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The WHO’s chief said omicron is not the last covid variant

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned against assuming the pandemic is nearly over.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus adjusts his face mask while seated in front of a banner with the WHO logo.
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The World Health Organization’s chief warned against assuming the pandemic is nearly over. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wants nations to stay alert for additional variants. Meanwhile, the famously strict lockdown in Xian, China was lifted yesterday after four days of zero new cases.

Burkina Faso’s military says it has overthrown the president. The army’s televised statement alluded to Roch Kaboré’s failure to counteract Islamist insurgents.

A US aircraft carrier joined NATO forces in the Mediterranean. NATO is shoring up its eastern borders as Russia prepares for large-scale naval exercises.

US markets are in flux. Tensions around a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine joined expected interest rate hikes to send tech stocks, travel stocks, and bitcoin spiraling, though the market recovered when investors swooped in to buy the sizable dip.

Google is facing lawsuits about collecting location data. Three US states as well as Washington DC say users were deceived into believing they had turned off tracking.

Meta is building an AI supercomputer it says will be the fastest in the world. AI Research SuperCluster will help identify harmful content, the company said in a blog post.

What to watch for

The latest round of tech earnings reports kicks off today with Microsoft, where only one thing is on investors’ minds: gaming. The PC pioneer announced last week it will buy the video game publisher Activision Blizzard for $69 billion, its largest-ever corporate purchase.

Beyond new revenue numbers, investors will be all ears to learn about the future of Microsoft’s gaming business, how the company will integrate into Microsoft’s existing infrastructure, and how the company plans to convince antitrust regulators to okay the deal. But, as is often the case with earnings calls, what analysts ask might be more interesting than what executives disclose.

Assessing companies’ climate targets

The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) gives companies a process for making meaningful, and measurable, emissions reduction goals rooted in climate science. A group of 243 companies have set targets to reach net-zero emissions before 2050, on top of committing to reductions in line with limiting global temperatures to 1.5ºC higher than pre-industrial levels. These companies include some well-known names: Microsoft, Walmart, and IKEA.

We’ve gathered data on those 243 companies and visualized their ambitious near-term targets. Check out the interactive graphic.

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