GOOD MORNING DC: Today Is World Health Day

#GoodMorningDC! Here's the world you are waking up to this Wednesday morning April 7, 2021. 

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning DC! It’s Wednesday and today is World Health Day. WHO is issuing five calls for urgent action to improve health for all people.

The interference between sports and politics continues. The US is considering boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, the first boycott of this kind since the Moscow Olympics in 1980. 

Caitlyn Jenner may run for governor of California, Axios has learned. This member of the Kardashian clan can actually win against Gavin Newsom. 

Blinken met with the Acting CEO of Voice of America Kelu Chao. While discussing press freedoms, Chao shared their serious concerns that the Russian government continues to restrict media freedom. This restriction of media freedom involves Moscow implementing certain requirements and fines that are deemed as “invasive.” This could result in criminal penalties and has the consequence of harming, and even completely silencing, independent publications and reporting in Russia. Specifically, there are criminal penalties placed on RFE/RL and VOA, and Russia. 

On Tuesday, Tishaura Jones became the first Black woman to be elected mayor of St. Louis, Missouri. She defeated her opponent Alderman Cara Spencer by a narrow 52-48 margin, and both candidates ran on a platform that advocated for social justice and promised criminal justice reform. She will be sworn in as mayor on April 20. 

Yesterday, the Arkansas House voted to override Governor Hutchinson’s veto of HB1570. The bill, if passed, would make Arkansas the first state to ban gender-affirming surgery and treatment for transgender youth. The Senate vote is to come. 

Legal Analyst and CNN and MSNBC contributor Midwin Charles has died unexpectedly, her family announced late last night. The cause of death has not been revealed, but she was only 47 years old. 

The highly contagious COVID variant has now been recorded in every state. Dr. Anthony Fauci warned against the states that are pulling mask mandates already, and noted that “it is premature to declare a victory.”

President Biden announced that he is moving his deadline to make all adults eligible for the vaccine to April 15. The original date was May 1. 

Across the pond, Prime Minister Boris Johnson sees reopening the vacation and tourism market as a priority and is asking officials whether or not they have considered cheap, on-the-spot COVID tests for travelers arriving in Britain.

The AstraZeneca trial on children was paused due to concerns of blood clots. At Oxford University, regulators were looking into a possible linkage between the vaccine and rare blood clots in adults, so the decision to pause the trial was taken as they await conclusive results. 

What will Biden do today?

The biggest event on the president’s schedule is his speech on investments in the American Jobs Plan. 

At 10:30 AM  the White House COVID-19 Response team will hold a press briefing.   

At 12:15 PM Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo will brief the press. 

For our dash of pop, Kim Kardashian has joined the billionaire ranks. 

And that's a wrap for this Wednesday morning, April 7, 2021.Thanks for waking up with Good Morning DC and our awesome team. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 


 

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