Your Thursday Briefing – The New York Times

The European Medicines Agency, the EU’s largest drug regulator, is likely to rule out the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after concerns about a possible link with blood clots or abnormal bleeding led to its suspension in several countries.

But millions of Europeans have been shaken back and forth and will be more hesitant about vaccination.

In France, the government praised the AstraZeneca vaccine a few days ago for suspending it. A poll by the Elabe Institute on Tuesday showed that only 20 percent of French people trust the AstraZeneca vaccine, with 58 percent skeptical and 22 percent undecided.

“I trust AstraZeneca; I trust the vaccines, “said Ursula von der Leyen, the European Union’s top official, at a news conference in Brussels. But reassuring words can not convince European people who experience policy whipping.

Quote: “Before that, I was so pro-vaccine that I would have immersed children in it,” said one tourism worker in Milan. But now, “I would not get AstraZeneca because it would be like playing Russian roulette.”

According to the figures: So far, only 9.8 percent of EU residents have been vaccinated, leaving the bloc far behind Britain and the US

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.


The gunman told police he had a sexual addiction and carried out the shooting to eliminate his “temptation”, authorities said Wednesday. Police caught the 21-year-old on his way to Florida, where he may have planned more violence. He is charged with several murders.

Although the shooter denied it was a hate crime, investigators said it was too early to be sure. Asian Americans have been targeted in nearly 3,800 hate incidents in the past year.

Ask for help: Asian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area are asking for more police patrols after a series of attacks there. Older residents in particular were the targets of robbery, verbal attacks related to the coronavirus pandemic and assaults.

Domestic terrorism: A new intelligence report warns of the growing threat of domestic terrorism, which adds to the urgency of more resources to combat the growing problem of domestic extremism, and highlights the threat posed by militias.


The EU on Wednesday proposed a free certificate enabling people to travel more freely if they can provide proof of vaccination, a negative test or a documented repair of the coronavirus. It is intended to save the summer for tourism-dependent member states.

“The digital green certificate is not a condition for free movement, and it will not discriminate in any way,” said Didier Reynders, a top EU official, adding that the aim was to “free movement within the EU to gradually recover and fragmentation. “

Freedom of movement is the cornerstone of the bloc, but travel restrictions are traditionally under the supervision of national governments. The commission’s plan is another attempt to coordinate a chaotic patchwork of divergent national measures, significantly hampering travel within the previously borderless area.

Serbia, which has signed deals for 11 million doses of Russian, Chinese and Western vaccines, has become Europe’s second best vaccine after Britain. It has concluded deals for more than 11 million doses with Russia and China, the products of which have not been approved by European regulators, as well as with Western medicine companies.

Diplomacy makes Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s success look good if the EU struggles; the country even donated shots to other parts of the region.

Artists protest over closures and occupy playgrounds across France. But on Broadway, the drama should not open yet, writes our main theater critic. This is an excerpt.

The pandemic was a disaster for the theater and is possibly more damaging to performing arts than to any other. And yet, in the long run, the way we restore our stages can also lead to lasting changes that will elevate the people working on it, below and behind them.

While musicals and dramas in the US are often seen as unimportant entertainment, many French theater workers view art production as a matter of freedom and labor and consider themselves frontline workers. Protests there in support of the reopening of theaters claim that arts are important not only for the economy but also for the moral health of a country. It’s worth the march.

The USA is a country that cherishes its cultural heritage without wanting to support the labor that sustains it. Cultural spending per capita in France is about ten times as much in the US – One reason why there are six national theaters in France, not just the three that were occupied by protesters last week.

Artwork should not be remembered only in emergencies and only as charity. They should also not be remembered just because of their economic impact. It is often argued that Broadway alone contributes $ 14.7 billion to the New York economy, as if that’s the point when it’s actually just the bonus.

Our theater artists, those highly skilled laborers, can surely find out, if anyone can, how to demonstrate the idea – if necessary, in front of the Majestic Theater, with trombones and Rockettes in tow.

Linguine with chickpeas, broccoli and ricotta. Enjoy it with crusty bread, good wine and a sense of accomplishment to get dinner on the table in less than half an hour.

In Brontez Purnell’s new book, ‘100 Boyfriends’, a revolving role tells narrators about desire and sadness. Our reviewer calls it a ‘hurricane’ of a novel.

In a new documentary, “Dancing With the Devil”, Demi Lovato opens up about her tuberculosis, her almost fatal overdose and her journey to live out her truth. “I’m ready to feel like myself,” she said.

They are embraceable and collectible – and they take it over: Meet Squishmallows.

Here’s today’s Mini Crossword Puzzle, and a clue: Singer also has the nickname “Jenny from the Block” (three letters).

You can find all our riddles here.


This is it for today’s briefing. See you Friday. – Natasha

PS In honor of Women’s History Month, Charo Henríquez was profiled by Me. Magazine for her role as editor of the development and support of the news office at The Times.

The latest episode of ‘The Daily’ deals with the fight for minimum wage in the USA

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