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Joe Biden Announces All-Female Media Team At His White House

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US President-elect Joe Biden has on Sunday announced an all-female senior White House communications team led by campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield who served as communications director for Biden while he was vice president.

Ahead of January 20 swearing-in, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have sought to inject diversity in their appointments and nominations so far.

The latest move to announce the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women in what the office called a first in the country’s history would see three veterans of the Obama administration take up key positions.

Jen Psaki served as a White House communications director and a spokesperson at the state department; and Neera Tanden served as a senior adviser to the-then health and human services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius.

Biden said in a statement that “these qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better.”

Other appointees include Ashley Etienne as communications director for Harris and Symone Sanders as Harris’s senior adviser and chief spokesperson.

Pili Tobar was named deputy White House communications director and Karine Jean-Pierre will be principal deputy press secretary.

Elizabeth Alexander was named communications director for incoming First Lady Jill Biden.

Unlike most cabinet-level positions, these appointments do not require Senate confirmation.

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COVID-19 Could Become ‘Much More Treatable’ In Next Six To 18 Months, NHS Boss Tells MPs

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Head of England’s National Health Service, Sir Simon Stevens says there is a possibility for a combination of the coronavirus and flu jabs in a single vaccine for future winters.

Stevens told MPs on Tuesday COVID-19 could become a “much more treatable disease” in the next six to 18 months.

He said the emergence of new coronavirus treatments in the second half of this year offers hope of a “much more normal future.”

More than six and a half million people in the UK have received the first dose of a covid-19 vaccine, with nearly half a million having had a second jab.

The government says it plans to offer of a coronavirus vaccine first dose to 15 million people by the middle of next month.

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New Zealand’s Borders Remain Shut Indefinitely

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New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern has announced the country’s borders will remain closed for most of this year.

Ardern says medical authorities may approve a COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week.

The prime minister says for travel to restart, authorities would either have the assurance those vaccinated don’t pass COVID-19 on to others, which is not yet known, or enough of the population needed to be vaccinated so people can safely re-enter the country.

Ardern says apart from Australia, the rest of the world simply poses too great a danger to the country’s health and economy to take the risk at this stage.”

The prime minister says the country’s medicines regulator, MedSafe, was working towards granting provisional approval for the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine.

The first vaccines are due to arrive in New Zealand by the end of the first quarter.

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Joe Biden Increases COVID Vaccine Goal For First 100 Days After GOP Criticism

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US president Joe Biden has increased the country’s daily vaccination goal to one a half million.

The president had announced last week that one million vaccines would be administered daily in the first 100 days of his presidency, but critics say that was too low because the us had already nearly reached that target under the trump administration.

Biden announced Tuesday afternoon that he will increase, by 15 percent, the amount of coronavirus vaccine sent to each state next week as his administration orders for more doses with Pfizer and Moderna.

The president says the U.S. has now ordered 600 million doses, enough to fully vaccinate 300 million Americans, by the end of summer or early fall.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses taken weeks apart for full efficacy.

Biden promised states will now have a three-week, reliable forecast of how much vaccine they will receive, and a receptive ear at the white house to coordinate distribution efforts.

The president also announced the federal government will reimburse governors who use their national guard troops to assist with vaccine distribution in their states.

Data from the centers for disease control and prevention show New York has received nearly two and a half million vaccine doses, and has administered about 60 percent of them.

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