White House offers new tax credit to help spur vaccinations
The White House is trying to overcome diminishing demand for Covid-19 shots by offering businesses a tax incentive to give employees paid leave to get vaccinated. The move comes as the United States is set to meet President Joe Biden's goal of administering 200 million coronavirus doses in his first 100 days in office.
Nancy Pelosi floats new proposal for bipartisan January 6 commission
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is renewing her push for a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, floating a new proposal to Republicans that would evenly split the panel's membership between the two parties.
FDA inspection found problems at factory making Johnson & Johnson vaccine
The Baltimore factory contracted to make Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine was dirty, didn't follow proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff, resulting in contamination of material that was going to be put in the shots, US regulators said Wednesday.
US launches probe of Minneapolis police after Derek Chauvin conviction
US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday launched a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis following a jury's verdict that former city police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. The probe "will assess whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force, including during protests," Garland told a news conference.
Hitting latest vaccine milestone, Joe Biden pushes shots for all
The US is set to meet President Joe Biden's latest vaccine goal of administering 200 million Covid-19 shots in his first 100 days in office, as the White House steps up its efforts to inoculate the rest of the public. With more than 50% of adults at least partially vaccinated, Biden on Wednesday will reflect on his efforts to expand vaccine distribution and access in his first three months in the White House.
Thailand sticks with Sinovac vaccine after cases of 'stroke-like' side effects
Thailand will continue to use Covid-19 vaccine from China's Sinovac Biotech following six reports of unusual "stroke-like" side effects among recipients, government-appointed experts said on Wednesday.
Biden talks with Trudeau about sending more COVID-19 vaccine doses to Canada
News/World: Canada could be getting another batch of vaccines from the United States, U.S. President Joe Biden indicated Wednesday as his country's vaccination process gallops ahead. Biden spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and later hinted that more doses may be coming.
Any other Derek Chauvin verdict would have been 'travesty of justice': UN
The UN rights chief hailed Wednesday the guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, for murdering African-American man George Floyd, saying it was the only just outcome.
Pakistan: 3 dead in luxury hotel blast
Pakistan|: Quetta: An explosion at a luxury hotel killed three people and wounded 11 in southwest Pakistan on Wednesday, police said. "An explosion has rocked the parking area of Serena hotel," police official Nasir Malik told Reuters. The hotel is in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province that has long been the scene of low-level insurgency from local nationalists.