News and Brief for the Week of Feb. 22nd

Protesters were called to Washington by Donald Trump in an unprecedented  moment in US history - ABC News
Protests at the U.S Capital Building. Image from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-07/donald-trump-washington-riot-unprecedented-moment-in-us-history/13035648

Security officials cast blame for Jan. 6 failures at Capitol

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, MICHAEL BALSAMO and LISA MASCARO

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying for the first time about the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former security officials blamed faulty intelligence for the disastrous failure to anticipate the violent intentions of the mob that invaded the building and interrupted the certification of the presidential election.

Senate confirms Biden’s choice for UN ambassador

By MATTHEW LEE

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s choice to lead U.S. diplomacy at the United Nations on Tuesday. The vote for Linda Thomas-Greenfield reflected a divide between the Biden administration’s determination to re-engage with the world body and former President Donald Trump’s diplomacy that often left the U.S. isolated internationally.

Drug execs face Capitol Hill questions on vaccine supply

By MATTHEW PERRONE and LAURAN NEERGAARD

WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 vaccine makers told Congress on Tuesday to expect a big jump in the delivery of doses over the coming month after a rocky start to inoculations, and the companies insist they will be able to provide enough for most Americans by summer.

By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up from the roughly 75 million shipped so far.

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