Israel reported on Monday a decrease in the effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in preventing infections and symptomatic illness but said it remained highly effective in preventing serious illness. The decline coincided with the spread of the delta variant and the end of social distancing restrictions in Israel. The vaccine was 93 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations and serious illness from the coronavirus.
The partially collapsed Miami-area condo where 24 people are confirmed dead was demolished on Sunday night, ahead of the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa. Search-and-rescue efforts for 121 people missing have been suspended. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told reporters earlier on Sunday that rescue efforts would resume after the demolition, noting it was 11 days since the collapse.
A plane with 28 people on board has gone missing in Russia’s Far East region, the country’s emergencies ministry has said. The Antonov An-26 plane, with 22 passengers and six crew, was flying from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana when it missed a scheduled communication, local emergency officials said. According to the local transport ministry, it also disappeared from the radars.
More than 60 people died in a hospital in Indonesia this weekend after oxygen supplies nearly ran out, as the country battles a severe wave of Covid-19 that authorities say is driven by the more infectious Delta variant. The world’s fourth most populous nation is facing one of Asia’s worst outbreaks, with a record high of 27,913 new cases reported on Saturday.
Didi shares tumbled in pre-market trading on Wall Street, leading a decline in Chinese companies listed in New York following a clampdown by Beijing’s internet watchdog that rattled investors. Didi, which uses so-called American depository receipts to trade in the US, dropped 25 per cent in early dealings, after the Cyberspace Administration of China announced an investigation into the ride-hailing company on Friday.