5 things to know for October 1: Congress, coronavirus, immigration, opioids, Ethiopia


By AJ Willingham, CNN

September was worst month of the year so far for Wall Street, which ended its last trading day of the quarter in the red.

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1. Congress

The impending shutdown of the government was avoided. The House and Senate voted yesterday in favor of a continuing resolution, which will keep government funded until December 3. President Biden signed it into law. The bill also provides funding for the resettlement of Afghan refugees and assistance for areas affected by storms and forest fires. While the interim bill was something of a victory, Democratic leaders took a heavy blow when progressives defied fierce pressure from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and refused to pass a bipartisan $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill, following through on their promise to dig in their heels if a $ 3.5 trillion spending bill covering health care, education and social programs is not dealt with at the same time.

2. Coronavirus

a oral pill from Merck and Ridgeback Therapeutics have halved the risk of hospitalization or death from Covid-19, Merck said in a press release this morning. it would be become the first oral antiviral for Covid-19 if approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization. In the meantime, several states are seeing very high compliance rates – and increased vaccination rates – as the expiry of the vaccine mandate approaches. But there is also a lot of hindsight. Some public school teachers in New York asked the Supreme Court to block New York City’s vaccination mandate for in-person staff which is expected to take effect this afternoon. Similar disputes over vaccine mandates are unfolding elsewhere, such as in Brazil, where so-called vaccine passports have become very controversial in Rio de Janeiro. In Europe, some EU countries are lagging behind their highly vaccinated neighbors. It is said that countries like Romania and Bulgaria have all the vaccines they need, but political instability and disinformation contributed to vaccine hesitancy and low vaccination rates (33% and 22%, respectively). Overall, almost three quarters of adults in the EU are fully vaccinated.

3. Immigration

The Biden administration can continue to deport migrant families with children under Title 42, the controversial public health provision of the Trump era. It’s the decision of a federal appeals court, which stayed an order from a lower court that would block such evictions. The Justice Department has defended the use of Title 42, saying border facilities are not equipped to handle large influxes of migrants during a pandemic. The Department of Homeland Security also published new priority-based immigration law enforcement guidelines this step back from a more aggressive approach taken under the Trump administration. The department will now prioritize certain undocumented immigrants for arrest and deportation, including terrorism suspects, people with serious criminal conduct or recent illegal franchisees.

4. Opioid crisis

The Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than 1.8 million fake pills containing fentanyl and made more than 800 arrests in a two-month scan to fight counterfeit drugs containing synthetic opioid. These pills are contributing to the opioid crisis in the United States and are believed to be responsible for about three-quarters of the more than 93,000 fatal drug overdoses in the United States last year. 2020 was the deadliest drug overdose on record, and health experts attribute this in part to mental health crises fueled by the pandemic. The Biden administration has pledged to deal with the growing crisis and offered historic funding to do so in its budget request for fiscal year 2022.

5. Ethiopia

Ethiopia is expel seven senior United Nations officials after the UN’s Office for Humanitarian Affairs warned last month that hundreds of thousands of people could face famine in the country. Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said officials “were interfering in the country’s internal affairs.” The ongoing conflict in the Tigray region has led to a humanitarian crisis, and UN humanitarian officials have said there is a “de facto blockade of humanitarian aid” preventing necessary supplies from reaching some of the 5.2 million people estimated to be affected. UN leaders sharply criticized the Ethiopian government for its role in the crisis and called on the government to facilitate access to food and supplies. The Ethiopian government has denied blocking such aid.


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