Biden's COVID Bill Advances
Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted to approve US President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan. The package is addressed to Americans most affected by the pandemic, and includes, direct payments to individuals, aid to small businesses, and funding for schools, among many others. The bill will now advance to the Senate.
Muscovites Remember Nemtsov
Russia's opposition members plan to commemorate the sixth anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's murder in central Moscow. Nemtsov was shot on the night of February 27, 2015, near the Kremlin. Moscow authorities, however, rejected their request for a march due to the pandemic.
Myanmar Military Coup
During the UN General Assembly on Friday, Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations called on the international community to take strong action to immediately stop the coup. The ambassador urged member states to issue public statements strongly condemning the military regime.
J&J Shot on Verge of Approval
US health advisers endorsed a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on Friday. FDA's acting head said in a statement that the agency will move quickly to follow the recommendation, which would make the shot the third vaccine to be authorized for emergency use in the US. The company expects to deliver 20 million dosed by the end of March.