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White House says it’ll take a few extra weeks to hit Biden’s vaccine goal

White House says it’ll take a few extra weeks to hit Biden’s vaccine goal

After reaching multiple goals related to the nation's COVID-19 vaccination effort, it seems likely the Biden administration will miss its upcoming July 4th milestone. The president previously said his administration was hoping to reach a 70-percent COVID-19 vaccination rate among adults ages 18 and older in the US by July 4, but now the White House says it'll take a few extra weeks to hit that goal.

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White House taps Tinder and other dating apps to promote COVID-19 vaccine

White House taps Tinder and other dating apps to promote COVID-19 vaccine

The Biden administration has turned to popular dating apps in its latest effort to incentivize the COVID-19 vaccine, demand for which is dipping in the US. In a press briefing on Friday, the White House revealed that several major dating platforms that collectively have around 50 million users will start offering perks for people who have been vaccinated.

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White House taps Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to vaccine appointments

White House taps Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to vaccine appointments

The White House announced a new initiative aimed at getting more people in the US vaccinated. Under this new effort, the Biden administration has teamed with Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to vaccination appointments. The initiative is part of a wider round of new measures intended to get 70-percent of US adults vaccinated with at least one shot by July 4.

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Biden wants 500,000 EV chargers by 2030: Here’s how that works

Biden wants 500,000 EV chargers by 2030: Here’s how that works

The Biden Administration wants 500,000 EV chargers across the US, and now the White House is explaining just how that'll roll out - and some of the new technology it's counting on to make zero-emissions transportation more feasible. The ambitious charger goal was announced back in March 2021, with President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan earmarking $174 billion into the EV transition.

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White House earmarks $1.7bn to help states deal with COVID-19 variants

White House earmarks $1.7bn to help states deal with COVID-19 variants

COVID-19 variants are spreading freely in the United States and currently represent around half of the cases in the country. Rapid vaccination remains a key aspect of preventing the rise of new variants, which are the result of mutations that begin popping up when a virus is spreading far and wide. Other things also contribute to controlling the spread of variants, and the Biden administration has revealed how it will help bolster them.

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White House issues rare warning to install these Microsoft security updates

White House issues rare warning to install these Microsoft security updates

The US government has issued a rare warning around Microsoft security patches, with the White House pushing American companies to install a recently-released set of updates. Security vulnerabilities identified by the US government itself prompted the new Microsoft Exchange updates, Anne Neuberger, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber & Emerging Technologies, said in a statement.

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White House plans podcast-like weekly chats with President Biden

White House plans podcast-like weekly chats with President Biden

The Biden administration is bringing back weekly addresses from the president, but with a twist that may appeal to modern, younger audiences. According to the White House, the new weekly chats will have an informal podcast-like style, mimicking the sort of casual chats the public is used to hearing in popular audio shows.

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Biden CDC gives COVID-19 warning: Double-masking, mutants and teachers

Biden CDC gives COVID-19 warning: Double-masking, mutants and teachers

In its February 3 press briefing, the Biden administration discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as issues related to it. Among other things, the topics covered double-masking, whether it is safe to reopen schools if teachers aren't vaccinated, and the persistent concern about 'mutant' versions of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and how we may have to change habits to reduce their spread.

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White House Planetary Protection report puts space contamination under the microscope

White House Planetary Protection report puts space contamination under the microscope

A new National Strategy for Planetary Protection has been released by the White House, detailing some of the challenges that need to be addressed to avoid contamination of Earth from other planets, and vice-versa. The document, handiwork of a team assembled by the National Space Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy, sets out some of the questions to be answered and policies to be created in order to avoid future missions to Mars and further afield from inadvertently resulting in terrestrial contamination.

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Trump says CDC will recommend face masks: Here’s what that means

Trump says CDC will recommend face masks: Here’s what that means

During a press briefing on Friday, President Trump claimed that the CDC plans to recommend that all Americans nationwide wear face masks when in public. The recommendation would represent a change from current guidance, which advises that the public only wear face masks when they are sick or showing symptoms of the coronavirus. During the briefing, Trump repeatedly said that the new guidance will be a recommendation, not a requirement.

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NASA seeks extra $1.6 billion to boost its return to the Moon

NASA seeks extra $1.6 billion to boost its return to the Moon

In order to meet the Trump administration's desire to return to the Moon by 2024, NASA will seek another $1.6 billion for its fiscal year 2020, it has been revealed. The deadline is a revision of the previous 2028 goal of returning humans to the lunar surface; Vice President Pence declared the new 2024 goal during the National Space Council meeting held earlier this year.

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Secret Service reveals plan to test facial recognition tech at White House

Secret Service reveals plan to test facial recognition tech at White House

The US Secret Service (USSS) plans to test facial recognition technology at the White House, the agency revealed in a newly published document. The USSS released a statement detailing its plan, which includes testing the technology on employees as a stepping stone toward potential deployment as a new security feature. The test has raised concerns among some biometric security critics.

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