Biden vows enough Covid vaccine for all US adults by end of May

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the US expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adults by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved shot

Police and FBI issue warnings of possible US Capitol attack

Law enforcement officials in the US said that a militia group may be plotting to attack the Capitol on March 4, the date of “true inauguration day" in fringe political circles. “We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identif

New York marks anniversary of first coronavirus case

  New York is marking the anniversary of its first confirmed coronavirus case, which was found just before the city became the global centre for the pandemic. “This is a day for reflection,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. “One year ago today, we had our

FBI chief calls January 6 Capitol riot ‘domestic terrorism'

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Chris Wray condemned the January riot at the US Capitol as “domestic terrorism” Tuesday as he defended the bureau’s handling of intelligence indicating the prospect for violence. He told politicians the information was properly shared wit

US distributes first four million 'one shot' Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines

Four million doses of the latest Covid-19 vaccine to get US approval will be delivered across the country as early as Tuesday, a senior administration official said. The United States on Saturday authorised Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, boosting President Joe Biden's

Joe Biden says US cannot 'let guard down' after FDA approves third Covid vaccine

US President Joe Biden welcomed the announcement that US regulators authorised a third Covid-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration said on Saturday that it granted an emergency-use authorisation for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine for people 18 a

FDA panel unanimously approves Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine

A Food and Drug Administration panel has recommended the emergency-use approval of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. This paves the way for it to become the first single-dose vaccine approved for use in the US. The vaccine advisory panel voted unanimously for the agency commi

Biden aims to distribute masks to millions

US President Joe Biden plans to distribute millions of face masks to Americans in communities hard-hit by the coronavirus, starting next month, as part of his efforts to ensure “equity” in the pandemic response. Mr Biden, who like Donald Trump’s administration considered sending

US Vice President Kamala Harris urges black Americans: 'Let's not let Covid get us'

US Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday urged black Americans to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as data shows blacks and Hispanics lagging behind in inoculations. "Let's not let Covid get us. Let's get the vaccine instead, right?" Ms Harris said on MSNBC. "We know black people are dispropor

Biden wants US back on UN Human Rights Council

The US on Wednesday said it will seek to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. It is the latest indication of the Biden administration’s bid to play a bigger role in world affairs. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington seeks a council seat for the 2022-2024 term. &n

US regulator: Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is highly effective

Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective, the US Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday. The assessment paves the way for the drug’s emergency use in the US, and experts will meet on Friday to decide whether to approve it. While it is not bou

White House says appointing members to U.S. Postal Service board of governors is a priority

The White House said on Tuesday it is a priority to appoint members to the U.S. Postal Service board of governors but that it has no timeline. “It is a priority for the announce the appointment or I should say the additional members of the board of governors to determine futu

Linda Thomas-Greenfield confirmed by Senate as Biden's UN envoy

The Senate confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US ambassador to the UN, overcoming Republican complaints that she had been too deferential to China in a 2019 speech given at a Beijing-sponsored institute. Ms Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat with experience across four continents and a former

US nears 500,000 COVID-19 deaths

WASHINGTON: The United States stood on the brink of 500,000 COVID-related deaths on Monday, while the vaccination rollout picked up pace globally including with the first shots in Australia.The catastrophic US toll comes as some signs of hope are emerging in the world’s hardest-hit country,

Donald Trump to give first speech since leaving the White House at US conservative summit

Former US president Donald Trump will give a speech to a gathering of political conservatives at the end of the month. It will be his first extended public address since leaving the White House on January 20. Ian Walters, spokesman for the American Conservative Union, confirmed to the Associated

New York City tax agency subpoenaed in Trump criminal probe

NEW YORK: The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has subpoenaed a New York City property tax agency as part of a criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s company, the agency confirmed on Friday, suggesting prosecutors are examining the former president’s efforts to reduce his

US says it won’t bow to pressure from Iran on more sanctions relief before potential talks

The United States plans to take no additional actions in response to pressure from Iran before talks with Tehran and major powers about returning to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the White House said on Friday. Tehran and Washington have been at odds over who should make the first step to revive th

Biden to announce release of $4 billion for global vaccine effort

US President Joe Biden will use his first big presidential moment on the global stage at Friday’s Group of Seven (G7) meeting of world leaders to announce that the US will soon release $4 billion for an international effort to bolster the purchase and distribution of coronavirus vaccines to