CORONAVIRUS: More and more US states are expanding eligibility for the vaccines - including Alaska, which just became the first state to open it up to everyone over the age of 16. Nationwide, about 1 in 10 American adults have been fully vaccinated. That number is expected to rise exponentially over the next couple months as the US gets more vaccines. In fact, across the world, richer nations are administering about one vaccine dose every second. This comes as most poorer nations have yet to get a siiiiingle shot. Meanwhile, US lawmakers are looking to get more deets on the pandemic’s mental health toll. Stay tuned.
POLITICS: Speaking of coronavirus - the House of Reps is set to greenlight Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package today. After that, it’ll be sent to Biden’s desk, where he’s expected to sign it right away. Even though it doesn’t include the $15 minimum wage hike championed by progressives, Sen Bernie Sanders (D-VT) says it’s the “most significant legislation for working people that has been passed in decades.” In other news, the House of Reps just passed the so-called PRO Act. The bill would encourage unions and give workers more power to organize and collectively bargain for wages and benefits. It comes as Amazon workers at an Alabama warehouse are voting on whether to unionize.
WORLD: For pretty much forever, women weren’t allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. Untilll 2018, when the country finally waved goodbye to the ban. Only a slight problem...the country also locked up one of its most well-known women’s rights activists, Loujain al-Hathloul. Al-Hathloul spent years leading the campaign against the ban on driving. She also spent years in prison for apparently “agitating” the gov. She was released on probation last month, but she’s still subject to a travel ban and other restrictions. In response, al-Hathloul tried to appeal...to which the country just said ‘no way.’ Meanwhile, a second official from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party just died in military detention, prompting fears of torture. This comes after Myanmar’s military jailed officials and took control of the country in a coup.