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Axios' executive editor Sara Goo and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Photo: Axios

San Francisco officials prioritized addressing women's inequality in the city's pandemic response "from day one," Mayor London Breed told Axios in a virutal event on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Women have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly a million American mothers have left the workforce as unemployment hits women harder than men. Meanwhile, stay-at-home orders have pushed the bulk of housework onto women, many of which are also juggling child care and heightened discrimination.

What they're saying: Breed said that from day one of the pandemic, officials knew action was necessary to protect lower-income communities in San Francisco — which are primarily made up of women — and plan for child care and schooling alternatives.

  • "We set up learning hubs so that when the schools did shut down and there were a lot of working parents that needed to get to work, we made sure that ... parents and mostly women could continue to work while their child was being cared for."
  • "We provided payments to those who didn't qualify for other payments or sick leave from their jobs. We work with small businesses. A lot of the hair shops, mostly run and owned by women, to provide no-interest loans and grants."
  • Breed said that ciy officials knew domestic violence would persist as a big challenge as more people stayed at home, and creating safe places for women to get support was crucial.

Watch the full event here.

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Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed a booster shot for adult recipients of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the initial dose.

Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.

Capitol Police officer indicted for obstructing Jan. 6 investigation

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A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping hide evidence of a participant's involvement in the Jan. 6 riot.

Driving the news: Officer Michael A. Riley, 50, is accused of telling the unidentified participant, referred to as "Person 1," in the Jan. 6 riot to delete posts from Facebook, which showed them in the Capitol during the attack.

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British MP dies after being stabbed while meeting constituents

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

David Amess, a Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K., was fatally stabbed Friday while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England, according to AP.

The big picture: Police said a man, 25, was arrested for the stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea and is being held on suspicion of murder. A knife was also recovered at the scene, authorities said.