The Morning Dispatch: Ukraine Punches Back

Happy Thursday! One person’s ketchup stain is another person’s fashion statement. Heinz and ThredUp are teaming up to “elevate” secondhand clothes by smearing condiments on them before resale. Sure, why not!

(100 percent of the proceeds are going to Rise Against Hunger, which is nice, assuming there are proceeds.)

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • A long-awaited report from the United Nations’ human rights chief released Wednesday found China has committed “serious human rights violations” in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, citing a “large-scale arbitrary deprivation of liberty of members of Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim communities.” The report—which was published minutes before United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s four-year term came to an end—also labels as “credible” allegations of torture, forced medical treatment, and sexual and gender-based violence. 

  • The Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations for both Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, authorizing the companies’ updated booster doses designed to target both the original SARS-CoV-2 strain and the BA.4/BA.5 strains of the Omicron variant. A Centers for Disease Control advisory panel still needs to formally recommend the updated vaccines before they can roll out nationwide, but that panel could do so as early as today.

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