Lead Photo: Immigrant farm workers harvest spinach field as US President Donald Trump takes steps to drastically increase deportations on February 24, 2017 near Coachella, California. / AFP / DAVID MCNEW Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP via Getty Images.
Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on the political, media + other going ons in Latin America and the diaspora—all in one quick digest.
Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today:
Now that the U.S. has approved a third vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, 3.9 million doses will be distributed across states and to pharmacies and community health centers, a senior administration official said this weekend. These doses will be delivered as early as Tuesday morning (March 2). [CNN]
California’s Coachella Valley region is working to bring the vaccine to thousands of farm workers, who are being prioritized in the area. Pop-vaccination clinics run by county health departments have opened up to vaccinate laborers, regardless of their age and health conditions, on a large scale. [NYT]
Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue continued to spread conspiracy theories at this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference, falsely claiming that Donald Trump is the “actual” U.S. president. Goya’s board voted to keep Unanue from speaking to the press earlier this year after his baseless claims about election fraud went public. [Business Insider]
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday released a statement saying that some of his comments in the workplace “may have been insensitive or too personal” and that he was “truly sorry” to those who might have “misinterpreted (the remarks) as an unwanted flirtation.” The statement came after two of his former workers came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. [CNN]
Voters in El Salvador headed to the polls this weekend during an election that some believe will consolidate the power of President Nayib Bukele’s party. Salvadorans will choose 84 legislators to represent them in the national assembly for the next three years and also cast ballots for 262 municipal councils. Bukele has been described as authoritarian, particularly after his response to the pandemic, and opposed gay marriage. [Aljazeera]
On Friday (Feb. 26), Cuba’s Council of State approved legislation over animal rights laws that have been pushed by activists on the island. The legislation calls for fines and potential prison terms for people who break regulations. Dog-fighting and cock-fighting are expected to be outlawed. [AFP]
The Golden Globes took place last night and meant awards for films such as Nomadland, Minari, and Borat. Chadwick Boseman won posthumous award for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, written by the Puerto Rican and Black actor/playwright Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and Anya Taylor-Joy was recognized for her work in The Queen’s Gambit. [CNN]