USA: The other day, the Food and Drug Admin issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot coronavirus vaccine. The first doses are expected to ship out today. This comes amidst fears of a fourth surge of the virus as a result of new variants. In other news, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being hit with a third sexual harassment accusation. A woman named Anna Ruch says Cuomo put his hand on the small of her back at a wedding in 2019. When she tried to move it, he told her she seemed “aggressive,” put his hands on her cheeks, and asked if he could kiss her. The whole thing is backed up in pictures taken by Ruch’s friend. Stay tuned.
WORLD: Recently, the Biden team announced that it will let migrant families separated under Trump reunify inside the US. You read that right. Big deal, since this means that parents who were deported without their children could come back to the US to be reunited with them. Meanwhile, United Nations investigators just revealed that tens of thousands of civilians are stilllll missing after being jailed arbitrarily during Syria’s (ongoing) civil war. Thousands more have reportedly been tortured or killed in custody. In other news, last week, hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by a group of armed men. Now, they’ve been safely returned home.
PEOPLE: Last year, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned. He almost died as a result, but slowly, he began to recover while in Germany. Pretty much the whole world pointed fingers at Russia for the attack, but regardless, Navalny headed back to the country….where he was promptly jailed. Now, the US is imposing new sanctions on Russia over Navalny’s poisoning and imprisonment. Meanwhile, all eyes are on these Polish activists. Reminder: Poland’s prez isn’t exactly known for being pro-LGBTQ+ rights - a stance that’s led to a lot of protests. In 2019, three Polish women put up posters depicting the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo as part of those protests. In response, they were charged with offending religious feelings. Fast forward to today, and it looks like they’ve been acquitted.