School children wearing facemasks walk outside Condit Elementary School in outside Houston, Texas. Photo: François Picard/AFP via Getty Images On Monday, every adult became eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. So when will children be able to get their shots? While children under 16 have not been approved to receive any of the currently available shots, clinical trials to get shots in little arms are underway. Delivering the vaccine to children will be necessary to tame the virus, experts say, and could remove uncertainty around when students will fully return to in-person learning as they already prepare for the upcoming fall 2021 school year. Here’s what we know so far about the vaccine and children. Drug companies have launched critical trials for younger children and their results are expected to be released to the public by the summer . Both Pfizer and Moderna are testing their two-dose vaccines in children as young as 6 months old. (Clinical trials in children require … [Read more...] about Shots in Little Arms: When Can Kids Get the Vaccine?
The United Nations has slammed a black-led report on British race relations which found that “institutional” or “systemic” racism does not in fact exist, claiming it normalised “white supremacy”. “In 2021, it is stunning to read a report on race and ethnicity that repackages racist tropes and stereotypes into fact, twisting data and misapplying statistics and studies into conclusory findings and ad hominem attacks on people of African descent,” read the astonishing intervention by the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, attached to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights), against the findings of Britain’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. “The report cites dubious evidence to make claims that rationalize white supremacy by using the familiar arguments that have always justified racial hierarchy,” the so-called experts alleged of the “reprehensible” British report — which was led by black academic Dr Tony Sewell. … [Read more...] about Furious UN Says UK Govt Report Denying Systemic Racism ‘Normalises White Supremacy’
The U.S. is invited to attend an in-person meeting with the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G-7) countries in London next month, the first such meeting in two years. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Antony Blinken Overnight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Blinken says US falling behind China as global leader on climate change White House defends 'aspirational' goal of 62,500 refugees MORE is expected to take part, although the State Department did not confirm if the secretary will attend virtually or in person. The announcement was made by the British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab during a meeting of Parliament. ADVERTISEMENT The G-7 summit will focus on ensuring equitable access to vaccines, reviving the economy from the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting education for girls in developing countries and tackling climate change. Blinken … [Read more...] about Blinken to participate in G-7 foreign minister meeting in London next month
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin The Memo: Russia tensions rise with Navalny's life in balance How to defeat Vladimir Putin Russian fighter jet intercepts US, Norwegian patrol aircraft over Barents Sea: report MORE to meet with him amid mounting tensions between their two countries. Zelensky and Putin have exchanged blame over who is behind rising clashes with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and a military buildup by Moscow on its side of the border. But Zelensky said he was still willing to meet with his Russian counterpart in the Donbass region, where fighting is ongoing. "Mr. Putin, I am ready to go even further and invite you to meet anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbass, where there is a war," Zelensky said in a Tuesday video , warning that his country is “ready for war.” ADVERTISEMENT The comments marked the most direct outreach from either of the two leaders … [Read more...] about Ukrainian president calls on Putin to meet amid tensions
Over 100 illegal migrants reached Britain by boat on Tuesday, as figures from the Home Office revealed that less than one per cent of illegal aliens have been prosecuted over the past five years. The migrant crisis in the English Channel shows no signs of abating, as seven boats carrying 113 illegals were brought to land at the Port of Dover on Tuesday. A further four boats carrying 72 people being stopped by French authorities, the BBC’s Simon Jones reported . So far this year, over 1,500 migrants have been recorded to have reached British shores. Theoretically, if crossings continue as they have, the year could be on pace to see 25,000 migrants cross the Channel from France illegally, three times as many reached in the year before the UK officially left the European Union. The latest crossings come as figures from the Home Office revealed that only an average of 71 out of 17,000, or 0.4 per cent, illegal migrants detected by Britain’s Border Force have been prosecuted … [Read more...] about 113 Boat Migrants Land in Britain on Tuesday, as Figures Reveal Less Than One Per Cent Face Prosecution