U.S. to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots in September

U.S. to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots in September

The U.S. government said on Wednesday it plans to make COVID-19 vaccine booster shots widely available starting on Sept. 20 as infections rise from the coronavirus Delta variant, citing data indicating diminishing protection from the vaccines over time. U.S. officials are prepared to offer a third shot to Americans who completed their initial inoculation in two-dose COVID-19 vaccines made by Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and by Pfizer Inc(PFE.N) and BioNTech AG (22UAy.DE) at least eight months ago, the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. Initial booster doses…

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Three US senators test positive for Coronavirus

Three US senators test positive for Coronavirus

Three senators — Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Angus King (I-Maine) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) — announced separately Thursday they tested positive for COVID-19. All three have been fully vaccinated. Wicker’s office said in a statement that the congressman tested positive Thursday morning after experiencing “mild symptoms.” He is isolating and in “good health,” according to the office. King’s office said he began feeling “under the weather” Wednesday, after which he took a COVID-19 test as a precaution. In a statement, King listed the measures he has taken throughout the pandemic…

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DAILY DEATHS TOP 1,000: War over masks deepens in South where COVID-19 cases are highest

DAILY DEATHS TOP 1,000: War over masks deepens in South where COVID-19 cases are highest

Florida’s largest school district on Wednesday imposed a mask mandate in defiance of the state’s governor, the latest chapter in the coronavirus political battle in the southern United States where new infections are highest. At a day-long meeting that grew contentious at times, the Miami-Dade County School Board voted to require most of the district’s 360,000 students, as well as staff, to wear face coverings when classes begin on Monday. Governor Ron DeSantis previously placed a ban on local mask mandates. “While I am a very, very strong advocate, and…

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US dollar will still control Afghanistan even after US troops pull out

US dollar will still control Afghanistan even after US troops pull out

The Taliban may have swept Afghanistan, but they haven’t yet conquered its financial system, big parts of which rest on support from outside the country. The U.S. has a heavy hand in the multilateral organizations that dictate the flow of international aid upon which this shaky economy relies. Americans may be evacuating, but the dollar’s influence will remain. The International Monetary Fund, whose largest shareholder is the U.S., denied the Taliban access to reserve assets Wednesday, days before Afghanistan was set to receive almost $500 million. That came a day…

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Children hospitalized with COVID-19 in U.S. hits record number

Children hospitalized with COVID-19 in U.S. hits record number

The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States hit a record high of just over 1,900 on Saturday, as hospitals across the South were stretched to capacity fighting outbreaks caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant. The Delta variant, which is rapidly spreading among mostly the unvaccinated portion of the U.S. population, has caused hospitalizations to spike in recent weeks, driving up the number of confirmed and suspected pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations to 1,902 on Saturday, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services….

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Biden defends ‘messy’ US pull-out from Afghanistan

Biden defends ‘messy’ US pull-out from Afghanistan

President Joe Biden has said he stands “squarely” behind the US exit from Afghanistan as he faces withering criticism over the Taliban’s lightning conquest of the war-torn country. “How many more American lives is it worth?” asked the Democratic president. He said that despite the “messy” pull-out, “there was never a good time to withdraw US forces”. On Sunday, the Taliban declared victory after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled and his government collapsed. The militants’ return to rule brings an end to almost 20 years of a US-led coalition’s presence…

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‘ISRAEL HAS A RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF’, SAYS US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AS GAZA VIOLENCE ESCALATES

‘ISRAEL HAS A RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF’, SAYS US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AS GAZA VIOLENCE ESCALATES

US president Joe Biden called for calm in the Israel-Palestine conflict as the death toll soared in Gaza Strip, but said that the Jewish state had a right to defend itself. US president Joe Biden said, “Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory.” Meanwhile, violence escalated in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as relentless Israeli air raids and Palestinian rocket barrages continued killing innocents. Fierce clashes between the Israeli military and rocket squads in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip spurred a concerted…

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Man opens fire at birthday party in Colorado, 7 including gunman dead

Man opens fire at birthday party in Colorado, 7 including gunman dead

Agunman opened fire at a birthday party in Colorado, slaying six adults before killing himself Sunday, police said. The shooting happened just after midnight in a mobile home park on the east side of Colorado Springs, police said. Officers arrived at a trailer to find six dead adults and a man with serious injuries who died later at a hospital, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported. The suspected shooter was the boyfriend of a female victim at the party attended by friends, family and children. He walked inside and opened fire…

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US ‘still digging out of an economic collapse,’ but on ‘right track’: Biden reacts to weak jobs report

US ‘still digging out of an economic collapse,’ but on ‘right track’: Biden reacts to weak jobs report

President Biden on Friday said the country is “still digging out of an economic collapse” amid the coronavirus pandemic, but that the U.S. is on the “right track,” as the administration reported that the economy created just 266,000 jobs in April, and saw rising unemployment. Biden, speaking from the White House, said he took office during a “once-in-a-century pandemic and a once-in-a-generation economic crisis.” He continued, “We knew this wouldn’t be a sprint—it would be a marathon.” The April jobs report released Friday showed the U.S. economy heavily missed Wall…

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US passes emergency legislation after fuel pipeline cyber-attack

US passes emergency legislation after fuel pipeline cyber-attack

The US government issued emergency legislation on Sunday after the largest fuel pipeline in the US was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack. The Colonial Pipeline carries 2.5 million barrels a day – 45% of the East Coast’s supply of diesel, gasoline and jet fuel. It was completely knocked offline by a cyber-criminal gang on Friday and is still working to restore service. The emergency status enables fuel to be transported by road. A total of 18 states have been granted a temporary hours of service waiver for transporting gasoline, diesel,…

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