Welcome back to school! Kick off your morning with some highlights of what’s going on in the world.

Happening in the World: Storm Filomena brought unusual weather to Spain, with thick snow and temperatures as low as 18℉ in some parts of the country. The storm has also created “rough seas around Spain’s coast,” with surfers enjoying the rarity of the large waves (BBC).

Happening in the US: On Friday, Twitter permanently suspended President Trump’s account, @realDonaldTrump. The popular social media app stated that “we have permanently suspended the account due to risk of further incitement of violence,” referring to the president’s comments in relation to January 6 assault on the Capitol by his own supporters (CNN). 

Happening in NYC: The city’s first 24/7 vaccine sites have opened in the Bronx and Brooklyn, with around-the-clock hours starting today. After visiting the Bronx site, Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed support for the 24/7 vaccinations, saying “The best thing we can do is to keep making sure it’s more efficient and effective each day.” Three more 24/7 sites will open this week: the Lower Manhattan site at 125 Worth Street tomorrow, the Staten Island site at the Health + Hospitals Vanderbilt Clinic on Wednesday, and the Queens site at the Queens Corona Clinic on Saturday (Gothamist). 

Happening in our community: The Columbia Student Health Insurance Team is hosting a virtual event today at 11 am called “We’ve Got You Covered – Columbia Student Health Insurance 101.” The event serves to teach new students about the Spring 2021 student health insurance plan and all it offers. You can find the Zoom link here.

Vaccines via Bwog Archives