5 Things To Know In America and The World This February 19th,2021

Every day, we send out a one-page memo summarizing the 5 top trending news in America and the world. In today’s highlights, Rush Limbaugh, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Coronavirus vaccine, CDC, winter storm, President Joe Biden.

Coronavirus

1. The current winter storm affecting the major part of the United States is disrupting vaccine distribution according to CDC.

2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has authorized more troops to assist with the vaccination effort.

3. DHS Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, announced that more than 11 million counterfeit N95 Masks mostly from China were seized across the country in recent weeks.

4. “I was hoping that that would be by the end of April,” Fauci told CNN on Tuesday. “That timeline will probably be prolonged into mid-to late-May and early June.”

5.Only one-third of U.S. service members agree to take the coronavirus vaccine

Politics

1. President Joe Biden will ask the Department of Justice to review his legal authority to cancel student loan debt, the White House said on Wednesday.

2. President Joe Biden supports a study on whether descendants of enslaved people in the United States should receive reparations, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.

3. U.S. President Joe Biden has picked Chiquita Brooks-LaSure  as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. If confirms by the Senate she would be the 1st black woman to lead the agency.

4. Joe Biden’s stimulus package is gaining traction among GOP leaders.

5. PresidenRush Limbaugh a conservative radio host died at 70 after years of battling lung cancer.

Business

1. To meet the soaring demand of its resident due to the unprecedented freezing weather that is affecting the state, Texas is banning out-of-state natural gas sales.

2. Jeff Bezos overtakes Elon Musk as the world’s richest.

3. Facebook limits its massive users ability to share Australian news content in an effort to avoid a new Australian law that requires technology companies to pay publishers when their articles are posted by technology users.

4. According to the Institute of International Finance (IIF) study released Wednesday, the global covid-19 response has exploded the global debt by $24 trillion in a year

5. Retail sales surged 5.3 percent in January, the rebound was fueled by federal stimulus and economic relief measures according to data released Wednesday by the Commerce Department.

World

1. A human challenge study, which will see healthy young volunteers get infected with the coronavirus, has been approved by an ethics committee said the British Government.

2. Three North Korean computer programmers with connections to a massive hacking aimed at stealing more than $1.3 billion in money and cryptocurrency were charge by the United States, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

3. After months of preparation, Japan, finally launched its mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Wednesday, 

4. Japanese Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto plans to accept the offer of the head of Tokyo organizing committee, Kyodo news agency said on Thursday

5. 2 Americans (father and son) accused of helping former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee trial in Japan have asked U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to halt their extradition. 

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