5 things to know for April 29th: Ukraine, Covid-19, recession, USPS, abortion 2022-04-29 05:41:48


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1. Ukraine

Ukrainian officials have condemned Russian missile attack on Kyiv last night, which happened when United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was wrapping up his visit to the Ukrainian capital. He called Guterres during his visit evacuation corridors It will be opened in Mariupol, considering the besieged city to be “a crisis within a crisis.” Guterres met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday and said Putin had agreed “in principle” for the participation of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross in evacuating civilians from Mariupol. Azovstal Steel Factory – Russian forces have been besieging Ukrainian fighters stationed at the facility for weeks. At least 150 employees of the plant were killed, and thousands are still missing, according to Yuri Ryzhnikov, CEO of Metinvest Holding Company that owns the plant.

2. Corona virus

Moderna said yesterday it is seeking emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for its Covid-19 vaccine Children from 6 months to 5 years old. So far, no Covid-19 vaccines have been authorized for children under the age of 5 in the United States – about 18 million people – and the timeline for a possible authorization is not yet clear. However, Moderna officials said the Food and Drug Administration is expected to move quickly, and a Pfizer official suggested that its vaccine for younger children may also be available in June, if authorized. This comes in a few days Pfizer asked the FDA The green light to give a booster dose of its vaccine to children aged 5 to 11. Experts say childhood vaccines are a high priority after studies showing that vaccine efficacy has waned significantly in children amid the spread of the Omicron variant.

3. Slack

The US economy unexpectedly contracted in the first quarter of 2022. GDP decreased at an annual rate of 1.4% During the first three months of the year – the worst quarter for the US economy since the pandemic – the world turned upside down in the spring of 2020. Still, economists say Don’t panicbecause this is not an indication of instant stagnation. “The negative GDP number is a surprise, but it’s not a substantial number,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics told CNN. “The economy continues to grow strongly and at a steady pace, reducing unemployment.” Also on the positive side, consumer spending – the main driver of the US economy – accelerated during the first three months of the year. Business investment increased at an annualized rate of 9.2% in the first quarter from 2.9% during the fourth quarter.


The US Postal Service faces lawsuits from 16 states, the District of Columbia, and a coalition of environmental groups seeking to stop buying Thousands of gasoline-powered trucks After the USPS committed to reducing its environmental impact. According to Postmaster General Louis Dejoy, USPS Lacks the necessary funding To increase the number of electric vehicles in its fleet. Postal Service spokesman Kim Froome told CNN in a statement yesterday that the agency conducted a “robust and thorough review” before moving forward with the vehicle plan, and that more electric vehicles could run if funding becomes available. $6 billion in the Build Better Act has been earmarked for President Joe Biden to help the USPS transition to fully electric cars, but The bill has stalled in the Senate.

5. Abortion

Oklahoma legislators passed a 6 weeks abortion ban Yesterday modeled on Texas’ controversial abortion law, which allows private citizens to take civil action against abortion providers to enforce the law. The bill prohibits abortions at a time when a doctor can detect early cardiac activity in a fetus or fetus, which could be as early as six weeks of pregnancy — before many women even know they are pregnant. Exceptions will be made for medical emergencies. It comes amid a move by Republican-led states to sharply scale back the measure, while the Oklahoma legislature is stepping up efforts to restrict abortion rights. The bill now heads to Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, a Republican, for final approval. Stitt has I pledged to sign every piece of legislation Reducing miscarriages that reach his office.

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Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgiaon the signature of several Education bills to law yesterday, including one that prohibits teaching “controversial concepts” related to race in the classroom. The law, known as “Student protection law“Part of a broader movement by conservative lawmakers across the country to limit how race is taught and discussed in schools. Kemp also signed HB 1178, known as the “Parental Rights Act,” which provides greater transparency to parents and legal guardians regarding what he studies their students, and SB 226, which bans literature or books deemed inherently offensive from school libraries.

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