Alahednews Alahednews Second Outage Hits Facebook in One Week Website trouble tracker DownDetector showed spikes in reports of problems accessing or using Facebook. Pfizer Seeks US Authorization of Covid Vaccine for Ages 5-11 The FDA said last week it had scheduled a meeting of an advisory committee to review the data on October 26. Top Moderna Executives Make Forbes’ Top 400 Richest List The Moderna personnel cracked the list just as former US President Donald Trump lost his place this week. Facebook Products ‘Harm Youths, Stoke Division’ - Whistleblower The testimony came a day after Facebook, Instagram and the messaging app WhatsApp, suffered an hours-long global outage. Pfizer/Biontech Vaccine Effectiveness Drops after Six Months Scientists have called for more data on whether boosters should be recommended for all. Facebook Blames ‘Faulty Configuration Change’ For Massive Outage Facebook did not shed much light on the issue. IATA: Airlines to Lose $51.8 bn in 2021, Stay in Red in 2022 North America is the only region projected to generate positive profits in 2022. Facebook, WhatsApp & Instagram Crash for Users Worldwide Facebook-owned properties, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, were hit by sweeping outages. World Leaders Return to UN, Face Many Escalating Crises Last year, no leaders came to the UN because the coronavirus was sweeping the globe, so all their addresses were pre-recorded. Vaccine Nasal Sprays Aim to “Shut Door” on Virus WHO says clinical trials are underway to evaluate eight nasal spray vaccines that target COVID-19. Lawyers, Activists Petition AU to Overturn “Israel” Membership Lawyers and activists complain against African Union granting “Israel” observer status. US, UK and Australia Forge Military Alliance to Counter China Aukus was announced jointly by US president Joe Biden and PM Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison, joined virtually by videoconference. WHO Chief Calls For Worldwide Pause on Vaccine Boosters Until 2022 WHO chief calls for worldwide pause on vaccine boosters until 2022, to allow ‘every country’ to inoculate 40% of population. Pollution to Cut Nine Years of Life Expectancy Of 40% Indians Air pollution is likely to reduce the life expectancy of about 40 percent of Indians by more than nine years. UN Agencies: Teachers Should be Priority for Covid Jabs The agencies said it was “vital that classroom-based learning continue uninterrupted.” UNICEF: Billion Children at Extreme Risk from Climate Impacts The report found 920 million children are highly exposed to water scarcity. Shias Worldwide Commemorate Ashura This is the second Ashura being observed under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Humans ‘Pushing Earth Close To Tipping Point’, Say Most In G20 People are beginning to feel that ’nature is hitting back.’ WHO Urges China to Release Data Needed For Covid-19 Origins Probe The WHO noted that Italy shared raw data and gave permission to re-test its samples abroad, reflecting “scientific solidarity at its best.” Wildfires: At Least 65 Killed In Algeria, Greece and Italy Burn The wildfires are not limited to the Mediterranean region. Human-caused Major Climate Changes Inevitable, Irreversible Each nation is asked to come to Cop26 with fresh plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. COVID-19 Cases Top 200 Million Worldwide The highly contagious delta variant drives worldwide hikes in infection. WHO Urges Nations to Share Vaccines, Not to Triple-Jab WHO says moratorium on boosters will allow vaccination of poorer populations. World’s COVID-19 Cases Top 200 Million as Delta Variant Spreads The global surge in cases is highlighting the widening gap in inoculation rates between wealthy and poor nations. IMF’s $650 Billion in Pandemic Relief Will Mostly Go to Rich Countries The Fund will credit the new SDRs to its 190 member countries proportionally to their current IMF quotas.