Meat and poultry workers to get vaccine


I’m Clinton Griffiths with Today’s AgDay Minute.

Fresh concerns about a new strain of coronavirus in Europe raising concerns about new travel restrictions and more lockdowns even as countries ramp up vaccine distribution. Those vaccines going to the nation’s health care workers and people in long-term care facilities. But the Centers for Disease Control says Frontline meat and poultry workers should be included in that early group.The North American Meat Institute applauding that decision. It says members have distributed tens of millions of pieces of PPE and implemented protection protocols. Adding that COVID infection rates amongst meat and poultry workers are now more than 8 times lower than the general population.

A not so merry Christmas for some employees of Coca-Cola.
The company says it’s cutting 22-hundred jobs amid declining sales. That includes about 12 percent of its U.S. workforce. Coke’s revenues are hurting due to permanent or temporary restaurant closures, resulting in lost soda sales. In October, Coca-Cola said it was canceling half of its brands, to focus on popular items.

And we’ve talked about this before, swarms of desert locusts threatening crops around the globe.
A new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says a new generation is forming in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Favorable weather and widespread rains have caused a resurgence of the pests…even forming new swarms now in northern Kenya.
The UN organization is seeking 40-million dollars to help control the new swarms.

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