Top-of-mind headlines as we start the week:
— Germany and the UK launched sanctions against Russia, after the country recognized two separatist regions in Ukraine, escalating conflict in the region.
— US retail sales rebounded strongly in January, rising 3.8% vs. a 2.5% drop in December.
— The US will spend nearly $10 billion on developing clean hydrogen as an energy source as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed last year.
— The Fed approved rules banning its officials from trading individual securities, including stocks, bonds, and cryptocurrencies.
— WHO will supervise the transfer of tech and resources to six African nations so they can produce mRNA Covid-19 vaccines; Moderna chose not to enforce its mRNA patent in Africa during pandemic, and African company using public info has produced its own mRNA vaccine which will undergo clinical trials.
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