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Workers unloading bags of chemicals at a port in Zhangjiagang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

China's Ministry of Commerce has promised it will take "necessary countermeasures" if the Trump administration goes ahead with its latest round of tariffs, which would slap 25% duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods as soon as Friday, reports Reuters.

The big picture: The public comment period, which expires at 12:00 a.m. Friday, has seen hundreds of businesses and organizations speak out against the effects these tariffs would have on Americans, as they impact a greater cross-section of consumer goods than the $50 billion of China tariffs already in place. The tariffs could threaten 11 million U.S. jobs — most of which are concentrated in rural, deep-red parts of the country.

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Antiviral COVID treatments are hailed as a pandemic game-changer, but they're currently in very short supply — and that's only one of several barriers to access for high-risk patients.

The big picture: Even when supply ramps up, it will still be tricky to connect some of the most vulnerable patients to the pills without changes to the process.

Four-day workweeks get rave reviews, but they're not catching on

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The four-day work week is nowhere close to becoming the norm, despite a flurry of corporate announcements, media coverage and intense interest from worker bees worldwide.

Why it matters: With the pandemic throwing work-family dynamics into chaos and a labor market favoring workers, there's demand for this.

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Report: LGBTQ+ Afghans' lives "dramatically worsened" under Taliban rule

Taliban fighters in Kabul, Afghanistan, earlier this month. Photo: Mohd Rasfan/AFP via Getty Images

LGBTQ+ Afghans have been threatened, attacked and "faced an increasingly desperate situation and grave threats to their safety" since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan last August, per a report published Wednesday.

What they're saying: "We spoke with LGBT Afghans who have survived gang rape, mob attacks, or have been hunted by their own family members who joined the Taliban, and they have no hope that state institutions will protect them," per a statement from study co-author J. Lester Feder.