5 things to know for April 13: Coronavirus, Minnesota, immigration, Brexit, Knoxville

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5 things to know for April 13: Coronavirus, Minnesota, immigration, Brexit, Knoxville


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1. Coronavirus

Just as the US was hitting its vaccination rate, a potential hiccup: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration recommend US to suspend use of Covid-19 vaccine Johnson & Johnson on six reported U.S. cases. a “rare and severe” type of blood clot. The recommendation comes from the fact that an average of 3.1 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine – from one of three products from approved manufacturers in the United States – were administered each day. At this rate, half of the country’s adults are expected to have received at least one dose by the end of this week. However, there is still a brewing controversy. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has repeatedly asked the White House for more vaccine doses as her state sees an increase in cases due to the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant. However, federal health officials have rejected the requests, saying the variant affects other states as well. Two new studies suggest that the strain B.1.1.7, first discovered in the UK, is more transmissible but does not increase the severity of the disease. Meanwhile, the UK has also hit its latest vaccination target, delivering doses to all adults over 50, social workers and clinically vulnerable.

2. Minnesota

Protesters and police clashed again last night at Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, over the death of Daunte Wright. The 20-year-old was fatally shot by an officer on Sunday during a traffic stop. Police Chief Tim Gannon said the officer who shot Wright, identified as Officer Kim Potter, intended to deploy a Taser instead of his weapon. The NBA, MLB and NHL postponed games yesterday in Minneapolis after Wright’s death and the public outrage that followed. All of this takes place as the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis cop charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, continues. A cardiologist testified yesterday that Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest as a result of contention and asphyxiation. He was the fifth doctor in the trial to describe such a cause of death.

3. Immigration

The Biden administration has secured agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to tighten their borders with more troops and stem the flow of migration. Vice President Kamala Harris also spoke to regional leaders about increasing humanitarian assistance and job opportunities in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to tackle the fundamental issues that are driving people to flee north. The Biden administration has been grappling with an influx of migrants who overwhelmed facilities at the southern border. Still, the number of unaccompanied minors in U.S. Customs and Border Protection fell 45% as officials scrambled to find places to house the children.

4. Brexi

It’s been just over 100 days since Brexit really started, and UK exporters are not happy with the way things are going. Trade with Europe was hit hard, with merchandise exports to the European Union falling more than 41% in January and recovering only modestly thereafter. The situation is particularly dire for food exporters, who have seen their exports virtually wiped out by the new trade restrictions. Now companies are calling on the UK and the European Union to change their trade deal to lower barriers. Some lawmakers, business leaders and economists have also announced the creation of an independent commission to review Britain’s trade deals with Europe and the rest of the world.

5. Knoxville

A student was killed and an officer was injured during an armed encounter yesterday at a high school in Knoxville, Tennessee. Officers responded to a call regarding a potentially armed student. The student refused to come out of a bathroom and fired shots, prompting an officer to retaliate. The district attorney said the event was not a “school shooting” but a “school shooting involving a police officer.” Yet for the students and staff of Austin-East Magnet High School, it was a nightmare. The shooting is the latest incident of gun violence to hit the school, which has already lost four students in recent months.

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TODAY NUMBER

1 million

That’s roughly the number of metric tons of treated radioactive water that Japan plans to release in two years from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant. The water will be discharged into the ocean, which worries neighboring countries.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“It’s systemic. It goes much further than any institution or administration. And it is perpetuated by policies, practices and people to this day. “

Secretary of State Antony Blink, discussing the lack of diversity at the US State Department. Blinken has just appointed retired Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley as the department’s first head of diversity and inclusion.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

I have to sew them all!

This mind-blowing Pokémon cross stitch continues and continues! Phew, the dedication. (Click here to view.)

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