5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Johnson & Johnson vaccine could hit sites by Tuesday

  • Iran rejects European Union's invitation to discuss nuclear deal with U.S.

  • Cuomo responds to harassment allegations, says he 'never intended to offend or cause any harm'

  • Trump returns to spotlight with CPAC speech

  • Nomadland, Borat make history at the 2021 Golden Globes

The first Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses could reach vaccination sites as early as Tuesday, White House officials said on Sunday. About 3.9 million doses have been shipped, and 16 million more will be sent out by the end of March. With Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine receiving authorization for emergency use on Saturday, the United States now has three vaccine options, with all of them safe and effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death, a senior administration official told USA Today. In the U.S. clinical trial, Johnson & Johnson's vaccine had a 72 percent efficacy rate, and was almost 100 percent effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

Source: USA Today

Iran's foreign ministry on Sunday said the country will not participate in an informal meeting with the United States and European powers to discuss reviving the nuclear deal. The European Union offered to hold the talks, but this is "not the time" for such a gathering, spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said. Under former President Donald Trump, the U.S. abandoned the 2015 nuclear deal, and reimposed economic sanctions. Iran refused to renegotiate and instead began ignoring its commitments under the deal. Tehran has said in order for there to be talks, the U.S. must lift sanctions, which the U.S. has ruled out. A White House spokesperson said on Sunday the U.S. will consult with the other countries that signed the nuclear deal — the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, and Germany — to determine "the best way forward."

Source: BBC News

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Sunday night responded to a new allegation of sexual harassment made against him by a former aide, saying he now understands "that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel ways I never intended." Charlotte Bennett, 25, told The New York Times that while serving as a senior briefer and executive assistant to Cuomo in 2019 and 2020, he asked her if she is monogamous and if she had ever slept with older men. In a statement, Cuomo, 63, said he would sometimes tease people "about their personal lives and relationships," but he "never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm." His remarks to Bennett could "have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation," he added. "To the extend anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that."

Source: The New York Times

Former President Donald Trump made his return to the political stage with a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Sunday. He asked the enthusiastic crowd if they missed him before telling them that he'll "continue to fight right by your side." He then dismissed reports that he was thinking about breaking off from the Republican Party and striking out on his own. "I am not starting a new party," he said, claiming the idea was "fake news." Instead, Trump predicted the GOP will "unite and be stronger than ever before." While polls indicate Trump would be the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination again in 2024, he has not announced a campaign.

Source: The Week

The 2021 Golden Globes on Sunday were like none other, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-hosting from separate locations and honorees staying at home due to the pandemic. It was also an eventful ceremony, with several movies and directors making history. Nomadland, directed by Chloé Zhao, won Best Motion Picture — Drama, becoming the first movie directed by a woman to ever win this award. Zhao also took home the Best Director trophy, going into the history books as the first Asian woman — and just the second woman ever — to win the award. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, an Amazon Studios release, won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture — Musical of Comedy, and it was the first time that one of the top two best picture Golden Globes went to a streaming service's film.

Source: The Week, Variety