The European Union exports millions of vaccine doses
Despite accusations of “vaccine nationalism” and protectionism, the European Union has exported 34 million vaccines of coronavirus According to internal documents seen by The Times, it has lagged behind in dozens of countries in recent weeks, even behind the United States, Britain and Israel in its vaccine drive.
This news, acknowledged privately by European Union officials, was bound to offend European citizens in 27 countries who were still waiting for their shots, while in other countries people were forced to reintegrate their economies. Were racing to open up and resume more normal public life.
By numbers: Only 6.5 percent of people in the European Union have received at least one bullet, while about 58 percent are Israelis, 33 percent Britain, and 19 percent American.
In other events:
a Protest in Greece turned violent As anger grew about the tactics used by police officers who were implementing lockdown restrictions.
Biden administration intends Save an additional 100 million doses Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot commentary by the end of this year.
News agency Reuters reported that Kenya and Morocco have approved the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
US House Passes Massive Epidemic Relief Plan
President Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package Won final approval in House of Representatives on Wednesday. Mr. Biden is expected to sign the bill on Friday.
under which American Rescue Plan, Direct payments of up to $ 1,400 will be sent to Americans and supplemental unemployment benefits of $ 300 a week will be extended from early September. The bill provides substantial benefits for low-income Americans, including an expanded child tax credit, and it funds epidemiological priorities such as testing, contact tracing, and genomic sequencing.
The measure, which passed by a vote of 220–211, reinforces one of the largest injections of federal aid since the Great Depression. The Republic has attacked the plan as useless and excessive, but 70 percent of Americans support it, according to Pew Poll.
related: Merrick Garland was confirmed as Attorney General with strong bipartisan support. Was the vote 70 to 30 in Senate, With 20 Republicans in support.
China increases technical spending
Chinese leader is Freeing tens of dollars To borrow for the country’s technical industry. With a 7 percent increase in research and development spending every year for five years, China’s ambitions will be nonexistent – not exclusively to the United States.
The Trump administration restricted Communist Party leadership access to US technology to corporate giants like Huawei, and Beijing speculated that under President Biden, the US would continue to challenge China’s technological rise. First-person diplomatic encounter March 18 at Anchorage is scheduled under the Biden administration.
Microchips: China only meets 15.9 percent of the chip demand domestically. But this may change: Premier Li Keqiang detailed last week to accelerate semiconductor production, part of a larger strategy that includes processors, cloud computing and AI
related: China and Russia announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to jointly build a research station On or around the moonSetting the stage for a new space race.
If you have some time, it’s worth it
A Changing New York City
A year before this month, a city famous for never sleeping began to close. Retailers close their doors. Wealthy residents fled to other homes. Late night metro service was terminated.
We spent months making the city as appalling as its economy and dividing during the epidemic. These photos tell the story of the breakup of a city – and flexibility.
What else is going on here
Russia and Twitter: The government said it was Slow twitter, Accused of failing to remove illegal content on social network. The ban is a clear outgrowth of a continuing offensive against American Internet companies that have long provided a haven for freedom of expression.
Prince Harry and Meghan: However, her shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey led to more reasons globally. A rare public journalism in the British press, Many members of Britain’s political class Have avoided addressing it. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not yet commented.
down Under: While the American film industry slowly comes along, Hollywood has temporarily relocated to Australia. Dozens of international filmmakers have wooed the country, where Kovid-19 cases are infrequent. In return, the actors have got something like heaven.
Sara Everard: A police officer is being held in Britain on suspicion of murder The disappearance of the girl, Who went missing in South London after leaving a friend’s house. Detectives investigating the case have found human remains in a woodland area in Kent.
Snapshot: A decade after the earthquake and tsunami killed more than 19,000 people and caused a devastating nuclear meltdown for many former residents of Fukushima, Japan, not to return yet. People who wait upstairs, it is often More awesome than welcoming.
Mystical Manuscript: In 1883, 15 manuscript fragments were found near the Dead Sea written in an ancient Hebrew script, which created an international sensation. Although they were characterized as fake, a young scholar now argues that they Not only authentic but also older than the book of Deuteronomy, Dating to the first temple period.
What we are reading: this Irish Times article Meghan and Harry’s interview has a decidedly Irish take on racism and their revelations about the royal family. A choice quote: “After Harry and Meghan, the monarchy looks archaic and racist. Well duh.”
Now, a break from the news
And now back to the story…
New hong kong
China’s crack on Hong Kong is rapid: a growing force Asserted its authority On a global financial capital, was enacted last summer through a stricter national security law. Our China correspondent Vivian Wang Talked to The Morning Newsletter About the new Hong Kong. Here is an excerpt.
Why did Xi Jinping and the rest of China’s leadership decide to take action now?
Vivian: The short answer is a massive retaliatory movement in response to a government proposal in 2019 Extradition allowed For mainland China.
From Beijing’s point of view, has the crack worked? And has it created any problem for the central government?
In many ways, it has worked perfectly. There No more road protests. There is widespread self-censorship. Almost every pro-democracy activist is in jail, in jail, awaiting trial or has disappeared from public life.
But there is much anger among the Hong Kongers, even if they do not dare to express it publicly.
Do people within the movement see any reason for optimism?
Since then Security law Was enacted, the mood within the pro-democracy movement is clouded. I hope that at least some people will offer uproarious disobedience and remind people that there is still hope – if only in the form of a rally cry, whether they believed it or not. But the consistent, general consensus on all the people I talk to is that there is not much they can do to change the situation, at least for now.
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Thanks to Melissa Clarke for the recipe and Theodore Kim and Jahan Singh for the break from the news. You can reach the team here Briefing@nytimes.com.
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