- The defense minister will request vaccinations by next month
- IPCC report: major climate change is inevitable and irreversible
- The Senate is expected to adopt a bipartisan infrastructure law to vote late at night
- The Infrastructure Law, which boasts of winning the bipartisanship – right?
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As the Pentagon prepares for mandatory coronavirus vaccination for members of the U.S. military, it is worth noting that most active-duty officers have already been fully vaccinated.
Minister of Defense Lloyd Austin said last month that 70% of service members received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 62% of service employees were fully vaccinated.
I am pleased to report that as of today, 70% of active service members have received their first vaccine against COVID-19, and 62% of active service have been fully vaccinated.#WeCanDoThis pic.twitter.com/UHsXzR3KED
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Alexandra Villarreal reports for the Guardian of Austin, Texas:
With the Covid-19 cases it grows exponentially steeply and the capacity of hospital intensive care units is dwindling to single digits, Austin officials are warning of a “catastrophe” as Texas becomes the center of a pandemic again.
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