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President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden faces pressure to aim higher in COVID-19 vaccine goals

- The Washington Times

The U.S. is administering nearly 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per day, placing President Biden on track to meet his 100-day goal of 100 million shots but heaping pressure on the White House to speed the effort as the death toll mounts and newly eligible Americans clamor to roll up their sleeves.

Smoke rises from the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker that is manufacturing the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine for the coronavirus, in Pune, India, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Fire hits building at Indian producer of COVID-19 vaccines

- Associated Press

A fire broke out Thursday at a building under construction at Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, possibly affecting its future expansion of COVID-19 vaccine production.

In this booking photo provided by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 in Port Washington, Wis. Steven Brandenburg is shown. The Wisconsin pharmacist, accused of intentionally spoiling hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine, convinced the world was "crashing down" told police he tried to ruin hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine because he felt the shots would mutate people's DNA, according to court documents released Monday. (Ozaukee County Sheriff via AP)

Pharmacist accused of destroying COVID vaccine is charged

Associated Press

Prosecutors have charged a Wisconsin pharmacist accused of intentionally spoiling COVID-19 vaccine with misdemeanor property damage. Online court records indicate Steven Brandenburg was charged Tuesday in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.

Passenger wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk out from the Beijing railway station as they arrive in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

Associated Press

A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner.

In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  **FILE**

Biden unveils $1.9 trillion economic rescue package; $1,400 checks for millions of Americans

- The Washington Times

President-elect Joseph R. Biden said Thursday he will demand nearly $2 trillion from Congress to deliver on his plan for reviving the sputtering economy by defeating the deadly coronavirus first, an early test of what the incoming leader will be able to get through Congress after his party officially takes control of the House, Senate and White House.

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