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Moderna produces first batch of South African coronavirus vaccine

Pharmaceutical company Moderna said it has produced the first batch of doses of a new vaccine with increased efficacy against a new strain of coronavirus that has proven to be more resistant to the company’s original vaccine. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company said it has sent doses of the new vaccine to the National Institutes of ... Read more
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House of Representatives passes LGBTQ rights bill

The House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a landmark LGBTQ rights bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in many areas, including employment, housing, education, public spaces, credit and jury service. “The LGBTQ community has waited long enough,” said Rhode Island Democratic Congressman David Sisillini, who introduced the ... Read more
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Legislators propose to recognize the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition

The Foreign Relations Committee of the House of Representatives approved the draft resolution, which recognizes the Coordination Council of the Belarusian Opposition as a legitimate institution to participate in the dialogue on the peaceful transfer of power. At the same time, the committee stated that the presidential elections in Belarus in August were neither free ... Read more
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Politico: Democratic group urged Biden to reconsider the use of nuclear weapons

About three dozen Democratic congressmen wrote to President Joe Biden asking him to relinquish his sole authority to use nuclear weapons, Politico reported. “There are real risks to empowering one person with this power,” says a letter initiated by Congressman Jimmy Panetta and received by Politico. “Previous presidents have threatened to use nuclear weapons against ... Read more
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Biden lifts visa bans imposed by Trump

US President Joe Biden canceled a proclamation issued by his predecessor that barred many residence permit applicants and temporary foreign workers from entering the United States. Former President Donald Trump issued a ban last year, stating the need to protect American workers amid high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden dismissed this argument in ... Read more
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Judge bans Biden’s administration from imposing a moratorium on deportation

A federal judge indefinitely barred President Joe Biden’s administration from imposing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas authorities, who argued that the moratorium violated federal law and could incur additional costs to the state. During the campaign, Biden proposed a 100-day hiatus in deportations ... Read more
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Operational error led to major disruption of the Fed’s electronic financial services

The Federal Reserve System (FRS), which serves as the central bank of the United States, announced on Wednesday that the electronic services Fedwire Funds, Fedcash and bank check clearing services have resumed normal operation after a three-hour disruption to more than a dozen critical payment services that form the basis of the country’s banking system. ... Read more