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May 11, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15. At least 24 Palestinians were killed when Israeli air strikes hit Gaza in the latest escalation after days of violence in Jerusalem. And, the hack of the Colonial Pipeline late last week forced the shut down of nearly half of the nation's East Coast fuel supply.President Biden says Russian hackers are the likely behind the attack.
May 10, 2021
Monday, May 10th
With 43% of U.S. adults vaccinated, this week the FDA could decide to authorize the use of the Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year-olds . Tensions remain high in Jerusalem following violent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians over forced evictions making way for Israeli settlers. And, doctors have started using a revolutionary gene-editing technique called CRISPR to try and cure some diseases.
May 9, 2021
BONUS: How Can Americans Make Democracy Work For Them?
On this week's bonus episode of Up First, host Steve Inskeep looks at how Americans can make democracy work for them. As part of NPR's series on democracy, Morning Edition visited Rochester, N.Y., to observe how the national debate around "defund the police" is playing out among city leaders.
May 7, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a new law that would put restrictions on mail-in voting and ballot drop boxes. Desperation turns into anger in India as the country sets a new world record for daily COVID infections. And, President Biden had big plans for immigration reform, but so far only small measures have been implemented.
May 6, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
The Biden administration announced it supports waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines. A federal judge is challenging the CDC's pandemic eviction moratorium. And, there are renewed calls for independence in Scotland as people vote in regional elections.
May 5, 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Today, an independent board will decide if former President Donald Trump will be allowed to rejoin Facebook's social network. Indian-American communities are raising money to help with India's worsening COVID crisis. And, President Biden wants to restore the world's confidence America. A global poll shows how our closest allies feel about that effort.
May 4, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
President Biden will announce targeted steps to get more people vaccinated, especially in rural areas. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an order cancelling COVID-related rules and restrictions statewide. And, 82 year-old liberal Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer is facing some progressive calls to step down.
May 3, 2021
Monday, May 3, 2021
Four migrant families that were separated during the Trump administration will be allowed to reunify in the United States this week. New COVID cases in America have dropped almost 30% over the last two weeks, but there are concerns about a new variant from India appearing in Michigan. And, 25 state attorney generals oppose a settlement being negotiated with Purdue Pharma and members of the wealthy Sackler family who own it
May 2, 2021
BONUS: Celebrating 50 Years of NPR
On this bonus episode of Up First, a celebration of NPR's first broadcast on May 3, 1971. That day more than 20,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest against the Vietnam War. Host Audie Cornish looks back at that day and the fifty years of coverage that followed.