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Morning Buzz: February 15, 2021
Posted at 9:55 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 09:55:07-05

1. As the U.S. makes progress against COVID-19 with 50 million doses of the vaccine administered as of Saturday, President Biden is set to visit Michigan this week to see the Pfizer plant in Portage.

Pfizer is where the company has been manufacturing its COVID vaccine.

This will be Joe Biden's first visit to Michigan as president. He says the U.S. will have enough supply of the COVID vaccine by the end of the summer to administer it to 300 million Americans.

2. Happy Presidents Day! It's a day dedicated to celebrating all U.S. presidents, past and present.

The holiday was originally established in 1885 to celebrate President George Washington's birthday after his death. The day became known as Presidents Day when it became part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which was an attempt to create more three-day weekends for federal employees.

Many places are closed today, including the post office and most banks.

3. Throughout the pandemic, many people have been stuck at home in front of computers, which have become the only connection to the outside world.

To help combat the loneliness, a couple of 2020 graduates from the University of Michigan have started the Perfect Pair Program. It connects students with residents of local nursing home facilities.

Perfect Pair hopes to keep expanding to even more students and more schools like Michigan State. Once the pandemic ends, they hope to change these weekly meetings from virtual to in-person.

4. A new bachelor's program for Social Justice will be coming to Ferris State University this fall.

It's a collaboration between the colleges of art and sciences, business and health professions.

The university's vice president says the goal is to turn students into "agents of change," saying the curriculum will be rooted in history, allowing students to study social movements that had a significant impact on society. Students will also examine the causes and consequences of inequality.

The degree will be able to be applied to a number of fields, including government education and criminal justice.