Biden announces ‘partnership’ with EU on global vaccine distribution effort

He also made official his administration’s plan to purchase another 500 million vaccine doses to distribute to some of the world’s poorest nations. News of the additional supply trickled out earlier this week, and will bring the United States’ total commitment to 1.1 billion doses. “Put another way, for every one shot we’ve administered to […]

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CDC struggles to expand pandemic response team as morale plummets

Many of the epidemiologists, scientists and statisticians on the CDC’s Covid-19 response team — which collects and analyzes Covid-19 data, drafts scientific reports and coordinates agency policy recommendations — have been putting in 15-hour days since the pandemic began. Some of its dozens of members are also continuing to work on non-pandemic topics. “It’s been […]

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Afghanistan politics imperils effort to claw back 2001 war powers

“I’m all for allowing the administration to use force when it’s needed. But it’s got to be authorized by Congress, and today they really don’t have an authorization that’s relevant to what they’re doing,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee and a longtime proponent of repealing the 2001 […]

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Biden commits to communication with France after submarine spat

The move, a response to Chinese military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific, sparked a diplomatic crisis as it infuriated the French government, which accused its U.S., Australian and British allies of a stab in the back. France took the unprecedented step of recalling its ambassadors in Washington and Canberra, threatened to torpedo EU-Australian trade negotiations and […]

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Schumer whacks Biden administration over handling of Haitian migrants

A federal judge last week ruled against the Biden administration’s use of the Trump-era public health order known as Title 42 to expel migrants without the opportunity to seek asylum, an order that’s set to go into effect within days. Schumer’s remarks come as the Biden administration is under fire for images of Border Patrol […]

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Former Obama aide tapped to help with HHS Covid messaging

Dach’s appointment comes as the administration is grappling with plans to begin distributing Covid-19 booster shots to all adults — a controversial decision that’s prompted internal disputes and muddled the government’s vaccination campaign. Biden health officials originally announced they would begin handing out boosters this week. But that prompted pushback from within the CDC and […]

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Dems call in big gun as they face huge Hill tests

Biden appears to be answering the call. The president is getting increasingly involved in Congress’ chaotic fall session as he battles sagging approval ratings, heightened concerns around the pandemic and some internal criticism over his withdrawal from Afghanistan. On Thursday, he’ll speak to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi ahead of a […]

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The U.S. plans to offer booster shots next month. Some health experts are wary.

Crashing computers, three-week delays tracking infections, lab results delivered by snail mail. Health officials couldn’t keep up with Covid’s spread. Americans paid the price. Americans would be eligible for booster shots eight months after receiving their second vaccine under the emerging plan, an approach that would put health care workers and nursing home residents first […]

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Biden says U.S. will stay in Afghanistan until all Americans who want to leave can do so

When pressed on whether Americans should understand that troops might remain in Afghanistan into the next month, Biden told Stephanopoulos that the U.S. was “going to try to get it done before.” “If we don’t, we’ll determine at the time who’s left,” Biden said before pausing. “And?” Stephanopoulos said. “And if there’s American citizens left, […]

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Biden was barreling toward perilous political waters. Then Afghanistan happened.

It all adds up to a troubling political scenario for Democrats, who had held up their president as a seasoned international statesman, the “adult in the room” who promised to reverse what they viewed as the reckless policies of former President Donald Trump. Republicans are moving quickly to try and ensure the foreign policy blunder […]

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