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Secy. Blinken discusses Omicron variant in South Africa

Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised South Africa's discovery of the Omicron variant and efforts to fight the coronavirus. During a meeting in Pretoria with the nation's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor on Monday, Blinken touched on developments in infrastructure and health the nation has made.

Sen. Paul leads hearing on origins of COVID, gain-of-function research

Republican senators zeroed in on the government's involvement in the creation of the coronavirus. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) led the first-ever Senate hearing focused on gain-of-function research and the origins of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Paul and GOP Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) pressed three scientists on the role the US government had in research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Biden tests negative for COVID-19, cleared to end isolation

The White House announces President Joe Biden has tested negative for COIVD-19 and his symptoms are almost completely resolved. In a statement Wednesday, Physician to the President Kevin O'Connor said Biden will no longer be subject to isolation after testing negative last night and again Wednesday morning

Dr. Anthony Fauci defends vaccine mandates, says COVID jab ‘very good’ at stopping severe diseases

White House Chief Medical Adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci has continued to defend COVID-19 vaccine mandates. In a recent interview, he was asked why vaccines are still mandated in many places when he himself was quoted as saying that everyone would come into contact with COVID and most would contract it anyway.

Gov. Newsom touts Calif. education, bashes Fla. parental rights bill

Just as President Joe Biden left his poor poll numbers at home for the Middle East, California Governor Gavin Newsom made a visit to the White House. On Wednesday, the Democrat took the stage in Washington, D.C. to accept the 2022 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation, which was awarded to the Golden State for its financial investments to ensure education equity.