“So that’s why today, I’ve named a COVID-19 advisory board…” U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced the formation of a new coronavirus task force to devise a blueprint for tackling the pandemic as he prepares to take office on January 20th.
In doing so, he also implored Americans to wear masks to combat the virus, appealing to their patriotism.
“It doesn’t matter your party, your point of view.
We could save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months.
The goal of mask-wearing is not to make your life less comfortable, it’s to give something back to all of us – a normal life.” Biden also hailed as “positive news” Pfizer’s announcement Monday that its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective, adding that the expectation is the vaccine would soon undergo an approval process with the Food and Drug Administration.
“The process must also be grounded in science and fully transparent so the American people can have every confidence that any approved vaccine is safe and effective.” The U.S. has been registering record high infection numbers in recent days, and over the weekend became the first nation in the world to surpass 10 million cases - forcing some lawmakers to take drastic actions... such as Utah’s Republican Governor, who late Sunday declared a new state of emergency, which included a mask mandate for the entire state and household-only gatherings.
Another Republican, Housing Secretary and retired surgeon Ben Carson, on Monday became the latest close Trump associate to test positive for the virus, just days after White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also tested positive.
The pandemic has killed more than 237,000 Americans and put millions more out of work.
The Biden administration has notified facilities caring for migrant children that they can open back up to pre-Covid-19 levels, acknowledging “extraordinary circumstances” due to a rising number of minors crossing the US-Mexico border, according to a memo obtained by CNN. CNN’s Ed Lavandera reports.
The United States Congress is scrambling to complete work on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill before some existing pandemic-related benefits are due to expire. Freddie Joyner has more.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered U.S. states to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers to ensure children could return to school quickly and safely, and called for every educator to receive at least one shot by the end of March. Gloria Tso reports.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there was “exciting new data” showing the effectiveness of the vaccines.He told a Downing Street press conference the data showed that “a single shot of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine or of the Pfizer vaccine works against severe infection among the over-70s with a more than 80% reduction in hospitalisations”.
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A new consensus is emerging among scientists who say data in recent weeks on new variants from South Africa and Brazil has undercut their optimism about eradicating SARS-CoV-2 in the near future. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions to punish Russia for what it described as Moscow's attempt to poison opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent last year. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
In October 2020, Miami-based art collector Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile spent almost $67,000 on a 10-second video artwork that he could have watched for free online. Last week, he sold it for $6.6 million. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
A report posted by Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren features a collection of social media posts and tweets that span dozens of pages from Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar where he urges supporters to “hold the line,” days before what would become the Capitol insurrection.
In an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said that Trump’s stimulus package did more for Americans because President Biden’s slimmed-down Covid-19 relief package has an income cap for stimulus payments.
CNN’s Don Lemon reacts to a video posted by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in response to Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ decision to no longer publish six books that they say “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”
Johnson & Johnson will ship nearly 4 million doses of its newly authorized single-dose COVID-19 vaccine around the United States this week, but a top executive said on Monday that the next round of deliveries is contingent on regulatory approvals at a new plant. Gloria Tso reports.
The US just added another powerful tool against Covid-19 to its inventory: a third vaccine. Johnson & Johnson is shipping nearly 4 million doses around the country today. CNN’s Pete Muntean is outside a UPS facility in Kentucky.
[NFA] Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, on Sunday urged Americans to take any of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines available to them, including the newly-authorized single-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Have a look at all the key facts behind the day's political headlines on March 6, as Downing Street spends more than £2.6 million on refurbishments to hold White House-style press briefings, the PA news agency can disclose.The cost of the renovations for the televised question and answer sessions with journalists was revealed as Boris Johnson faces pressure over the funding of a separate revamp to his official residence.
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[NFA] Alabama's governor on Thursday extended for another month an order mandating residents to wear face masks to protect against COVID-19, breaking with Mississippi and Texas as the issue again becomes the focus of political debate. The report produced by Freddie Joyner.
Contra Costa County has launched a task force that will begin site visits and investigating complaints about people not using masks, and said will begin issuing fines for egregious violators. Kiet Do..