Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine gets approved in the United States and an ancient chariot is discovered near Pompeii in today’s Bwoglines.

Happening in the World: A ceremonial chariot has been discovered by archaeologists near Pompeii. Pompeii is rich in ancient artifacts and this chariot, found north of Pompeii’s walls, was no exception. Experts speculate that this “extraordinary discovery” was most likely used in festivities and parades, possibly even wedding ceremonies. (BBC)

Happening in the US: The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, allowing for its use nationwide. The vaccine does not require special storage and is the first single-dose vaccine available in the US. It is reportedly 72% protective in the US. Although this protection rate seems low relative to other vaccines available, experts say a direct comparison cannot be made between all vaccines based on collected data. According to public health experts, citizens should take whatever vaccine is available to them first. (CNN

Happening in NYC: Vaccination sites in Brooklyn and Queens can now be accessed by residents of the boroughs who meet the specific medical, age, or occupational requirements. Previously, vaccination appointments at these sites (Medgar Evers College and York College) were only offered to certain zip codes rather than whole boroughs. Medgar Evers College, located in Crown Heights, will serve Brooklyn residents and York College, located in Jamaica, will serve Queens residents. Each site has the capacity to administer 3,000 doses a day for those meeting requirements. (Gothamist)

Happening in our community: Soon today, the Earth Institute will host an event focused on community building through song, verse, and more. The event will feature former US representative for New York’s 19th congressional district, John Hall. Hall is also known for his band Orleans. The event is today from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm EST. Learn more here.

Pompeii (the place not the song) via Pixabay