All U.S. adults will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine by April 19, Joe Biden announced yesterday. The president also said the United States had passed the milestone of administering a record 4 million doses in a single day and had given more than 150 million doses in total.
But it wasn’t all good news: Biden warned the United States was still in a ‘life or death race’ against the coronavirus, as the number of cases continued to rise in many States with the spread of new variants. Despite this, some officials have relaxed public health restrictions.
- One-third of people with severe Covid have developed a mental health problem within six months of infection, a study found. It used the electronic health records of 236,379 patients, mostly in the United States, and found that 34% of them suffered from mental and neurological conditions as a result.
- Montana governor tested positive for coronavirus and will self-isolate for 10 days. Greg Gianforte received his first shot of the vaccine last week. His wife has also been tested and has no symptoms.
Derek Chauvin’s police trainer said his knee restraint was not allowed
A Minneapolis police trainer said putting a knee on a suspect’s neck when he was already subdued was “not allowed,” as he said during the former’s murder trial. officer Derek Chauvin.
Lt Johnny Mercil, who taught Chauvin the use of force, said the department allowed cervical braces using an arm or the side of a leg when the suspect was “aggressive,” but did not train officers to use their knee. Mercil said the use of a knee was “not allowed” but was not allowed when the suspect was already handcuffed or restrained.
- It comes after the Minneapolis Police Chief said there was no justification for Chauvin’s strength against George Floyd, when he testified Monday. Medaria Arradondo said Chauvin broke the rules of force and showed “contempt for life”.
Chauvin is accused of killing Floyd, a black man who died after the then officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest, despite Floyd’s pleas that he couldn’t breathe. He was already handcuffed. Chauvin denies the charges.
Arkansas banned gender-affirming health care for trans youth
Arkansas became the first state yesterday to ban gender-affirming treatment and surgery for transgender youth.
On Monday, the state governor vetoed the bill after calls from pediatricians, social workers and parents, who said the measure would do immeasurable harm to young people already at risk of higher suicide rates. and depression. However, Republican state lawmakers overturned his veto.
- What does the ban do? The measure prohibits doctors from providing sex-affirming hormone treatments, puberty inhibitors or surgeries to anyone under the age of 18 – and from referring them to other providers for treatment.
- Opponents say this treatment may be essential for mental health, with Dr. Robert Garofalo, chief of the division of adolescent and young adult medicine at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, saying, “This legislation perpetuates what we know to be harmful to trans youth. They’re not just anti-trans, they’re anti-science. They are anti-public health. “
In other news …
- A shooting at a US military base left the suspect dead and two injured, all naval personnel. The gunman, a member of the Navy Hospital Corps, shot two people in a Maryland business park before driving 10 minutes to Fort Detrick where he was shot and killed by an employee.
- Alexei Navalny is “seriously ill” after learning he was transferred to a prison sickness ward and tested for the coronavirus. The Kremlin critic said in a note released earlier this week that he coughed and had a high temperature – several prisoners in his neighborhood were treated for tuberculosis recently.
- Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings died at the age of 84, two years after the fiercely liberal lawmaker announced he had pancreatic cancer. You can read more about his life and beliefs here.
Statistics of the day: 77% of board members major US banks have ties to companies “in climate conflict”
US banks might be clearly committed to tackling the climate crisis, but their boards are still largely dominated by people with potential conflicts of interest over the environment. Three in four board members of seven major US banks (77%) have current or past connections with companies or organizations “in climate conflict”, from fossil fuel companies to pressure groups against pollution reduction .
Don’t miss this: At least 157 people have died in the floods in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Here is what happened
At least 157 people have been killed, dozens are missing and thousands are homeless after a tropical cyclone that hit Timor-Leste and Indonesia over the weekend. Locals share their stories.
Last thing: it’s an end for film censorship in Italy
In Italy, it will no longer be possible to block the release of a new film or to require editing for religious or moral reasons. Instead, filmmakers will rank their own work based on the age of the audience. Over the past century, hundreds of films have been censored across the country – the most famous Last Tango in Paris. Experts hailed the ban as “an important and historic step for Italian cinema”.
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