8:48 a.m. “It will be months” before all can get shots, White House says: More than 47 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been delivered to states nationwide, with 24 million shots so far administered, Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 Response Team told a news briefing Wednesday. White House officials said some of the vaccine, rather than being administered, is being held in inventory by states for required second doses after people get their first shots. The Biden team is working to understand where the vaccine supplies are “on any given day,” a task hindered by a delay in data reporting, they said. But Slavitt said President Biden, with his stated goal of 1 million shots a day for 100 days, is “pushing for us to view 1 million as the floor, not the ceiling.” Issues with the vaccine supply chain still remain, Slavitt said. “It will be months before everyone who wants a vaccine is able to get one,” he said. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Oakland airport debuts vending machines selling test kits
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Third, rules designed to facilitate trade between free-market democracies following the rule of law must be modified in the face of Communist China’s theft of intellectual property and artificial barriers preventing foreign access to its markets. Conservatives’ natural tendency toward deregulation must not be manipulated to allow large tech companies to abuse their market dominance to selectively enforce the same rules of conduct on conservatives that they do not want to accept for themselves. … [Read more...] about Bobby Jindal: Populist Republicans – Can traditional conservatives adapt to this movement?
The failure to complete the Pyongyang General Hospital, in addition to potentially exacerbating a health crisis that North Korea vehemently denies is happening, is particularly embarrassing for Kim Jong-un in light of the fact that his order to build it was in part an admission that North Korea had failed to provide proper services to its citizens. In announcing the project in March, Kim described himself and his ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) as “miserably self-critical” due to the fact that “there is no perfect and modern medical service establishment even in the capital city.” … [Read more...] about North Korea Runs Out of Construction Material for Pyongyang General Hospital
In a Jan. 12 statement, Antonov laid out Moscow's arms control priorities, starting with U.S. missile defenses, which the Russians see as an attempt to undermine the strategic value of their nuclear arsenal. They say it is a reason they developed a hypersonic glide vehicle, known as the Avangard, that can be carried aboard the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile and maneuver to evade defenses. … [Read more...] about Renewed US-Russia nuke pact won’t fix emerging arms threats
“PETA wants the world to go vegan, and the U.S. and Europe could learn a thing or two from China, where foods like mock duck and soy-based pork originated and vegan brands like OmniPork, Starfield, Z-Rou, and Beyond Meat are booming,” Jason Baker, the vice president of PETA Asia, said in a statement. “We believe China can continue to lead by encouraging its citizens to abandon filthy pig factories and ‘wet markets.'” … [Read more...] about Chinese Media Attacks Vegan Campaigns: West Wants Chinese to ‘Eat Grass’