White House Ready to Vaccinate Children Under 5

June 9, 2022 — Parents anxiously awaiting official word that they can vaccinate their children under 5 years of age against COVID-19 could find relief as early as the week of June 20, U.S. officials announced today. It all depends on whether the FDA decides to grant emergency use authorization (EUA) at a meeting scheduled … Read more

U.S. ‘Vulnerable’ to COVID Without New Shots, White House Says

May 13, 2022 — The U.S. will become increasingly vulnerable to the coronavirus in the fall and winter this year if Congress doesn’t approve new funding for more vaccines and treatments, Ashish Jha, MD, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, said Thursday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Jha said booster doses will be … Read more

British defence ministry says Russia targeting civilians

Britain’s defence ministry said on Saturday that Russian forces were targeting civilians, a day after a missile attack on a train station crowded with women, children and the elderly killed at least 52 people, according to Ukrainian officials. Russia was focusing its offensive, which included cruise missiles launched by its naval forces, on the eastern … Read more

US calls India’s position over Ukraine ‘unsatisfactory’ but unsurprising

A senior White House official said on Friday India’s position at the United Nations over the crisis in Ukraine has been “unsatisfactory” but was also unsurprising given its historical relationship with Russia. Mira Rapp-Hooper, director for the Indo-Pacific on the White House National Security Council, told a panel discussion it was necessary to provide India … Read more

US, EU announce new partnership to undercut Russian energy

The US and European Union on Friday announced a new partnership to reduce the continent’s reliance on Russian energy, the start of a years-long initiative to further isolate Moscow after its invasion of Ukraine. As part of the plan, the US and other nations will increase liquified natural gas exports to Europe by 15 billion … Read more

UN chief: Don’t let Russia crisis fuel climate destruction

Countries scrambling to replace Russian oil, gas and coal supplies with any available alternative may fuel the world’s “mutually assured destruction” through climate change, the head of the United Nations warned Monday. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy now being pursued by major economies to end fossil fuel imports from Russia because of … Read more

Biden signs order on cryptocurrency as its use explodes

President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order on government oversight of cryptocurrency that urges the Federal Reserve to explore whether the central bank should jump in and create its own digital currency. The Biden administration views the explosive popularity of cryptocurrency as an opportunity to examine the risks and benefits of digital assets, … Read more

How the Biden White House is fighting Russian disinformation

As the United States and Western allies grapple with Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration is taking a unique approach to fighting a surge in Russian disinformation and propaganda. Unlike its European allies, the White House is not directly pushing the giant U.S.-based tech and social media companies that control the flow of information … Read more

Russia says it’s ready to keep talking about Ukraine crisis

The Kremlin and the West held out the possibility of a diplomatic path out of the Ukraine crisis, even as Russia appeared to continue preparations for a potential invasion, including moving troops and military hardware closer to its neighbor. At a made-for-television meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov signaled Monday that Russia … Read more

White House tells Chip Industry to Brace for Russian Supply Disruptions

The White House is warning the chip industry to diversify its supply chain in case Russia retaliates against threatened US export curbs by blocking access to key materials, people familiar with the matter said. The potential for retaliation has garnered more attention in recent days after Techcet, a market research group, published a report on February 1 highlighting … Read more