Here’s the latest for Tuesday March 16th: Europe divided on AstraZeneca vaccine; Biden touts recovery package; Protests in Lebanon over currency plunge; Baby otter gets a name.
DAVID MARTIN: This is “AP News Minute.”
The European Union’s drug regulator insists there is no indication the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine causes blood clots. A number of countries have halted use the vaccine, but scientists argue that the loss of even a few days in vaccinating vulnerable people could be far more costly than the impact of any rare phenomenon.
President Joe Biden and his top messengers are touring the country to raise hopes over his $1.9 trillion relief package. Biden headed to Pennsylvania to highlight the benefits of the plan.
Protesters took to the streets of Beirut as the local currency plummeted to all-time lows against the dollar. The pound has lost nearly 90% of its value since October 2019. The crash has pushed more than half the population into poverty.
And the Brookfield zoo near Chicago has announced the name of its two-month-old river otter. After more than 18,000 votes were cast, the public chose Pascal, after an otter in a popular video game.
David Martin, the Associated Press, with “AP News Minute.”