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Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman, who stole the show at President Biden's inauguration, will honor a local nurse as a coronavirus hero at the Super Bowl, the NFL announced Wednesday.

What's happening: Suzie Dorner, the COVID ICU nurse manager at Tampa General Hospital, will be the subject of Gorman's poem — along with a Marine veteran from Pennsylvania and an L.A. educator.

  • The trio will also take part in the coin toss.
  • Dorner lost two grandparents to COVID-19 while working during the pandemic.

Flashback: The four most viral stories on social media from Inauguration Day all were about Gorman, according to Axios' Neal Rothschild and Sara Fischer.

The big picture: Axios also spoke with the first nurse in Florida to receive the COVID vaccine, Tampa General's Vanessa Arroyo, who found out yesterday morning that she's also going to the Super Bowl:

"The past 10 months have been the most difficult 10 months of my life. To see that the NFL and Tampa General realize our hard efforts and think we’re deserving to go to this once in a lifetime opportunity, it means a lot.
"There’s no monetary price on these things. It feels priceless."

This story first appeared in the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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The state of play: The 222-room hotel — which will be Minnesota's only five-star property — is part of the 37-story RBC Gateway Tower office-retail-condo project at Nicollet and Washington, the largest current development in the Twin Cities at a cost north of $400 million. It's set to open in 2022.

Biden explains justification for Syria strike in letter to Congress

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

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FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.