CORONAVIRUS: Paris is set to go back into a month-long lockdown. This comes as coronavirus cases are rising across Europe, causing worries about a potential third surge. Speaking of which, Europe’s drug regulator just announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine is completely safe, despite some reports about a link between the vaccine and blood clots. France’s prime minister plans to get the shot on live TV to boost confidence. On that note: the US reportedly has tens of millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine just sitting around. The Biden team says it’s looking to send the vaccines to Canada and Mexico, where it’s approved for use. And last but not least: the CDC just declared that students can be 3 feet apart, instead of 6 feet.
CHINA: Recently, Amnesty International released a report on Uighur Muslims in China. It’s not good news. We’ll remind you: in 2017, it came out that China is holding between one million and three million Uighur Muslims in “re-education camps” in the region of Xinjiang - which violates minority rights. Not to mention those camps have largely been seen as internment camps where people are subject to torture, physical and sexual abuse, forced labor, and death. Now, it looks like China is also forcibly separating Uighur families by sending the kids of exiled Uighur parents to orphanages. Yes, really. Meanwhile, the US and China are currently in the middle of high-level talks in Alaska. The first meeting was filled with lots of traded insults.
PEOPLE: Right now, Prez Biden and Vice Prez Harris are heading to Atlanta, the site of the spa shootings that killed eight people, including six Asian women. Biden and Harris were originally heading to Atlanta to promote the stimulus package, but now, they’re planning to meet with Asian American leaders. In other news, a judge just denied a request to move Derek Chauvin’s trial out of Minneapolis, where the killing of George Floyd took place. It comes after a judge reinstated the third degree murder charge against Chauvin. Meanwhile, the NFL is opening an investigation into multiple accusations of sexual assault against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Stay tuned.