Today I am telling my story. I never planned to share the details of my experience working in the Cuomo administration, but I am doing so now in hopes that it may make it easier for others to speak their own truth. https://t.co/n1Lcc6Ac66— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) February 24, 2021
➤FDA SAYS JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID VACCINE OFFERS STRONG PROTECTION: The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine offers strong protection against severe Covid-19. That clears another step to final approval of the vaccine, which unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that are currently being used, is just one shot, instead of two several weeks apart. FDA scientists said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is about 66 percent effective at preventing moderate to severe Covid-19, and about 85 percent effective against severe illness. The FDA's independent advisers will debate Friday whether the evidence is strong enough to approve the new vaccine.
U.S. to Distribute Masks to Hard-Hit Communities: The White House said yesterday that the federal government will be distributing millions of face masks to Americans, but they won't be sent to everyone and won't go through the mail, ideas that had been considered. Instead, the administration will send more than 25 million cloth masks to underserved communities that have been hard-hit by the coronavirus, and they will be given out through Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and the nation’s food bank and food pantry systems.
NIH to Study 'Long Covid,' Now Named 'PASC': The National Institutes of Health announced this week that it's launching an analysis of "long Covid," what sufferers have been calling it when they have lingering symptoms for weeks or months after having Covid-19. The NIH will try to figure out what's causing the range of symptoms, which some studies show can be experienced by as many as one-third of Covid patients. Dr. Anthony Fauci, meanwhile, said yesterday that "long Covid" now has an official name, "PASC," which stands for "post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection."
The Biden admin. will release an intelligence report Thursday that concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, three U.S. officials familiar with the matter tell @NBCNews. https://t.co/h7FTEggDIR— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 25, 2021
➤BIDEN ORDERS REVIEW OF U.S. SUPPLY CHAINS, WANTS TO STRENGTHEN THEM: President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday reviewing U.S. supply chains with the goal of strengthening them for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors. The U.S. has become increasingly reliant on imports of those goods, which is a potential national security risk, and boosting supply chains in the U.S. is also intended to increase manufacturing jobs. Strengthening the supply chain has apparent bipartisan support, with Biden meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House yesterday before the signing. Biden said, "It was like the old days. People were actually on the same page."
According to The NY Post, he said, “This remains an accident. An accident is not a crime. They do happen, unfortunately." Villanueva said Woods could eventually be cited for inattentive driving, but that would be an infraction, not a misdemeanor.
As previously reported, Woods was driving on Hawthorne Boulevard when he lost control of his vehicle.
On Tuesday night (February 23rd), it was reported that Tiger was "awake and responsive" after undergoing emergency surgery on his legs. Tiger released an official statement to his Twitter account, saying that he suffered “comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula” in the accident. His ankle was shattered as well.
🏌CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES COULD MEAN END OF TIGER WOODS' CAREER: Tiger Woods underwent surgery for significant injuries to his right leg, including compound fractures, after a car accident on Tuesday, and while many were saying Woods was lucky to be alive after his car rolled over in the crash, the injuries could spell the end of his career. At age 45, Woods has already undergone multiple surgeries during his career on his left knee and back, and at the time of the accident, he was still recovering from a microdiscectomy to remove a pressurized disk in his back that was pinching a nerve. He'd played only seven times since July, never making it into the top 35, and remains one victory short of his 83rd, which would set a PGA Tour record. Dr. Michael Gardner, chief of orthopedic trauma at Stanford Medical Center, told the AP, "I would say, unfortunately, it’s very, very unlikely that he returns to be a professional golfer after these injuries."
⚾REIGNING AL MVP ABREU POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS: The Chicago White Sox said yesterday that first baseman Jose Abreu, the reigning American League MVP, had tested positive for the coronavirus. General manager Rick Hahn said Abreu is "completely asymptomatic" and that testing shows he has Covid-19 antibodies, with Abreu believing he had a mild case in January. He will spend a few days away from the team, with manager Tony LaRussa saying he'll likely join them by Monday.
🏒CANADIENS FIRE HEAD COACH JULIEN: The Montreal Canadiens fired head coach Claude Julien on Wednesday, as well as associate coach Kirk Muller. The Canadiens have lost three games in a row after returning from a one-week break, and lost six of eight games overall after a strong start. Assistant coach Dominique Ducharme was appointed interim coach. Julien has been with Montreal since midway through the 2016-17 season.
🏀SUNS' BOOKER REPLACES LAKERS' DAVIS FOR NBA ALL-STAR GAME: The Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker was chosen yesterday to replace injured L.A. Lakers player Anthony Davis in next month's NBA All-Star Game. Commissioner Adam Silver chose Booker as Davis' replacement one day after Booker was snubbed by the league's head coaches for a reserve spot in the All-Star Game, which will be played March 7th in Atlanta.
🏈REPORT: NFL WANTS TO START 17-GAME SCHEDULE NEXT SEASON: The NFL and team owners want to begin a 17-game schedule starting next season, the Washington Post reported yesterday. A 17-game regular season would likely have a shortened preseason, reduced by one game to three. The most recent collective bargaining agreement ratified last March gave the NFL the right to implement a 17-game season, with players getting financial concessions in return.