European vaccinations are halted. The Vatican makes a judgement. Atlanta grapples with a shooting’s aftermath. What do you remember from the week that was?

March 21, 2021

By Joe Bagliere and Ivory Sherman

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Administration of which specific Covid-19 vaccine was halted in multiple European countries following reports it was possibly linked to blood clots?

Spain, Germany, France and Italy were some of the latest counties to halt the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The European Medicines Agency has since come out reconfirming the vaccine’s safety and efficacy.

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According to the American Red Cross, approximately what percentage of blood donations taken from unvaccinated people at the beginning of March contained Covid-19 antibodies?

The American Red Cross found that just over 20% of blood donations taken at the beginning of March contained Covid-19 antibodies – a percentage that has increased exponentially since the organization started tracking samples in June 2020.

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A top official from which foreign adversary warned the US against “causing a stink” in its first interactions with the country?

Kim Yo Jong, the prominent sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warned the Biden administration that “it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.” The statement came as the US and South Korea conduct scaled-down military drills.

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What has the Vatican publicly come out against, saying that it “cannot be considered licit” and calling it a “sin?”

In a statement endorsed by Pope Francis, the Vatican publicly denounced same-sex unions, a move certain to widen the chasm between the church and millions of LGBTQ Catholics around the world.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is taking on a new, totally made-up title. What is it?

Musk added the title of “Technoking of Tesla” as part of the electric car company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He’s still keeping his standard title of CEO.

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Authorities have grappled with the motive behind a mass shooting in the Atlanta area that left 8 people dead at a series of spas. What have they stopped short of calling the shooting spree?

Authorities refrained from initially calling the shootings hate crimes. Six of the eight victims were Asian, leading many to believe the attacks could have been racially motivated, especially as they came amid a spate of anti-Asian attacks in the US.

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Elliot Page became the first transgender man to be featured on the cover of which national magazine?

Page, who came out as transgender last year, is the actor formerly known as Ellen and the first transgender man to grace the cover of Time magazine.

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A recent study published in the journal Nature Communications explores the origins of life on Earth. What does it name as a possible component for life as we know it?

The study posits that lightning strikes may have been a major factor in the origin of life, a mechanism that could have released early Earth phosphorous – one of life’s key elements – trapped deep in minerals.

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Despite the dire global effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which nation was once again named world’s happiest country in the World Happiness Report 2021?

According to the report, based on data from the Gallup World Poll, Finland was deemed the world’s happiest country for the fourth straight year.

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An astronomer recently named 27 newly discovered celestial bodies after African American, Hispanic and Native American astronauts. What specifically were discovered?

Discovered by astronomer Marc W. Buie, the 27 asteroids were named in honor of African American, Hispanic and Native American astronauts, plus one cosmonaut to inspire the next generation.

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