Super Bowl win, Amazon management changes, and vaccinations: Here are 5 things you need to know for the week of Feb. 9, 2021


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Amazon CEO steps down, wishes to focus on other projects

The founding CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is planning to step down as Amazon’s Chief Executive Officer and transition to the role of Amazon’s Executive Chair. Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, said that the role change would allow him to focus on other projects. In a letter to his employees, Bezos writes that he “will stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives… but also have the time and energy to focus on the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and my other passions.” Andy Jassy, current CEO of Amazon Web Services will replace Bezos as CEO later this year, CNN Business reports.


Buccaneers dominate Super Bowl LV

With a 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win the 55th Superbowl with QB Tom Brady. Brady, who already held the record for the most Super Bowl wins, took his seventh win on Feb. 7. Tampa Bay is the first team to both play and win the Super Bowl in their home stadium. In Wednesday’s Buccaneers press conference, when asked about the 2021 season, Brady said that “he thinks next year will be better than this year.”


Texas to distribute more vaccines to at-risk citizens 

In a report by KXAN, we learn that Texas is expected to receive over 400,000 doses of vaccines to deliver to at-risk citizens this week. So far, over 3 million doses have been administered in the state, according to the CDC. For more information about who is eligible to receive the vaccine, click here.


Texarkana hospital to be designated as COVID-19 vaccine hub

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System will be providing vaccines to at-risk Texarkana residents. The hospital will be working with Texarkana College, the Emergency Operations Center, and Texas A&M University Texarkana, and Bowie County to administer vaccines, Texarkana Today reports. Texarkana first responders, hospital caregivers, and other volunteers will work to deliver vaccines to Texarkanans who meet the criteria during an upcoming weekend clinic on Feb. 13 and 14. 


Texas Republican Representative dies of COVID-19

Texas Rep. Ron Wright has died from COVID-19, after being admitted to the hospital for contracting COVID-19, CNN writes. The congressman is the first sitting member of Congress to die from the virus.