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Biden suggests Americans will have to wear face masks through the next year

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President Joe Biden said Americans should be wearing masks to protect against coronavirus through the next year, during a speech at the National Institutes of Health Thursday.

Biden was giving an update on coronavirus vaccine supply in the U.S. and mentioned that in order to save a “significant number of lives” masks should be worn “through the next year.”

“You know that wearing this mask through the next year here can save lives, a significant number of lives,” Biden said. “Masking is the easiest thing to do to save lives. We need everyone to mask-up. And by the way, I know it’s a pain in the neck, but it’s a patriotic responsibility, we’re in the middle of a war with this virus.”

Biden also said that the U.S. will have enough supply of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the summer to vaccinate 300 million Americans.

According to the CDC guidelines, after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, it is still necessary to continue to wear a mask and to stay six feet away from others.

The CDC also now recommends wearing two masks to protect against the coronavirus.

“Wear one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask. The second mask should push the edges of the inner mask against your face,” the CDC website reads.

10.5% of the U.S. population has received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine so far.

In an interview on CBS Sunday before the Super Bowl, Biden said, “The idea that this can be done and we can get to herd immunity much before the end of this summer is very difficult.”

The Biden administration has set a goal of 100 million doses during Biden’s first 100 days as a minimum. Biden said during the interview that he was exploring new ways to speed up vaccinations. Moreover, he is confident that the U.S. could administer up to 1.5 million doses per day.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has said at least 75% of the public must be vaccinated against Covid-19 to achieve herd immunity. He has predicted a return to normal some time next fall.

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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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