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A screen displays the logo of the Copa America 2020 during the draw of the football tournament at the Convention Centre in Cartagena, Colombia. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) announced Monday that Brazil will host next month's Copa América soccer tournament after Argentina and Colombia were stripped of their hosting rights, AP reports.

Driving the news: Colombia was first dropped as a co-host amid ongoing protests. Argentina was then ruled out as new COVID-19 cases soared. After Brazil was named the new host Monday, some health experts criticized the decision, pointing to the country's response to the pandemic.

  • Copa América is scheduled to take place between June 13 and July 10.

What they're saying: “The host cities and the fixtures will be confirmed by CONMEBOL within hours. The oldest international tournament in the world will make the whole continent cheer!” CONMEBOL said Monday, per AP.

  • “CONMEBOL thanks (Brazil) President Jair Bolsonaro and his team, and also the Brazilian soccer confederation for opening the doors of this country for the safest sporting event in the world today. South America will shine in Brazil with all its stars,” the South American body added.

Some health experts and scientists, however, said they were opposed to Brazil hosting the tournament.

  • “Can anyone file an injunction at the Supreme Court to stop another attack on Brazilian people? Copa America will take place at the moment we reach 500,000 dead by COVID. We don’t need more circus, we need vaccines and a government,” Miguel Nicolelis, a prominent Brazilian neuroscientist, tweeted.
  • Denise Garrett of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, a non-profit organization calling for better vaccine access in Brazil, told AP that the tournament "brings the risk of bigger transmission of the virus in the country because of the gatherings, bigger circulation of people, more interactions"
  • Brazil "also runs the risk of introducing new variants that could come with players and workers from other countries," she added.

The big picture: Brazil has been one of the worst-hit countries by the pandemic, recording more than 16.5 million cases and over 461,000 deaths since the global health crisis began, per Johns Hopkins University data.

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Israel offers COVID-19 vaccine booster to ages 12 and older

A paramedic administers the third shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 24 in Israel. Photo: Ahmad Gharabali/AFP via Getty images

Israel on Sunday expanded its coronavirus booster shot program to include anyone over the age of 12, AP reports.

Why it matters: Israel has seen a surge in COVID cases, due in large part to the Delta variant, and now has one of the world's highest rates of infection. The country was already offering booster shots to people over 30 years old.

Report: Climate change is an "emerging threat" to U.S. economic stability

A firefighter watches an airplane drop fire retardant ahead of the Alisal fire near Goleta on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Photo: Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A top U.S. financial coordinating organization took several steps on Thursday to manage the growing risks that climate change poses to the U.S. financial system.

Why it matters: While the Biden administration has been taking an all-of-government approach to climate change, like factoring climate risk into planning at the Treasury Department, today's moves by the politically independent Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) carry significant weight.

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"I assume full responsibility," Duterte says of drug war

Rodrigo Duterte in 2017. Photo: Linus Escandor II/AFP via Getty Images

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he assumes full responsibility for a violent war on drugs that has killed thousands of people, Reuters reported.

Why it matters: Last month the International Criminal Court (ICC) formally authorized an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity during Duterte's war on drugs.