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Slideshow ( 3 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for President Joe Biden’s inauguration have tested positive for the coronavirus, a U.S. official said on Friday. The U.S. government imposed unprecedented security measures in the city following the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, including fences topped with razor wire and checkpoints manned by National Guard. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the number of National Guard troops who tested positive could rise but was still a small fraction of the more than 25,000 troops deployed in city over the past few days. Some 7,000 National Guard personnel are expected to stay at least through the end of the month, officials have said. About 5,000 troops are expected to stay through mid-March, but that number and time period could change.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Donald Trump Organizations: National Guard, Washington , D.C, U.S, Capitol, United, for Disease Control Locations: WASHINGTON, Washington ,, U.S, United States, COVID, Washington
Ours is a culture that fears displays of vulnerability, especially among men, castigating them as utter weakness. Especially from another man.”I have no illusions that Biden’s emotional address Tuesday is going to rewrite the script of normative masculine identity overnight. Ours is a culture that fears displays of vulnerability, especially among men, castigating them as utter weakness. The traditional masculine script we follow now ultimately detaches many boys and men from most of their deeper feelings. In Biden as president, we have a leader and a model of a healthier masculinity whose empathy and compassion inform his wisdom.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Joseph R, “ Beau ”, Biden, Biden’s, Neilia, Naomi, Beau, Hunter, Macallah, , didn’t, I’m, Will, Nico, Organizations: “ Beau ” Biden III National Guard / Reserve Locations: New Castle,
INSURRECTION ACTThe posts claim, “Trump signed the insurrection act on 11 Jan …. Reuters has already debunked false claims that Trump invoked the Insurrection Act here . A U.S. government defense official told Reuters via email that neither martial law nor the Insurrection Act have been declared. This means selective martial law or that the president has signed the Insurrection Act” ( here , here ) and “Trump either signed the insurrection act or we are in martial law. They say that even when he was President, Trump lacked the authority to declare martial law.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, Brandon Bell, Q ”, Donald Trump, QAnon, Jan, “ Trump, Jan …, Rodney King, Michael Flynn, Ryan McCarthy, James McConville, ” Trump, Jenna Ellis, Richard Nixon, Factcheck.org, Brennan, Martial Law, Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Pope, BIDEN, “ Biden, Read Organizations: Martial Law, National Guard, U.S . Capitol, Washington D.C, REUTERS, U.S, Hollywood, , Reuters, Trump, American Legion, United States ’, Congress, U.S ., Army, Admiralty, White, Fox News, For Justice, Martial, Pentagon, Department of Defence, White House, Electoral, Archives Electoral, TRUMP, Capitol, Twitter Locations: United States, Washington, U.S, States, , usa
China authorises coast guard to fire on foreign vessels if needed
  + stars: | 2021-01-22 | by ( Yew Lun Tian | ) www.reuters.com + 0.96   time to read: +1 min
BEIJING (Reuters) - China passed a law on Friday that for the first time explicitly allows its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels, a move that could make the contested waters around China more choppy. It has sent its coast guard to chase away fishing vessels from other countries, sometimes resulting in the sinking of these vessels. China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress standing committee, passed the Coast Guard Law on Friday, according to state media reports. The bill allows coast guard personnel to demolish other countries’ structures built on Chinese-claimed reefs and to board and inspect foreign vessels in waters claimed by China. This law comes seven years after China merged several civilian maritime law-enforcement agencies to form a coast guard bureau.
Persons: Hua Chunying Organizations: East China, National People’s Congress, Coast Guard, coastguard, People’s Armed Police Locations: BEIJING, China, Japan, East, South China
U.S. health officials knew very little then about the mysterious new virus, and the quarantined group offered an early opportunity to size up the threat. Soon after balking at testing the returnees from Wuhan, the agency delayed testing asymptomatic passengers among 318 evacuees from the Diamond Princess, a contaminated cruise ship in Japan. But she and other public health specialists also told Reuters that Americans deserve a thorough examination of the agency’s shortcomings in the crisis. Lawler said CDC officials replied that there wasn’t enough proof yet that people without symptoms spread the disease. King County and CDC officials tested 76 of the 82 residents, regardless of whether they exhibited symptoms, beginning on March 13, according to the CDC.
Persons: Tami Chappell, James Lawler, Lawler, couldn’t, , Donald Trump, Lawrence Gostin, Trump, that’s, ethicists, Gostin, Joe Biden, Rochelle Walensky, Walensky “, Sonja Rasmussen, Rasmussen, George W, Bush, Obama, Eric Kasowski, , Anne, Schuchat, ” Lawler, Kasowski, Robert Redfield, Dr, Michael Callahan, Callahan, didn’t, ” Callahan, Tim Uyeki, Uyeki, Redfield, Princess, Bela Matyas, Matyas, James Lewis, department’s, Lawler’s Organizations: Reuters, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, REUTERS, University of Nebraska Medical Center, . Centers for Disease Control, CDC, , O’Neill Institute for National, Global Health Law, Georgetown University, World Health Organization, WHO, White, Biden, University of Florida, National Guard, U.S . Health, Human Services, HHS, Camp Ashland, coronavirus, Massachusetts General Hospital, U.S, Princess, Lackland Air Force Base, Nebraska Medical Center, Diamond, Travis Air Force Base, Nebraska Public Health Laboratory, Nebraska, Issaquah, Rehabilitation Center Locations: Nebraska, Wuhan, China, U.S, Atlanta , Georgia, Liberia, Texas, West Africa, Japan, United States, South Korea, Singapore, Camp Ashland, Omaha, Asia, Europe, Ashland, Camp, , Yokohama, Massachusetts, COVID, Africa, San Antonio , Texas, Northern California, Atlanta, California, California’s Solano County, Seattle, King County
National Guard troops were allowed back into the Capitol to rest after being asked to move, a request that sent some to a parking garage, officials said. WATCH: National Guard troops leave the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center garage after U.S. Capitol Police temporarily relocated their rest area. The Washington, D.C., National Guard said earlier Thursday that they were asked to move its rest area by Capitol Police. National Guard troops from across the country were sent to Washington to provide support. Approximately 10,600 were on duty Thursday afternoon, and arrangements were being made to send 15,000 home as soon as possible, the National Guard Bureau said.
Persons: Sen, Tammy Duckworth, Janeen Birckhead, Duckworth, we’ve, Joe Biden, Adam Kinzinger, Chuck Schumer, Tom Cotton Organizations: National Guard, Politico, Capitol Police, Guard, Thurgood Marshall Judicial, U.S . Capitol Police, Troops, NBC, Capitol, Trump, D.C, Capitol . National Guard, National Guard Bureau Locations: Illinois, Gen, Iraq, Washington, The Washington, New York, Arkansas, Afghanistan
Almost 20% of rioters charged in the Capitol siege were active duty military members, or veterans. Insider created a searchable database of those individuals charged for their participation in the riot. According to NPR, nearly 20% of the individuals facing federal charges or District of Columbia charges for participating in the January 6 insurrection are military veterans. According to the US Census Bureau, only 7% of American adults are military veterans. A pair of off-duty Virginia police officers who stormed the Capitol were also military veterans, according to the report.
Persons: Larry Brock Jr, Brock, Jacob Fracker, Thomas Robertson, Fracker, Thomas Edward Caldwell, Donovan Ray Crowl, Biden's Organizations: NPR, Capitol, of Columbia, Census Bureau, Facebook, Marine Corps, Virginia National Guard, National Guard, Military Times, US Defense Department Locations: Afghanistan
ET Live Updates: Biden’s Next Orders Aim to Speed and Expand Federal Aid President Biden hopes to accelerate the delivery of stimulus checks and lay the groundwork for a $15 minimum wage for federal workers. That defense could be more challenging in the Capitol riot cases, former federal prosecutors say, because the attack has already happened. National Guard troops who protected the Capitol for Biden’s Inauguration were told to sleep in a parking garage. National Guard soldiers resting in the parking garage of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Edwin Nieves Jr., the spokesman for the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Guard.
Persons: Biden, Jim Bourg, , , Aitan Goelman, Timothy McVeigh, Biden’s, Thomas E, Caldwell, Donovan Crowl, Jessica Watkins, Crowl, Watkins, Michael Sherwin, Adam Goldman, Katie Benner, Rebecca R, Ruiz, Alan Feuer, Hilary Swift, Joseph R, Trump, Franklin D, , Chris Sununu, “ I’ve, ” Mr, Sununu, Edwin Nieves Jr, Nieves, Captain Nieves, Thurgood Marshall, Kevin McCarthy, Alexandria Ocasio, Mark Kelly, General Birckhead, Vufvdj1M6e, Chris Van Hollen, Chris Murphy, — Chris Murphy, John Ismay Organizations: Federal, U.S, Capitol, Reuters, Oklahoma City, Prosecutors, ., The New York Times, Centers for Disease Control, Occupational Safety, Health Administration, Education and Health, Human Services, White House, National Institutes of Health, National Guard, Biden’s, Thurgood Marshall Federal, Washington , D.C, New York Times National Guard, New Hampshire National Guard, Washington D.C, Twitter, Pentagon, Guard, Washington, D.C, Capitol Police, Thurgood, Republican, Democrat, Capitol Police Chief Locations: Washington, Pennsylvania, United States, Covid, Washington ,, New Hampshire, Cortez, New York, Arizona, Connecticut
Twitter suspended the account of Iran's supreme leader after he tweeted a threatening message to former President Donald Trump. The post from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei featured an image of an ominous aircraft flying over a golfer resembling Trump. Twitter suspended the account of Iran's supreme leader after he threatened former President Donald Trump over the killing of a top Iranian military commander. On Friday, Khameini's Twitter account was suspended for violating the platform's rules. Before Trump's tumultuous presidency ended this week, Twitter permanently suspended his personal Twitter account for inciting violence, including riots at the US Capitol.
Persons: Donald Trump, Ali Khamenei, Trump, Qassem, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Qassem Soleimani, General Soleimani, Khamenei, Soleimani, Trump's Organizations: Twitter, Tasnim News Agency, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Tasnim, White, Trump International Golf, Reuters, United States, Capitol Locations: Iranian, Palm Beach, Baghdad, Iran, Persian Gulf
An Iranian news agency with strong links to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps tweeted a threatening message Thursday to a golfing Trump. The post, which appeared to call for attacks to avenge the murder of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani by a US drone last year, included the words "revenge is inevitable." An Iranian News Agency with strong ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps tweeted a threatening post aimed at former President Donald Trump. On his first day out of the White House, Trump headed to Trump International Golf Club West Palm Beach. In response to the death of one of Iran's most notorious military leaders, Iranian forces launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at US and coalition forces.
Persons: Qassem, Donald Trump, Trump, Qen, Qassem Soleimani, Soleimani, Iran's, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Organizations: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Trump, Iranian News Agency, Tasnim News Agency, Tasnim, White, Trump International Golf, United States, Twitter Locations: Iranian, Palm Beach, Baghdad, Iran, Persian Gulf
The Senate has confirmed Lloyd Austin, a retired four-star Army general, as the first Black secretary of defense. Austin served in the armed forces for more than four decades, retiring in 2016 after serving as the first Black leader of US Central Command. While he received significant support from members of Congress, Austin also faced bipartisan opposition to the granting of a waiver which would see another recently-retired general serve as secretary of defense. The Senate confirmed President Joe Biden's pick for Pentagon chief on Thursday, making retired Gen. Lloyd Austin the first Black secretary of defense. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate approved the waiver required for Austin to serve as the secretary of defense on Thursday.
Persons: Lloyd Austin, Austin, Joe Biden, Beau, Joe Biden's, Biden, Obama, — Beau Biden, Biden's, Scott Applewhite, Barack Obama, James Mattis, Organizations: Army, US Central Command, Delaware Army National Guard, Pentagon, United States Army, Department of Defense, Star, 3rd Infantry Division, 10th Mountain Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, Joint Staff, US, National Guard, AP, Marine Corps, Raytheon Locations: Alabama, West, Baghdad, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, Russia, Austin
SEE NEW POSTSLast-minute vaccine cancellations in New York City catches some off-guard Thousands of people had their Covid-19 vaccine appointments canceled at the last minute in New York City -- starting Thursday -- when the city announced it was experiencing a supply shortage. Share this -Texas doctor accused of stealing vial of Covid-19 vaccine A Texas doctor was charged Thursday with stealing a vial of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to prosecutors. The "TODAY" co-anchor and weatherman share their reasons for getting vaccinated in the upcoming issue of People magazine. "Why am I getting vaccinated? So I am getting vaccinated not only for my family, but for yours too."
Persons: Chris Bastian —, , ” Bastian, Bastian, I'm, Gretchen Whitmer, ” Whitmer, Matthew Prince, Joe Biden, Biden, David Kessler, Vivek Murthy, Marcella Nunez, Smith, Michael Osterholm, Hasan Gokal, Gokal, Prosecutors, Gokal “, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, it's, who's, Joel, Roger Goodell, Goodell, iurMY0BvMM, Yoshihide Suga Organizations: New York City, Facebook, New York, New York City Health Department, CDC, NIH, Infectious Disease, University of Minnesota, Biden, Attorney’s, Pfizer, Super Bowl Health, Super, NFL, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, NBC News, Tokyo, Olympic Games, Japan's, of, Olympic, Paralympic Games Locations: New York, New York City, Michigan, Texas, Harris County, Humble, Houston, Hoda, Tampa , Florida, Sarasota, California, Utah, Japan, TOKYO, of Japan
Photos show National Guard confined to a parking garage
  + stars: | 2021-01-22 | by ( ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
CNN has obtained photos of the National Guard confined to a parking garage near the Capitol in Washington DC. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.
Persons: CNN's Barbara Starr Organizations: CNN, National Guard, Capitol, Washington DC Locations: Washington
The governors’ orders were the latest signs of outrage over the relocation of the troops on Thursday to the ground of a parking garage at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building. Members of Congress demanded that the National Guard members be returned to the Capitol building, with some offering to let the troops sleep in their offices. They were eventually moved back into the Capitol, Capt. Edwin Nieves Jr., a spokesman for the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Guard, said on Friday morning. The Pentagon said Friday that most of the nearly 26,000 National Guard troops who had helped secure the event were heading home.
Persons: Edwin Nieves Jr, Yogananda Pittman, , Biden, President Trump Organizations: Thurgood Marshall Federal, National Guard, Capitol, Washington, D.C, Capitol Police, Pentagon Locations: Washington
Hundreds of National Guard troops have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine, according to a Politico report. More than 25,000 National Guard troops were activated and deployed to Washington, DC in the wake of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. More than 100 National Guard troops have reportedly tested positive for the virus, and a few hundred other Guard members are presently in quarantine. Neither the National Guard Bureau nor the Department of Defense commented on the reported COVID-19 cases among Guard members. The National Guard is currently working to send thousands of Guard members home.
Persons: Joe Biden, Stefani Reynolds Organizations: National Guard, Politico, Capitol ., Capitol, Guard, U.S, Security, National Guard Bureau, Department of Defense, Military Times Locations: Washington , DC, DC, WASHINGTON, Washington
750 shipping containers aboard a Maersk cargo ship tumbled into the Pacific Ocean in heavy seas. Maersk Essen, which has the capacity for over 13,000 containers, was en route from China to California. Maersk is setting up a customer communication plan to reach out to customers who lost their goods. Hundreds of containers aboard a Maersk cargo ship fell into the Pacific Ocean when the vessel hit bad weather, the company said Friday. Read More: The world's biggest shipping company posted a shock 25% rise in profits as global demand starts to recover amid the pandemic
Persons: Maersk, Read Organizations: Maersk Essen, UPS, DHL —, US Coast Guard, Wall Street, APM Terminals Lazaro, World Shipping, Maersk Locations: Maersk, China, California, Xiamen, Los Angeles , California, APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, Copenhagen, Denmark
The COVID-19 pandemic is tearing through US prisons, with inmates 5.5 times more likely to catch the disease than the overall population. One prisoner under home confinement, 69-year-old Rufus Rochelle, is calling for the release of prisoners in daily Facebook Live streams. On the evening that Rufus Rochelle saw the future, he was watching the news in a crowded room. Rufus Rochelle, a prisoner under home confinement, livestreams daily calls to improve pandemic safety measures in prisons. Letting out as many people as possible allowed for physical distancing inside prisons and jails.
Persons: Rufus Rochelle, Coleman, Rochelle, , Armando Gallardo, Bruce Western, William Barr, Ofer, Eric Risberg, Cynthia Carter, Young, Leonard Carter, he'd, — Leonard, we're, Carter, Leonard, Cynthia, couldn't, oxtails, it's, haven't, We've, Tammy Sawchuk, Let's, Rufus, Taiwu Jenkins, Jenkins, Richard Pompelio, Pompelio, Larry Cosme, Jon Bramnick, David Weprin, Richard Williams, Williams, William's, Cheryl, Richard, aren't, hadn't, Rochelle didn't Organizations: Correctional, American Medical Association, Coleman Federal Correctional Institution, Guards, Columbia University, Bruce, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, New England, of Medicine, ACLU, Federal Bureau of Prisons, ACLU's, San, AP, New York, Correctional Officers, Police Benevolent Association, The Marshall, Facebook, Federal, Association, Lawmakers, Republican, Democratic, Coleman Locations: Coleman, Sumter County , Florida, Rochelle, Washington, COVID, United States, San Quentin, California, Arizona, Georgia , Illinois, Connecticut, Tallahassee , Florida, Cook, Gainesville , Florida, New York, It's, New Jersey, Gainesville
The National Guard is planning to ask up to 7,000 troops deployed to Capitol Hill to volunteer to stay until March 12, according to Military.com. The National Guard is planning to ask up to 7,000 troops deployed to Capitol Hill to volunteer to stay until March 12, according to Military.com. "The National Guard rushed to the scene ... and we saw over 25,000 National Guard there for the last two weeks to help protect the Capitol during the inauguration." The presence of uniformed troops has brought increased scrutiny on the Guard leadership and Capitol Hill security in the wake of the Capitol Hill siege. Hundreds of troops deployed to the Capitol have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 or are now in quarantine.
Persons: Nahaku McFadden, Guardsmembers, Military.com, Joe Biden's, Republican Sen, Tom Cotton of, Cotton Organizations: National Guard, Capitol Hill, Capitol, Guard, Republican, US Army, Fox Locations: Puerto Rico, Tom Cotton of Arkansas
WASHINGTON — President Biden on Friday telephoned the chief of the National Guard Bureau to express dismay after troops deployed to protect his inauguration were ordered a day earlier to rest in an unheated garage after being booted from the Capitol, administration officials said. Photographs of dozens of guard members resting in parking spaces created a public relations debacle in the first days of Mr. Biden’s term, with some governors demanding that troops from their states be sent home. In a telephone call with General Daniel R. Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Mr. Biden asked what he could do about the situation, the officials said. The two men also talked about Mr. Biden’s personal connection to the Guard; Mr. Biden’s son, Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015, served as a Major in the Delaware Army National Guard. Officials said that the White House might also arrange a call with state officials to thank them for their state’s contributions to the deployment of more than 25,000 National Guard personnel to the nation’s capital to provide security ahead of and during the inauguration on Wednesday.
Persons: Biden, Daniel R, Biden’s, Beau Organizations: WASHINGTON, National Guard Bureau, Capitol, Guard, Delaware Army National Guard, Officials, National Guard personnel
(Reuters) - With President Joe Biden pledging to jump-start a vaccination rollout that he has denounced as a dismal failure so far, West Virginia is touting the relative success of its program to inoculate most of its nearly 2 million residents. Of 38 million vaccine doses distributed by the federal government so far, 46% had been administered as of Thursday, CDC data showed. West Virginia opted out of a distribution partnership between the federal government and the CVS and Walgreens national pharmacy chains to inoculate residents of long-term care facilities and nursing homes. State officials in West Virginia say they are proud to have vaccinated about 9.3% of residents so far, second only to Alaska at around 9.8%. West Virginia and North Dakota lead in terms of available vaccine administered, both states having injected 72% of their allocated doses into residents’ arms.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, John Beckner, ” Beckner, they’ve, Donnalie Hope, , ” Hope, Andrew Cuomo, ” Cuomo Organizations: Reuters, Centers for Disease Control, West, CVS, Walgreens, National Community Pharmacists Association, United, State, National Guard Armory Locations: West Virginia, United States, Alaska, North Dakota, Petersburg , West Virginia, Moorefield, New York
The users claim that the National Guard has “turned their backs” on Biden, suggesting that this action is a display to show their rejection of the President. More than 25,000 National Guard troops were deployed to assist in protecting the U.S. Capitol for potential security concerns ahead of Wednesday’s inauguration of Biden (here). A video showing the inauguration motorcade for President Donald J. Trump in January 2017 here appears similar, with some facing away. A video of President Barack Obama’s inauguration motorcade here also shows various guards facing away from the road. Nahaku McFadden, media operations chief for the National Guard Bureau of Public Affairs, confirmed to Reuters via email that the video shows routine protocol for this type of duty.
Persons: , , Ines de La, Biden, Kamala Harris, Donald J, Trump, Barack Obama’s, Nahaku McFadden, Read Organizations: National Guard, Biden, ABC, Capitol, U.S, U.S . Capitol, National Guard Bureau of Public Affairs, Reuters, National Guardsmen
Mexico stops truck carrying migrants from Central America
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
NUEVO TEAPA, Mexico (Reuters) - Nearly 130 migrants from Central America were discovered in the back of a shipping truck in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz on Thursday after officials heard pounding and screams for help, Mexico’s National Guard said. After hearing cries for help, officials opened the back of the vehicle to find 128 men, women and children crowded in “inhuman conditions” that were inadequate to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the statement. A Reuters witness who spoke with the migrants traveling on the truck in Veracruz said they were not part of the caravan. Guatemalan security officials, after some clashes with a large group of migrants camped on a highway, returned thousands of people back to Honduras and El Salvador on buses this week. Some migrants from the caravan said they fled security forces and fanned out into the mountains of Guatemala.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s Organizations: Mexico’s National Guard, National Guard, Reuters, International Organization for Migration Locations: TEAPA, Mexico, Central America, Veracruz, COVID, U.S, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
The head of the House oversight committee asked the FBI on Thursday to conduct a review of the social media platform Parler, which advertises itself as an alternative to more mainstream sites that have banned some far-right extremists. “Numerous Parler users have been arrested and charged with threatening violence against elected officials or for their role in participating directly in the January 6 attacks,” Maloney wrote. But Parler had trouble staying online in the days immediately following the election, as Amazon, which hosted its servers, cut ties with the company. It has since intermittently come back online, with lingering technical difficulties, after finding refuge with a Russian company called DDoS-Guard. Grassroots efforts to mine that data for useful information to give to law enforcement are ongoing.
Persons: Carolyn Maloney, Chris Wray, ” Maloney, Parler, Donald Trump, FBI didn’t Organizations: U.S . Capitol, Trump, The Washington Post, Facebook, Twitter, Guard, Amazon, FBI Locations: Russian, U.S
Factbox: Biden's plan to fight the coronavirus
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Nandita Bose | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden launched a comprehensive federal plan on Thursday to rein in the raging COVID-19 pandemic. MORE TESTING, INCLUDING IN SCHOOLSBiden will also establish a COVID-19 testing board to increase access to testing and expand testing supply. The order also aims to expand the public health workforce, support COVID-19 screening for schools and ensure communities of color can access tests. DIRECT MORE COVID AID TO COMMUNITIES OF COLORA COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will recommend ways to allocate resources and funding to underserved communities, which have been disproportionately hit by the virus. BETTER DATAEnhance the U.S. collection, production, sharing, and analysis of data to support a speedier COVID-19 response and recovery.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jonathan Ernst, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Service, White, REUTERS, ACT, STATES, Biden, Federal Emergency Management Administration, FEMA, National Guard, FEMA Disaster Relief Fund, Disease Control, Prevention, Education and Health, Human Services, Federal Communications Commission, Safety, Health Administration, Equity, Force Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S, United States, COVID
WASHINGTON — On his second day in office, President Joe Biden will sign 10 executive orders to ramp up Covid-19 vaccinations, expand testing and reopen schools as he outlines a detailed plan to tackle the pandemic. Biden's plan also looks for ways to speed vaccine production, including using the Defense Production Act, shoring up the supply chain and releasing more of the federal government's reserves. Biden will encourage all states to start vaccinating people 65 and older, along with certain essential workers, including teachers and grocery store employees. Biden is asking for more than $400 million for the pandemic response as part of a $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Biden has said he wants the majority of K-8 schools to open in his first 100 days.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Joe Biden, Biden, Trump, Jeffrey Zients, Biden's, Biden's coronavirus, Zients, memorandums, Donald Trump's Organizations: Defense, Administration, American, U.S, Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, National Guard, NBC Locations: U.S
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