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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 349

The Economist: A special edition on our coronavirus coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 ottobre 2021

Jair Bolsonaro has been accused of crimes against humanity in Brazil. A thousand-page Senate inquiry into the country’s disastrous handling of covid-19, leaked this week, is far more damning than expected. Its authors say that his “macabre” approach to the pandemic, including organising large gatherings of his supporters and disparaging scientists, constitutes a “crime against public health”.Almost every day over the past two weeks countries across Asia have revealed plans to loosen pandemic-induced restrictions on inbound visitors. Restarting tourism will be harder than shutting it down and it seems the countries that are most dependent on holidaymakers’ money are taking the most cautious approach to reopening.Our data journalists have been studying the impact of vaccine mandates. Their effect is modest, they conclude, but potentially crucial. That is why allowing loopholes and exceptions sharply reduces mandates’ effectiveness.They also consider whether a winter wave of coronavirus infections could be looming in the northern hemisphere. Masks, which the majority of people in western countries tell pollsters they wear in public, and booster vaccinations should help keep covid at bay in the rich world.In the Business section, our Free Exchange columnist looks at how soaring energy costs could hobble the recovery from the pandemic. Past energy shocks have been associated not only with inflation, but deep recessions, too, as exemplified by the economic travails of the 1970s. What does the latest crunch hold in store?Health-care systems everywhere scrambled to respond to covid—it would be a waste if the new infrastructure isn’t kept running, says Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford. In a “By Invitation” article he argues that the newly-built health infrastructure could be the basis of a preventative, global adult-vaccination programme. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The economist

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