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Weekly News Roundup July 26th - July 31st

Medina Dasayev - Teen Aspect - July 31st, 2022
International Space Station (European Space Agency)

Recently a new virus, Monkeypox, has shown itself worldwide, with more than 16,000 cases from over 75 countries. World Health Organization, WHO, officials have declared this to be a global health emergency as it is rapidly spreading with a limited amount of vaccine materials. With the past of coronavirus in mind, many countries and different states in the U.S. have recognized the severity of this virus and have declared it to be a public health emergency and have begun to prepare to respond to increasing cases. The FDA has authorized 786,000 additional vaccine doses in order to combat this virus. It has been reported that there have been more than 4,600 reported cases in the U.S. thus far.

Russia to Quit International Space Station in 2024

The International Space Station, a low-orbiting space station involving 5 different organizations, including NASA is used for space exploration and used by different countries and their astronauts. However, on Tuesday Russia stated that it is planning to pull out of the ISS and end its partnership with NASA after 2024, as well as build its own space station. Despite this statement being made, the director of the ISS has said that there has been no official word on whether this will happen or not. With Russia’s previous threats to leave the ISS and end collaboration with NASA, it is unsure whether this will actually happen.

U.S. Economy Contracts and Brings Fear of Recession

The economy has faced hardships ever since the pandemic and Russian isolation, with prices significantly increasing. Now, the economy has reported having shrunk again in the second quarter, falling 0.9% from April to June. However, there has also been a decrease in gas prices and a significant addition of jobs, as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the Biden Administration is claiming that the economy is fundamentally sound and the shrinks in the economy do not constitute a recession, Americans are still worried about the future of the economy. Kentucky Flood After heavy rains over July 28th, eastern Kentucky is dealing with flash floods that have brought ruin to the cities and injured many residents. The death toll has been counted to be 16, 6 of which were children. Federal aid has been sent in order to help with recovery efforts. Hundreds of people have been rescued with search and recovery missions ongoing.


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