Here are some significant developments:
- During a tour of a vaccination facility in Texas on Friday, President Biden urged Americans not to let their guard down in the next few months, claiming “it’s not the time to relax” after touting his efforts to combat the pandemic.
- Public health officials have eagerly awaited the arrival of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. But supply will continue to limit U.S. inoculation efforts in the near term.
- The House is expected to vote Friday evening and approve Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package, which includes $1,400 direct checks to Americans and a minimum-wage increase. On Thursday, the Senate parliamentarian ruled against including the $15 minimum wage in the bill.
- South Korea began its vaccination program Friday, prioritizing health-care workers and vulnerable residents, including the elderly. It will extend social distance measures until March 14.
- California is anticipating a delivery of 380,300 Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine doses by next week, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced in a news conference Friday.
- Following a significant drop in coronavirus cases for months in a row, a sharp uptick in new infections in some parts of India in February have experts sounding alarms, the BBC reported.