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(CNN)The jobless rate in the US is dropping, but the Federal Reserve is looking beyond that number to see just how much the economy — and hard-working Americans — are still struggling under persistent pandemic woes.

Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusGlobal virus cases have been declining for six straight weeks, according to the World Health Organization. Still, the world last week saw 2.4 million new cases and 66,000 new deaths. In the US, a trio of major drug companies has promised a total of 240 million vaccine doses by the end of March, enough to fully vaccinate about a third of the US population. A fourth vaccine could also pass FDA scrutiny by April. Russia has opened seven vaccine production centers around the country, and China may be on the brink of approving another vaccine as well. This is all good news, but experts still worry about all those coronavirus variants and say such cases could lead to another surge in the US in coming weeks. But hopefully, any spike would subside by summer.Rare access inside a hospital shows how Iraq is handling Covid-19Rare access inside a hospital shows how Iraq is handling Covid-19Iraq Baghdad coronavirus Covid-19 ICU Damon pkg intl hnk vpx_00002701JUST WATCHEDRare access inside a hospital shows how Iraq is handling Covid-19ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Rare access inside a hospital shows how Iraq is handling Covid-19 03:27Read More2. Capitol riotThe Senate held its first public hearing on January’s Capitol riot. At the center of the scrutiny was a bombshell FBI memo sent one day before the insurrection with an explicit warning about potential violence. Officials like ex-US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and the then-House sergeant-at-arms were asked why such a warning didn’t merit a stronger response and why a request for National Guard assistance was so slow to be answered. Sund said he and other leaders didn’t see the memo before the attack. Today, a House subcommittee is set to hear testimony to assess the damage from the insurrection. According to at least one official’s testimony, the price tag for damage and increased Capitol Hill security is already $30 million.This is what we learned from Capitol riot hearingThis is what we learned from Capitol riot hearingThis is what we learned from Capitol riot hearingJUST WATCHEDThis is what we learned from Capitol riot hearingReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

This is what we learned from Capitol riot hearing 04:343. Police violence Dozens of protesters gathered in Rochester, New York, after a grand jury voted not to indict any officers involved in the March death of Daniel Prude. The 41-year-old Black man was having a mental health episode when officers handcuffed him, covered his head and held him on the ground. His death a week later was one of several that spurred worldwide racial justice protests last year. New York’s attorney general says a judge granted her request to release the grand jury minutes to the public. In Northern California, a new episode of pain is unfolding: The family of 30-year-old Angelo Quinto has filed a wrongful death claim, saying Quinto died days after police officers kneeled on the back of his neck for nearly five minutes to subdue him during a mental health episode in December.Family calls for arrest of officers involved in death of naked Black man (September)Family calls for arrest of officers involved in death of naked Black man (September)Family calls for arrest of officers involved in death of naked Black man (September)JUST WATCHEDFamily calls for arrest of officers involved in death of naked Black man (September)ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Family calls for arrest of officers involved in death of naked Black man (September) 03:294. White House The Senate has confirmed Tom Vilsack as President Biden’s agriculture secretary, sending the former Iowa governor to the same Cabinet position he served for the entirety of the Obama administration. Today, two key Senate committees are expected to vote on whether to advance a more controversial pick: Neera Tanden, Biden’s Office of Management and Budget director nominee. Tanden has angered Republicans with her outspoken tweets and has sparred with some progressives, so it’s unclear whether she’ll have enough votes to get over the line. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are gearing up to fight Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan. Many are hoping to cast it as an example of liberal overreach. But if it passes — and works — they could end up with egg on their faces.Ocasio-Cortez rips Democrat's doubts about Biden nomineeOcasio-Cortez rips Democrat's doubts about Biden nomineeOcasio-Cortez rips Democrat's doubts about Biden nomineeJUST WATCHEDOcasio-Cortez rips Democrat’s doubts about Biden nomineeReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Ocasio-Cortez rips Democrat’s doubts about Biden nominee 04:545. ChinaHong Kong’s government has moved to introduce new requirements for public officials, including that they swear loyalty oaths and embrace Beijing’s rule over the city. Anyone who fails to take the oath or is deemed to have done so in an insincere fashion would be immediately disqualified from office and banned from running in elections for the next five years, a top official said. The new rule could shred the last vestiges of democracy in the self-governing city. Similar loyalty tests have already been used to disqualify multiple pro-democracy candidates and remove democratically elected lawmakers.How 2020 saw Hong Kong change foreverHow 2020 saw Hong Kong change foreverhong kong china beijing nathan law national security law Watson pkg intl ldn vpx_00010708JUST WATCHEDHow 2020 saw Hong Kong change foreverReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

How 2020 saw Hong Kong change forever 03:40BREAKFAST BROWSETiger Woods had a rod inserted in his leg during an emergency surgery after a high-speed crashVoices from the sports world and beyond are sending the golf champ wishes for a safe and speedy recovery. See the path Tiger Woods' car traveled during crashSee the path Tiger Woods' car traveled during crashSee the path Tiger Woods' car traveled during crashJUST WATCHEDSee the path Tiger Woods’ car traveled during crashReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

See the path Tiger Woods’ car traveled during crash 01:00Mandy Moore welcomes a baby boy with husband Taylor GoldsmithCongrats! This is the multi-talented actress-singer’s first child. The Postal Service unveiled its new delivery vehicle, and it’s a radical changeAnd … tall! Some TV shows are telling stories about the pandemic. Some viewers wish they wouldn’tWe came here for ESCAPISM, not a constant reminder of our crushing reality!Here's how TV execs are incorporating Covid-19 into their showsHere's how TV execs are incorporating Covid-19 into their showsHere's how TV execs are incorporating Covid-19 into their showsJUST WATCHEDHere’s how TV execs are incorporating Covid-19 into their showsReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Here’s how TV execs are incorporating Covid-19 into their shows 02:24University of Michigan says it shut down a campus library for 2 days after discovering venomous spiders”Sorry, I couldn’t do my homework, Professor. I was driven out of the library by venomous spiders.” Well, that’s a new one. PROFILES IN PERSEVERANCEFebruary is Black History Month, and every day we’re highlighting Black pioneers in American history. Learn more here.Howard Thurman, pastor and academic, 1899-1981Thurman was a pastor, professor and mystic whose groundbreaking book, “Jesus and the Disinherited,” was a condemnation of a form of Christianity that Thurman said was far too often “on the side of the strong and the powerful against the weak and oppressed.” The book was a profound influence on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s faith and activism. Thurman was also the first African American pastor to travel to India and meet Mohandas Gandhi. TODAY’S NUMBER$7,700That’s how much a Chinese court ordered a husband to pay his wife as compensation for housework she shouldered during their five-year marriage. The landmark divorce ruling has sparked a debate in China about the value of unpaid domestic work. TODAY’S QUOTE”There is no going back. No matter what we do now, it’s too late to avoid climate change. And the poorest and most vulnerable — those with the least security — are now certain to suffer.”David Attenborough, broadcaster and naturalist, who delivered a stark warning about the climate crisis to the UN Security CouncilWhy snow and blackouts in Texas are a preview for all of usWhy snow and blackouts in Texas are a preview for all of usWhy snow and blackouts in Texas are a preview for all of usJUST WATCHEDWhy snow and blackouts in Texas are a preview for all of usReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Why snow and blackouts in Texas are a preview for all of us 01:54TODAY’S WEATHERWeather whiplash from the Plains to the SoutheastWeather whiplash from the Plains to the Southeastdaily weather forecast hot cold rain snow temperature clipper sooutheast wind_00005408JUST WATCHEDWeather whiplash from the Plains to the SoutheastReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Weather whiplash from the Plains to the Southeast 01:50Check your local forecast here>>>AND FINALLYHm! Very educational!When all of this is over and we go back to the museums, we’re going to feel just as excited as this T. rex. (Click here to view.)

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