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Iceland has elected its first female-majority parliament, with women holding 33 seats in the North Atlantic island nation's 63-seat parliament after all the votes were tallied Sunday, AP reports.

Why it matters: The outcome is a landmark for gender equality in the country — and Europe as a whole — and came despite a poor election outcome for left-leaning parties, where female candidates are more frequently frontrunners.

  • The center-right Independence Party amassed the largest share of votes, winning 16 seats, according to AP.
  • The incoming members of parliament include the oldest and youngest candidates to take a seat in Iceland.

The big picture: Though inequities have persisted, women have generally seen more representation in legislative bodies in recent years, according to an analysis by the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

  • The global share of women in national parliaments was 25.5% as of Jan. 1, a slight uptick from 24.9% a year earlier.

What they're saying: "I want to improve Iceland's treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers," Lenya Run Karim, the youngest incoming member of parliament, told AP. "Our ideas need to be heard more."

  • "It is no longer acceptable to ignore gender equality when selecting candidates," Silja Bara Omarsdottir, a politics professor, said, per AP.

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Driving the news: Several studies have emerged in the past year sounding alarms on how pandemic stressors like the increasingly difficult work-life balance, caregiving burdens and social isolation have left women bearing the brunt of this epidemic.

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The president of New York City's firefighters union told reporters Wednesday that he's advised unvaccinated members to ignore Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Under de Blasio's order that's due to take effect Friday, unvaccinated city employees would be placed on unpaid leave. But Uniformed Firefighters Association head Andrew Ansbro said he told members that "if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty," according to Reuters.

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The readily available antidepressant fluvoxamine significantly reduced COVID-related hospitalizations, according to a large study published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The clinical trial suggests that a cheap, readily available drug could dramatically reduce serious illness and death when prescribed early.