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A woman braids her daughter's hair in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Matias Delacroix/AFP via Getty Images

Venezuela’s government and the United Nations’ food program have reached a deal for the international agency to directly provide meals for children in the South American country.

Why it matters: School children have been acutely affected by the food scarcity and high food prices in Venezuela. Some have fainted or even died from hunger or from eating poisonous tubers when they try to forage for meals.

Details: The World Food Programme said its goal is to reach 185,000 students by the end of the year and 1.5 million by the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

By the numbers: One third of the population in the South American country does not get enough to eat, according to the World Food Programme, and on average poor Venezuelans have lost 28 pounds because they have to skip meals, per an academic survey of living conditions.

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Biden signs law naming sesame the ninth major food allergen

Photo: Bloomberg / Getty Images

President Biden signed into law a bill that names sesame the ninth major food allergen and increases research to address growth in deadly allergies.

Why it matters: The number of life-threatening childhood food allergies has increased 4% annually since 1997, and hospital emergency room visits for food allergy-induced anaphylaxis have tripled in the last decade, according to research from Northwestern University, McKinsey & Company, Global Strategy Group and Food Allergy Research and Education.

Kate Marino, author of Markets
50 mins ago - Economy & Business

Omicron outbreaks were bad for business in January

Data: New York Federal Reserve Bank; Chart: Axios Visuals

Emerging anecdotal evidence shows just how hard the recent rise in COVID-19 cases hit businesses in early January — but that hasn't hurt some business leaders’ longer-term views on their companies' prospects.

Why it matters: Increasingly, the economic recovery has come in fits and starts that move in tandem with new peaks in cases. Look no further than the thousands of cancelled flights and shuttered Broadway theaters in the wake of the Omicron variant's spread over the last few months.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
1 hour ago - Health

The shifting definition of fully vaccinated

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The definition of what it means to be "fully vaccinated" is evolving even as the CDC has remained careful not to officially change it.

Why it matters: CDC officials have been balancing the job of convincing Americans who've already gotten two doses of the importance of boosters with getting many Americans who still need their first doses to get their shots at all.