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5 things to know for June 11: Biden, Covid-19, Capitol Riot, Ethiopia, US Drought




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1. White House

2. Coronavirus

We know that vaccines are incredibly effective in stopping the spread of Covid-19 among older age groups. Now, FDA vaccine advisors are debating the urgency it has inoculate children under 12 against the virus. Most seem to agree that authorizing vaccines for children early is a good idea, as the virus could return in the fall or winter. Meanwhile, FDA officials have agreed extend the life of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after some states said they had doses on hand that had to expire. There is also likely to be J&J doses will be shipped overseas, said a White House official. In other news, a variant of the coronavirus was first detected in India, known as the Delta variant, it has now been globalized.

3. Riot of the Capitol

Six men from California connected to a right-wing militia facing new Department of Justice conspiracy charges for his alleged role in planning the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Since the insurgency, prosecutors have charged numerous members of far-right extremist groups in connection with the riot. The latter case is the first against several people who are said to participate in all three percentages. The FBI chief said he expects more serious charges related to the attack, although he added that he he had no knowledge of this research with former President Trump.

4. Ethiopia

More than 350,000 people in Ethiopia is experiencing a terrible famine, with millions more facing “high levels of acute food insecurity,” according to a new report from the United Nations and other aid groups. The famine in the country’s Tigray region stems from a conflict that began in November between Ethiopian government troops and the region’s former ruling party. The fighting has resulted in “population displacement, movement restrictions, limited humanitarian access, loss of harvest goods and livelihoods and dysfunctional or non-existent markets,” according to the report. The situation is expected to worsen by September.

5. Western U.S. drought

The western United States was already facing severe drought, but dry conditions and temperatures well above average this week they have made it worse. All of California, Oregon, Utah and Nevada are now in drought, with about 2 million people in the bay area under an emergency of water scarcity. Meteorologists are concerned that these dry conditions will cause a especially intense forest fire season, which many states are already beginning to experience. In Oregon, the crisis is broke out in a water war, pitting farmers against Native American tribes, government agencies, and conservationists. At this point, it should come as no surprise to us: the culprit is the man-made climate crisis.


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