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У місії «стурбовані тим, що звинувачення проти ще Асана Ахтемова стали більш суворими після того, як він відмовився від свідчень, даних під примусом»

US Jobless Benefit Claims Unexpectedly Increase, but Still Near Pandemic Low

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment compensation unexpectedly increased again last week but remained near the low point during the 18-month coronavirus pandemic, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

 

A total of 351,000 jobless workers filed for assistance, up 16,000 from the revised figure of the week before, the second straight week the figure moved higher. The increase was at odds with projections of economists, who had predicted a declining number.

 

Still, the claims figures for the last month have been on the whole the lowest since the pandemic swept through the U.S. in March 2020, although they remain above the 218,000 average in 2019.

 

The jobless claims total has fallen steadily but unevenly since topping 900,000 in early January. Filings for unemployment compensation have often been seen as a current reading of the country’s economic health, but other statistics also are relevant barometers.

 

Even as the U.S. said last month that its world-leading economy grew at an annualized rate of 6.6% in the April-to-June period, it added only a disappointing 235,000 more jobs in August, a figure economists said was partly reflective of the surging Delta variant of the coronavirus inhibiting job growth.

 

The number of new jobs was down sharply from the more than 2 million combined figure added in June and July. The unemployment rate dipped to 5.2%, which is still nearly two percentage points higher than before the pandemic started in March 2020.

 

About 8.7 million workers remain unemployed in the U.S. There are nearly 11 million available jobs in the country, but the skills of the available workers often do not match what employers want, or the job openings are not where the unemployed live.

 

The size of the U.S. economy – nearly $23 trillion – now exceeds its pre-pandemic level as it recovers faster than many economists had predicted during the worst of the business closings more than a year ago.

 

Policy makers at the Federal Reserve, the country’s central bank, on Wednesday signaled that in November it could start reversing its pandemic stimulus programs and next year could begin to increase its benchmark interest rate.

 

How fast the U.S. economy will continue to grow is unclear.

 

For months, the national government had sent an extra $300 a week in unemployment compensation, on top of often less generous state aid, to jobless workers. But that extra assistance ended earlier this month, with about 7.5 million jobless workers affected by the cutoff in extra funding.

 

The delta variant of the coronavirus also poses a new threat to the economy.  

Political disputes have erupted in numerous states between conservative Republican governors who have resisted imposing mandatory face mask and vaccination rules in their states at schools and businesses, although some education and municipal leaders are advocating tougher rules to try to prevent the spread of the Delta variant.

 

U.S. President Joe Biden has ordered workers at companies with 100 or more employees to get vaccinated or be tested weekly for the coronavirus. In addition, he is requiring 2.5 million national government workers and contractors who work for the government to get vaccinated if they haven’t already been inoculated.

 

In recent weeks, about 150,000 new cases have been identified each day in the U.S. and more than 2,000 people are dying from COVID-19 every day.    

 

More than 66% of U.S. adults now have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and overall, 54.9% of the U.S. population of 332 million have completed their shots, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

ГУР Міноборони заявляє про евакуацію ще близько 100 людей з Афганістану

За даними відомства, Україна перебуває в десятці країн Європи за кількістю евакуйованих цивільних із Афганістану

Доповідь ООН: в окупованому Криму порушили право на справедливий суд у «справі Чубарова»

«Як і раніше, в Криму порушувалися права на справедливий судовий розгляд»

«Сприяв окупації Криму»: затриманому на «Каланчаку» «самооборонівцю» з Криму загрожує до 8 років в’язниці

Затриманому повідомили про підозру за статтею про «участь в непередбачених законом збройних формуваннях»

Mandates Give Rise to Booming Black Market for Fake Vaccine Cards

As more businesses, universities, and federal and local governments demand proof of inoculation against COVID-19, the black market for fake vaccine cards appears to be booming.

U.S. Customs officials in Cincinnati, Ohio, intercepted five shipments containing 1,683 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards and 2,034 fake Pfizer inoculation stickers since August 16. The shipments from China were headed to private homes and apartments in the states o Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York and Texas.

In August, a Chicago pharmacist was arrested after being accused of selling dozens of authentic Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination cards on eBay. In July, a naturopathic physician in Northern California was arrested for allegedly selling fake COVID-19 immunization treatments and forged vaccination cards. 

‘A type of fraud’

Legal experts compare phony vaccine cards to counterfeit money or fake drivers’ licenses. 

“It’s a type of fraud,” says Wesley Oliver, professor of law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “There’s another theory that you are stealing from the government their insignia and their imprimatur that you are in fact vaccinated, and both are just sort of different styles of the same crime.”

President Joe Biden recently called on all businesses with 100 or more employees to require their workers either be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 once a week. A global cybersecurity company reports that the price of fake vaccine cards and the numbers of people selling them shot up since Biden announced the vaccine mandate in early September.

Pretending to be vaccinated trespasses on other people’s rights, according to Boston University law professor Christopher Robertson. 

“Part of the free enterprise system is we decide where we want to go, and who we want to interact with and on what terms. And so, it really is an invasion of everyone else’s bodily integrity, their security, and knowing that they can be safe going into a place that’s requiring proof of vaccination,” Robertson says. “It’s kind of similar to battery in exposing someone to risk that they didn’t consent to be exposed to.” 

Exposing others to risk

Last month, 15 people in New York were charged in connection with selling and buying phony COVID-19 vaccine cards. A woman who called herself @AntiVaxMomma on Instagram stands accused of selling 250 fake vaccination certificates for about $200 per card. A second suspect, a 27-year-old medical clinic worker, allegedly charged an extra $250 to enter fake vaccine data for at least 10 people into New York’s immunization database. Front-line health care and essential workers are among the people accused of buying the phony cards. 

The idea of health care workers falsifying their vaccination status terrifies cancer patient Diana Martinez, who lives in California. She is one of millions of Americans with an impaired immune system, which makes it harder for her body to fight off disease.

She dreads the thought of getting on an elevator with an unmasked, unvaccinated person. 

“They don’t understand how they look to me. It’s like someone has jumped on with a loaded gun,” Martinez says. “Those few moments when I’m just trying to get up to my doctor’s floor, they may have infected me. They may have ended my life because my immune system is so compromised that I’m more vulnerable to whatever they might be spreading.” 

Martinez could be especially vulnerable because the COVID-19 vaccines may not be as effective in people with suppressed immune systems. For example, Martinez’s physician finds that patients with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, don’t respond as well as healthy people do to mRNA vaccines, like the ones produced by Pfizer and Moderna.

“We found that in the patients who got the vaccination, that 45% had a normal response, 22% had an impaired response, and 33% had no response,” says Dr. James Berenson, founder and president of the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research in West Hollywood, California. 

Berenson adds that the list of people with compromised immune systems include “older folks, those who are on immunosuppressive therapies like patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriatic arthritis, people on therapies that are trying to tamp down the immune system.”

‘Wide latitude’ for penalties 

When it comes to suspects charged with buying and selling phony vaccination certificates, the judges are certain to look at who was harmed by the alleged crime, according to Oliver. 

“Basically, people are buying the right to take a risk with other people’s lives. That’s not something that we typically see in criminal law,” Oliver says. “The real harm that you’ve done is create a risk to the population. And with most crimes, the degree of harm that you create, or the risk of physical harm, is part of the sentencing scheme.” 

Which could mean that health care workers, or those who work in nursing homes, involved in the buying or selling of forged vaccine cards could face worse penalties. 

“The more people you put at risk, the more vulnerable the population put at risk, clearly, the more harshly you’re going to be sentenced,” Oliver says. 

The integrity of the entire vaccination card system is at stake, Robertson says. 

“It’s similar to forging money. If half of all the currency in circulation was actually fake, then nobody could trust the currency at all,” he says. “When we do detect it, we really have to drop the hammer and make that deterrent signal clear to the public, that we’re not messing around, that lives are at stake.” 

Judges have wide latitude when it comes to sentencing. When making their decision, they consider both physical and financial harm caused by the perpetrator, according to Oliver. He estimates that if convicted, vaccine card fakers could face anywhere from probation to up to 20 years in prison. 

Berenson hopes judges will deliver harsh punishments that encourage people in the broader community to look beyond themselves and focus on the big picture. 

 

“We’re all in this together. It’s not about you — it’s about the bigger good. You need to think about the bigger good,” the cancer physician says. “So, if you get vaccinated, we can get rid of this. And if you actually wear a mask and socially distance, there’s no place for the virus to go. If you don’t, this is going to go on and on and on for years.” 

Київрада заявляє, що Коцюбинське розширило свої межі за рахунок Голосіївського парку

У столичній раді додали, що подал позов проти Держгеокадастру, і провадження за цим позовом вже відкрите

Florida Changes Quarantine Guidelines for Students Exposed to COVID-19

The southeastern U.S. state of Florida says parents or legal guardians can decide whether or not to quarantine their children if they have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Joseph Lapado, the state’s newly appointed surgeon general, signed new guidelines Thursday that will allow students to continue attending in-person classes “without restrictions or disparate treatment” as long as they have no symptoms of the virus. The parent or legal guardian can decide to keep their child at home for seven days from the date of last contact with someone who tested positive.

The new guidelines replace a previous one that mandated students enter quarantine for at least four days after being exposed to someone who had tested positive. It does maintain the previous rule that students who test positive either quarantine for 10 days, test negative for the disease and remain free of symptoms or show a doctor’s note giving them permission before returning to school.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis defended the new guidelines during a press conference Wednesday.

“Quarantining healthy students is incredibly damaging for their educational achievement,” DeSantis said.

“It’s also disruptive for families,” he added, saying the state would follow a “symptoms-based approach.”

The new guidelines run counter to recommendations issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control for unvaccinated people to isolate for 14 days if they have been within 2 meters of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The new guidelines also prompted a judge to dismiss a court challenge brought by five local school districts against the state’s ban on local school districts to impose mandatory face masks. The DeSantis administration has withheld funding to school districts and withheld salaries of local superintendents and school board members who went against the governor’s order banning such mandates.

Some information for this report came from the Associated Press.

 

 

 

 

Російські військові в окупованому Криму тренувалися «знищувати морські цілі» в Чорному морі

Російські військові відпрацювали завдання з виявлення та знищення навчальних морських цілей з виконанням пусків протикорабельними ракетами на полігоні Опук в окупованому Криму

У Мінсоцполітики повідомили, скільки людей в Україні послуговуються жестовою мовою

За даними Мінсоцполітики, нині розроблена Національна стратегія зі створення безбар’єрного простору в Україні на період до 2030 року

Зеленський зустрівся з прем’єром Британії у Нью-Йорку

Зеленський і Джонсон, зокрема, обговорили безпекову ситуацію на сході України та в Чорноморсько-Азовському регіоні, повідомили в Офісі президента України

US Military Announces Plan for Sexual Assault Reforms

The U.S. military Wednesday announced its plan to implement a series of recommendations for dealing with sexual assault and sexual harassment among its personnel.

An independent review panel presented a series of actions the Defense Department should take to address accountability, prevention, culture and victim care.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Wednesday approved a roadmap to carry out those steps, saying he expects Pentagon leaders to “move swiftly and deliberately to implement it.”

“I have been clear since my first full day as Secretary of Defense that we must do more to eliminate sexual assault and sexual harassment from the ranks. I stated from the outset that this is a leadership issue, and we will lead,” Austin said in a memo.

Some of the recommendations are already being put into place, but others require identifying and hiring staff, and Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks told reporters it could take until 2027 to fully implement the first of four stages of the plan.

Pentagon officials described the first phase as the most comprehensive and a foundation for the overall changes.Its reforms include removing prosecution of sexual assaults and harassment from the military chain of command, establishing independent investigators for sexual assault, holding personnel accountable for cyber harassment, and looking at the ways allied countries compensate sexual assault victims.

A 2018 Pentagon survey estimated that more than 20,000 U.S. service members experienced sexual assault that year. 

23 вересня – що очікувати в цей день і що було в історії

В Україні набувають чинності правила «жовтого» рівня епідемічної безпеки

В Україні сьогодні дощитиме і буде холодно

За даними ДСНС, 23 вересня у Вінницькій, Одеській та Запорізькій областях переважатиме надзвичайний рівень пожежної небезпеки

Pfizer Says Kids 5-11 Can Be Vaccinated Against COVID

This week, Pfizer released promising news in the effort to end the coronavirus pandemic, saying its COVID-19 vaccine works for young children. VOA’s Carol Pearson has more on this development.

US, Russian Military Chiefs Meet in Helsinki for Six Hours

The top U.S. military officers from the United States and Russia held six hours of talks in Helsinki, Finland, on Wednesday, the first face-to-face meeting between them since 2019, as both nations adjust to the U.S. pullout and Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. 

General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff, do not typically disclose the details of their discussions, and statements from both sides were minimal. 

A U.S. military statement, which included details on the length of the meeting but not the agenda, said the talks were aimed at “risk reduction and operational de-confliction.” 

Russia’s RIA news agency reported that the talks were aimed at discussions on risk mitigation. 

The United States and Russia often have competing military interests around the world, including in countries such as Syria, where U.S. and Russian forces have operated in close proximity. How Washington and Moscow navigate next steps in Afghanistan remains to be seen. 

The U.S. military is under pressure from Congress to shore up a counterterrorism strategy to address risks from Afghanistan following the U.S. withdrawal and Taliban takeover in August. 

President Joe Biden’s administration has said it would rely on “over-the-horizon” operations that could strike groups such as al-Qaida or Islamic State in Afghanistan if they threaten the United States. 

But, with no troops on the ground, the extent of Washington’s ability to detect and halt plots is unclear. After 20 years of war, U.S. military officials also have a dim view of the Taliban and note its ties to al-Qaida. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow needs to work with the Taliban government and that world powers should consider unfreezing Afghanistan’s assets. 

 

US, European Allies Navigate Australian Submarine Deal’s Wake

The United States and its European allies are navigating the diplomatic disturbance following an enhanced trilateral security partnership known as AUKUS (Australia, the UK, and the U.S.) that triggered what French officials described as a “crisis of trust” between Paris and Washington.

Under the new security pact, Australia will receive at least eight nuclear-powered submarines, to be built in Australia using American technology. The agreement came as Australia pulled out of an earlier deal with France for diesel-electric submarines, angering Paris. France recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. and to Australia. 

Some experts said that while European officials acknowledged that AUKUS was announced primarily with an eye on China, part of the French reaction was driven by domestic political calculation, as France has a sizeable defense industry, and President Emmanuel Macron’s government needs to show it is fighting for the industry.

Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

“The Secretary welcomed the recent release of the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and reiterated the United States’ intention to work closely with the EU and other partners to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” the State Department said in a statement.

The meeting followed a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Macron in which the two leaders decided to “open a process of in-depth consultations” to ensure “confidence.”

Macron decided the French ambassador will return to Washington next week. Biden reaffirmed the strategic importance of French and European engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

“I am sure that we are going to talk about the recent issues in which we can build a stronger confidence among us following the conversation that had been taking place this morning between President Biden and President Macron. I’m sure we’ll be working together,” Borrell said. 

Blinken said he looked forward to “a lot to talk about the work we’re doing together, quite literally, around the world, to include, of course, Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific and Europe and beyond.” 

After EU foreign ministers met Monday in New York, Borrell expressed “solidarity” with France, saying the tension between Washington and Paris “was not a bilateral issue” but affected all Europeans. The EU foreign policy chief also called for “more cooperation, more coordination, less fragmentation” in the transatlantic alliance.

A senior State Department official said Tuesday in a phone briefing that EU partners have not only been sharing concerns with the U.S. following the AUKUS deal but have also been interested in continuing and broadening “the dialogue that we have started intensively on China” and collaboration on issues regarding the Indo-Pacific region.

“The AUKUS deal was primarily about China,” said Christopher Skaluba, director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council. “Some of the (French) reaction is driven by domestic political calculation regarding anti-American sentiment that has a long tradition in France, especially given the industrial angle, which hurts President Emmanuel Macron with a key constituency,” Skaluba wrote in commentary published by the Atlantic Council.

“Letting France cool down and keeping dialogue in direct bilateral channels — when France is ready for it — should be the priority,” added Skaluba. 

Others, including Michael Green, senior vice president for Asia and the Japan chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the anger from France was partly sparked by a bad “surprise” as the Biden administration was seen making a bold announcement to catch China off guard.

Green said during a Wednesday press call that the AUKUS announcement came as the EU was rolling out its new Indo-Pacific strategy.

“The French, in their anger and retaliations for losing this sub deal and being embarrassed by the surprise announcement of AUKUS, have started arguing that they’re going to pursue a new approach to Asia with India and Indonesia and others that’s less militaristic.” 

Last week, the EU released its inaugural Indo-Pacific strategy in which the Europeans are said to be more aware of challenges ranging from growing Chinese assertiveness to the weakening of democratic principles. 

“We consider that this approach is very much about confrontation with China,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday at a press conference in New York, referring to the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy and the AUKUS security deal. But Le Drian expressed dismay with the U.S. over AUKUS and what he described as a “breach of trust between partners.” 

Also Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that “the U.K. and France have an important and indestructible relationship” and that there will be discussions about “how to make the AUKUS pact work so that it is not exclusionary, it is not divisive.” 

“It really doesn’t have to be that way,” Johnson added. “This is just a way of the U.K., the U.S. and Australia sharing certain technologies.”

While a separate bilateral meeting between Blinken and Le Drian was not planned for Wednesday, both will attend a virtual Group of 20 foreign ministerial meeting, as well as a ministerial among five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, during which both men will “have a chance to exchange views on a number of things,” the State Department said. 

VOA’s Margaret Besheer contributed to this report.

 

US Ramps Up Haitian Deportation Flights, but Lets Other Migrants Stay in US

The United States is ramping up its Haitian migrant deportation flights from the state of Texas back to Haiti on Wednesday, even as thousands of other Haitians are being allowed into the U.S. on the promise to appear at an immigration office within 60 days.

It was not immediately clear why U.S. officials were sending some Haitians back to the Caribbean nation, while others were registered and permitted, at least for weeks, to stay on U.S. soil. An estimated 14,000 Haitians have flocked from Mexico to the border city of Del Rio, Texas. 

Thousands of the Haitian migrants have been released into the U.S. in recent days, according to an Associated Press report, expanding on a VOA account Tuesday that several hundred had been freed.

Many of the migrants had been living in Chile, Brazil and other South American countries after fleeing the rubble of a 2010 earthquake in Haiti. But they trekked to the U.S. border near Del Rio based on erroneous social media accounts that a crossing there was open. U.S. officials have repeatedly urged migrants to stay where they are. 

The U.S. was planning as many as five deportation flights on Wednesday, with 135 migrants aboard each flight, to Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, and Haiti’s second biggest city, Cap-Haitien. Seven flights are set for Thursday.

Since Sunday, more than 1,000 migrants have been sent back to Haiti, a place where many of them have not lived for a decade.

The deportation policy has drawn criticism from immigration activists who say the migrants should be allowed to make asylum claims to stay in the U.S.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, normally an ally of President Joe Biden, on Tuesday urged the U.S. leader and Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas “to immediately put a stop to these expulsions,” contending the flights echoed “the hateful and xenophobic” policies of former president Donald Trump “that disregard our refugee laws.”

Mayorkas told a congressional hearing that government officials hope to clear out the migrant camp under the bridge at Del Rio within the next nine or 10 days.

“We expect to see dramatic results in the next 48 to 96 hours, and we’ll have a far better sense in the next two days,” he said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a staunch critic of Biden’s administration and its handling of migrants at the border, ordered state workers to line up dozens of state-owned cars, in a side-to-side, kilometers-long “steel wall” to try to keep more migrants from surging past overwhelmed U.S. border agents into Texas.

Abbott estimated that 8,600 migrants remain at the Del Rio International Bridge, down from the estimated 14,000 encamped there last weekend.

The Texas governor blamed the Biden administration for the chaos at the border.

“When you have an administration that is not enforcing the law in this country, when you have an administration that has abandoned any pretense of securing the border and securing our sovereignty, you see the onrush of people,” Abbott said at a news conference in Del Rio. 

Meanwhile, immigration authorities have launched an investigation into scenes at the border last Sunday of U.S. horseback-mounted border agents corralling some of the Haitians and forcing them back into Mexico.

Top U.S. officials, including Vice President Kamala Harris and Mayorkas, condemned the actions of the agents as captured on video and in photographs.

Mayorkas told lawmakers on Wednesday that the scenes of the border agents’ treatment of the migrants “correctly and necessarily were met with our nation’s horror.”

“They do not reflect who we are as a country,” he said, nor the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

In a statement, Denise Bell, a researcher for refugee and migrant rights at Amnesty International USA, said, “The Biden administration has had months to reshape how the United States treats and welcomes people and time and time again, it has failed. People seeking safety deserve much better than this from an administration that promised humanity and dignity.” 

 

Biden, Macron to Meet to Ease Rift Over Submarine Sales to Australia

U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to meet in person next month in Europe after a Wednesday phone call in which they sought to ease tensions over a high-profile submarine deal. 

A White House statement after the phone call suggested regret over the handling of the deal, in which the United States and Britain will sell at least eight nuclear-powered submarines to Australia. That prompted Canberra to abandon a $66 billion, 2016 contract to purchase 12 conventional diesel-electric subs from French majority state-owned Naval Group. 

“The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefited from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners,” the White House statement said. 

“President Biden conveyed his ongoing commitment in that regard,” it said. 

The two presidents will meet at the end of October, with both scheduled to attend the Group of 20 summit in Rome at that time. 

“The two leaders have decided to open a process of in-depth consultations, aimed at creating the conditions for ensuring confidence and proposing concrete measures toward common objectives,” the White House said. The statement did not elaborate. 

Macron called France’s ambassador to Washington, Philippe Etienne, back to Paris after the Australian submarine deal was announced. But the White House said Macron has decided that Etienne would return next week and “then start intensive work with senior U.S. officials.” 

France was upset by the loss of the Australian submarine deal, but French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed deeper concern over what he characterized as “deceit” by one of its oldest allies. 

Le Drian told reporters at the United Nations this week that the United States went behind France’s back and hid the new deal for months. 

Australia has sought to augment its naval weaponry to counter China’s military buildup in the Indo-Pacific region. 

“President Biden reaffirms the strategic importance of French and European engagement in the Indo-Pacific region,” the White House statement said. “The United States also recognizes the importance of a stronger and more capable European defense, that contributes positively to transatlantic and global security and is complementary to NATO.” 

 

Разумков повідомив, що його не запросили на збори «Слуги народу» в Трускавці

«Станом на сьогодні мене не запрошували на цю нараду. Запросять – обов’язково візьму участь, не запросять – не візьму. Я ж не ходжу в гості без запрошення», – сказав Разумков

США: Зеленський зустрівся з генеральним секретарем НАТО

Зеленський попросив Столтенберґа сприяти звільненню 450 українців, яких незаконного утримують на непідконтрольних Києву територіях та в Росії

Some Question Biden Administration’s Handling of Haitian Migrants at Southern Border

The Biden administration is utilizing a controversial policy as the basis for the mass expulsion of the more than 12,000 Haitians arriving at the U.S. seeking asylum at the Del Rio, Texas, border crossing. Deana Mitchell reports.

Нацполіція повідомила про запуск у Facebook системи сповіщення щодо розшуку дітей

Amber Alert – система оповіщення про зникнення дітей, яка використовує різні платформи

Biden to Announce 500 Million More COVID Doses for Developing Countries

U.S. President Joe Biden is set to announce Wednesday the purchase of 500 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines for developing countries over the next year.

The United States had previously committed more than 500 million doses manufactured by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE to developing countries by the end of June of next year. That will be a total of 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses the U.S. is providing to the world.

“For every shot we’ve put in an American arm to date, we are donating three shots globally,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted Wednesday ahead of the announcement.

Biden is scheduled to announce the donation of the additional doses, also from Pfizer, at a virtual COVID-19 summit on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

Biden is expected to embrace the World Health Organization’s goal of vaccinating at least 70% of the world’s population within the next year and leverage the announcement to encourage other wealthier countries to escalate efforts to contain the infection.

The WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in June that reaching the goal would require 11 billion doses.

In a speech at the U.N. Tuesday, Biden touted the more than 160 million doses the U.S. has already distributed to more than 100 countries, more doses than all other nations combined.

Over the past year, more than 5.9 billion doses have been administered globally, representing about 43% of the world’s population. But enormous disparities in distribution have many lower-income countries struggling to vaccinate their most vulnerable citizens.

World leaders and global organizations are increasingly critical of the disparity and the slow pace of vaccinations. And despite America’s response, they have complained it has been inadequate – particularly as the U.S. pushes for booster shots for Americans before vulnerable people in poorer countries get their first dose.

(Some information in this report came from The Associated Press and Reuters.)