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‘Fiery’ Psaki ending tenure as a top White House messenger

May. 11, 2022 23:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jen Psaki had been White House press secretary less than two weeks when a reporter asked whether Twitter's ban of Donald Trump had made President Joe Biden's life easier. “We don’t spend a lot of time talking about or thinking about President Trump here," she...

White House: Without funding US will lose COVID treatments

Apr. 25, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the past two years, America has been first in line for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Now, as drugmakers develop the next generation of therapies, the White House is warning that if Congress doesn’t act urgently the U.S. will have to take a number. ...

Experts say US suspension of COVID aid will prolong pandemic

Apr. 07, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In the latest Senate package targeted at stopping the coronavirus, U.S. lawmakers dropped nearly all funding for curbing the virus beyond American borders, a move many health experts slammed as dangerously short-sighted. They warn the suspension of COVID-19 aid for...

GOP blocks Senate COVID bill, demands votes on immigration

Apr. 05, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt Tuesday to begin Senate debate on a $10 billion COVID-19 compromise, pressing to entangle the bipartisan package with an election-year showdown over immigration restrictions that poses a politically uncomfortable fight for Democrats. ...

Biden COVID coordinators leaving in April, Jha to take over

Mar. 17, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients and his deputy Natalie Quillian are leaving the administration next month, the White House announced Thursday. They will be replaced by Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. ...

Biden signs budget bill with Ukraine aid but no virus cash

Mar. 15, 2022 14:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a bill providing $13.6 billion in additional military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine as part of a $1.5 trillion government spending measure that omits COVID-19 aid the White House says is urgently needed. The COVID spending...

Biden seeks $10B for aid to Ukraine, $22.5B for coronavirus

Mar. 03, 2022 18:09 PM EST

The Biden administration is seeking another $10 billion to help protect Ukraine against the Russian invasion and $22.5 billion more to cover pandemic-related expenses, two major additions to budget talks already underway. The acting director of the White House Office of Management...

New Biden pandemic plan: Closer to normal for the nation

Mar. 02, 2022 15:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time for America to stop letting the coronavirus “dictate how we live,” President Joe Biden’s White House declared Wednesday, outlining a strategy to allow people to return to many normal activities safely after two years of pandemic disruptions. One...

EXPLAINER: Why Pfizer needs time to make COVID-19 treatment

Mar. 02, 2022 12:41 PM EST

Pfizer’s new COVID-19 treatment came with a catch when it debuted late last year: Supplies were limited, and it can take months to make the tablets. Company leaders say they are expanding production and expect big gains in the next several months. That could help if another wave of...

Biden outlines COVID plans, says it's time to return to work

Mar. 01, 2022 23:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared Tuesday that “it's time for Americans to get back to work” as he announced new efforts to allow people to return to normal activities safely after two years of pandemic disruptions. Biden used his State of the Union address to...