» A Texas man was arrested near Vice President Kamala Harris’s official residence in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. A semiautomatic rifle, “large capacity ammunition feeding device,” and more than 110 rounds of ammunition were found in his car. He reportedly texted his mother that he was planning to “take care of his problem.” [Reuters]
» This year, the deadline to file federal taxes will move to May 17. A bipartisan group of lawmakers championed the short extension, citing ongoing delays and complications of the pandemic. [CNN]
» California Senator Dianne Feinstein remains adamant that she will not be leaving office ahead of the end of her current term. Governor Newsom let slip this week that he has started looking at possible names should she decide to retire early–and mentioned he is particularly looking into Black women, after being criticized for allowing the seat vacated by Kamala Harris to go to a man. [Los Angeles Times]
» A new report examining the law enforcement response to the 2018 shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks tells a story of delays and chaos. Analysis of the report suggests communication failures within the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department “likely hindered the law enforcement response.” [Los Angeles Times]
» The CDC does not consider a person fully vaccinated against COVID-19 until at least 14 days after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine. A helpful reminder for a reported wave of folks throwing parties, meeting up with loved ones, and even shirking masks as soon as that second shot hits. [The Atlantic]
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Vaccine Selfies May Be Clogging Your Feed, but They’re Also Doing Good
It didn’t happen unless you ‘grammed it. Millions of people have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccination and, to prove it, they’ve posted about it on social media.
Dr. Lynora M. Saxinger, an infectious diseases doctor and cochair of COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group, says that while some people may view vaccine selfies as boasting when others haven’t had the chance to get theirs, the snaps actually help normalize getting a vaccine, which is important.
“There’s evidence that normalizing vaccines can help convince people that are uncertain that it’s safe,” she says.
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