attendants.

“I was advised by Gary Kelly shortly after he tested positive and, ironically, just as I was getting back to work after the booster,” she said in a statement. “I follow CDC protocols and will test multiple times within the recommended period of 5-7 days and before I go on vacation with my family.”

Senators questioned witnesses about recent flight disruptions, airline hiring issues, 5G, as well as vaccination and mask requirements.

When Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) Asked airline CEOs during the hearing whether they assumed that passengers would not have to wear masks on board, Kelly promoted the effectiveness of the air filtration and circulation systems on board and said, “Me think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much to the air cabin environment. “

The Biden government has been requiring bus passengers to wear face masks since February, although airlines requested them in spring 2020 with the start of the pandemic. Earlier this month, the Biden government extended the mandate until March 18.

On Friday, Kelly softened his tone and said he supported the federal mandate.

During the hearing, “I mistook some for a short answer to a question about masks,” he wrote in a staff note in which he also disclosed his positive Covid result. “So, to be clear, me and Southwest and together with [U.S. airline lobbying group] Airlines for America are all coordinated and support the current federal mask mandate at airports and in airplanes.

“The majority of our employees and customers feel that it’s an important layer of protection, and I definitely agree,” he continued. “So we continue to rely on the advice of our medical experts about the need for masks. And I apologize for the confusion!”

Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, John Laughter, executive vice president of Delta Air Lines, and Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, say before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 15, 2021.

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American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said, “I agree,” immediately following Kelly’s response at the hearing, but the company issued a statement Thursday saying it would “approve of the comments made by other witnesses about the high quality of the Aircraft Cabin Air “agree and did not question the need for face masks on airplanes.”

Parker later posted a lengthy statement on his Instagram account saying the airline supported the mask mandate and that he “should have been more explicit in my answer to a question that misrepresented American’s position on the mask mandate has”.

Air travel is one of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic. In the meantime, demand has recovered, primarily thanks to domestic leisure travel. Delta and United executives announced this week that they are preparing Busy end of the year holiday season, despite the prevalence of the Omicron variant.

‘The View’ pulls hosts who examined optimistic for Covid minutes earlier than Kamala Harris interview

Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin on the set of ABC’s The View.

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Two moderators from ABC’s “The View” tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday just before an interview with the Vice President Kamala Harris.

Host Sunny Hostin and Innkeeper Ana Navarro are fully vaccinated and have groundbreaking cases of the virus, announced co-host Joy Behar on the air after being led off the set and the program paused for an impromptu commercial break.

Harris, who flew to New York on Friday morning, didn’t contact the hosts prior to the show, a White House official told NBC News. She conducted her interview from a distance in another ABC studio.

Harris did not isolate himself after the “The View” appearance and will stick to her schedule as planned, said spokeswoman Sabrina Singh.

“No matter how hard we try, these things happen,” Behar said on the air. “You will be fine, I’m sure, because both of you are vaccinated at the Wazoo.”

Harris eventually appeared in a virtual interview with Behar around 11:50 a.m. ET after he was expected to appear at the head of the show.

“I hope you are in a safe place right now. We have done everything we can to ensure that you are safe because we value you so much,” said Behar, introducing the Vice President.

Harris then called the two hosts “strong women” and praised Covid vaccines.

“I know they are fine, but it really speaks to them being vaccinated and vaccines really making the difference because otherwise we would be worried about hospital stays and worse,” Harris said in the belated interview.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris disembarks from Air Force Two at Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News, Virginia, USA, on September 10, 2021.

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Both Harris and President Joe Biden, as well as their spouses are fully vaccinated against Covid.

The Biden government has gone to great lengths to increase Covid vaccination rates in the country and has issued a number of mandates over the past two months.

The government recently issued extensive vaccination mandates the 9th of September affecting private companies and federal employees. Government personnel and contractors must get vaccinated for testing with no alternative, and any company with more than 100 employees must implement vaccine mandates with some medical and religious exceptions.

Biden also commissioned August 9 that all service members get vaccinated by mid-September.

On Friday the President did accused the more than 70 million unvaccinated Americans for holding back the U.S. economic recovery; and condemned elected officials who worked to undermine his government’s Covid efforts with false information.

Two visitors aboard Royal Caribbean cruise take a look at optimistic for Covid

Two guests on board Royal Caribbean Cruises‘The Adventure of the Seas ship has tested positive for Covid-19 in routine tests and is now returning home, the company said on Thursday.

That comes after Two guests on Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Millennium Cruise tested positive and the company Odyssey of the Seas was delayed from sailing after eight members of its crew tested positive.

Both guests were unvaccinated and under 16 years old. One guest is asymptomatic and the other has mild symptoms.

Other guests traveling with the two minors and guests who have come into close contact with them have all been vaccinated and tested negative, according to the company.

The guests and fellow travelers disembarked in the Bahamas and are on their way home to Florida.

According to Royal Caribbean, 92% of guests on the Adventures of the Seas ship are fully vaccinated, and the remaining 8% of guests are under 16 years of age. All crew members are fully vaccinated.

The CDC allowed cruises to return this year with strict safety protocols and requirements to prevent outbreaks from occurring on board several outbreaks on board ships in the past year.

The cruise industry is among the last to return to pre-pandemic surgery due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s strict guidelines.

Cruise ship stocks have fallen again after taking a major blow during the pandemic.

Royal Caribbean Cruises line stocks are up more than 16% this year, hitting a market cap of just over $ 22 billion.

Ronnie Wooden saved optimistic all through most cancers battle | Leisure

Ronnie Wood refused to “look into any negatives” while battling cancer for the second time.

The Rolling Stones legend revealed last month that he had been secretly battling small cell cancer last year, and his wife, Sally, shared how the couple did their best to be as positive as possible while treating the 73-year-old star stay.

Sally – who has four year old twins Alice and Gracie with Ronnie – told the British HELLO! Magazine: “We tried to stay as positive as possible and put our trust in the doctors and follow their instructions and advice.

“We cannot thank the doctors enough for all they have done and for all the support they have given us.”

The 43-year-old producer shared how Ronnie turned to his favorite mantra, “If I take care of myself, I can achieve anything” to get him through his ordeal.

She added, “It got us both through one hundred percent.

“You have to be as positive as possible and believe that everything will be fine. Ronnie is an amazing person with incredible strength and determination. He has read his meditation books and we have focused on his treatment, his sobriety and calmness as much as possible focused. You I just have to keep going and not deal with negatives for too long. “

Ronnie battled lung cancer back in 2017 and underwent successful keyhole surgery before the all-clear.

The ‘Start Me Up’ hitmaker, who quit smoking before his twins were born, let go of his lung cancer fear because he’d always counted on how much he’d smoked before.

He said, “I let go right away. I knew it would be there because I had smoked for England for 54 years. It was, ‘God, of course I have lung cancer. But I don’t have it anywhere else.’ I knew that I was strong enough not to have it anywhere else in my body. “

Analysts cheer ‘surprisingly constructive’ AstraZeneca U.S. trial information

A bottle of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Health analysts welcomed AstraZenecaThe results of the much-anticipated late-stage US study results for the Covid-19 vaccine.

The study of more than 30,000 participants in the US, Peru, and Chile found the vaccine to be a Overall effectiveness of 79% in preventing symptomatic Covid and 100% effectiveness in preventing serious illness and hospitalization.

Efficacy was consistent across ages and races, with 80% effectiveness in participants 65 and over. Known as AZD1222 and jointly developed with Oxford University, the vaccine was well tolerated and the independent data security watchdog did not find any security concerns related to the vaccine, the company said Monday.

The data exceeded expectations

In a research note, Jefferies health analyst Peter Welford described the data as “surprisingly positive”.

Adam Barker, Health Analyst at Shore Capital, said, “This is arguably the first study for AZD1222 that has shown convincing efficacy in those 65 years and older.”

This is important as there have been questions about its effectiveness in this age group. Previous studies have been hampered by fewer older participants. In this study, 20% of participants were 65 years of age or older and 60% had comorbidities, which placed them at increased risk of developing serious illnesses.

Monday’s trial data confirmed the vaccine’s safety profile. Barker said that having the data from a single study with a single-dose regimen removes the data interpretation complications seen in the past with the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine.

Barker added that the lack of evidence of blood clots in the study was also comforting in light of recent concerns. “We are not surprised by these data, however, as the evidence of a link between the vaccine and the blood clots was already quite weak.”

AstraZeneca said it will continue to analyze the data and prepare for the primary analysis to be submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval in the coming weeks. The vaccine has already received conditional marketing or emergency marketing authorization in more than 70 countries on six continents.

Dosing regimen a key issue for the FDA

“I can’t understand why the regulator wouldn’t approve this,” Barker wrote, but warned that the detailed data is pending.

A key question for the FDA will be what dosage regimen it will endorse should it end up using the vaccine in an emergency.

“This study is based on dosing 4 weeks apart, but we know The effectiveness can be higher if you dose with a longer interval (up to 12 weeks) and countries like the UK have successfully used this “longer period between doses” strategy to vaccinate more people quickly, “Barker said.

So the question for the FDA is whether it will recommend giving the two doses four weeks apart – assuming this was tested in the US study – or including data from the UK and other countries suggesting a longer duration .

Welford also noted the sub-optimal dosing regimen used in this study. “The study evaluated the 4-week dosing schedule, but we have evidence that the vaccine works better with longer dosing intervals,” he said.

“The primary analysis of the UK, Brazil and South Africa Phase III clinical trials found 62% efficacy when the vaccine was given 4 to 12 weeks apart, but efficacy increased to 82% when the interval was 12 weeks has been extended. “”

In addition to the dosage, analysts also observe in detail how the vaccine protects against different variants. This is expected to be included in the data packet that will be submitted to the FDA.

When it comes to comparing today’s efficacy data with that of some other vaccine manufacturers, Welford has been warning since the first vaccine readings from Pfizer and ModernCovid-19 variants have become more and more common, so the effectiveness data for the different vaccines cannot be directly compared.

Barker added that the trial results gave the vaccine important validation. “Because of its cost and ease of storage and distribution, AZD1222 was once dubbed the ‘Vaccine for the World’. We think this is a fair label,” he wrote. “Data like this, reported today to be more conclusive about the effectiveness and safety of AZD1222, is certainly cause for celebration.”

AstraZeneca has committed to distribute the vaccine for the duration of the pandemic for no profit. The company’s shares traded 2% higher in London on Monday.

Duke basketball season over after optimistic Covid case

A Duke Blue Devils basketball with the logo before their game against the Georgia State Panthers at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 15, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina.

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The Duke men’s basketball season is over after a positive coronavirus case in the program, the team shared Explanation Thursday.

The team is pulling out of the ACC tournament after “a member of our program tested positive after Wednesday’s ACC tournament game in Greensboro,” said Kevin White, Duke’s director of athletics. “As a result, our 2020-21 season ends.”

The end of the season marks the end of the 24 year streak of the Blue Devils NCAA tournament.

Duke was slated to face Florida State in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament on Thursday night after beating Boston College on Tuesday and Louisville on Wednesday.

Jeff Goodman from the stadium reported The positive test of the program came from a walk-in player.

The positive test comes after The Duke Chronicle reported Between March 5 and March 9, 102 students tested positive for the coronavirus.

The majority of students who tested positive “either have a known Greek affiliation and / or are male freshmen in the class of 2024” related to personal fraternity activities, the Duke’s administrators wrote in an E on Wednesday -Mail to the students.

The Blue Devils finished the season 13-11 overall, finishing tenth in the ACC conference with a 9-9 record.

JPMorgan is constructive on Indonesia regardless of surging Covid circumstances within the nation

SINGAPORE – JPMorgan sees the outlook for Indonesia as positive, although the country is still grappling with rising Covid infections. The number of cases has recently exceeded a million.

The country’s young population is part of the reason for this optimism, said James Sullivan, head of ex-Japan Asian equity research at the investment bank.

“Demographically, Southeast Asia is very different from some of the developed countries we compare these countries with,” Sullivan told CNBC’s Squawk Box Asia on Wednesday.

In 2015, the median age of the Indonesian population was 28.5 years, according to Statista.

“Because they’re so much younger, they tend to tackle the mortality side of this conversation significantly better than some of the older, developed economies,” he said. “That’s a very important distinction when we think about it.”

As a result, lockdowns “may not be as necessary” in such countries – compared to places with significantly older populations that are at higher risk from Covid-19, the analyst said.

India as an example

To make his point clear, Sullivan used the example of India, a country that, according to Johns Hopkins University, ranks second in the world after the United States in terms of the number of Covid infections.

“There was long talk of infection rates in India until around August last year,” he said, adding that there were “very dire predictions” about the impact of the pandemic on the Indian economy.

These fears regarding India do not appear to have materialized as the daily number of Covid cases in the country has decreased significantly since then. Analysts have also said the economic recovery has been stronger than expected.

Still, according to Hopkins, Indonesia has had the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia.

As of Wednesday, Indonesia recorded more than 1.11 million coronavirus infections while at least 30,770 people have died from Covid-19. Information from the country’s Ministry of Health shown.

Other factors

In addition to Indonesia’s relatively young population, JPMorgan also sees “positive efforts” to stimulate growth across Indonesia’s economy, Sullivan said.

The government is pushing for a mutual fund called the Indonesia Investment Authority. Reports suggest that Indonesian President Joko Widodo wishes this Raise up to $ 100 billion in funding.

Sullivan added that there has been a “significant recovery” in manufacturing, particularly in the export sector. In addition, the JPMorgan analyst cited the government’s vaccine efforts as another reason for its positive outlook.

Indonesia started a Covid-19 vaccination program in January Described by Reuters as one of the world’s largest campaigns. Of the country Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati recently told CNBC It will take at least a year for Indonesia to achieve “herd immunity” – which it does when large sections of the population become immune to the disease.

– CNBC’s Yen Nee Lee contributed to this report.

AP sources: Michael Strahan exams optimistic for COVID-19 | Leisure

FILE – Former New York giant Michael Strahan is posing for a picture at the opening of “NFL Experience” in Times Square, New York this Thursday, November 30, 2017. Michael Strahan, Pro Football Hall of Famer and host of Good Morning America, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is himself quarantined, according to people familiar with the situation. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 due to medical restrictions.

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Michael Strahan, Pro Football Hall of Famer and host of Good Morning America, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is himself quarantined, according to people familiar with the situation.

Strahan currently has no serious symptoms of COVID-19. People spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity due to medical restrictions.

TMZ first reported positive Strahan tests.

Strahan, who also provides analysis of the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show, performed remotely during the NFC championship game last Sunday. However, Strahan also appeared remotely for much of the season so that the network’s Thursday night games would not conflict with its “GMA” schedule.

49-year-old Strahan hasn’t been on the ABC morning show all week and it remains uncertain when he will be back.

He has been part of Good Morning America since 2016 and has been a staple of Fox’s NFL coverage since retiring after the New York Giants won the third of their four Super Bowl titles in the 2007 season.

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