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Biden administration aims to have enough vaccine for most Americans by summertimeThe United States aims to acquire an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, enough to inoculate most Americans by summertime, as he races to curb a pandemic he warned could still get worse.
Biden's administration will purchase 100 million doses each of the vaccines made by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech, and Moderna Inc, increasing the overall total doses to 600 million, with delivery expected by summer.
The previous purchase target was 400 million doses.
U.S. says $35 billion more in pandemic loans approved, trying to fix program snagsThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on Tuesday said it had approved 400,000 more pandemic relief loans worth $35 billion and was trying to fix issues operational snags with the program raised by lenders.
The SBA launched the third round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) this month, but significant changes to its rules, process and technology platform, has caused problems that were slowing approvals, a bank group said on Tuesday.
Companies looking to apply for a second PPP loan were encountering technical hurdles the American Bankers Association said, while lenders are also receiving a "high number of incorrect error messages" when they submit loan applications.
Biden to limit private prisons and bolster fair housing policiesPresident Joe Biden plans to take executive actions on Tuesday to scale back the U.S. government's use of private prisons and bolster anti-discrimination enforcement in the housing market, aides said.
The measures are part of a package of steps being taken by the new Democratic president to roll back policies of his Republican predecessor Donald Trump and promote racial justice reforms that he pledged to address during the election campaign.
"These are just some of the first steps," said Susan Rice, Biden's domestic policy adviser.
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Domestic Cats and Dogs May Need COVID-19 Vaccines After All
The novel coronavirus is known to be transmissible from humans to feline and canine pets, but recent studies conducted by evolutionary geneticists in the United Kingdom and the United States suggest that contagion may also occur from animals back to humans, thus underscoring the potential need for vaccinating pets. Scientists from the University of East Anglia and the University of Minnesota have determined that SARS-CoV-2 is evolving in ways that are indicative of a future when pets may be considered a significant link in the chain of contagion, thus calling for preventive measures such as including cats, dogs, and even farm animals in vaccination campaigns.
At U.N., Washington assures support for two-state solution in Middle EastU.S. President Joe Biden's administration supports a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians and will overturn several Trump administration decisions, the acting U.S. envoy to the United Nations assured the Security Council on Tuesday.
The Palestinians want a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with east Jerusalem as its capital, all territory captured by Israel in 1967. However, under a failed peace proposal by former President Donald Trump, Washington would have recognized Jewish settlements in occupied territory as part of Israel.
Widespread internet outage hits U.S. East CoastThousands of individuals across the U.S. East Coast faced widespread internet outage on Tuesday, disrupting services offered by Google, Amazon, Zoom, Slack and other big tech firms.
Verizon Communications Inc, a major broadband services provider in the United States, alerted users about a fiber cut in Brooklyn and said it has not yet estimated the repair time.
Amazon.com Inc's cloud computing arm said it is investigating connectivity issues with an internet provider, which was causing disruptions to AWS services, and in turn to many online services that rely on it.
Twitter users fact check misinformation in new trial programTwitter Inc said on Monday it launched a pilot program that has users flag tweets that they believe are misleading and write notes to provide context.
The project, called Birdwatch, is initially offered in the United States, the social media firm said in a blog post.
Twitter and other social media companies have been under pressure to combat misinformation on their platforms. Twitter last year started adding labels and warnings about misinformation on the site, including about the COVID-19 pandemic and the U.
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