Your Thursday Briefing – The New York Times
Europe’s shattered confidence in vaccines
The European Medicines Agency, the EU’s leading medicines agency, is most likely to declare the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine safe after concerns about its possible association with blood clots or abnormal bleeding resulted in its being suspended in several countries.
But millions of Europeans have been shaken by the back and forth and will be more reluctant to vaccinate.
In France, the government no longer praised the vaccination against AstraZeneca a few days ago, but suspended it. A survey published by the Elabe Institute on Tuesday showed that only 20 percent of the French still trust the AstraZeneca vaccine, 58 percent are skeptical and 22 percent are undecided.
“I trust AstraZeneca. I trust the vaccines, ”said Ursula von der Leyen, the highest representative of the European Union, at a press conference in Brussels. But reassuring words cannot convince Europeans experiencing political whiplash.
Quote: “Before that, I was so pro-vaccines that I would have dipped children in them,” said a tourism worker in Milan. But now: “I wouldn’t get AstraZeneca because that would be like playing Russian roulette.”
By the digits: So far, only 9.8 percent of EU citizens have been vaccinated, leaving the bloc far behind the UK and the US
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
The shooter told police that he was sexually dependent and that he carried out the shootings to remove his “temptation,” the authorities said on Wednesday. Police arrested the 21-year-old on his way to Florida, where he may have planned more violence. He has been charged with several murder cases.
Although the shooter denied it was a hate crime, investigators said it was too early to be sure. Asian-Americans were affected by nearly 3,800 hate incidents last year.
Asking for help: Asian-Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area are calling for additional police patrols after a series of attacks. Elderly residents in particular have been the target of robberies, verbal attacks related to the coronavirus pandemic and assaults.
Domestic Terrorism: A new intelligence report warns of the growing threat from domestic terrorism, urges more resources to address the growing problem of domestic extremism, and highlights the threat posed by militias.
The travel certificate that could save the summer in Europe
The EU proposed a free certificate on Wednesday that would allow people to travel more freely if they can provide evidence of a vaccination certificate, negative test or documented recovery from coronavirus. The aim is to save summer for tourism-dependent Member States.
“The Digital Green Certificate will not be a requirement for free movement and will not discriminate in any way,” said Didier Reynders, a senior EU official, adding that the goal is “to gradually restore free movement within the EU and avoid” fragmentation . “
Free movement is the cornerstone of the bloc, but travel restrictions have traditionally been the purview of national governments. The Commission’s plan is a further aim to coordinate the current chaotic patchwork of different national measures, which significantly hinders travel within the previously borderless zone.
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Serbia, which has signed contracts for 11 million doses of Russian, Chinese and Western vaccines, has become Europe’s second best vaccine after the UK. Contracts for more than 11 million doses have been signed with Russia and China, whose products have not been approved by European regulators, as well as with Western pharmaceutical companies.
Diplomatically, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic’s success in the struggle of the EU looks good. The country has even donated shots to other parts of the region.
ART AND IDEAS
What American theater can learn from France
Art workers protest closings and occupy playhouses across France. But this drama hasn’t started on Broadway, writes our chief theater critic. This is an excerpt.
The pandemic was a disaster for the theater and possibly more damaging to the performing arts than any other. And yet, in the long run, the way we fix our stages could also lead to long-awaited changes that drive up the people who work on, below, and behind them.
While musicals and dramas are often viewed as inconsequential entertainment in the US, many French theater workers frame art making as a matter of freedom and work and see themselves as front line workers. Protests in support of the reopening of theaters claim that the arts are fundamental not only to the economy but also to a country’s moral health. It is worth marching for them.
The United States is a country that values its cultural heritage without wanting to support the work it sustains. Per capita cultural spending in France is about ten times that of the US – one reason there are six national theaters in France, not just the three that were occupied by protesters last week.
Artists shouldn’t be remembered only in emergencies and as a charity. Nor should they be remembered just for their economic impact. It’s often argued that Broadway alone adds $ 14.7 billion to New York’s economy, like that’s where it’s really just the bonus.
Surely our theater artists, these highly skilled workers, can figure out how to demonstrate this idea – in front of the Majestic Theater if necessary, with trombones and rockettes in tow.
PLAY, WATCH, EAT, SNAIL
What to cook
Linguine with chickpeas, broccoli and ricotta. Enjoy with crusty bread, fine wine and a sense of accomplishment to have dinner on the table in less than half an hour.
What to read
In Brontez Purnell’s new book, 100 Boyfriends, a rotating cast of narrators tells stories of desire and heartbreak. Our reviewer calls it a “hurricane” of a novel.
Something to see
In a new documentary, “Dancing With the Devil,” Demi Lovato tells of her weirdness, her near-fatal overdose, and her way of living her truth. “I’m ready to feel like me,” she said.
They’re huggable and collectable – and they take over: Meet Squishmallows.
Now is the time to play
Here’s today’s mini crossword puzzle and a clue: Singer nicknamed “Jenny from the Block” (three letters).
You can find all of our puzzles here.
That’s it for today’s briefing. See you on Friday. – Natasha
PS In honor of the Month of Women’s History, Charo Henriquez was recognized by Ms. Magazine for her role as editor of newsroom development and support for The Times.
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