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Demonstrators in Bogota on May 4. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

Mass anti-government protests unfolded across Colombia on Wednesday, topping off a week of unrest that has left at least 24 people dead, reports The Guardian.

Why it matters: The demonstrations started as a strike against a proposed tax reform but developed into wider outcry "over poverty exacerbated by the pandemic, human rights abuses and the authorities’ heavy-handed response to protests," per The Guardian.

The state of play: The unpopular tax reform proposal would have increased taxes on businesses and eliminated many of the individual exemptions passed due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports the BBC.

  • President Iván Duque Márquez announced last Sunday that the proposal would be shelved but protests have continued.

The big picture: Both Amnesty International and the United Nations have condemned the use violence by Colombian authorities in suppressing the protests.

  • More than 800 people have been injured in the clashes between protestors and the police, BBC reports.
  • 23 protestors have died as well as one police officer, per The Guardian.

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Health care workers on the front lines in the fight against COVID are suffering from unprecedented levels of burnout amid the latest surge.

Why it matters: America’s health care workers are already burnt out from previous waves of the pandemic. But as hospitals in hotspots are filling up, and sick COVID patients are once again requiring life-saving care, the stress is being compounded by the battle over public health measures.

How the messaging around FDA approval could boost COVID shots

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Full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine can provide a big boost to vaccination efforts or a more modest one — depending on how it is handled when the decision comes down.

Between the lines: If FDA approval is left to be interpreted by the public through the countless channels of communication and misinformation people use to digest vaccine information, the effect of the decision will be much more modest or even muddled.

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U.S. approves third vaccine dose for certain immunocompromised people

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The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have both recommended that certain immunocompromised people receive a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

Why it matters: Data suggest that people with weakened immune systems don't generate strong enough levels of protection against the virus with just two doses, but a third dose could significantly help.