CORONAVIRUS: Last week, French Prez Emmanuel Macron announced that people need a “health pass” - proof of a coronavirus vaccination, a recent negative test, or a recent coronavirus recovery - to go to restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, long-distance trains...to name a few. That had a couple of big effects. See: 100,000 people took to the streets to protest...and France had record numbers of vaccinations. Speaking of which, a US judge just upheld Indiana University's vaccine mandate. This comes as hundreds of colleges are requiring coronavirus vaccinations for on-campus students. Also making headlines: Canada is going to open its border to fully vaccinated Americans in August. World markets are falling as fears rise over the delta variant. And coronavirus cases are rising in Japan ahead of the Olympics.
WEATHER: Recently, it came out that more than 700 people who were thought to be missing after Western Europe was hit with deadly flooding are safe. But hundreds of people remain unaccounted for, with the death toll continuing to rise. Meanwhile, the Met Office (as in the UK’s national weather service) just issued its first-ever extreme heat warning. You read that right. Officials say temps could reach 32 degrees Celsius, or nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit, in parts of England. And in other news, the US West is continuing to deal with extreme heat and wildfires. The worst fire at the moment - the Bootleg Fire - has now grown to more than 340,000 acres. It’s the fourth largest wildfire in Oregon since 1990.
USA: Yesterday, the first person to have pleaded guilty to storming the Capitol on January 6th was sentenced. Hint: he pleaded guilty to a single felony count - obstruction of an official proceeding before Congress - and he’ll be spending 8 months in prison. This comes after the gov had asked for an 18-month sentence. Now, everyone’s watching to see whether this is an indicator of how other Capitol attackers will be charged. In other news, the US (plus a bunch of allies) is pointing fingers at China for hacking Microsoft. Yes, really. More specifically, the Biden team says China breached Microsoft email systems used by big bizes, govs, and military contractors. Tension, high. And meanwhile, Dems in Congress just intro’d a plan to tax imports from countries that don’t significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions.