Political Leaders & Celebrities Gather to Boost Vaccine Confidence at Vax Live Concert & More in …

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Lead Photo: In this image released on May 2, Jennifer Lopez performs onstage during Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Global Citizen VAX LIVE
In this image released on May 2, Jennifer Lopez performs onstage during Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Global Citizen VAX LIVE

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    Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today:
  • The FDA is expected to grant emergency use authorization that would allow children as young as 12 access to a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. A spokeswoman for the FDA declined to comment on the timeline. The FDA authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those 16 and older in December. Moderna is conducting similar trails of its vaccine for teenagers and is expecting results in the summer. [WaPo]
  • A subway overpass in Mexico City collapsed late Monday, killing at least 23 individuals. Roughly 70 people have been hospitalized as well, with seven in serious condition. The train had been traveling on an elevated section of the city’s rapid transit system known as the “Golden Line” before collapsing onto traffic below. [CNN]
  • In a reversal, President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he will allow 62,500 refugees to enter the U.S. throughout the next six months. This decision comes two weeks after President Biden faced backlash for announcing he would leave the Trump Administration’s limit of 15,000 refugees in place. President Biden has been navigating the waters between untangling Trump-era immigration policies while managing migrant surges at the Southwestern border. [NYT]
  • Venezuela will begin clinical trials of Cuba’s vaccine candidate, Abdala, this month. Abdala was approved in Cuba in March. According to the Health Minister Carlos Alvarado, the country hopes to produce enough doses locally for the vaccination of roughly four million people by July and to have first results published by August. [AlJazeera]
  • Political leaders and celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and J Balvin gathered for the Global Citizens: Vax Live concert to publicly talk about the importance of vaccine equity. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden appeared in a video message to boost confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. The show was hosted by Selena Gomez and took place at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, marking one of the largest concert gatherings in the area since the pandemic began. [Billboard]
  • Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo turned himself in on Sunday (May 2) after authorities identified the body of Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, a woman that had previously been reporting missing. Ortiz, 27, had been pregnant with Verdejo’s child. Verdejo was charged with “kidnapping resulting in death, carjacking resulting in death and killing of an unborn child.” [NBC]

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