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On Thursday, Johnson & Johnson asked U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine.

If regulators approve, the vaccine will become the third available vaccine in the U.S. within weeks, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Last week, results from an international trial revealed that a single shot of J&J’s vaccine was 66% effective at preventing moderate and severe COVID-19 disease. In the U.S., it was 72% effective at preventing the novel disease.

The potential third vaccine could assist the U.S. in jumpstarting the mass-vaccination campaign that has struggled since its start in December.

Initially, Moderna Inc. and Pfizer released limited supplies of the vaccine, and there have been many issues regarding additional distribution since.

J&J’s vaccine could help the country by adding to the supply and by simplifying the vaccination process—only one dose is needed. Moderna and Pfizer require two doses, and neither vaccine has the longevity as Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. According to the outlet, the third potential vaccine can be kept at higher refrigerated temperatures for longer periods.

J&J, a New Brunswick, NJ company, expects to have millions of doses available immediately if regulators authorize its release. The company also expects to make more than one billion doses in 2021.

A spokesperson for the company said the U.S. purchased 100 million doses and plans on supplying them by midyear.

“Upon authorization of our investigational COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, we are ready to begin shipping,” said Paul Stoffels, J&J’s chief scientific officer, in a statement. “We are working with great urgency to make our investigational vaccine available to the public as quickly as possible.”

The Food and Drug Administration will review the company’s submission and use its expert panel, the Vaccines, and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, to publicly discuss data. The authorization of the vaccine’s release could come within weeks, Politico reports.




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Vanessa Bryant Files Complaint To Publicly Name Sheriff’s Deputies Accused Of Sharing Kobe Crash Photos

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Vanessa Bryant wants the four Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies that she alleges shared “unauthorized” photos of the helicopter crash site that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, their daughter, and seven others named publicly.

According to KTLA, county lawyers want to keep the deputies’ identities sealed. They argue that releasing them would make the deputies’ information public and potentially targets for hackers and bullies.

Bryant’s attorneys filed an amended complaint in federal court, adding the four deputies and the L.A. County Fire Department to her civil rights lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department and the county.

Vanessa posted on her Instagram Stories, “Kobe’s name was released when he was accused in 2003. Why should sheriffs get away with hiding? #doublestandard.”

Bryant’s lawsuit seeks damages for negligence and invasion of privacy, alleging that deputies and firefighters took photos and shared the images of the victims who died in the Jan. 26, 2020 crash.




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Authorities Say Shaquille O’Neal’s Atlanta Krispy Kreme Fire Was Arson

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The fire that destroyed Shaquille O’Neal’s Atlanta landmark Krispy Kreme Doughnuts location earlier this month has been ruled an act of arson.

On Friday, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department announced its findings through social media and requested the public’s help to identify their suspect. Two photos were released of the suspect involved, and a $10,000 reward has been offered, Yahoo reports.

Officials did not say how the February 10 fire started. Two employees were working in the store’s drive-thru at the time of the tragedy but luckily escaped safely after seeing wires smoking.

Firefighters were able to salvage most of the building, the outlet reported.

The location was opened in 1965 as part of the franchise’s initial expansion away from North Carolina. Shaq acquired it in 2016, who later became a global spokesman for the company.

It’s unknown when the store will reopen, but the NBA Hall of Famer says that they “will be back stronger the

an ever.”




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FBI Zeroes In On Suspect In Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick’s Death

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According to officials, the FBI has zeroed in on an unidentified suspect in the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Sicknick lost his life due to injuries sustained during the January 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol Building.

CNN reports that initial reports of Sicknick being attacked with a fire extinguisher, which turned out to be untrue. Instead, the theory is he became ill from the bear spray used by the angry mob during the attacks. It was previously reported that Sicknick made it back to his office, where he collapsed. He later died at an area hospital.

“We are awaiting toxicology results and continue to work with other government agencies regarding the death investigation,” U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement.

Newly surfaced video footage is credited with helping investigators narrow down the suspect pool. Despite having video footage and photographs of the attack, investigators have struggled to build a strong murder case in Sicknick’s death. It’s not clear what charges the unknown suspect will face.

“Officer Sicknick’s family has asked for privacy during this difficult time and that the spreading of misinformation stop regarding the cause of his death,” said the statement from Capitol Police. “The Department and the Sicknick family appreciate the outpouring of support for our fallen officer.”

Sicknick, a New Jersey native, laid in state at the Capitol Building earlier this month, an honor typically reserved for the United States government leaders. President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and congressional leaders came to the ceremony to pay their respects to the fallen officer. 




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