Germany plans booster doses
As concerns grow about the highly contagious delta type of coronavirus, Germany has become the largest western country to announce it It will provide booster vaccines to a wide range of people considered at risk.
Israel, Russia, Hungary, and France already provide boosters to certain peoples. In Britain, health officials are preparing to give them as early as September. Italy and Spain said they would likely provide reinforcements to certain groups this fall.
But none of them indicated that they would go further than Germany had. It wants to give booster vaccines to seniors, nursing home residents and people with compromised immune systems — as well as anyone who’s already been fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson shots, which clinical trials have shown aren’t protective.
second opinion: European Union foreign policy chief The conglomerate criticized his negligence Vaccine donations to Africa and Latin America, creating a void that China will fill. Health experts say the top priorities should be distributing doses to poor countries and convincing people who are resistant to vaccines in rich countries to get the first vaccines.
American companies fight for foreign workers
Since the coronavirus pandemic first halted and then seriously hampered the flow of foreign workers to the United States, Competition for seasonal workers from abroad She was especially fierce.
Even with the increased visa cap, roadblocks such as travel restrictions, and delays in consulates in approving applicants, have left US companies in a difficult position.
Temporary guest workers have also been embroiled in broader and more bitter debates about immigration. Meanwhile, employers are struggling.
“Fifteen years ago, we were able to get local summer kids in high school or college,” said the owner of a Utah landscaping company. “These workers are not there anymore.”
Context: Temporary guest worker programs have long been attacked from many angles. Critics of immigration and labor groups say it is denying jobs to American workers and lowering wages.
Biles, who skipped the team’s final nearly a week ago, said it was dangerous to perform her complex and daring routine because she lost the ability to gauge where she was in the air in relation to the ground.
The 24-year-old gymnast is considering retirement, but has hinted that she may try to return to the 2024 Games in Paris to honor her French coaches.
details: The balance beam event, taking place in a few hours, will conclude the women’s gymnastics competition. Guan Chenxin and China’s Tang Xijing, who finished first and second in the qualifiers, are also vying for the gold medal. Here’s what to watch.
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996 work culture
Reporter Vivian Wang Books on Chinese Work Culture In the morning today. This is a condensed version.
To understand the work culture in China, start with a number: 996. It’s an acronym for the grueling schedule that has become the norm in many Chinese companies: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.
The term originated in the tech sector about five years ago, when companies were racing to compete with Silicon Valley. Now, tech giants like Alibaba, Huawei and ByteDance, which owns TikTok, are household names.
Tech workers are beginning to resist the pay-at-all-costs culture. This year, 996 was again in the news after two factors died At Pinduoduo, the e-commerce giant. Some General Zers turned to Mao Zedong’s writings on communism to protest capitalist exploitation. This year’s internet frenzy has called on young people to “get entangled” or “lay down” — essentially, to withdraw from the rat race.
Some companies have taken steps to improve work-life balance. Kuaishou, a short video app, in July ended a policy requiring its employees to work weekends twice a month. A division of another tech giant, Tencent, has started encouraging workers to go home at 6 p.m. — albeit only on Wednesdays.