5 things to know for July 14: Covid, gun rights, infrastructure, South Africa, Canada

Over the past 18 months, your spending habits have likely changed. Make sure you know how to prepare so you don’t get caught shorthanded when life returns to normal — costs included. 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. Coronavirus Children could pay the price when vaccination rates lag , a US vaccine expert says. Young children are not yet eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations, Dr. Peter Hotez explained, so they rely on older vaccinated people for protection from the virus. As the return to school approaches, some states are prohibiting public schools from requiring Covid-19 vaccinations or proof of vaccination for students. These efforts have public health officials worried about the limitations they could place on efforts to control the coronavirus and emerging variants. Meanwhile, Norwegian Cruise Line is suing Florida’s surgeon general over a state law barring companies from requiring customers and employees to provide documentation of Covid-19 vaccination status. The cruise line says such a ban will keep it from safely resuming operations. 2. Gun rights President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is underscoring deep congressional divides when it comes to gun control . David Chipman has been a career official at ATF for 25 years but also an adviser to a group that advocates for stricter gun laws. […]

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