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Quote of the Day

"I'm fully out" – Pete Davidson, on (finally) moving out of his mom's basement. In 2021, anything is possible.

Vax Flex

The Story

You get a vaccine, you get a vaccine, everybody gets a vaccine.

Can't wait.

Neither can a lot of people – but patience is key when trying to score an appointment (more tips here). The US has already pricked over 30% of the population at least once, with over 165 million doses administered since December. Now, President Biden is saying every American adult (18+) should be eligible by April 19 – nearly two weeks earlier than the original May 1 deadline. The expanded eligibility is welcome news, especially since the contagious UK variant (B117) has spread to all 50 states. And speaking of states, they've all got their own agenda.

Go on.

Over 30 have already opened up the vaccine to all adults (some even as young as 16). And California, which plans on doing that April 15, is already California Dreamin' about the future. Yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said he wants the state's economy to fully reopen by June 15 – as long as hospitalizations stay low and vaccine supplies stay afloat. Also eyeing the economy: the IMF. It's saying the global economy is recovering faster than expected because of the rising number of vaccinations. But that poorer countries are still being left behind.

What do you mean?

Despite the COVAX initiative, poorer countries have had a very slow (sometimes non-existent) vaccine rollout. And it's got some people worried about "vaccine passports" (passes for the fully vaccinated to live like in the Before Times). The WHO doesn't support their use, saying the docs raise equity concerns considering some countries may not have widespread vaccine access until 2023, if at all. Israel's got a vaccine passport system. China, Japan, and the EU are saying 'we're thinking about it.' Meanwhile, the Biden admin's saying 'that's not for me to decide,' and is leaving it to states to figure it out – like Texas, which just banned it, and New York, which is all for it.


The Biden admin's hoping to get the country closer to normal just in time for Independence Day. But while things are looking up, it's important to not let our guard down.

PS: We Skimm'd the CDC's guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

And Also...This

Where transgender rights are getting restricted…

Arkansas. Yesterday, state legislators voted to override Gov. Asa Hutchinson's (R) veto on an anti-trans bill. Last week, the Republican-led legislature passed the SAFE Act – banning doctors from providing trans youth with gender-affirming medical care (think: puberty blockers, transition surgery). Doctors who don't abide by the law can lose their medical licenses. Hutchinson vetoed the bill, saying it was "vast government overreach." But state lawmakers said 'we don't need you.' And are moving forward with the bill anyway – making Arkansas the first state in the country to pass such a ban (though others could follow). The law's expected to go into effect in July.

  • Viewpoints: LGBTQ+ rights advocates condemned the bill, saying it discriminates against trans youth who need access to medical care. The ACLU plans to sue. But supporters say the restriction is to protect the safety and health of children. This is the third restrictive bill to pass Arkansas' legislature in recent weeks.

What's raising red flags…

The International Olympic Committee (IOC). It's been accused of contracting a Chinese company with links to cotton from the Xinjiang region to create uniforms for the Tokyo and Beijing Olympics. Problem, because over half a million Uyghurs and other minorities there have been reportedly forced to pick cotton in labor camps. The company apparently told the IOC the uniforms don't use cotton from Xinjiang, despite it openly advertising other products with that cotton. Yesterday, the State Dept said it's working with other countries on a unified approach against China's alleged human rights abuses. And denied a boycott of the Beijing Olympics in 2022.

...Oh and speaking of the Olympics, North Korea decided to skip the Tokyo Games this year over COVID-19 concerns.

What always amazes people...

Science. NYC surgeons successfully performed the first windpipe transplant in the world. The transplant was for a woman who suffered severe asthma and needed a new trachea to better transport air to and from her lungs. Now, doctors say this medical feat could help COVID-19 patients who suffered damage to their windpipes after being on ventilators.

Who's between the Rockies and a hard place...

MLB. This week, the org announced it was moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta, GA, to Denver, CO. The switch is to pushback on the Peach State for its new voting restrictions.

When the CDC holds a face mask design competition... might win.

Thing to Know


Short for cannabidiol. Aka a part of the cannabis plant that won't get you high. CBD typically comes from hemp, which is basically marijuana's cousin. Hemp has low levels of THC (psst...that's the stuff that can get you high) and has been federally legal since 2018.

If you're itching to give CBD a shot, meet Happy Dance. Aka Kristen Bell's line of clean CBD skincare, which is now available at Ulta. Try the multipurpose coconut melt, whipped body butter or a bath bomb for some serious self-care. 'Cause we could all use more of that these days. Treat yo'self.


Do you try to keep your beauty routine 'clean,' 'green,' and 'natural'? Appreciate the effort, but those buzzwords might mean less than you think they do. In our guide, we break down WTF words like 'organic' mean when it comes to cosmetics. And offer tips on how to give your medicine cabinet a Mother Nature-approved makeover.


1. Cute sneakers with a low carbon footprint. These slip-ons release three times fewer carbon emissions than the avg pair. They're also 100% vegan, machine-washable, extremely comfy, and perfect for summer. And Skimm'rs get 15% off. So go green. Or yellow, or rose, get it.*

2. 14 products that'll make your kitchen way more eco-friendly. We've got reusable cleaning products, cotton produce bags, and silicone straws. Brb — we're going green.

3. Problem-solving products under $50 that you'll use forever. Like drawer dividers to keep clothes neatly stacked and a wine filter that may help prevent hangovers. Cheers.

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Here are today's recs to help you live a smarter life…

1. A giveaway that's twice as nice. Aka the chance for you and your best friend to win the ultimate movie night package in honor of Netflix's new superhero comedy, "Thunder Force." There's still time to enter. PS: keep checking our Insta feed for more. Wink wink.*

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3. No-bra bras that go well with real clothes. Because you wanna look and feel your best when you start doing things again. This female-founded company has nailed the blend between comfort, support, and style. Oh, and Skimm'rs get 15% off their first purchase.*

4. A jade roller and gua sha set to keep in your fridge for everyday use. You can use the jade roller across your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead, rolling outward and upward. The stimulation is said to decrease puffiness, help blood flow, and reduce sinus pressure. The gua sha tool can be used when you need a deeper massage. Hello, relaxation.

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We like to celebrate the wins, big and small. Let us know how your friends, neighbors, coworkers (and yes, even you) are making career moves, checking off goals, or making an impact in the community.

Problem solver...Melissa L (CA). She launched GYST, a company that provides smart, simple solutions for an organized life. And it's teamed up with nonprofits to help fight family homelessness in San Diego.

Taking initiative...Michael A (PA). He works for a nonprofit that provides access to legal services for low-income and marginalized people in Philadelphia. After joining the team last year, he helped the org go virtual so it can still provide services to people in need. Learn more.

(Some) Birthdays...Max Lane (AUS), Matthew Linde (NY), Samantha Hagedorn (IL), Katrina Sklepowich (CAN), Brittan Bates (AZ), Maura Manning (SC), Terry Reed (SC), Mark Levande (NY), Daniel Lippman (DC), Regan Curran (NY), Stephanie Taylor (VA), Camille Falci (NY), Kate Ondra (IL), Ed Brown (ID), Jennifer Offstein (PA)

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