The United States will endorse a motion at the World Trade Organization seeking to waive draconian patent and related intellectual property protections that have thus far prevented the world from achieving global COVID-19 vaccines equity, the Biden-Harris administration announced this week. Pope Francis announced his support of “universal access to the vaccine” and condemned the “virus of individualism” that “makes us indifferent to the suffering of others”.
This week, the most consequential trial in this historic era of the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement culminated in a rare guilty verdict. A Minneapolis jury found Derek Chauvin, a white man and former police officer, guilty of the May 2020 brutal, daylight lynching of George Floyd, a Black American man.
The "jury did the right thing" when it found Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd, a Black man, guilty on all three charges of murder and manslaughter, according to former U.S. President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.
This week, the global death toll from COVID-19 topped 3 million, and cases topped 140 million, two heartbreaking milestones accompanied by burgeoning global COVID-19 vaccine “apartheid”, emerging deadly virus variants and mutations, increasing prevalence of vaccine “blood clots” and side-effects, vaccination pauses and restrictions, and the racist politics around the global distribution of life-saving vaccines.
A coalition of U.S. state attorneys general is calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to implement aggressive measures against the anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, lies and alarmist disinformation and misinformation thriving on their platforms, undermining public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.
Amanda Gorman, an award-winning African American poet and activist, became the youngest presidential inauguration poet in U.S. history when she delivered her soul-stirring poem "The Hill We Climb," at the historical inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala D. Harris in Washington D.C. on Jan. 20, 2021.
In his inaugural speech, U.S. President Joe Biden declared that his country's "fragile" and "precious" democracy had "prevailed" following the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump “insurrectionists” and “domestic terrorists”.
In the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump white nationalists, far-right extremists, white supremacists, QAnon adherents, and ordinary Americans, Twitter permanently banned outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump to reduce “the risk of further incitement of violence”.