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An empty syringe on a table at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after a care worker received the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 16, 2020. CREDIT: Brian van der Brug/AP

Why We Can’t Make Vaccine Doses Any Faster

Vaccine supply chains are extremely specialized and sensitive, relying on expensive machinery, highly trained staff and finicky ingredients. Manufacturers have run into intermittent shortages of key materials, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office; the combination of surging demand and workforce disruptions from the pandemic has caused delays of four to 12 weeks for items that used to ship within a week, much like what happened when consumers were sent scrambling for household staples like flour, chicken wings and toilet paper. Continue Reading Why We Can’t Make Vaccine Doses Any Faster

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A first-grade student sits on the bus after a day of classes in Woodland, Wash., on Thursday. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

If Schools Follow CDC Guidance, President Biden’s Reopening Goals Could Be Hard To Reach

President Biden has said many times that he wants most schools to be open by his 100th day in office, April 30. And on Friday, Feb. 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines intended to help schools operate in person safely. But some argue these guidelines will do little to promote school openings. Continue Reading If Schools Follow CDC Guidance, President Biden’s Reopening Goals Could Be Hard To Reach

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Amanda Bordeaux, 36, gets her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine during a weekly mass vaccination clinic at the Rosebud hospital in South Dakota. Kirk Siegler/NPR

How Native Tribes Are Working To Get Members COVID-19 Vaccine Faster

So far the vaccine supply pipeline is expected to remain relatively steady, unlike in many other jurisdictions in the country. Tribal leaders say they plan to keep holding the Biden administration accountable to the U.S. government’s treaty obligations to deliver health care. There’s an obvious legacy of mistrust toward the federal government throughout Indian Country. That has played out when it comes to hesitancy toward the vaccines too, even though they’ve been proved safe. Continue Reading How Native Tribes Are Working To Get Members COVID-19 Vaccine Faster

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Supporters of former President Donald Trump protest as U.S. Capitol Police officers shoot tear gas outside of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. CREDIT: Jose Luis Magana/AP

Capitol Police Suspends 6 Officers, Investigates Dozens More Following Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

The U.S. Capitol Police has suspended six officers with pay for their actions on Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of President Biden’s Electoral College victory, according to a department statement. Continue Reading Capitol Police Suspends 6 Officers, Investigates Dozens More Following Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

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Jason McMillan carrying a military-style pistol in the Washington state House gallery in 2015. Beginning in January of 2018, all guns were banned from the state Senate gallery. | CREDIT: Austin Jenkins/N3

Guns In State Capitols Divide States After Armed Protests Highlight A Contentious Year

In the past year, insurrectionists have breached the U.S. Capitol and armed protesters have forced their way into statehouses around the country. But the question of whether guns should be allowed in capitol buildings remains political, and states are going in opposite directions. Continue Reading Guns In State Capitols Divide States After Armed Protests Highlight A Contentious Year

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Snow covers the ground in Waco, Texas, on Feb. 17. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has blamed renewable energy sources for the blackouts that have hit the state. In fact, they were caused by a systemwide failure across all energy sources. Matthew Busch/AFP via Getty Images

No, Texas Blackouts Weren’t Caused By Wind And Solar Energy Failure. Here’s What Really Happened

The focus on windmills ignores the evident fact that — as Abbott acknowledged on local TV — every kind of power generation fell short in this storm. In fact, significantly more natural gas and coal went offline than renewables. But that doesn’t suggest fossil fuels were uniquely to blame either — they were responsible for more production, so it’s no surprise they were the source of more failures. Continue Reading No, Texas Blackouts Weren’t Caused By Wind And Solar Energy Failure. Here’s What Really Happened

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