With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 20, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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Coming up in the newscast, Joe Biden to introduce new immigration bill after Inauguration, Publix stores in Palm Beach county to begin administering COVID vaccines and Prime Minister of St. Vincent announces new holidays for residents.

Now for the news in the detail

The President of the United States, Joe Biden is seeking to make good on a campaign promise to Caribbean nationals. Biden plans to introduce a new immigration bill on day one of his presidency, which hopes to provide a pathway to citizenship. Under the legislation, immigrants without legal status who are living in the U.S., would have a five-year path to temporary legal status, if they pass basic requirements. From there, they will be given the opportunity to become a naturalized citizen. During the presidential campaign, Jamaican-American vice president Kamala Harris promised that the Biden/Harris administration would cater to the needs of Caribbean nationals and other immigrants in America. Biden and Harris were inaugurated during a virtual ceremony on January 20.

Now for Local News,

Caribbean-American seniors living in Palm Beach County will soon begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines at Publix stores in the county. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday that all 67 Publix locations in Palm Beach County will offer the shots. The stores will offer between 100 to 125 shots per day at each location. The vaccinations will begin on Thursday and are by appointment only. Palm Beach and Monroe counties are so far the only areas in South Florida where vaccinations are being done at Publix stores.

Now for Caribbean News,

In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has rejected the imposition of curfews and other lockdown measures in response to COVID-19. He, however, announced public holidays this coming Friday and Monday, saying the strain of the pandemic and the recent activity from the La Soufriere volcano is beginning to show on the faces of citizens. On Friday, the World Health Organization changed the island’s COVID-19 status, saying the country was having community transmission. But Gonsalves says no curfew, state of emergency or other measures will be imposed.

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