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FDA report details flaws at Emergent facility making Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine

FDA report details flaws at Emergent facility making Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine

The US Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that new production of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine remains paused at the Emergent BioSolutions facility where millions of potential doses were contaminated, and the agency and the company are working through a list of potential quality issues. The FDA’s inspection of Emergent’s Bayview facility in Baltimore…MORE

Record-breaking flare erupts from neighboring star

A giant flare that is 100 times more powerful than any flare our sun has ever released has erupted from a nearby star, a new study says. Proxima Centauri is our sun’s nearest stellar neighbor at 4 light-years, or 25 trillion miles, away. It’s a small, dim red dwarf star with just an eighth of…MORE

Virginia governor signs bill legalizing marijuana possession starting this summer

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday signed a bill legalizing simple possession of marijuana beginning this summer, making it the first Southern state to do so and accelerating a revamp of cannabis laws that have disproportionately jailed Americans of color for nonviolent offenses. The bill, signed a day after April 20 — marijuana’s unofficial holiday…MORE

Minneapolis police still use force on Black people at disproportionate rate

Minneapolis police still use force on Black people at disproportionate rate

In the months after George Floyd’s death, Minneapolis Police Department officers reported using force on far fewer people — but then use of force spiked late last year, a CNN analysis of department data found. And after Floyd’s death, Black people are still subject to use of force by Minneapolis officers at a highly disproportionate…MORE