COVID-19 Pandemic

The CEO of Pfizer said that an annual Covid-19 vaccine will likely be needed, much like the flu shot.
After meeting, the CDC expert panel declined to end the pause on the the J&J vaccine, saying it needed more data to assess a possible blood-clotting side effect.
U.S. health agencies called for an immediate pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine following adverse events involving blood clots. As of 4/12, 6.8m+ doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC & FDA are reviewing data involving 6 reported U.S. cases of a rare & severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the vaccine.

Presidency of Joe Biden

The Biden administration announced new sanctions on Russia over the Solar Winds hack that breached U.S. government agencies and companies.
President Biden announced that the United States will withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, following a 20 year presence there.
President Biden issued an executive order forming the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court to study the issue of Supreme Court reform.
The Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit brought against former President Trump by individuals he had blocked on Twitter, since the case is longer longer relevant now that he is not in office.
Two U.S. Capitol Police officers that sustained injuries sued former President Trump for inciting the January 6, 2021 riot.
A New York Federal judge ruled that a confidentiality agreement signed by a former Trump campaign worker was “invalid and unenforceable.”

2021 Russia Protests

Navalny posted on his Instagram that he had a high temperature and a bad cough, while 3 other inmates have been hospitalized with tuberculosis.
Navalny declared a hunger strike to protest prison officials' denial of his requests for medical care.
Rustam Agishev, a doctor that treated Navalny for poisoning last year, has died. Agishev's death comes two months after the death of another doctor that treated Navalny.

2021 Myanmar Coup

82 people were killed in Bago city by military and police forces, bringing the total up to 701 since the start of the coup.
The United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai suspended the 2013 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with Myanmar in response to the violent crackdown against protesters.
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemns the Burmese military for its violent crackdown on protestors.