A version of this story appeared in the April 14 edition of CNN's Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday . (CNN) The United States could have around 300 million excess Covid-19 shots by the end of July, health policy experts at Duke University estimated in a report Thursday , calling on the country to share doses more widely to address the stark inequality around global vaccine distribution. The US has provided limited shipments of AstraZeneca's vaccine -- which is not yet authorized for use in the United States -- to Mexico and Canada, but US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said it won't share shots more broadly until the country is "more confident" in its own supplies . The US is the biggest financial donor to the global vaccine-sharing scheme COVAX, but the country has been tight-fisted with the actual vaccines it has in huge supply, while many others have none at all. Three-quarters of the … [Read more...] about The US could have 300M extra vaccines. Why won’t it share?
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ROME — Pope Francis has called for a month-long prayer marathon to ask God for a swift end to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican announced Wednesday. By wish of the Holy Father, “the month of May will be dedicated to a prayer marathon with the theme ‘Prayer to God rose incessantly from the whole Church (Acts 12:5),’” reads a Vatican communiqué sent to Breitbart News. “The initiative will involve in a special way all the shrines of the world so that they will promote the recitation of the rosary among the faithful, families, and communities to invoke the end of the pandemic,” states the Italian-language text sent by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. “Thirty representative shrines, scattered all over the world, will lead the Marian prayer, which will be broadcast live on the official channels of the Holy See at 6:00pm (Rome time) every day,” it declares. “Pope Francis will open this great prayer on May 1 and conclude it on May 31,” the text … [Read more...] about Pope Francis Calls for Rosary ‘Prayer Marathon’ for End to Coronavirus Pandemic
US President Donald J. Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May have reaffirmed their commitment to the special relationship between their two countries, with the new President telling the White House press conference that “Brexit is going to be a wonderful thing for your country”. Speaking in a questions and answers after the two leaders made a joint statement on the renewal of the special relationship at the White House this afternoon, President Trump took a question from the British press on Brexit, and came out strongly in favour of the vote and Britain liberating itself from what he called the “consortium” European Union (EU). President Trump said: “We will be talking to your folks about Brexit, [which is] an example of what was to come. I happened to be in Scotland… when Brexit happened, and we had a vast amount of press there. The day before, I said ‘Brexit is gonna happen’, and I was scorned for making that prediction”. Praising the decision for Britain to leave the EU, … [Read more...] about PM May in USA: Prez Sez Brexit ‘Will Be a Fantastic Thing’
UK Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer’s disastrous encounter with publican Rod Humphris – now a viral internet sensation – is a textbook case of how not to win friends and influence voters on the political campaign trail. Step One: On encountering an impassioned voter completely ignore his concerns, even when he tells you that up till now he has been a lifelong supporter of your party. Step Two: Just to make sure that everyone knows how little you care for utter nobodies like this silly man with his inconvenient views, get your campaign staff to film you immediately afterwards delivering an off-the-cuff speechette stressing your contempt and indifference. Step Three: Step aside and leave the guy to the tender cares of your overzealous security staff… Politicians are supposed to serve the public, not ignore, belittle or abuse them. Starmer’s disgraceful performance in The Raven pub in Bath on Monday is now all over social media and, with any luck, will be the death of … [Read more...] about Delingpole: Why Stop at Starmer? Pubs Should Bar All MPs Forever…
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez: Chauvin 'verdict is not a substitute for policy change' Overnight Energy: Biden reportedly will pledge to halve US emissions by 2030 | Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution House rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey Ed Markey Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Overnight Energy: Biden reportedly will pledge to halve US emissions by 2030 | Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday reintroduced a resolution in support of a Green New Deal. The resolution, which would be an expression of congressional sentiment rather than a law, says that it’s the government’s duty to create a Green New Deal that can be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization. … [Read more...] about Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution