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“We’re just doing the best we can with it,” Boone said. “Fortunately, he’s another one that feels good. So we’ll just continue to try and be vigilant and handle it as best we can.”
The unidentified staff member, who has been fully vaccinated according to the team, will be isolating in Baltimore as the team plays the Baltimore Orioles. Another staffer was also identified as a close contact of the latest infected person.
In all, shortstop Gleyber Torres, pitching coach Matt Blake, third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits and five members of the team’s traveling staff have tested positive for Covid-19 this week.
It wasn’t immediately clear which vaccine the latest infected staffer had taken, but the eight others had been fully vaccinated using the Johnson & Johnson shot, making these cases what the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention refers to as “breakthrough” infections.
Occasional breakthrough cases are not unexpected because no vaccine is perfect. The J&J one-shot vaccine was found in US clinical trials to be 72% effective against moderate Covid-19 and 85% effective against severe Covid-19.
Boone said the latest staffer “feels good,” and seven of the other team members infected were asymptomatic. Nevin was the only one who showed symptoms, and he is now feeling better, vice president of communications Jason Zillo said previously.
Their mild or nonexistent symptoms showed the benefits of the vaccine, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
“This is the vaccine working,” she said. “This means that you didn’t get infected, or you didn’t get a severe infection, you didn’t require hospitalization, you didn’t require death, and most likely those people were not transmitting to other people. So that is what we were working on the vaccine doing, we were hoping it would do.”
She also said that the Yankees’ infections were detected during routine MLB testing that doesn’t happen in the general public. She said the CDC is working with the Yankees to better understand the outbreak.
“We’re working with, and we’re engaging to try and understand the details of that investigation. I don’t believe that is complete as of yet,” she said.
CNN’s Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.
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In the nation’s capital, about 81% of filling stations still don’t have gasoline, according to GasBuddy, a platform that tracks fuel demand, prices and outages. The platform also indicated that 58% of North Carolina gas stations are out of gas and 48% of South Carolina stations have run dry.
The fuel pipeline, which is the largest in the US, is back in action after a cyberattack involving ransomware forced it to shut down May 7. The Colonial Pipeline spans more than 5,500 miles and transports about 45% of all the fuel consumed on the East Coast. It transports 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and home heating oil.
On Thursday, operators of the pipeline said they had made “substantial progress” in restarting the system, adding that fuel has begun flowing to most of the markets it serves.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the successful restart of the 5,500-mile pipeline “should mean things will return to normal by the end of the weekend,” but clearly, gas stations are still struggling with supply.
The pipeline flows at just 5 miles per hour, meaning it could take days or even weeks for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to flow through to most places and replenish nearly empty storage facilities, analysts at energy company S&P Global Platts said.
— CNN’s Matt Egan contributed to this report.
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It’s the first time in the club’s history that a goalkeeper has scored a competitive goal, according to data site Opta, and the header sparked wild celebrations from Liverpool’s players.
Alisson came up into the West Brom box in the fifth minute of added time and guided a header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner past his opposite number Sam Johnstone, who remained stationary on the goal line.
After the game, a visibly emotional Alisson paid tribute to his father, who passed away earlier this year.
“Football is my life, I’ve played since I remember as a human being with my father,” the Brazilian told Sky Sports.
“I (wish) he was here to see it, but I’m sure that he’s seeing with God on his side and celebrating. It’s for my family, for the boys … I can’t be more happy than I am now.”
Speaking of the goal itelf, Alisson, who said he sometimes practices headers in training, added: “I saw (the cross) coming. I just tried to run in a good place, to be in a good position, to try to help my players to bring a defender (out), but nobody I think follows me. I was lucky and blessed to score.
“Those kind of things you can’t explain. You can’t explain a lot of things in life. For me the only reason for those kind of things is God and he put his hand on my head today.”
West Brom, which will be relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season, took the lead in Sunday’s game through Hal Robson-Kanu’s strike, but Liverpool equalized later in the first half when Mohamed Salah curled in a shot from the edge of the area — his 22nd in the league this season.
But Alisson’s winner ultimately gave Liverpool the victory and the three points, moving the Reds one point behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Alisson is the sixth goalkeeper to score in the Premier League, joining Peter Schmeichel, Brad Friedel, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard and Asmir Begović.
Schmeichel and Friedel both also scored from corners, while Robinson, Howard and Begović all netted with long-range efforts.
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In the United States, we need to be more proactive in reaching the millions of people that we still haven’t reached with vaccine. Globally, we need to scale up vaccine manufacturing rapidly and vaccinate the 50 million health workers and 1 billion people over age 60.
Vaccine inequity is a serious problem, both ethically and epidemiologically. Not only does it result in preventable death and economic and social disruption, but it also increases the risk that dangerous variants will emerge. Wealthy countries have excess vaccines while lower and middle-income countries go without.
The reality is that global vaccine supply will lag behind need for at least another year. Opening access to intellectual property is a step, but we need much more: transfer of vaccine technology; using all means to address supply chain problems; and establishing hubs for production. We can also be more strategic in use of the vaccine that is available.
Right now, it’s crucial that we direct vaccines to where they’re needed most. Globally, that means prioritizing — and tracking data on — vaccination access and coverage among health care workers as well as people age 60 and older. There are an estimated 50 million health care workers worldwide, including approximately 1.7 million in Africa. Health worker deaths from Covid-19 are preventable, yet more than 17,000 have died.
Vaccinating every health care worker in the world would require less than one week of global vaccine production. Vaccinating health workers not only protects them, it also protects the continued ability of health systems to provide life-saving care. This is particularly crucial in Africa, which faces millions of additional deaths from measles, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases, unless health care services are maintained. We must support countries so they can focus on doing this.
It’s estimated that more than 80% of Covid-19 deaths worldwide are among people age 60 and older. There are about 1 billion people age 60+, and about 300 million of these billion people live in countries with insufficient vaccine and significant risk of Covid-19 — including 74 million in Africa. We should also support countries to get this group vaccinated ASAP.
Globally, wherever coronavirus is spreading, we must continue to mask and distance. These are the only measures that will make a difference in the short-term while we ramp up vaccination programs, and are essential for the medium term. Vaccination, even if readily available, won’t crush the curve for months in places where there is explosive spread now.
In the United States, we’ve made great progress on vaccination. By summer, we’ll see cases, hospitalizations and deaths come way down. But we still have to do more to reach the unvaccinated. The “build it and they will come” phase of vaccination is over. About 6 in 10 US adults have already been at least partially vaccinated, and more people are choosing to get vaccinated every day. But there’s a misperception that most unvaccinated people aren’t willing to get vaccinated.
Many saw a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey as a negative sign. I saw it differently — only a small portion of people are strongly opposed to vaccination, and more people have not yet been vaccinated because of lack of access, rather than reluctance.
Convenient access to vaccines is still the biggest challenge for the US vaccination program. According to a new KFF survey released last week, unvaccinated Hispanic adults are twice as likely as White adults to want a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as they can get it. And in a Morning Consult survey, 77% of White adults who want a shot have gotten one, but that number is only 60% for Black adults and 55% for Hispanic adults.
We must be proactive. We should be calling and sending reminders to patients to get their first — and second — doses. Vaccination must be widely available in doctors’ offices, churches, schools, corner stores, supermarkets, bars, pop-ups at community events, and more places — which means reaching people where they are. One great idea: The New York Yankees, New York Mets and other teams are now offering vaccination at ballgames, along with free tickets.
Reluctance is also an issue, but convenience tends to overcome reluctance. More and more people understand that vaccination is a way toward more freedom, rather than away from it. Holdouts will become fewer as vaccination becomes the norm.
Vaccination will save lives and prevent explosive spread where vaccine is available. But in most places around the world, the way to save lives right now is to mask, distance and improve ventilation. Here’s what we need to do in the months ahead.
In the short term, we need to quickly expand supplies of materials and services throughout the global supply chain, save the most lives by using existing vaccine supply to prioritize vaccination of health workers and older people, and continue to mask and distance to flatten the curve now where spread is uncontrolled.
In the medium term, we need to transfer vaccine technology to regional manufacturing hubs so that effective vaccines, particularly mRNA vaccines, can be rapidly scaled up, especially for low- and middle-income countries. Transferring mRNA technology and ramping up production globally are essential, and the most important step we can take to help end the pandemic. Not sharing this technology puts all of us at continued risk.
In the long term, we need to position mRNA as a platform to address coronavirus variants and other emerging threats, balance appropriate respect for intellectual property with the public good of pandemic prevention and the public funding that went in to producing these vaccines, and increase the number of vaccine producers. And we need to strengthen readiness more generally.
The pandemic is far from over. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but we can’t be blinded by it. If we work together effectively across borders, we can end this emergency and become more resilient against future health threats. We truly are all connected. We need to act that way. An outbreak anywhere is a threat everywhere.
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AT&T’s WarnerMedia division, which includes CNN, would be paired with Discovery under a proposal that is being discussed behind closed doors this weekend, a source familiar with the matter said, confirming news first reported Sunday morning by Bloomberg.
If there are no last-minute snags, the deal could be announced as soon as Monday.
The mechanics and financial terms of the deal could not immediately be gleaned. Bloomberg said “the companies are still negotiating the structure of a transaction.”
As is the norm during such negotiations, neither company had a comment about the reports on Sunday.
Prominent Wall Street analysts have been predicting, and in some cases encouraging, AT&T to spin or sell off WarnerMedia and focus on its wireless businesses. That would be an abrupt change for a company that only completed its acquisition of WarnerMedia three years ago.
WarnerMedia, known then as Time Warner, contained valuable assets like CNN, HBO, TNT, TBS, and the Warner Bros studio. Under AT&T, WarnerMedia has focused on the growth of its streaming service HBO Max, combining existing programming from HBO with new content from other parts of the media empire.
Discovery has also prioritized its own streaming platform, called discovery+, with nonfiction fare from Animal Planet, TLC, and the other channels it owns.
If the two media companies join forces, they may be better equipped to compete with the likes of Netflix ( and )Disney (. )
Discovery CEO David Zaslav alluded to this very possibility in an interview with CNBC last December.
“Within the next two years, it’s going to be put up or shut up for all of us,” he said. “Can you show you’re scaling? Are you going to be a player in the U.S.? Are you going to be a player around the world?”
He predicted consolidation: “I think ultimately a lot of those companies are going to realize, ‘I don’t have enough.’ And then they’re going to say, ‘Who can we merge with or who can we do a deal with? And if we put together our IP, maybe we can compete with Disney.'”
In the interview, Zaslav also complimented AT&T CEO John Stankey and WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, saying “they’re super smart guys” and “they’ve got a lot of great assets there.”
For the time being, the Warner-Discovery talks have resulted in more questions than answers: Could other bidders come into play? Who would run the combined content powerhouse? Would CNN remain in the mix with the entertainment brands, or could it be sold?
The people who know aren’t ready to say quite yet.
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The Wyoming Republican in a round of television interviews that aired Sunday morning — just days after House Republicans voted to remove her as the GOP conference chair — took aim at both House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Elise Stefanik, the New York Republican and Trump loyalist who was chosen to replace Cheney in her No. 3 House leadership post.
“I think it’s very dangerous. I think that we have to recognize how quickly things can unravel. We have to recognize what it means for the nation to have a former President who has not conceded, and who continues to suggest that our electoral system cannot function, cannot do the will of the people,” Cheney told ABC News when asked what it means that Stefanik, who had the backing of Trump, was picked to replace her.
Pressed on whether she meant Stefanik’s ascension in leadership could mean that the events of January 6 could happen again, Cheney said: “I think there’s no question. We’ve now seen the consequences. We’ve seen how far President Trump was willing to go. We’ve seen not only his provocation of the attack, but his refusal to send help when it was needed.”
Cheney, apparently emboldened by the House conference’s decision to punish her for repeatedly calling out Trump’s election lies and role in inciting the deadly Capitol insurrection, signaled Sunday that she would continue to push her colleagues to take a clear stance on the direction of the party as a divide deepens in the GOP. But top Republicans, seeking to win congressional majorities in next year’s midterm elections, haven’t tempered their defense of the former President’s influence over party politics.
“I am firmly committed to being part of leading this party back to a place where we believe and advocate on behalf of policies and substance,” Cheney said in an interview on Sunday with Fox News, in which she also accused McCarthy and Stefanik of being complicit in the former President’s election lies.
But in a separate interview with the network, Stefanik tore into her predecessor, saying Cheney “is looking backwards, and Republicans are looking forward.” Trump, the New York congressman said, is “an important voice in the Republican Party.”
“He’s critical to the party. He’s the leader of the Republican Party,” she said. “Voters determine the leader of the Republican Party and they continue to look to President Trump for his vision and he’s going to be important part of us winning the back the House in 2022.”
The split in the party played out in dueling interviews Sunday, with Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, defending the caucus’ decision to oust Cheney from her post and arguing it’s time to move on from the drama surrounding it.
“We can keep having that fight if we’d like, but what is the point and what is the outcome when in reality we need to be talking about the things that American people actually care about,” Crenshaw told NBC News.
But his colleague, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, told the same network in an interview on Sunday that the GOP cannot move beyond the 2020 election and the Capitol insurrection as long as Trump continues to advance false claims of election fraud and Republican leadership continues to empower him.
“You can’t say (Trump) is the leader and then say ‘we have to move on.’ I would love to move on,” Kinzinger said, defending Cheney by saying she “simply answered questions that the election wasn’t stolen.”
Meanwhile, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a moderate Republican, told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” Sunday that his party made a mistake by punishing Cheney last week.
“I’ve said that this is a four-year battle for the soul of the Republican Party. We’ve got another election coming up next year in 2022. You know, I think it was a mistake. Liz Cheney is a solid conservative Republican … and to ostracize somebody, remove them from their leadership position, is crazy,” he said.
CNN’s Aaron Pellish, Nicky Robertson and Daniella Diaz contributed to this report.
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The federal government this week gave the green light to Vineyard Wind, the nation’s first commercial scale offshore wind farm. Although onshore wind is a growing part of the nation’s power grid, offshore wind is just getting off the ground.
Located 15 miles off the southern coast of Martha’s Vineyard, the massive project aims to power more than 400,000 Massachusetts homes and businesses, slash carbon emissions and create thousands of jobs.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. America’s power system needs a serious makeover in order to meet President Biden’s emissions goals. Dirty coal must be replaced by much more solar and wind — including a series of offshore wind farms that begin with Vineyard Wind.
And if the 84-turbine project flops, it will give ammunition to critics who argue offshore wind is too expensive, too unreliable and too complicated.
“We do feel a responsibility to get it right,” said Bill White, vice president of offshore wind at Avangrid Renewables, which co-owns the Vineyard Wind venture along with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. “We are prepared. We are ready. The project has been intensely vetted.”
Now that the project has secured its final, major federal approval from the Bureau of Ocean Management, Vineyard Wind plans to begin construction this year and start providing power to Massachusetts in 2023.
But this is no small task. Offshore wind farms must contend with rough seas, bad weather and the inherent challenges of installing gigantic wind turbines at sea — and then connecting them to land miles away.
“This first project is terribly important in getting this sector kicked off on the right foot,” said Dan Shreve, head of global wind energy at consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.
One key challenge is connecting export cables from the wind farm to power stations — in a way that doesn’t interfere with coastal communities.
“We are seeing tremendous pushback within some communities over siting,” Shreve said.
For instance, the Block Island Wind Farm, which lies 140 miles southwest of the Martha’s Vineyard site, is a much smaller project that launched in late 2016 and has run into problems after an undersea cable became uncovered. Reburying the cable at sea has proven complicated and set off a controversy over the cost to consumers.
Vineyard Wind, which received 33,000 public comments and went through hundreds of hours of public hearings, also faced opposition from commercial fishermen worried about the impact to their industry. To ease those concerns, the developers reached agreements with Massachusetts and Rhode Island to compensate fishermen for potential losses of revenue.
Avangrid, which has previously built offshore wind farms in Europe, applauded Biden’s team for approving a project that languished for years.
“I don’t think it’s a secret that the Trump administration was focused on advancing fossil fuels and not renewable energy projects. Whether it was intentional or not, there was a stagnation of the process,” said White. “The Biden administration has convened an all-of-government approach to offshore wind, which we’ve never seen before.”
$2.5 trillion in renewable energy spending
Offshore wind is a central part of Biden’s clean energy agenda. The president recently laid out an ambitious goal of cutting US greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, compared to 2005 levels.
His climate targets represent a “challenging task and require major changes in the country’s energy system that would shake the current fuel mix,” research firm Rystad Energy wrote in a report on Friday.
Rystad Energy laid out a model that it considers the most achievable roadmap to reaching Biden’s goals. It calls for spending a staggering $2.5 trillion on renewable energy projects in this decade alone and sharp cuts to America’s fossil fuels appetite. Rystad Energy said that by 2030 US coal consumption will need be slashed by about two-thirds from 2021 levels and natural gas consumption will need to drop by 27%.
At the same time, solar and wind power will need to grow dramatically to pick up the slack and eventually generate the majority of US power. Rystad Energy said a total of 700 gigawatts of wind capacity alone must be added by 2030.
To put that into perspective, while Vineyard Wind is a large project, the 800 megawatts of power it will generate is a drop in the bucket of what’s needed.
“The approval of this project is an important step toward advancing the Administration’s goals to create good-paying union jobs while combating climate change and powering our nation,” Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said in a statement.
Offshore wind is especially important to efforts to decarbonize Northeast coastal states. Shreve, the Wood Mackenzie executive, noted that those states often have dense populations and yet lack the space or climate needed for large-scale solar and onshore wind power generation.
“But they do have exceptional offshore wind resources,” he said.
Until recently, offshore wind projects were considered too expensive to compete with fossil fuels. Technological gains have changed that thinking.
“The costs have come down precipitously,” said Shreve. “It’s now viable where you can make the case as a politician that it’s a realistic option to decarbonize our state.”
Part of the key to that is the evolution of the turbines themselves, which are much more powerful than a decade ago.
Vineyard Wind will be powered by the Haliade-X, the world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine. The 13-megawatt turbine, manufactured by General Electric, ( stands 853 feet tall, nearly as high as the Eiffel Tower, and its blades are 350 feet long. )
“Just one rotation of the turbine will power an entire Massachusetts house for a day. It’s staggering,” said White, the Avangrid executive. “There has been an extraordinary acceleration of the technology.”
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For Equinox, that’s a problem. The upscale fitness chain made its name on eucalyptus towels, lavish facilities and expensive equipment. But its future is starting to rely on phone screens as people’s habits have changed.
Expensive memberships to its roughly 100 gyms across the United States served as Equinox’s primary revenue driver for its three-decade existence. Digital, meanwhile, wasn’t top of mind. That changed last year when the company started selling stationary bikes that streamed SoulCycle classes and launched a $39.99 per month app, called Equinox+, that is loaded with spin classes, meditation, strength training, boxing and even Tom Brady-backed recovery workouts.
The New York-based company is also trying differentiate itself with its “tribrid” model, which includes working out at home through its app, visiting its gyms and exercising outdoors. Equinox is experimenting with outdoor gyms it calls “In the Wild” and has opened 20 “SoulCycle Outside” studios.
Simon Belsham, president of Equinox Media, said its physical footprint and its app is giving the brand an advantage over its buzzier rivals.
“The access that digital gives you to fitness allows you start on the journey, but the physical experience gives you that community, motivation and access to instructors and equipment that really drives that habit,” he told CNN Business. “We really believe that physical and digital are complimentary.”
Gyms are reopening as Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed. Belsham said that the privately held company is “very excited about the speed of which the rebound is happening and that people are willing to come back.” About half of classes that are completed in the app are done in its gyms, he said, reflecting perhaps another permanent change in people’s habits.
The company declined to disclose how many total members the app has.
Equinox has entered a competitive but massively growing space. Online and connected fitness is projected to become a $60 billion industry within the next six years, according to Allied Market Research. That growth is primarily driven by people’s habits being permanently changed by the pandemic.
Peloton ( has been the biggest beneficiary of that trend. The company has about 2 million subscribers as of this May, with membership growing 135% compared to a year prior. Its polish has faded recently because of a ) treadmill recall and delivery issues.
Equinox’s app launch had a few hiccups. Its original name, “Variis” was quietly scrapped earlier this year in favor of Equinox+. It’s also about $30 per month more expensive compared to Peloton, Apple Fitness+ and other rivals that offers similar fitness classes.
That doesn’t concern Belsham because of the company’s prestige positioning. “We believe what we’re offering is something pretty unique,” he said, pointing to the app’s ability to track a users’ health metrics and curate classes with high production value.
“The quality of the content matters a lot,” he said. “We think we’ve created the ‘HBO of fitness’ because on HBO there’s no bad programs.”
(HBO and CNN are both owned by WarnerMedia.)