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Faced with a new federal push to conserve a highly effective covid-19 treatment, some officials are urging health-care providers to put the unvaccinated first.

Demand for once-obscure monoclonal antibodies has skyrocketed as federal authorities and particularly Republicans such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis promote the treatment’s success at preventing mild or moderate covid-19 cases from escalating to hospitalization. The Biden administration moved last week to take over distribution of the therapy, drawing an outcry in Southern states that have used the treatments heavily and will probably have to cut back. The recommendation to prioritize the unvaccinated — who are far more likely to be hospitalized — comes after intense backlash to the idea of penalizing the unvaccinated while rationing hospital care.

On Tuesday, President Biden opened his address to the United Nations by calling for unity to end the current pandemic and prevent future ones. Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres criticized wealthy nations for hoarding coronavirus vaccines while many people in developing nations await their first doses.

Here’s what to know

  • The U.N. General Assembly’s general debate kicked off today with a speech from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whose unvaccinated status has been the cause of much hand-wringing among U.N. and New York officials.
  • The Biden administration alerted Texas that it was opening a civil rights investigation into Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) ban on school mask mandates, pressing its fight with Republican governors over their pandemic policies.
  • A man in Germany has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a gas station worker trying to enforce mask mandates.
  • A second shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine boosts protection against symptomatic and severe covid-19, the drug company announced early Tuesday.