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- General Motors extends plant shutdowns due to chip shortageThe semiconductor chip shortage is continuing to take a toll on automakers earnings By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs March 3, 2021 General Motors (GM) has announced that its extending its plant shutdowns due to the ongoing global semiconductor chip shortage. Plants will remain shut down at GMs car and crossover plants in Kansas, Mexico, and Ontario, Canada. Initially, they were slated to remain closed until mid-March. The San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico will now be shuttered through the end of March, while the U.S. and Canada plants will remain closed until at least mid-April. The automaker said the move is intended to ensure that there are enough chips to use in the production of its most in-demand full-size pickup trucks and SUVs. GM continues to leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular and in-demand products, including full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers, the… ..... Read More.16 hours ago
- Walmart to invest $350 billion in U.S.-based manufacturing over next decadeThe company plans to create 750,000 additional jobs as part of the effort By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs March 3, 2021 Sam Waltons promise to Bring it Home to the USA'' is about to hit new heights at Walmart. On Wednesday, the company announced that its support of American jobs will grow its workforce by 750,000 over the next 10 years as part of a $350 billion investment on items made, grown, or assembled in the U.S. The big box retailers growth plans are centered on six priority categories: plastics; textiles; small electrical appliances; food processing; pharmaceutical and medical supplies; and Goods Not For Resale (GNFR). Walmarts commitment will mean an increase in spending and support for small businesses and diverse suppliers and sellers based in the U.S., and it will provide an opportunity for 9,000 entrepreneurs to become Walmart suppliers and sellers through the companys annual Open Call events.… ..... Read More.17 hours ago
- Coronavirus update: Merck joins vaccine effort, retail pharmacies hope to collect data by giving sho...There likely will be no early end to the computer chip shortage By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs March 2, 2021 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.) Total U.S. confirmed cases: 28,669,232 (28,609,645) Total U.S. deaths: 514,842 (513,112) Total global cases: 114,582,356 (114,240,823) Total global deaths: 2,541,808 (2,533,323) Merck will produce Johnson & Johnsons vaccine Emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has provided some much-needed ammunition in the war to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Now, that ammunition supply is being increased. President Biden announced today that Merck will help its rival drugmaker produce additional supplies of the vaccine. Johnson & Johnson already has 3 million doses on hand that are in the process of being distributed to states. Health officials are enthusiastic about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because its simpler logistics may make the vaccine rollout go… ..... Read More.17 hours ago
- Seresto flea collars named in thousands of complaints involving nearly 1,700 pet deathsThe EPA has yet to warn the public about the risks of the popular product By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs March 3, 2021 A top-selling flea and tick collar has reportedly been linked to nearly 1,700 pet deaths and 1,000 incidents involving harm to humans, according to the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. The group says Seresto pet collars have been named in approximately 75,000 incident reports with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but the agency has yet to issue an official warning about the apparent risks of the collars. The EPA appears to be turning a blind eye to this problem, and after seven years of an increasing number of incidents, they are telling the public that they are continuing to monitor the situation, Karen McCormack, a former EPA official, said of the agency, according to the report. But I think this is a significant problem that needs… ..... Read More.18 hours ago
- Coronavirus update: Texas lifts virus restrictions, White House advances vaccination timelineMost small businesses arent requiring employee vaccinations By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs March 3, 2021 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.) Total U.S. confirmed cases: 28,725,592 (28,669,232) Total U.S. deaths: 517,006 (514,842) Total global cases: 114,912,129 (114,582,356) Total global deaths: 2,552,687 (2,541,808) Texas lifts mask mandate and business restrictions Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had declared its time to get back to normal in his state. With coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on the decline, Abbott has lifted the statewide mandate to wear a mask in public places and declared all types of businesses may resume normal operations at 100 percent capacity. Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility, Abbott said. Its just that now state mandates are no longer needed. Some officials in the states urban areas dont agree with that. They also criticized Abbotts declaration because they say it doesnt allow local… ..... Read More.18 hours ago
- White House predicts enough vaccine doses for all adults by end of MayThe addition of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is expected to speed up production By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs March 3, 2021 The current coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine shortage could end very soon. President Biden has announced that there will be enough vaccine doses available to vaccinate every American adult by the end of May. Thats two months earlier than previous estimates, and its being made possible by the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) conditional approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The company already has 3 million doses on the shelf, and the White House announced Tuesday that rival drugmaker Merck will step in to aid production. Were moving in the right direction, Biden said at a White House briefing. And todays announcements are a huge step in our effort to beat this pandemic. With more vaccines entering the pipeline, it should speed up the production and distribution… ..... Read More.18 hours ago
- COVID-19 can severely impact heart health and function, study findsExperts say the virus directly attacks heart muscle cells By Kristen Dalli of ConsumerAffairs March 3, 2021 Recent studies have found that COVID-19 can affect several organs throughout the body, including the brain and the heart. Now, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine have explored in-depth how the heart is affected by the virus. According to their findings, COVID-19 can weaken overall heart function by attacking and destroying heart muscle cells. Early on in the pandemic, we had evidence that this coronavirus can cause heart failure or cardiac injury in generally healthy people, which was alarming to the cardiology community, said researcher Dr. Kory J. Lavine. Even some college athletes who had been cleared to go back to competitive athletics after COVID-19 infection later showed scarring in the heart. There has been debate over whether this is due to direct infection of the heart or due to a… ..... Read More.18 hours ago