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Biden: Some minority communities ‘don’t know how to get online’ to register for COVID-19 vaccines

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When asked by a Milwaukee nurse how he will address the racial disparities in healthcare concerning COVID vaccines during a CNN Town Hall Tuesday night, President Joe Biden said community health centers in needy cities will be provided with a million doses of vaccinations weekly and he will also be introducing mobile vans that will travel to neighborhoods to provide vaccines to those in need.

Biden then went on to explain that many Hispanic and African-Americans are not able to register for a COVID vaccine because of internet illiteracy issues.

“A lot of people don’t know how to register,” Biden said. “Not everybody in the community, in the Hispanic and the African-American community, particularly in rural areas that are distant and/or inner city districts, know how to get online to determine how to get in line for that COVID vaccination at the Walgreens or at the particular store.”

He continued, saying he will spend 1 billion dollars on public education to help minorities learn how to understand the online process. “I’ve committed to spend a billion dollars on public education to help people figure out how they can get in there,” Biden said.

Later in the evening, Biden falsely stated that there was no COVID vaccine when he took office. “It’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn‘t have when we came into office,” Biden said.

Biden received the second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Jan. 11, over a week before he was sworn into office. That vaccine and others like, Moderna were developed under the Trump administration’s ‘Operation Warp Speed.’

Biden also said it was a “mistake in communication” when White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that schools would be considered “open” if they held in-person classes one day a week.

“That’s not true. There was a mistake in the communication,” Biden told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper when asked about the one-day-per week goal. Moreover, Biden said he would be “close to” meeting his goal of reopening the majority of K-8 schools by the end of April.

“We’ve had a significant percentage of them being able to be open,” he said, adding “My guess is they’re going to be probably pushing to open all summer to continue like it’s a different semester.”

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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