Twitter has again come down hard on users spreading misinformation
The social media giant has suspended US Republican Majorie Taylor Greene for 12 months after she ‘continuously spread false tweets’.
The Republican for Georgia violated the social media’s platform regarding COVID vaccines, and in one tweet, she stated that COVID-19 wasn’t dangerous for people unless they had are obese or over 65.
Twitter says the comments by Ms. Greene are misinformation, and the tech firm was forced to take action.
The US is using vaccines made by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson under Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorisation.
US, & UK set to open travel corridor – but what’s the catch?
A travel corridor between two of the biggest nations in the world is expected to officially kick off next month
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to open up travel again by allowing double-jabbed travellers from the US and Europe into the UK without having to quarantine.
Ministers will sign off plans at a Covid-19 meeting today, paving the way for hundreds of thousands of ex-pats to come home without having to isolate for ten days.
The move will allow millions of British citizens living abroad to be reunited with loved ones and may also open up the country to foreign tourists from next month.
The rule change will apply to Brits or people with British residency, but ministers will today discuss whether to open it up to tourists too.
Decisions regarding public health are left to the four individual nations of Britain – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and each has the right to set different entry restrictions during the pandemic.
Travel sector set for a major boost
Any loosening of restrictions by England – the largest of the four nations -would be a huge boost for the travel industry after 16 months of restrictions
Jabs administered in the EU and USA will be recognised
Currently, only those who have been jabbed by the NHS in the UK are eligible for a “Covid pass” which allows them the 10 day self-isolation period, when coming from an amber-list country.
It’s understood that ex-pats will have to contact their GP to get their jab’s batch number processed and recognised before it is officially added to their NHS file.
UK travel sector still in strife despite restrictions easing
International travel from the UK is yet to restart in a “meaningful” way despite the easing of some restrictions
Trade group Airlines UK says that bookings had failed to recover due to the “frustrating” traffic light system and costly testing requirements.
The comments came as London’s Heathrow Airport warned it expects to see a further fall in passenger numbers in 2021.
Heathrow Airport has welcomed just four million passengers in the first six months of the year.
Back in 2019, it would the busy airport would receive four million passengers in just under a month.
What will be the answer to restart the industry?
In a letter to the transport secretary Grant Shapps, Airlines UK noted that passenger bookings throughout the rest of Europe had recovered to 50% of pre-crisis levels in June – that was compared to just 16% in the UK.
Meanwhile, US visitor numbers to the UK are still only 20% of 2019 levels.
Blaming the traffic light system, the trade group stated that the amount of spending on travel was now back at “the same fraught position as last year”.
The airline representative group cited the decision to remove Portugal from the green list of Covid-safe destinations.
Airbus delivers first A350 jet from China plant
Airbus is taking on China as a hub to help build its planes
Airbus has delivered the first A350 widebody jet from its Chinese Tianjin final assembly plant.
The aircraft was made for China Eastern Airlines and the completion further bolsters the manufacturer’s industrial footprint in China relative to rival Boeing.
The work conducted in Tianjin on the jet includes cabin installation, painting, production flight test, and aircraft delivery, Airbus said in a statement.
Airbus has been more aggressive than Boeing in moving parts of its manufacturing process to China
The planemaker has slowly transitioned its manufacturing to the communist nation, with the hope of increasing its share of sales in the world’s biggest market for new planes.
In 2008, Tianjin became the company’s first final assembly line for the A320 narrowbody jet outside Europe, and in 2017 it became a completion and delivery facility for the A330.
Airbus expects to deliver a total of five A350s from Tianjin this year
Airbus has been gaining market share in China as the domestic travel market has rebounded to pre-COVID leves.
Over at competitor, Boeing, the US-based manufacturer is still grappling with Chinese scrutiny over the 737 MAX and the death of orders of the troubled jet.
Boeing waited until December 2018 to open its first completion plant in China at Zhoushan for the 737 MAX, however, due to the model being grounded three months later following a second fatal crash, the MAX is yet to be approved in China.
Airbus gains Chinese popularity
Airbus successfully delivered 99 planes to China last year.
64 more jets were also delivered in the first half of this year despite the global pandemic.
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