1. US sees the highest single-day death toll with 5,078 deaths from COVID-19 were registered in the U.S. on Thursday.
2. The number of COVID-19 vaccinations around the world now surpasses infections, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said during a Friday news briefing.
3. States that instituted mask mandates reported a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
4. 8% of the U.S. population has received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccines, according to official figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
5.U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced Friday that 1,110 active-duty military personnel will be deployed across the country to assist with COVID-19 vaccinations.
3. President Joe Biden said Friday that Donald Trump’s “erratic behavior” should prevent him from receiving classified intelligence briefings.
4. Arctic air will be another major snowstorm for the Northeast.
5. U.S. President Joe Biden plans to raise the refugee cap for the current fiscal year to 62,500, a sharp increase from the 15,000 set by former President Donald Trump.
1. Smartmatic sued Fox News for more than $2.7 Billion for promoting a false narrative about the 2020 election that damaged the company.
2. Supermarket chain giant Kroger Co said on Friday it would give $100 to workers who get a COVID-19 vaccination.
3. Oil prices rose about 1% on Friday, after hitting their highest in a year and closing in on $60 a barrel after OPEC+ remain committed to their supply tightening policy.
4.Long-term unemployment is at an all-time high. Indeed, long-term unemployment is edging toward a historical peak.
5. Democrats are reportedly considering sending the $1,400 payments to individuals earning up to $50,000, and $2,800 to married couples earning up to $100,000 (plus $1,400 per child)
1. Former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy to become the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the first woman to lead the WTO after securing President Joe Biden backing.
2. U.N. Inspectors Find Radioactive Traces in Iran nuclear plants. Potentially this could imply the country has undertaken work on nuclear weapons.
3. London has over the last 12 months quietly expelled three suspected Chinese spies who posed as journalists, according to a U.K. official.
4. Moscow to expel diplomats from Sweden, Poland, and Germany who took part in unlawful rallies in support of the jailed opposition politician last month; Berlin threatens retaliation.
5. Fast-Spreading Covid-19 Variant Surges in Brazil, Worrying Scientists
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