CORONAVIRUS: The US is ahead of schedule. See: Prez Biden just announced that allllll American adults will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine by April 19, a couple weeks earlier than initially declared. Over in Brazil, the country recorded more than 4,000 single-day coronavirus deaths for the first time. India reported 115,000 daily coronavirus cases - a new record. And Chile totally delayed its elections for five weeks due to a big rise in cases. Meanwhile, a new study shows that up to a third of survivors of coronavirus suffer “brain disease.” Think: longer term mental health or neurological symptoms. Also making headlines: there was a $5 trillion (yes, with a tr) surge in wealth during the pandemic last year.
USA: The murder trial of Derek Chauvin is still underway. Here’s your update. Yesterday, four witnesses - all law enforcement professionals - took to the stand. The general consensus? Chauvin used excessive force and violated training when he knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes. In other news, recently, Arkansas legislators overrode the governor’s veto of a law that’d ban gender-affirming procedures for trans people under the age of 18. You read that right. Over in Georgia, Atlanta’s mayor issued an executive order that aims to cut back on the effects of those controversial new voting restrictions you’ve been hearing so much about.
WORLD: Recently, Chile’s gov distributed birth control pills to women. It later came out that these pills were faulty - leading around 170 women to become pregnant. And, hint: abortion is only legal in Chile if the mother’s life is at risk, the fetus will not survive the pregnancy, or during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy in cases of rape. Now, a group of women - represented by a sexual and reproductive rights group - are prepping to file a class action lawsuit in Chile’s civil courts. Meanwhile, ICYMI, China thinks Taiwan is part of their country. Taiwan vehemently disagrees. So recently, China’s armed forces conducted simultaneous military exercises to the east and west of Taiwan. The move has been labelled a warning. Tension, high.