🌎 Wonderlust for life

Plus: Will lockdowns be a thing again?

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Apple is expected to release its iPhone 15 today. The “Wonderlust” event is scheduled for 1pm ET; aside from a new iPhone, the tech giant could debut a new Apple Watch and provide updates on its VR headset.

US regulators approved updated covid vaccines. The Food and Drug Administration greenlighted the new Pfizer and Moderna jabs, but there’s still one more hoop for the shots to clear before they can be given (more on covid below).


The auto workers’ union yielded a little on wages. But a major strike may still begin on Friday (Sep. 15) if manufacturers don’t approach the wage levels that United Auto Workers is demanding.

Kim Jong Un is visiting Russia. The North Korean leader is expected to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin in what will be Kim’s first trip outside his country since the start of the covid pandemic.


Quotable: Will businesses have to consider covid lockdowns again?

“It’s not out of possibility, but because of the level of immunity that is in the population from so many infections and vaccinations, it’s unlikely that we would get to something like lockdowns or shutdowns.”Shaun Truelove, an associate scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in an interview with Quartz

Shaun spoke with Quartz’s Clarisa Diaz about the rise in new covid cases and variants, which he said point more to seasonality than a distinctive wave. But why do variants keep arising even though the majority of people have been vaccinated or have gotten covid? Check out the full Q&A.

Pop quiz: Mexico is about to hit a government milestone

Question: What is Mexico’s global ranking for female representation in government?


A. 4th
B. 16th
C. 71st
D. 99th

It’s for sure not 71st—that’s where the US falls. The answer is in fact A., and it may even tick upward: Mexico is set to elect its first female president next year, meaning all three branches of the country’s government will be led by women.


The triad of female representation is extremely uncommon for any country…. less than 25 around the world even have a female leader, much less a female at the top of every branch. See the countries that make up the list.

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