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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The United States kicked off indirect talks with Iran in Vienna on Tuesday, paving the way for the restoration of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal. The two countries’ leaders will not convene in the same room, relying instead on mediators from Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia.
President Joe Biden pledged on Tuesday that all Americans 18 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, moving his administration’s original May 1 goal up by nearly two weeks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 41.7 percent of American adults have received at least one vaccine dose, and 24.4 percent are fully vaccinated. Among senior citizens 65 and up, 56.6 percent are fully vaccinated.
North Korea, citing concerns over the pandemic, became the first country to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics set to kick off in July.