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L.A.'s memorial for 1871 Chinese Massacre will mark a shift in how we honor history

Two reports — by the city of L.A. and Monument Lab — reveal blind spots in how California marks its history. A memorial to the Chinese Massacre sets a new agenda.


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Can Joe Judge and Brian Flores break cycle of failed Bill Belichick disciples?
Joe Judge and Dolphins coach Brian Flores are friends with a common past -- working for Bill Belichick.
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Armed Officials Raid Famous TikToker's House Over 'Dangerous' Monkey
Rico Exotic, who has 1.7 million followers, did not have a permit to house the monkey in Ohio. He says he was not told that he needed one when he contacted the authorities.
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Twitter says it will remove images of people posted without consent
Twitter has updated its privacy policy so that it can remove images of people that have been posted without their consent, the company said in a blog post Tuesday.
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Democrats' subsidy for union-made electric vehicles faces a bumpy road in the Senate
A battle is brewing in the Senate over another key climate provision in Democrats' roughly $2 trillion social spending bill: a tax credit for union-made electric vehicles.
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Democrats' subsidy for union-made electric vehicles faces a bumpy road in the Senate
A battle is brewing in the Senate over another key climate provision in Democrats' roughly $2 trillion social spending bill: a tax credit for union-made electric vehicles.
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The Federal Reserve Needs to Act on Powell’s Words
If central bankers don’t accelerate the taper at their policy meeting in two weeks, it’ll be too late.
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Trump rips Meghan Markle for being ‘very disrespectful’ to Queen Elizabeth
Trump had previously admitted that he was "not a fan" of Markle, once even saying that if she ran for president it would only make him more determined to enter the race to defeat her.
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COVID tests are supposed to be covered yet some people are receiving big bills
The costs for COVID tests are supposed to be covered if a person has health insurance. As part of the series "Medical Price Roulette," CBS News consumer investigative correspondent Anna Werner hears from some people who've been getting large and confusing bills.
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Investors Are Punishing the Polluters. Here’s Proof.
New data demonstrate how corporate valuations fall when greenhouse-gas emissions rise.
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The Fed's high-wire act just got even more perilous
Investors were spooked by the discovery of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Now, they're contending with another wrinkle in the outlook: The Federal Reserve could be prepared to roll back stimulus measures faster than planned because of persistent inflation.
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Tucson police officer fired, under investigation after fatally shooting a man in a mobility scooter
Newly released footage shows former Tucson police officer Ryan Remington confronting 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards with his gun drawn Monday evening before opening fire. Tucson Mayor Regina Romero called the shooting “unconscionable and indefensible.” Jericka Duncan reports.
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Omicron was in Europe long before travel bans on southern Africa
Covid-19 vaccines helped to prevent tens of thousands of deaths among seniors in the US between January and May of this year. Despite their widespread availability and efficacy, many people are refusing a shot.
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Watch Hypnotic Video of Huge Ghostly Giant Phantom Jelly in California's Monterey Bay
The giant phantom jelly was filmed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute at a depth of 3,200 feet.
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Supreme Court to hear arguments in landmark abortion case
The Justices will meet at 10 a.m. to consider Mississippi's bid to revive a 2018 state law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.
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U.S. prepares for expected imminent arrival of COVID-19 Omicron variant
United States health officials have classified the Omicron variant as "a variant of concern" despite it not yet appearing in the country. "CBS Mornings" lead national correspondent David Begnaud visited a lab in New York whose current mission is to help detect the variant.
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NYC schools chief Meisha Porter stepping down as chancellor next year
New York City schools Chancellor Meisha Porter said she will be taking the helm at a new Bronx nonprofit organization once mayor-elect Eric Adams assumes office.
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Here's why you have many different credit scores
There are many different scoring formulas, resulting in different credit scores. Also, the tax implications of giving away your money.
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Podcast: College degrees for incarcerated folks
A program run by the Cal State University system lets incarcerated people earn bachelor's degrees
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Democrats make last effort to keep immigration reforms in social spending bill
The immigration measures face an uphill battle in the Senate, which is expected to take up the legislation next month, and they could be stripped by the Senate parliamentarian well before that.
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After a yearlong COVID-19 shutdown, escape rooms are back in Los Angeles
Here's how Los Angeles escape room pioneers Natalie Lapidus and Ruslan Balashov resurrected their Maze Rooms business after a yearlong COVID-19 shutdown.
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When doves cry: Hawkish Powell opens door to tighter policy
“The economy is very strong and inflationary pressures are high,” Fed Chair Jerome Powell said at a Senate Banking Committee hearing Tuesday.
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Editorial: Why aren't dirty diesel trucks in California smog-checked? That could soon change
California regulators should move forward with their biggest pollution-cutting regulation in decades by requiring diesel trucks to undergo smog checks, just like cars.
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Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic headlines UFC Fight Night on March 26
Jan Blachowicz has his first fight booked since losing his light heavyweight title.       Related StoriesJan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic headlines UFC Fight Night on March 26 - EnclosureMichael Chandler: 'I can carry my weight' with Conor McGregor on the microphone for potential fightMichael Chandler: 'I can carry my weight' with Conor McGregor on the microphone for potential fight - Enclosure 
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Former DWP board member 'acted honorably,' attorney says
The attorney for Bill Funderburk, a former DWP board member linked to a bribery scheme, said his client "always acted honorably."
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Column: Ducks-Kings is still hockey at its most entertaining, if not yet its most skillful
The intensity of play and sprinkling of skill the Ducks and Kings showed Tuesday night represented progress for both teams, which they appreciate.
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Thinking Bigger: Reimagined Alliances for the U.S. and Japan | Opinion
Partnerships hold the key to meeting the challenges of our time.
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Amazon’s strategy to squeeze marketplace sellers and maximize its own profits is evolving
A worker packs and ships customer orders at an Amazon fulfillment center. | Scott Olson/Getty Images “Amazon is the only winner here.” Amazon has always presented its Marketplace, where outside businesses sell products through Amazon’s platform, as one of its biggest success stories: mutually beneficial to Amazon, sellers, and customers alike. But a new report says those benefits are increasingly lopsided — in Amazon’s favor. The report, which comes from the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), asserts that Amazon takes a larger and larger cut of sellers’ earnings through the various fees it levies on them. These fees have become so lucrative for Amazon that they now represent the company’s most profitable segment as well as its fastest-growing revenue stream, according to ILSR. And because sellers are paying Amazon high fees, customers may face inflated prices, even when they shop beyond Amazon’s borders. “Amazon is the only winner here,” Stacy Mitchell, ILSR co-director and author of the report, told Recode. “It’s exploiting its monopoly power over these small businesses to pocket a huge and growing cut of their revenue.” You might consider this to be a good business strategy on Amazon’s part, as it’s certainly paid off for the company. And some sellers on Amazon’s platform say they’re happy with the arrangement — at least, for now. But a growing number of others argue that Amazon’s dominance over the e-commerce market and its power over its sellers has given rise to anti-competitive practices that hurt Amazon’s competitors, competition in general, and consumers. “Amazon’s dominance is bad for businesses, jobs, and America’s competitiveness,” Rep. David Cicilline, chair of the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, told Recode. “This important study makes clear that Amazon is crushing sellers through abusive policies that make it nearly impossible for everyday businesses to get ahead.” These are some of the same issues identified by regulators and lawmakers who have accused Amazon of abusing its market dominance. They say it’s further evidence that action must be taken to curb Amazon’s power — and some of them are already working on legislation. “It is important to understand how tech platforms can exploit their power to hurt small businesses and raise prices for consumers,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, chair of the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, told Recode. “This report highlights how Amazon’s tactics can lead to that result and why Congress must act to set clear rules of the road for the digital giants that dominate our online economy.” Amazon disputes the report’s findings, calling it “intentionally misleading” for lumping its mandatory fees and optional services together as “seller fees.” Amazon maintains that all of its fees — mandatory and optional — are competitive with what similar services charge, and that many sellers are successful without taking advantage of those optional services. But Mitchell says many sellers feel compelled to pay those ostensibly optional fees if they want their businesses to stay afloat. Marketplace: The gift that keeps on giving (to Amazon) Marketplace is a huge part of Amazon’s business. In his 2020 letter to shareholders, Jeff Bezos said it accounted for nearly 60 percent of Amazon’s retail sales, which come from nearly 2 million sellers. So when you buy a product on Amazon, chances are it was sold by an independent business using Amazon’s platform. Amazon isn’t providing that platform for free. “The trade-off that any seller is dealing with is you get access to a huge audience, you get access to scale, the ability to scale your sales, but it comes at a cost to margin,” Andrew Lipsman, principal analyst at eMarketer, told Recode. The cost to sellers is increasing every year, according to ILSR’s analysis, making business unsustainable for some sellers while Amazon’s profits grow. The new ILSR report found that Amazon’s seller fees accounted for an average of 19 percent of sellers’ earnings in 2014. That’s almost doubled to 34 percent in 2021. And while seller fees accounted for 14 percent of Amazon’s entire revenue in 2014, that figure is up to 25 percent in 2021. Amazon will pull in $121 billion from seller fees alone, ILSR estimates. “Whether you shop on Amazon or not, you are paying higher prices because of its monopoly power” —Stacy Mitchell That revenue translates to a lot of profit — more than even Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s cloud computing platform typically believed to be the company’s most profitable arm. AWS netted $13.5 billion in 2020, according to Amazon’s financial data. ILSR estimates seller fees netted $24 billion. (Amazon says these figures are inaccurate but did not provide its own; the company’s public earnings statements also don’t combine seller fees in this way.) “Everyone thinks AWS generates all of Amazon’s profits,” Mitchell said. “But in fact, Marketplace is this massive tollbooth that gushes profits.” Seller fees primarily come from three things: sales, fulfillment, and ads. Every item sold is subject to a referral fee, which is Amazon’s commission. Over the years, that’s stayed pretty consistent at 15 percent (it may be lower or higher, depending on the product category). According to ILSR, those referral fees made up the majority of seller fees as recently as 2017. Since then, however, the majority of fees come from Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), Amazon’s service that stores, packs, and ships sellers’ items to customers. Ad revenue is steadily gaining ground as more sellers pay for more ads to get prominent placement on Amazon’s site, including on product pages and search results. Sellers who use FBA pay Amazon a fee based on the size and type of item they sell. Sellers also have to pay to ship items to and from Amazon’s fulfillment centers and to store them there. For some sellers, this might be a cheaper or easier option than doing it all themselves. Amazon says FBA’s pricing is competitive with similar fulfillment services if not cheaper, and sellers aren’t required to use it. But help with logistics isn’t the only appeal of FBA for many sellers. Enrolling in the FBA program is the only way that most sellers can qualify for Prime. (Some sellers may qualify for Seller Fulfilled Prime, but it’s not accepting new enrollees at this time.) Getting that Prime badge is huge for a seller. Amazon shoppers — especially those 200 million Prime members — are far more likely to buy products that qualify for Amazon Prime. But that’s not only because they want to take advantage of the free shipping. It’s also because customers may not even see non-Prime offerings in the first place, thanks to the mechanics of the so-called Buy Box. When multiple sellers offer the same item, Amazon’s algorithm picks one of them to be the default purchase on the product’s page. This is called “winning the Buy Box,” and when the customer clicks to add an item to their cart or to buy now, the seller who won the Buy Box is the one who gets the sale. Prime items are far more likely to win the Buy Box than non-Prime items, and customers rarely click on that small “other sellers” link or the small “new and used” box where all the other listings are housed. This gives sellers a major incentive to pay for FBA, even if it costs more than taking care of the shipping themselves. These FBA fees have been great for Amazon, which has dramatically expanded the logistics network that powers FBA as well as the number of sellers participating in the program. Five years ago, about half of Amazon’s top 10,000 sellers worldwide used FBA. By 2019, it was 85 percent. Amazon even offers a version of FBA for products ordered from other e-commerce services, including Shopify. Dave Clark, the CEO of Amazon’s consumer business, believes his company will be the largest delivery service in the United States by early 2022. FBA aside, there are other ways sellers are paying Amazon more and more in the hope of generating sales. Amazon has been making a big push into digital advertising recently, and seller ads are part of its strategy. Critics have accused Amazon of increasing the number of sponsored slots in search results to increase ad inventory, and of charging more for the ads in them. (Amazon says the number of ads varies, and pricing is determined by an auction.) “Amazon continues to use their monopoly power to crush competition” —Rep. Ken Buck Because of this, some sellers feel like they’re paying more and getting less. Amazon itself says these ads increase product visibility, which can translate into more sales. But that also means less visibility for the products in organic search results that earned their placement through strong sales and positive reviews. Sellers are already competing for this space with Amazon’s own products, and that competition might not be fair, as Amazon reportedly ranks its own products above others that had higher ratings. (Amazon has disputed these reports and says its ranking models don’t take into account whether the product is made by Amazon or offered by a third-party seller.) Either way, many sellers increasingly feel pressure to buy ads just to get the same search placement (and sales) they once got for free. In a statement to Recode, Amazon maintained that FBA and ads are not mandatory and that sellers may find them beneficial. “Sellers are not required to use our logistics or advertising services, and only use them if they provide incremental value to their businesses,” an Amazon spokesperson said. How seller’s problems affect your wallet If you’re not a seller that relies on Amazon to survive, you might not see how any of this affects you. If you’re an Amazon customer, you might even think that this system is ensuring that you can buy products at the best price. But you might be wrong. “Whether you shop on Amazon or not, you are paying higher prices because of its monopoly power,” Mitchell said. When sellers have to raise their prices to account for Amazon’s increased fees, they often pass those costs along to the customer. And, thanks to Amazon’s fair pricing policy, sellers have to offer the same price on other platforms that they do on Amazon — even if their costs to sell on those platforms are less. If they don’t, Amazon may suspend or demote their listings. Sellers don’t want to take that risk, which could be potentially devastating to their business. This policy could mean that, as sellers adjust their prices to account for Amazon’s fees, prices end up being higher elsewhere, too. It also makes it harder for other e-commerce platforms to compete with Amazon and challenge its market dominance, since they aren’t able to offer lower prices that would attract more customers. The lack of options means sellers are basically stuck with Amazon if they want to reach its exponentially larger and loyal consumer base. Sellers have helped Amazon grow to own 40 percent and 50 percent (depending which report you cite) of the e-commerce market in the United States, and in some product categories, its share is far higher. Its closest platform competitor, Walmart, has just 7 percent. Amazon is often the first place online shoppers look for products — even before search engines — especially if those shoppers are Prime members. A large, established company can pull itself out of Amazon, as Nike did in 2019, and still do fine. Most businesses don’t have that luxury. “Small businesses don’t have other options when it comes to the digital economy,” Rep. Ken Buck, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, told Recode. “Amazon continues to use their monopoly power to crush competition.” One solution is for lawmakers and regulators to step in. Some are trying: The European Commission announced last year that it is investigating whether Amazon gave preferential treatment to itself and sellers that used FBA when determining who gets the Buy Box. The fair pricing policy and its potential to inflate prices across the internet is the basis of the District of Columbia’s lawsuit against Amazon, as well as a class action lawsuit filed by Amazon customers last year. Several members of Congress — Buck, Cicilline, and Klobuchar among them — have introduced bills that would forbid some of Amazon’s practices they believe to be anti-competitive. These bills came out of a 16-month-long House antitrust subcommittee investigation into Big Tech companies, including Amazon. The committee accused Amazon of luring in customers and sellers with artificially low prices and Prime memberships that the company loses money on, only to raise rates as soon as Amazon’s market dominance was assured. The proposed legislation would forbid Amazon from giving its own products prominent placement, unless it earned that place organically, and from requiring sellers to pay for ads or services like FBA in order to get preferred placement. One bill would forbid Amazon from competing in a marketplace it also owns, and could force Amazon to split off into a first-party sales company and a company that operates a platform for third-party sellers. Amazon has responded to all of this by denying that such measures are necessary or that it’s doing anything wrong. The company has become one of the biggest lobbying spenders in the country, and it’s been emailing select sellers to warn them that pending antitrust legislation could make it difficult or impossible for them to sell their products on Amazon. After years of studying Amazon’s business practices, Mitchell, of ILSR, thinks the best solution is arguably the most drastic. “Policymakers could regulate Amazon’s fees — basically accept it as a regulated shopping monopoly, like a utility,” she said. “But I think a much better, more market-oriented approach is to break it up by splitting Amazon’s major divisions into stand-alone companies.”
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In ‘The City of Mist,’ a final word from Carlos Ruiz Zafón
A posthumously published story collection by the best-selling author of “The Shadow of the Wind” blends the familiar with a new perspective.
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7 beautiful books that transport you to the worlds of Bond, Tolkien, Spider-Man and beyond
Critic Michael Dirda picks illustrated books that won’t just sit on your coffee table.
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In D.C.’s Anacostia, the past abounds alongside advocacy for its future
WHERE WE LIVE | A neighborhood rich in history and nature pushes hard to add dining and shopping options.
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This tween has a sweet job: Working in the family chocolate shop
Brynn O’Neill has been helping create chocolate treats since age 7.
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Is Duncan's Toy Chest a Real Place? New York Filming Location for 'Home Alone 2' Revealed
Every Christmas "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" viewers watch Kevin McCallister have the time of his life in Duncan's Toy Chest.
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Police investigate motive after 3 students die in Michigan school shooting: What we know
A shooting at Oxford High School in the Detroit suburb has left three dead and eight injured. A 15-year-old suspect was taken into custody.       
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Elon Musk thinks this Toyota tech would make Tesla's yoke steering wheel 'ideal'
Elon Musk said Tesla's unusual yoke-style steering wheel would be better if it used steer-by-wire technology that limited how far it needs to be turned. Toyota is launching that exact system in a new electric car going on sale next year.
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Eye Opener: Police search for a motive in Michigan high school shooting
Three students are dead and eight other people are wounded after a shooting at a high school in Michigan. Also, Supreme Court justices will hear the biggest abortion case in years. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener.
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On This Day: 1 December 2009
In 2009, Clint Eastwood was honored by the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. (Dec. 1)      
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Supreme Court prepares to hear biggest abortion fight in decades
Nearly 50 years after Roe v. Wade, the future of abortion rights will face its most consequential test Wednesday.
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Indianapolis police officers stabbed in ‘100 percent unprovoked’ attack, investigators say
A pair of Indianapolis police officers have been stabbed Wednesday morning during an attack that investigators say was “100 percent unprovoked.”
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Dolph Lundgren talks new action movie 'Castle Falls' and working with his daughter Ida
After a decade of filming adrenaline-pumping scenes in successful Hollywood franchises, Dolph Lundgren got a chance to return to the director's chair in his upcoming film “Castle Falls,” which also sees the actor in scenes with one of his daughters.
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FDA advisers endorse Merck's COVID antiviral drug in narrow vote
The vote paves the way for the agency to authorize molnupiravir for emergency use in American adults.
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Dr. Oz launches GOP Senate run in Pennsylvania
Oz made the announcement in a Washington Examiner op-ed, which sharply criticized how the government has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic but did not mention the word "Pennsylvania" once.
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Booster shots today could fight omicron tomorrow
A pedestrian walks past a sign for a vaccine site in Staten Island, New York, on November 29. The CDC is encouraging people either to get a Covid-19 booster shot or an initial vaccine, as the newly-discovered omicron variant is emerging in countries around the world. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images The CDC is encouraging Covid-19 booster shots now while we wait on more omicron variant data. Here’s why. With the omicron coronavirus variant emerging, Covid-19 booster shots may feel more urgent than ever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now advises that all Americans over 18 should get an additional dose of one of the approved Covid-19 vaccines, a stronger recommendation than its guidance in recent weeks. And the agency linked its update to the new variant. Many experts also support boosting the entire population; others remain skeptical about whether the US should prioritize additional shots for all healthy adults, given that protection against serious illness and death from two shots appears to be holding up. By and large, experts in both camps say omicron has not changed how they are thinking about booster shots — at least not yet. First, while it’s too early to tell how vaccines will hold up against omicron, many experts doubt that a new formula to fight off the variant will be needed. Existing vaccines, plus the overall boost in antibodies from a booster shot for many people, could ultimately be enough. “I don’t think we are going to need variant-specific boosters,” Monica Gandhi, professor of medicine at UC-San Francisco, told me. She pointed out the measles vaccine, which was developed in 1963, has never been updated. Second, while we don’t know when or if omicron will become the dominant strain in the US, booster shots offer one benefit right now: They protect you against the version of the virus that is already dominant in the US right now, the delta variant. Cases have risen, immunity from shots in the spring may be waning, and the cold weather and the holidays are driving people inside. The broader outlook, not fears of an omicron wave, is the most pressing reason to get a third shot, experts say. Will we need an omicron-specific booster? The omicron variant appears to have significant mutations compared to previous versions of the virus, which may make it more likely to overcome immunity from vaccines or prior infections. But it will take weeks for the data to come in on whether this is actually happening, and even more time to know what it would mean for people who are already vaccinated. Several of the experts I spoke to suspected an omicron booster would not ultimately be necessary. “I think the more likely bet, like the other three variants, is this variant also will be protected against serious illness,” Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told me. The vaccines have already held up relatively well against the delta variant; there was some decline in vaccine effectiveness in protecting against any illness as delta became dominant over the summer, according to CDC studies. But the protection against severe illness — meaning hospitalization or death — remained strong for most people with the two-dose regimen. That is seen as evidence that the existing vaccines may perform strongly against omicron, too, even with its numerous mutations. “The vaccines protected against the very recent surge caused by the delta variant, even though delta differs genetically from the vaccine strain,” Matthew Laurens, a professor with the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland, told me. The higher antibody response to the virus you have after a booster shot might also provide broad protection against different variants, including omicron. “The recent results of booster studies for mRNA vaccines support that a third dose increases the antibody response to vaccination,” Laurens said, “and a higher antibody response likely will include more antibodies that are able to cross-protect against variant virus.” The bottom line: While there’s still a lot we don’t know, current booster shots could be enough to do the trick against omicron, which is why the CDC is pressing ahead with urging all US adults get an additional dose. “The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement accompanying the new guidelines. The booster debate doesn’t necessarily change with omicron There is still some disagreement among experts about whether booster shots are appropriate for everybody. The omicron variant may not change that debate. The vast majority of experts agree that booster shots make sense for older and immunocompromised people, who do not receive the same protection from the two-dose regimen as the rest of the population. There has been less consensus about boosters for younger and healthy adults, though the CDC now recommends an additional dose for everyone over 18. The skeptics point to the evidence that the vaccines remain strongly protective against severe symptoms for younger, healthier people, even if their effectiveness in preventing any illness has slipped. They worry about the risk of side effects, such as heart inflammation, for healthy people who may not benefit much from another dose. “I don’t think we have enough data to say this vaccine isn’t doing what it’s supposed to be doing, which is protect against severe illness,” Offit told me. “This vaccine continues to do that. We sort of damn it by calling these mild illnesses breakthrough infections.” They are also concerned that the booster drive could distract from the campaign to get shots to unvaccinated people, both in the US and the rest of the world. About 30 percent of the US population remains unvaccinated; 44 percent of the global population — 3.4 billion people — have not received a single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. There are biological reasons that immunity against any symptoms would fade but protection against serious illness would hold up. The human immune system has multiple layers of defense against outside invaders. Antibodies can stamp out a virus before it ever develops into an infection — but they are also more likely to dwindle over time. Memory cells, on the other hand, can last for years and, though they activate more slowly, they can prevent symptoms from becoming too severe after an infection has already begun. In other words, while your immune system might not be as good at preventing you from getting sick at all, it still has the necessary tools to prevent a mild illness from developing to the point you have to go to the hospital. “Most scientists believe we should still have protection against severe disease with vaccinations with the omicron variant,” Gandhi said. “If you want a burst of new antibodies against the virus to protect you from mild breakthroughs, the original vaccine’s booster should work to do that.” Some of these skeptics have also argued the US needs to be more specific about what the booster campaign is supposed to achieve. Is it supposed to stop all illness? Or is it just supposed to help prevent the worst outcomes and make Covid-19 something we can live with? But some people really don’t want to get sick at all. “I got my shingles vaccine not because I thought I would die from shingles. I got it because I did not want to get shingles,” said Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. “That’s true of most adult vaccines.” While the two-dose regimen has held up pretty well against the currently dominant delta variant, that has been evidence of some waning protection against severe illness. As Harvard Medical School’s Michael Klompas wrote in JAMA earlier this month, a number of ongoing investigations “suggest that there may be a parallel decrease in vaccine effectiveness against hospitalizations with the passage of more time.” That would strengthen the case for boosters, and boosting can have other benefits as well. The vaccines appear to lead to less transmission and also reduce the chances of long Covid if the person does become infected with the virus. Many experts are persuaded that the benefits of boosting most everybody outweigh the risks — a stance the CDC has now endorsed too. “The evidence for boosters is pretty compelling, and is in response to concerns about waning immunity against the current strains of the virus we are already living with,” Jen Kates, director of global health and HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told me. “Delta is still the dominant variant in the US and that should be the primary concern for anyone.”
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Oxford School Shooting: What We Know
The authorities identified those killed as Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; and Tate Myre, 16. A teacher was among the injured.
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Hundreds of Doctors, Medics Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Roe v. Wade
The call comes as the High Court prepares to hear a case on a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.
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Democrats will have no shortage of material for their 2022 campaigns
Fatalism about the midterms is unwarranted.
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Democrats will have no shortage of material for their 2022 campaigns
Fatalism about the midterms is unwarranted.
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Reunite at Virgil Abloh Tribute
Kim Kardashian, who filed for divorce from Kanye West in February, was pictured with the rapper as they honored their late friend in Miami.
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How Tall Is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and How Much Does the Star Weigh?
The beloved Christmas tree has been a holiday fixture in the Big Apple for over 80 years since the 1930s.
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