US Domestic News Roundup: 90% of US Federal Employees Received At Least One Dose of COVID-19 – Officials; Activists urge Biden to push for intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines and more
The following is a summary of current US National Newsletters.
90% of U.S. federal employees have received at least one dose of COVID-19 – officials
The White House is expected to announce on Monday that more than 90% of the 3.5 million federal employees covered by a presidential mandate of COVID-19 vaccine have received at least one dose of vaccine before Monday’s deadline, told Reuters officials of the Biden administration. In total, the administration estimated that 95% of federal workers comply with its requirements in that they have been vaccinated or are in the process of completing vaccinations, or have a request for religious or medical exemption. pending, officials said.
Activists urge Biden to push for IP waiver for COVID-19 vaccines
Fifteen human rights groups urge US President Joe Biden to personally engage in a long-term fight to enact an intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization, calling his leadership “Moral necessity”. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam, Public Citizen and 11 other groups told Biden in a letter that an emergency waiver was urgently needed to tackle the pandemic, noting that less than 7% of people in the low-income countries had received a first COVID. The -19 vaccine and vaccines have remained scarce.
Explanation: In the US, gasoline consumers, high prices at the pump can be political poison
President Joe Biden launched an aggressive attack on gasoline prices last week, enlisting China and other countries in a possible joint release of oil reserves and refining an investigation into the prices of the oil giants. The efforts could have a limited impact on prices at the pump, experts say, but to do nothing would be a political error as gasoline prices have peaked in seven years.
US Airlines and Airports Prepare for Busy Travel Week for Thanksgiving
U.S. airlines and airports have braced for a surge in travelers ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, hoping the weather forecast will remain calm as millions more Americans take to the roads or skies. The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration said on Friday it was the busiest day of air travel since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, as it checked 2.24 million travelers.
Five dead, 40 injured after SUV hits Wisconsin Christmas parade
Five people were killed and more than 40 injured when an SUV raced through a Christmas parade in the small town of Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday, striking dozens of people, including young children. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson told reporters one person was in custody and a vehicle was found after the incident in the town of about 72,000 people, 20 miles to western Milwaukee.
US Thanksgiving Turkey Costs Rise After Farmers Cut Flocks
Thanksgiving feasts in the United States are paying higher prices for turkeys this year, after more farmers were cautious with production, believing that a second pandemic holiday could reduce demand. The price of whole uncooked turkeys frozen in the four weeks leading up to Nov. 6 was up 15.6% from the same period in 2020, according to data from research firm NielsenIQ.
American families plan big holiday celebrations with COVID-19 gunshots in their arms
Tanya Primiani will host 12 people around a long Thanksgiving table on Thursday at her home in Silver Spring, Md., A boisterous scene she is eager to host after the COVID-19 pandemic limited the size of the gathering from last year. His parents come from Montreal and cross the recently reopened Canada-US border. Her sons, aged 7 and 10, have received their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations, and all other guests are fully vaccinated against the virus.
Factbox: The charges in the Ahmaud Arbery case
Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down while prosecutors said the 25-year-old black man was running a Sunday run in a predominantly white neighborhood near the Brunswick, Ga. Coast on February 23, 2020. Gregory McMichael, 65; his son Travis McMichael, 35, who shot Arbery with a shotgun; and his neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, have pleaded not guilty to nine counts, including murder.
Texas Gov. Beto O’Rourke’s Hope, Biden Immigration Critic
Beto O’Rourke, the former Democratic US congressman running for governor of Texas, criticized President Joe Biden on Sunday for the lack of urgency in overhauling immigration laws, saying he would distance himself of the White House in its campaign of outsider. . O’Rourke announced last Monday that he would seek to overthrow Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in next year’s election, with the goal of becoming the first Democrat to win a statewide race in Texas, the second most populous US state in three decades.
Prosecution to begin pleadings in Georgia trial for murder of Ahmaud Arbery
A prosecutor was due to tell a Georgian jury on Monday that the three white men who hunted down and killed Ahmaud Arbery were not allowed to detain him as closing arguments begin in the closely watched murder trial. Gregory McMichael, 65; her son Travis McMichael, 35; and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, have pleaded not guilty, including murder.
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