Canadian Protests Obstruct Movement in Ottawa, US Border Crossing

In less than a month, what began as a small convoy in rural British Columbia, Canada, has become a movement that has seen protestors clog the streets in the Canadian capital of Ottawa and brought the largest US-Canada border crossing to a virtual standstill. Nearly 80% of Canadians are fully vaccinated. The percentage of Canadian truckers who are vaccinated is also quite high. The protests initially were led by a small minority of Canadian truckers in opposition to vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers, but in light of the fact that a lift of Canadian mandates would be moot so long as the US maintains its mandate, the movement has evolved to oppose a much broader array of perceived transgressions. Freedom Convoy participants now oppose COVID-19 quarantine and lockdown measures, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the Canadian government in general. The movement has also drawn participants from the fringes of the political right with the makeup of some protestors including QAnon supporters and Great Replacement theorists. 

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Biden Administration: Travel from India Will Be Restricted Beginning One Week from Now

The administration stated that ‘extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating’ in India is an explanation behind the new travel limitations. The Biden administration will confine travel from India into the U.S. beginning one week from now as the nation faces the most exceedingly terrible Covid outbreak the world has seen. 

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J&J Asks Other Companies to Join Investigation of Blood Clotting After COVID-19 Vaccination

Recently, federal healthcare agencies have advised Johnson & Johnson to cease administering their COVID-19 vaccine temporarily. According to Reuters, this advice was given after six women under fifty developed blood clotting following the shot. Business Insider reports that the women were between the ages of eighteen and forty-eight and now suffer from a blood clot in the brain called central venous sinus thrombosis (CVST). Overall, 6.8 million Americans have had the J&J vaccine.

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Fashion Tradeshows to Resume In-Person

Fashion wholesale tradeshows, a crucial component of the industry, are finally back in person after months of virtual events. Informa Markets Fashion recently announced its semi-annual MAGIC tradeshow will be returning to Las Vegas this August. Over 1,000 exhibitors are expected to attend, showcasing their brand’s newest trends and styles for the upcoming seasons.

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