Happy Monday! And just like that, it’s March.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday formally issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Manufacturers will begin shipping doses of the vaccine around the country this week, but supply is expected to initially be somewhat limited before ramping up in April and May.
The House passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package early Saturday almost entirely along party lines. The legislation now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to be reformed somewhat to comply with budget reconciliation rules.
The White House declassified an intelligence report on Friday that found Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 operation to “capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.” The Biden administration, however, has opted against directly punishing bin Salman, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying the United States’ “relationship with Saudi Arabia is bigger than any one individual.”