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    According to the filing, the classification levels of the seized documents ranged from "confidential" to "top secret." Some of the documents "included additional sensitive compartments that signify very limited distribution," the court filing said. In fact, government attorneys explained that some documents were so highly classified that "even the FBI counterintelligence personnel and DOJ attorneys conducting the review required additional clearances before they were permitted to review certain documents." Government attorneys further argued the search of Mar-a-Lago was necessary because of credible evidence that "efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation." This, the government explained, happened after Trump's legal team certified under oath they had returned all documents the government sought.What happens now?Cannon will rule on Trump's request at a hearing on Thursday. Trump's attorneys will have the opportunity to respond to the Justice Department's filing on Wednesday, ahead of the hearing.
    There was mild controversy surrounding the program when some people who received their free at-home tests were surprised to learn they were made in China. An administration official explained to Fox News that the government had purchased some of the FDA-approved testing kits from abroad because the United States did not have enough manufacturing capacity to produce the volume of tests needed. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend that Americans who have coronavirus symptoms be tested immediately. Those who test positive are encouraged to isolate and take precautions, including wearing a high-quality mask to prevent others from being exposed to infection. While the free at-home test program has been suspended, most Americans still have the opportunity to get a free test at health centers and select pharmacies nationwide. Others may be eligible to have the cost of their tests reimbursed through Medicare or Medicaid. In March, the White House requested an additional $22.5 billion from Congress to continue COVID-19 relief efforts, warning that the government will be "unable to sustain the testing...
    (CNN)The federal government is ending its free at-home Covid-19 test program this week, citing a lack of funding and efforts to preserve supply ahead of an anticipated fall surge in cases, a White House official told CNN on Sunday.Both the White House and the website where people can claim their tests blamed Congress for failing to provide additional funding for the program, which provided up to 16 free tests per household since the beginning of the year."Ordering through this program will be suspended on Friday, September 2 because Congress hasn't provided additional funding to replenish the nation's stockpile of tests," the Covid.gov website reads.The administration launched the initiative, which shipped rapid tests to Americans via the United States Postal Service, in January amidst a wave in Omicron variant cases and limited testing availability. However, officials have warned for months that, absent additional funding from Congress, the administration would be forced to roll back its Covid-19 response efforts."We have warned that Congressional inaction would force unacceptable tradeoffs and harm our overall COVID-19 preparedness and response—and that the consequences would likely worsen...
    MILLIONS of Brits might not be able to get their flu jabs this year amid shortage fears.  This comes after the Government made a last minute decision to include all adults between the ages of 50 and 64 to the group eligible for the free flu vaccines.  1Last year 30 million people in England were offered the life-saving flu jabCredit: PA Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp), told The Sun the group was “worried” that pharmacies would struggle to get enough vaccines for the additional 11 million patients. Last year 30 million people in England were offered the life-saving jab, according to the Department of Health.  Pharmacies usually order winter flu jabs several months before the flu season begins in September. However, this year, healthcare professionals are being forced to order jabs just weeks before the flu season starts, after the Government made a U-turn on its decision to not include adults over 50. Read more about flu jabsVIRAL SPREAD Warning as Brits in hospital with flu rising - the 10 signs...
    Putin critic Alexei Navalny says he could face an extra 15 years in prison if found guilty of wrongdoing in a fresh criminal case. The Russian dissident said Tuesday he was accused of creating an "extremist group in order to incite hatred towards officials and oligarchs." He is already serving over 10 years in prison on fraud and contempt of court charges. NINE-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR PUTIN CRITIC ALEXEI NAVALNY UPHELD "Maybe Putin doesn't hate me, maybe he secretly adores me. That's why he wants me to be hidden in an underground bunker, guarded by reliable people, just like himself," Navalny quipped on Twitter. "It turns out that I created an extremist group in order to incite hatred towards officials and oligarchs. And when they put me in jail, I dared to be disgruntled about it (silly me) and called for rallies." 1/6 Well, what do I know? Maybe Putin doesn't hate me, maybe he secretly adores me. That's why he wants me to be hidden in an underground bunker, guarded by reliable people, just...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday is set to sign a bill providing $13.6 billion in additional military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine as part of a $1.5 trillion government spending measure that omits COVID-19 aid the White House says is urgently needed. The COVID spending was a casualty of negotiations over the larger government bill. The White House had asked for $22.5 billion for vaccines and treatment, but that was trimmed during talks to $15.6 billion and ultimately dropped altogether as rank-and-file Democrats rebelled against proposed cuts in state aid to pay for the new spending. “We have made tremendous progress in our fight against COVID-19 but our work isn’t done,” Biden tweeted Tuesday. “We need Congress to immediately provide $22.5 billion in emergency funding to sustain our nation’s COVID-19 response.” In a Tuesday call with governors, White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients highlighted “severe consequences” that the lack of additional funding would have on the nation’s response, including federal support for states, according to an administration official. The White House says that without additional funding, the...
    Washington (CNN)There's bipartisan support in Congress to quickly send more aid to Ukraine as it fights back against Russia's invasion -- but the money is tied to a larger spending bill that has yet to be finalized. The White House has asked lawmakers to attach the additional spending to an appropriations bill that will set the spending limits for the federal government for fiscal year 2022. Congress must pass the bill by midnight Friday to avoid a government shutdown. The fiscal year started in October, but lawmakers have haggled over the full year appropriations bill for months and have passed three stopgap funding bills, known as continuing resolutions, to keep the government operating in the meantime. That means that federal agencies have been funded at 2021 levels for the past five months. Without a full year appropriations bill, funding is also held up for brand new federal programs, like some of those created by the bipartisan infrastructure law that passed in November.Congress could pass another continuing resolution to keep the government operating temporarily after Friday's deadline if lawmakers can't make...
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario on Thursday, May 31, 2018. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada. Trudeau said: "These tariffs are totally unacceptable." Canada announced plans to slap tariffs on $16.6-billion Canadian (US$12.8 billion) worth of U.S. products, ranging from steel to yogurt to toilet paper. (Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press via AP) OTTAWA, Ontario — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to invoke the rarely used Emergencies Act, which gives his government additional powers to deal with the trucker protests that have brought the country's capital to its knees for more than two weeks. Trudeau informed the premiers of his decision on Monday morning. In a meeting with the Liberal caucus, Trudeau said there are currently no plans to deploy the military, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The Emergencies Act replaced the War Measures Act in 1988 and has never been invoked. The earlier iteration was used only once in peacetime, by Trudeau's father, Pierre Trudeau, during...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that the process for shipping 30,000 additional monoclonal antibody treatments to Florida is underway. The governor said he has allocated more than $800 million for rapid deployment of the treatments once they arrive. “After pressure from Florida, the federal government has begun planning to send 30,000 additional doses to our state, so we can stand up new sites and expand capacity at existing sites,” DeSantis said. “We expect the Biden administration to follow through so Floridians will have access to these lifesaving treatments.” Tuesday’s word regarding the additional doses comes after the Department of Health and Human Services told the state that its allocation of doses would be 2,000 less than last week and nearly 10,000 less than the state of New York, which has a smaller population. DESANTIS URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DIRECT PURCHASE MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENT “Gov. DeSantis has tirelessly advocated for Floridians to receive more life-saving treatments,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie. “Through extensive preparation, the division is ready to begin mobilizing...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As the Omicron variants surges across the state and the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise, Governor Ron DeSantis said Florida needs at least 30,000 more doses per week than it is receiving through the allocation system to expand capacity at existing monoclonal antibody treatment sites and open new sites to treat 250-300 patients per day at each site. During a news conference Monday with Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo at Broward Health Medical Center, DeSantis said they were concerned when the federal government pulled back the supplies. READ MORE: Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo Points to Need for 'High-Value' Testing“The federal government had stopped sending both Regeneron and the Eli Lilly monoclonal. That was based off some preliminary study saying that it may not be as effective against Omicron. But of course, Omicron is not the only variant that’s out there. And it’s something that we actually have seen applied with Omicron patients, and we have seen symptoms resolved. So it’s not clear that this is not something that is going to not be...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As the Omicron variants surges across the state and the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise, Governor Ron DeSantis has called on the federal government to send thousands of additional doses of monoclonal antibody treatment. During a news conference Monday with Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo at Broward Health Medical Center, DeSantis said they were concerned when the federal government pulled back the supplies. READ MORE: FDA Expands Pfizer Boosters For More Children As Omicron Surges“The federal government had stopped sending both Regeneron and the Eli Lilly monoclonal. That was based off some preliminary study saying that it may not be as effective against Omicron. But of course, Omicron is not the only variant that’s out there. And it’s something that we actually have seen applied with Omicron patients, and we have seen symptoms resolved. So it’s not clear that this is not something that is going to not be a benefit, it may not be as good as it was against Delta, we obviously want to have that here for patients to be able...
    Joe Schneider (Bloomberg) — Uber Technologies Inc.’s former chief security officer Joseph Sullivan faces a new wire fraud charges in addition to earlier charges related to covering up a 2016 data breach that compromised the personal information of 57 million drivers and users. A superseding indictment handed down Wednesday describes how Sullivan allegedly orchestrated the disbursement of a six-figure payment to two hackers in exchange for their silence about the breach, the Justice Department said in a statement. “We allege Sullivan falsified documents to avoid the obligation to notify victims and hid the severity of a serious data breach from the FTC, all to enrich his company,” Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds said in the statement. David Angeli, Sullivan’s lawyer, rejected the government’s latest allegations. “There’s nothing new here,” Angeli said in an emailed statement. “The ‘new’ charges are just a recycling of the same meritless allegations against Mr. Sullivan, whose prompt and decisive actions — which were known to Uber’s Legal department and many others at the company — led to the quick identification of the individuals responsible...
    Joe Schneider (Bloomberg) — Uber Technologies Inc.’s former chief security officer Joseph Sullivan faces a new wire fraud charges in addition to earlier charges related to covering up a 2016 data breach that compromised the personal information of 57 million drivers and users. A superseding indictment handed down Wednesday describes how Sullivan allegedly orchestrated the disbursement of a six-figure payment to two hackers in exchange for their silence about the breach, the Justice Department said in a statement. “We allege Sullivan falsified documents to avoid the obligation to notify victims and hid the severity of a serious data breach from the FTC, all to enrich his company,” Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds said in the statement. David Angeli, Sullivan’s lawyer, rejected the government’s latest allegations. “There’s nothing new here,” Sullivan said in an emailed statement. “The ‘new’ charges are just a recycling of the same meritless allegations against Mr. Sullivan, whose prompt and decisive actions — which were known to Uber’s Legal department and many others at the company — led to the quick identification of the individuals responsible...
    The Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration asked for an $88.9 million increase in funding Wednesday during a budget hearing with Gov. Bill Lee and advisers, including department Commissioner Butch Eley. Among the spending proposals were $20 million for business process automation, $15 million for federal funding growth, $14.4 million for information technology support and maintenance and $14 million for cybersecurity. “(Cybersecurity)’s definitely one of the most important things in this proposal,” Eley said. “If we don’t stay ahead of the cyber curve, we are going to regret it.” There was a $2.76 million budget request from the two-year-old Office of Evidence and Impact, whose job it is to investigate government spending to determine whether it is working appropriately and is cost-effective. The office was one of Lee’s requests and is “proving what we are doing across government is actually wise spending of taxpayer dollars.” If not, programs will change or be eliminated. The $15 million request for federal funding growth would be a federal cost for the Office of Criminal Justice Programs, which is a strategic planning agency that...
    Congressman Adam Schiff (D- CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday the airstrike that killed civilians in Afghanistan deserves “additional oversight.” The U.S. military admitted on Friday that despite initial claims the strike took out ISIS-K targets, it actually killed an American aid worker and 9 family members, including 7 children. Schiff reacted to the news with a statement saying, “While there is no overstating the chaotic and dangerous situation in Kabul following the fall of the Afghan government and the attack on our forces by ISIS-K, it is clear that the August 29 strike was a mistake with horrific consequences.” While the Pentagon acknowledging it is a “first step” towards transparency, he continued, “We need to know what went wrong in the hours and minutes leading up to the strike to prevent similar tragedies in the future.” Schiff also made a point of saying he’s concerned about “the accuracy and completeness of public statements made in the immediate aftermath of the strike, and whether those accounted for all of the information possessed by the government...
                      by Thomas Catenacci  The expansion of several government programs last year likely prevented hunger from rising despite the sudden economic downturn caused by the pandemic, a study showed. The percentage of U.S. households that reported food insecurity was virtually unchanged in 2020 compared to the year prior despite the recession, according to a report from the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service released Wednesday. More than 20.5 million Americans lost their jobs in April 2020 as state and local officials implemented strict restrictions on business activity to curb the spread of coronavirus, Labor Department data showed. “This is huge news — it shows you how much of a buffer we had from an expanded safety net,” Urban Institute researcher Elaine Waxman told The New York Times. “There was no scenario in March of 2020 where I thought food insecurity would stay flat for the year. The fact that it did is extraordinary.” The more than $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law by former President Donald Trump expanded the nation’s safety net through a...
    The expansion of several government programs last year likely prevented hunger from rising despite the sudden economic downturn caused by the pandemic, a study showed. The percentage of U.S. households that reported food insecurity was virtually unchanged in 2020 compared to the year prior despite the recession, according to a report from the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service released Wednesday. More than 20.5 million Americans lost their jobs in April 2020 as state and local officials implemented strict restrictions on business activity to curb the spread of coronavirus, Labor Department data showed. “This is huge news — it shows you how much of a buffer we had from an expanded safety net,” Urban Institute researcher Elaine Waxman told The New York Times. “There was no scenario in March of 2020 where I thought food insecurity would stay flat for the year. The fact that it did is extraordinary.” The more than $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law by former President Donald Trump expanded the nation’s safety net through a variety of welfare...
                        The Tennessee-based Bridge Refugee Services is preparing to accept more Afghan refugees and send them to East Tennessee. The Tennessee Star twice on Wednesday contacted Governor Bill Lee’s communications staff to ask for comment and to ask what action, if any, he deemed necessary to respond to new Afghan refugees. Lee’s staff did not reply to either request. Bridge Refugee Services Executive Director Drocella Mugorewera agreed to answer our questions via phone Wednesday — before the line was somehow disconnected. “We will welcome them [the Afghan refugees],” Mugorewera said. “The federal government sent them to us.” The Star then asked how many Afghan refugees she and her organization plan to relocate to East Tennessee. Several seconds of silence followed. The phone connection was severed. Subsequent attempts to call Mugorewera again were unsuccessful. According to the Knoxville-based WVLT, Bridge Refugee Services is a non-profit. Drocella told the station this week that she and other group members “are training volunteers until the federal government confirms how many refugees will be...
    The White House is asking Congress to approve an additional $24 billion in spending to handle the costs of Hurricane Ida and other natural disasters, as well as $6.4 billion for the resettlement of evacuees from Afghanistan to help with transportation, government processing and public health screenings. Shalanda Young, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, in a blog post Tuesday proposed the spending be part of a stopgap spending bill, saying “it’s clear” that Congress will need more time to pass a full 2022 budget. Continuing resolutions typically are approved by Congress to keep the government operating when the annual appropriations/spending bills have not been approved before the fiscal year ends at the end of September. “The purpose of this guidance is to advise lawmakers on how to avoid severe disruptions to public services that could inadvertently arise from extending the previous year’s appropriations legislation without modifications,” Young wrote. Congress is weighing plans that could increase federal spending by $3.5 trillion over 10 years, some of which would be offset by tax increases on the wealthy and...
    The United States announced Monday that it will receive thousands of additional Afghan refugees, due to fears for the safety of those who assisted the US military during the 20-year war in that country, amid the Taliban offensive. The State Department said it will expand eligibility for admissions to its refugee program beyond the roughly 20,000 Afghans who have already applied under a program for interpreters who worked with US forces. “In light of rising levels of Taliban violence, the US government is working to provide some Afghans, including those who worked with the United States, the opportunity to benefit from refugee admission programs in the United States,” he said. the State Department in a statement. “This designation expands the opportunity to settle permanently in the United States to many thousands of Afghans and their immediate family members who may be at risk due to their proximity to the United States,” he added. The State Department said it will expand the selection criteria to include Afghans who have worked in the US media or non-governmental organizations or in Washington-funded projects....
    Jul 23 (.) – Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech said on Friday that the US government has purchased an additional 200 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to aid pediatric vaccination, as well as possible booster injections, if they are necessary. A Biden government official with knowledge of the contract said that as part of the deal, Pfizer will provide the United States with 65 million doses intended for children under 12, including doses available immediately after it is authorized for that age group. The US government also has the option of purchasing an updated version of the vaccine that targets new variants of the virus. The deal comes at a time when the Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading across the country and infections are on the rise, contributing to the debate over whether or not Americans will need a booster dose this fall. The government also purchased an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna Inc. in June. The purchase brings the total number of doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine to...
    (CNN)The Biden administration purchased an additional 200 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine to prepare for potential additional vaccine needs in the US, an administration official familiar with the contract tells CNN.Despite the slowing demand for Covid-19 vaccines, the administration official said the additional shots would be needed for children under 12, pending approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, and the possibility of booster shots for vaccinated individuals. "The federal government is exercising an option in its contract with Pfizer to purchase 200 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be delivered between fall 2021 and spring 2022 to prepare for future vaccination needs, including vaccines for children under 12 and possible booster shots if studies show they are necessary," the official said. The official noted that Pfizer has agreed to "provide the US with 65 million pediatric doses should its vaccine be approved for kids under 12, including doses available immediately upon authorization."A news release from BioNTech release said that 110 million of the additional doses are expected to be delivered by December 31, 2021, and the...
    Pfizer and BioNTech announced they sold 200 million additional doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to the federal government, shots that could be tweaked to combat highly infectious mutated strains of the virus or used as third doses. The company said Friday that the government "also has the option to acquire an updated version of the vaccine to address potential variants as well as new formulations of the vaccine." CDC VACCINE EXPERTS PUNT ON EXTRA COVID-19 SHOTS FOR VULNERABLE PATIENTS The additional doses will be delivered to the government from October 2021 through April 2022, bringing the total supply of Pfizer shots purchased by the government to 500 million, plus 500 million more to be distributed globally. Pfizer has suggested that a third dose of the vaccine might be needed to maintain protection against COVID-19. The government has said so far that third shots are not necessary, although the possibility has gained attention recently as the highly infectious delta variant has swept the country, mostly affecting people who are unvaccinated. “As a long-term partner to the...
    Ex-Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards dies; knew power and prison Donald Trump Jr. Says He Hasnt Personally Thought About 2024 Presidential Run but Who Knows By Marco Aquino © Reuters/GUADALUPE PARDO Houses are seen behind a construction site of the Pan American Games, in Lima LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's mining-driven economy is set for a "vigorous" rebound this year that should limit the need for the incoming government set to take office on July 28 to open the fiscal spending taps, current Economy Minister Waldo Mendoza said on Monday. Load Error Peru's economy will expand by at least 10% this year and 5% the next due to fiscal injections already made, while benefiting from high global prices of commodities including copper, the country's most important export, Mendoza said. The Andean country, the world's no. 2 copper producer behind Chile, is waiting for socialist Pedro Castillo to be formally confirmed the next president after he narrowly edged out a conservative rival in a June 6 election. He has pledged to hike taxes on mining and increase spending on healthcare...
    The U.S. government has purchased 200 million additional doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. With the 300 million doses already purchased from the biotechnology company, that brings America's total order up to 500 million. Under the terms of agreement, Moderna will deliver 110 million doses by the end of 2021 and 90 million in the first quarter of 2022. What's more, the Biden administration will also have the option to purchase any future coronavirus immunizations that Moderna is working on. 'We appreciate the collaboration with the U.S government for these additional doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which could be used for primary vaccination, including of children, or possibly as a booster if that becomes necessary to continue to defeat the pandemic,' said Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel in a statement. 'We remain focused on being proactive as the virus evolves by leveraging the flexibility of our mRNA platform to stay ahead of emerging variants.'    It comes as the rate of vaccinations in the U.S. has slowed significantly to an average of 1.1 million shots per day, down from an average of...
    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked the U.S. drug maker Pfizer Inc. for additional supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine to speed up the inoculation drive that lags behind many other countries. Suga, after holding talks with President Joe Biden at the White House, wrapped up his Washington visit on Saturday with a phone call to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. Suga requested Burla for additional supplies of the vaccine that would cover all eligible recipients by September, as well as to ensure the stable and prompt delivery of the ongoing vaccine shipments, Japanese officials said Sunday. No details were released. According to the officials, Burla told Suga that Pfizer planned to closely coordinate with the Japanese government to discuss the requests. Japan, with its domestic vaccine development still in early stages, has to rely on imports and has signed agreements with Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one Japan has approved so far. Japan’s government says it has secured 314 million doses, enough to cover its entire population by the...
    President Joe Biden's rescue pup Major will be removed from the White House to undergo additional training after a second biting incident raised more questions about the dog's behavior.  The White House argues the three-year-old German Shepherd is still adjusting to his new life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And, to help him, he'll have a few weeks of training in the Washington D.C. area.  'Major, the Bidens' younger dog, will undergo some additional training to help him adjust to life in the White House,' Michael LaRosa, a spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden, told DailyMail.com. 'The off-site, private training will take place in the Washington, D.C. area, and it is expected to last a few weeks.' Major has bitten two staff at the White House since moving into his new residence. Last month he bit a Park Service employee - the National Park Service maintains the White House lawns - and, in February, he bit a security guard. In both incidents, the person was checked by the White House Medical Unit and there was no serious damage. White House officials...
    The bill to connect all Quebec families and businesses to the high-speed Internet has tripled in three years. The Legalt government added $ 1.25 billion to the $ 500 million already on the list in an effort to fulfill its election commitment. • read more: Girard Budget: Tough choices await after the election • read more: Quebec Finance: Here are 10 things to keep in mind on Girard’s budget This is the amount released in Girard’s budget on Thursday. In fiscal 2020-2021, an additional $ 60,660 million will be paid and $ 595 million will be provided for the Internet in 2021-2022. “High-speed Internet services (HSI) are considered essential for Quebec’s economic growth, especially in the wake of an epidemic,” the Finance Ministry wrote in its budget. “Work patterns, consumption habits, fun and learning ways are always changing,” we add. In 2018, during its election campaign, the Coalition Future Quebec (CAQ) pledged $ 400 million to connect all Quebecs and provide broadband cellular coverage across the province before 2022. Quebec is accelerating its efforts to achieve (or...
    The U.K. government’s integrated defense review published Tuesday states that the country will be increasing its stockpile of nuclear weapons by 40%, which critics say will violate international law. The previous commitment to cutting the nuclear arsenal down to 180 by the mid-2020s is set to be reversed, with plans to bring the total number of warheads to 260, despite the country’s status as a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty signatory, The Independent reported. The increase in Trident nuclear warheads would end three decades of nuclear disarmament by the U.K. government. The defense review paves the way for a £10 billion rearmament to counter the increasing perceived threat from Russia and China, according to The Guardian. (RELATED: Biden Administration Officially Extends Nuclear Weapons Treaty With Russia) U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab characterized the decision as the “ultimate insurance policy” against threats posed by the adversaries. “Over time as the circumstances change and the threats change, we need to maintain a minimum credible level of deterrent,” Raab explained on BBC Radio 4’s Today. The Nuclear Information Project’s Director Hans Kristensen said that the...
    President Joe Biden will announce Wednesday that his administration will secure another 100 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine.  He will make the announcement during a meeting with CEOs from Johnson & Johnson and Merck after his administration helped broker a deal between the two companies to speed up production of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine.  'He's doing this because in a wartime effort, which is what we consider this, we need maximum flexibility. We want to be oversupplied over prepared. There's also a chance that we'll encounter an unexpected challenge in our vaccination efforts and we're preparing for just that,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday. Biden has said the administration will have enough doses of the vaccine by the end of May for every adult American - some 260 million people - to get a shot in the arm.  The additional doses are being procured to vaccinate children or to use as booster doses or to reformulate the vaccine to combat emerging variants of the virus. The United States procured enough vaccine doses...
    President Joe Biden will announce on Wednesday that the United States has reached an agreement to purchase 100 million additional doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine. White House officials confirmed to the Daily Caller Wednesday morning that the announcement is expected to come at an event POTUS is hosting with Johnson & Johnson and Merck executives at the White House Wednesday afternoon. Officials did not answer questions on the timeline for procurement or how the government plans to allocate shipments across its various vaccine shipping distribution programs. (RELATED: Biden Says US Now On Track To Have Vaccines For Every Adult By End Of May) WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 08: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on International Women’s Day during an announcement at the East Room of the White House March 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) This new vaccine allotment comes on top of the 100 million doses Johnson & Johnson promised to provide to the government by the summer. The Biden administration distributed Johnson & Johnson’s entire stockpile of 3.9 million doses in...
    Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is stored for use with United Airlines employees at United's onsite clinic at O'Hare International Airport on March 09, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.Scott Olson | Getty Images The U.S. plans to buy 100 million additional doses of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine, two administration sources told NBC News. President Joe Biden will announce the plans Wednesday during a White House meeting with executives from J&J and Merck. J&J currently has a deal with the U.S. government to provide 100 million doses by the end of June. The federal government shipped out nearly 3.9 million doses of the single-shot vaccine last week and says it plans to distribute 16 million more by the end of this month. The announcement comes as the administration works to ramp up the production of J&J's vaccine after it learned earlier in the year that the company had fallen behind in vaccine production. The New York Times first reported in January that unexpected manufacturing delays would lead to a reduced initial supply of J&J's drug if it were given emergency authorization. Last...
    Reuters March 5, 2021 0 Comments After two straight days of record COVID-19 deaths in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday told Brazilians to stop “whining” and move on, in his latest remarks attacking distancing measures and downplaying the gravity of the pandemic. Brazil has the world’s second-highest death toll over the past year, after the United States. While the U.S. outbreak is ebbing, Brazil is facing its worst phase of the epidemic yet, pushing its hospital system to the brink of collapse. “Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on?” Bolsonaro told a crowd at an event. “How much longer will you stay at home and close everything? No one can stand it anymore. We regret the deaths, again, but we need a solution.” The Health Ministry registered 75,102 additional cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the most in a single day since July and the second-highest on record. Brazil also recorded 1,699, decreasing slightly from the previous two days of record deaths. Brazil’s surging second wave has triggered new restrictions in its capital, Brasilia,...
    Feb 26 (.) – Pharmaceutical Eli Lilly and Co said on Friday that the US government has agreed to buy at least 100,000 doses of its recently authorized dual COVID-19 antibody cocktail for $ 210 million, to be delivered by the end of May. March. The US government will have the option to purchase up to 1.1 million additional doses through November 25, the company said. Lilly reported that she would begin dispensing the doses immediately. The therapy contains two antibodies, bamlanivimab and etesevimab, and was cleared for emergency use in the United States earlier this month. Like rival Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc’s dual antibody REGN-COV2 therapy, Lilly’s combination has been licensed for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 patients who are at high risk of progressing to severe illness or hospitalization. . Lilly’s therapy helped reduce the risk of hospitalization and death in COVID-19 patients by 70%, according to initial data from an advanced-stage trial released in January. Despite government efforts to encourage the use of the treatments to prevent people from being hospitalized, the therapies have seen weak...
    The American government wants to quickly vaccinate as many people as possible against Covid-19 in order to be able to achieve collective immunity as quickly as possible. As part of its mass vaccination campaign, the United States therefore bought 200 million doses of additional medicines. “Contracts for an additional 100 million Moderna vaccines and 100 million Pfizer vaccines” Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States detected more than 27.5 million cases of infection and nearly 480,000 deaths. While Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc in the country, the government is stepping up the pace of vaccination to protect its population. During a visit to the National Institutes of Health near Washington on Thursday, February 11, the US President announced the purchase of 200 million doses of vaccines. “This afternoon, we signed the contracts for an additional 100 million Moderna vaccines and 100 million Pfizer vaccines”, said Joe biden, report Le Figaro. “We are now on the right track …” The new tenant of the White House believes that United States is on...
    Beginning next week, Twitter will add labels to the personal accounts of heads of state as it expands its policy on government-affiliated accounts, the company said Thursday. The labels are meant to provide context for users to “have a more informed experience on Twitter,” according to a blog post from Twitter Support. This appears to be a change from an earlier position when the company said it would not label the personal accounts of heads of state since such accounts already have “widespread name recognition, media attention, and public awareness.” To continue to help you identify governmental officials and institutions on Twitter, we’re expanding our policy to label these accounts in more countries. Next week, you’ll start to see new profile labels on government accounts in 16 other countries.https://t.co/RNyrznKQuL pic.twitter.com/poK4vIa5xZ — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) February 11, 2021 Twitter said it will also update the text in its labels to add more specificity and will apply additional labels to state-affiliated media accounts in the coming months. The company has stopped amplifying tweets from accounts where a government “exercises control...
    Discussions took much longer than expected between the Directorate General for Armament (DGA) and the aircraft manufacturer Daher Aerospace. But in the end, the DGA ordered four TBM940 type planes from Daher in December, which will be operated by the DGA Flight Tests and Expertise Center. The aircraft manufacturer was awaiting an announcement by September at the latest, but the negotiations spanned an additional three months because of the new services that the ministry wanted to integrate. Thus, the contract, amounting to 21.8 million euros, includes additional services to be provided by Daher: aircraft test instrumentation, training and MCO (Maintenance in operational condition). According to a press release published on Tuesday by the DGA, this contract will allow a total of around thirty direct jobs to be preserved in the aeronautics industry. “For our industry and our teams, this is a strong sign, partly offsetting the significant impact of the Covid-19 pandemic which … Follow La Tribune Share economic information, receive our newsletters
    The Trump administration did roll out an American AI Initiative in February 2019 which outlined a national strategy for AI development, however the plan did not provide any additional funding for research, but merely redirected existing funding sources towards AI R&D. “The Trump administration continues to make US leadership in AI a top priority,” Michael Kratsios, the Trump administration’s chief technology officer said in a statement. “Under the American AI Initiative, efforts are underway to promote R&D and workforce development, collaborate with international partners, develop technical standards, and much more. We look forward to continued engagement with the AI community on these important issues.” The new Biden administration plans to make a clean break from Trump’s openly hostile stance towards the sciences. Among the many departures from his predecessor’s policy positions, Biden has pledged to “restore trust in science” and “pay great attention” to scientists as a matter of course in crafting responses to the COVID pandemic and climate change. As a first show of intent, he has petitioned for America to rejoin the Paris climate accord, elevated the position...
    US private companies shed workers in December for the first time in eight months as out-of-control COVID-19 infections unleashed a fresh wave of business restrictions, setting the tone for what is likely to be a brutal winter for the economy. The ADP National Employment Report on Wednesday showed job losses across all industries last month as the coronavirus outbreak kept many consumers and workers at home. While the report underscored the magnitude of the crisis, the economy was unlikely to slide back into recession, thanks to additional fiscal stimulus approved in late December. The ADP report added to slumping consumer spending and persistently high layoffs in suggesting that the economy lost significant momentum at the end of 2020. “America’s great jobs machine ran into a wall of rising coronavirus cases and state lockdowns which puts the entire economic recovery from recession at risk,” said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in New York. “The heart of every recession is job losses and right now the decline in jobs at year end is hinting that the dark days of the labor market last spring...
    Pfizer-BioNTech said Wednesday they will supply the United States with an additional 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine as the country struggles to contain surges in infections. The drug makers said they expect to complete the delivery by the end of July in a nearly $2 billion deal with the federal government. “Securing more doses from Pfizer and BioNTech for delivery in the second quarter of 2021 further expands our supply of doses across the Operation Warp Speed portfolio,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. “This new federal purchase can give Americans even more confidence that we will have enough supply to vaccinate every American who wants it by June 2021.” On December 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use, clearing the way for the drug makers to supply the government with an initial 100 million doses. The agreement announced Wednesday stipulates the companies will deliver at least 70 million of the additional doses by June 30, with the remaining 30 million doses being delivered by July...
    Pfizer-BioNTech said Wednesday they will supply the United States with an additional 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine as the country struggles to contain surges in infections. The drug makers said they expect to complete the delivery by the end of July in a nearly $2 billion deal with the federal government. “Securing more doses from Pfizer and BioNTech for delivery in the second quarter of 2021 further expands our supply of doses across the Operation Warp Speed portfolio,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. “This new federal purchase can give Americans even more confidence that we will have enough supply to vaccinate every American who wants it by June 2021.” On December 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use, clearing the way for the drug makers to supply the government with an initial 100 million doses. The agreement announced Wednesday stipulates the companies will deliver at least 70 million of the additional doses by June 30, with the remaining 30 million doses being delivered by July...
    Pfizer and BioNTech have reached an agreement with the U.S. government to supply an additional 100 million doses of their coronavirus vaccine. The pharmaceutical and biotech companies announced Wednesday that they reached a second agreement with the government for $1.95 billion for the additional doses, enough for 50 million people to receive the complete two-dose course. "With these 100 million additional doses, the United States will be able to protect more individuals and hopefully end this devastating pandemic more quickly," Albert Bourla, chairman and CEO of Pfizer, said in a press release.Cartoons on the CoronavirusView All 476 ImagesThe new agreement brings the total number of doses to be delivered in the U.S, to 200 million, which the companies expect to deliver in full by July 31, 2021. Seventy million of the additional doses will be delivered by June 30, with the remaining 30 million delivered by the July deadline. The government also has an option for an additional purchase of 400 million more doses of the vaccine. "We regard the U.S. government's order of additional doses from...
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer and BioNTech will supply the U.S. with an additional 100 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine under a second agreement. The drugmakers said Wednesday that they expect to deliver all the doses by July 31. Pfizer already has a contract to supply the government with 100 million doses of its vaccine, which requires two doses per patient. Under the nearly $2 billion deal announced Wednesday, the companies will deliver at least 70 million additional doses by June 30, with the remaining 30 million to be delivered no later than July 31. The government also has the option to acquire up to an additional 400 million doses. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement that the latest deal can give people confidence “that we will have enough supply to vaccinate every American who wants it by June 2021.” Related Articles Editorial: Complete vaccine priority list would ease Californians’ anxiety Who’s next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine? Can employers make COVID-19 vaccination...
    Washington — Pfizer and BioNTech will supply the U.S. with an additional 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine under a new agreement. The drugmakers said Wednesday that they expect to deliver all the doses by July 31. Pfizer already has a contract to supply the government with 100 million doses of its vaccine, which requires two doses per patient. Under the $2 billion deal announced Wednesday, the companies will deliver at least 70 million of the additional doses by June 30, with the remaining 30 million doses to be delivered no later than July 31. The government also has the option to acquire up to an additional 400 million doses. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement that the latest deal can give people confidence "that we will have enough supply to vaccinate every American who wants it by June 2021." Pfizer's vaccine was the first to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration and initial shipments went to states last week. It has now been joined by a vaccine from Moderna, which was...
    (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc is close to striking a deal with the U.S. government to supply at least tens of millions of additional doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate next year in exchange for a government directive giving it better access to manufacturing supplies, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. An agreement could be announced as early as Wednesday, the newspaper reported https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/22/us/pfizer-vaccine-trump-administration.html, citing people familiar with the discussions. (Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: vaccines, United States, coronavirus
    (CNN)Vaccine supply constraints are complicating the Trump administration's hopes of striking a deal with Pfizer to purchase another 100 million doses of the company's coronavirus vaccines, the latest hurdle to ramping up vaccine production as the virus rapidly spreads.Officials from the Trump administration and Pfizer confirmed that the two sides are negotiating for the government to purchase the additional doses for distribution between April and June 2021. But the timing has been a sticking point, as the US clamors for delivery as soon as possible while Pfizer juggles global demand.When can I get a coronavirus vaccine?Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday that a complicating factor in the negotiations is that Pfizer is having some supply chain issues that will make it more challenging for the company to produce 100 million more doses in the spring. The federal government is negotiating with Pfizer to see how it can help with those manufacturing issues in order to get the additional 100 million doses, he said."We are engaged in active discussions with Pfizer about exercising options under our contract," Azar...
    VIDEO1:5601:56U.S. turned down more Covid vaccines as recently as Nov. 2020: Pfizer board memberSquawk Box The U.S. government turned down an offer to secure more doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine in November, company board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday. The Trump administration in July locked in a deal for 100 million doses if the vaccine proved safe and effective, with an option to purchase up to 500 million more. Pfizer has said it intends to ship 50 million vaccine doses this year, which would be enough to inoculate 25 million people because it requires two shots. "There were multiple conversations with the U.S. government about taking more supply in the second quarter. The company wasn't taken up on that offer, as recently as November," Gottlieb said on "Squawk Box." The vaccine from Pfizer and German partner BioNTech on Friday received emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, and some Americans are likely to receive the first shots Monday. Gottlieb, a former FDA chief under President Donald Trump, first indicated last week that the U.S. government had...
    Vials in boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan on December 13, 2020.Morry Gash | AFP | Getty Images Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the company is negotiating with the federal government to provide an additional 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses next year as Americans will receive some of the first shots Monday. Pfizer and the U.S. are working out details on timing, Bourla told CNBC's "Squawk Box" in an interview Monday morning. The company could provide many of those doses in the third quarter of 2021, but the U.S. government is pushing for it in the second quarter, he said. "We are working very collaboratively to try to find a solution and be able to allocate those 100 million [doses] in the second quarter if possible or a lot of them," Bourla said, adding the company has not signed an agreement with the U.S. yet. The comment came after the Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use late Friday....
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – On Friday, the U.S. government purchased an additional 100 million doses of Moderna Therapeutics COVID-19 vaccine. That will bring the government’s total order of 200 million vaccine doses from Moderna. The U.S. had originally purchased 100 million doses of the vaccine. The company said the first 20 million doses will be delivered by the end of 2020, with an additional 80 million doses delivered by the end of March 2021. The new order for the additional 100 million doses will be delivered by June 2021. The deliveries are subject to an Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As part of Operation Warp Speed, the government has the option to purchase an additional 300 million doses of the vaccine from Moderna. “We appreciate the confidence that the U.S. government continues to have in mRNA-1273, our COVID-19 vaccine candidate, demonstrated by this increased supply agreement,” said Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer of Moderna. “We continue to scale up our manufacturing capability in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.” Moderna has also committed to...
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