A federal Centers for Disease Control advisory committee is expected to meet soon to review the data of the Pfizer-BioNTech MRNA vaccine and make recommendations following the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of the shot for children as young as 12. According to media reports, shots could be administered to the new pool of recipients as soon as Wednesday. More: The New York Times
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S.C. getting $2.5B+ in more federal virus relief aid. Federal virus relief funds totaling $2.5 billion will go to South Carolina’s state government as counties and cities also will reap millions of aid dollars. Local governments have broad discretion on how to spend the money, but they are not allowed to spend it on cutting taxes or adding to pension funds. More: The Post and Courier
Gas prices rise, people line up for fuel following pipeline attack. A ransomware attack allegedly by a criminal group known as DarkSide has led to the shuttering of one of the most important fuel arteries on the East Coast (you know, where we live). People are lining up for fuel, prices are surging, and there is a tentative outline for Colonial Pipeline to resume service. More: Bloomberg, WCBD, ABC News
S.C. in the middle of federal jobless benefits fight. Just where South Carolina is happiest: a state-federal brouhaha about workforce. It’s a real Confederate Memorial Day miracle (that was Monday for you Union Loyalists). Gov. Henry McMaster has earned national headlines for joining the few states to reinstate requirements on jobless benefits recipients, and now it appears President Joe Biden is listening. More: The Washington Post and The Washington Post
Speaking of employment … 80,000 workers needed statewide, per state Chamber. The mouthpiece of big and small business in South Carolina is raising the alarm with a new survey showing 80,000 unfilled jobs across the state. Those jobs are largely in the hospitality industry. In another story, some hospitality businesses are looking to lure those back to the workforce with bonuses, beer and free sandwiches (those are three separate items per AP style rules on no Oxford commas; although, one could argue that beer and free sandwiches are bonuses). More: Charleston Regional Business Journal, The New York Times, The Greenville News
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