News and Brief for the Week of Feb. 22nd
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.