The New Paper
September 3, 2020
1. Germany confirmed that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok (a Soviet-era nerve agent) and called for Russia to address the incident. Navalny fell ill during a flight from Moscow to Siberia in August (nwppr.co/s1247).
2. The WHO recommended the use of corticosteroid therapy to treat critically ill coronavirus patients after results from 7 studies (published in the Journal of the American Medical Association) showed that the treatment can reduce mortality rates (nwppr.co/s2247).
3. United Airlines announced plans to furlough over 16k employees in October, following similar announcements from other major airlines last week. The announcement comes amid continued economic fallout in the air travel sector driven by the coronavirus (nwppr.co/s3247).
4. The CDC issued “initial planning” guidelines to public health officials in anticipation of a potential coronavirus vaccine. While a vaccine has not yet been approved, the guidelines asked officials to prepare for limited distribution of a potential vaccine as early as November (nwppr.co/s4247).
5. Facebook announced a series of new election-related policies in the US, including a ban on new political ads in the week leading up to the November elections (nwppr.co/s5247).
6. Amazon announced plans to open the first “online-only” Whole Foods store in Brooklyn. The location will be dedicated to fulfilling online grocery delivery orders, which the company noted is one of the “fastest-growing businesses at Amazon” (nwppr.co/s6247).
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