Why has the US vaccine effort stalled?

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After a rapid rollout, la vaccination rate in the US has stalled well below Joe Biden’s goal of having 70% of Americans vaccinated by the Fourth of July.

The House select committee tasked with investigating the 6 January attack on the US Capitol is to have its first hearing tomorrow. With House minority leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to boycott the hearing leaving the panel without a Donald Trump defender, the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, is readying the committee to press ahead with an aggressive inquiry into the ex-president.

Texas Democrats fled the state this month to prevent Republicans – who control both the legislature and the governor’s mansion in Texas – from enacting controversial voting restrictions. Democrats in some of the 22 other states under similar Republican rule are taking note.

Philip Morris International’s chief executive, Jacek Olczak, said the company could “see the world without cigarettes” and called on the UK government to ban cigarettes within a decade – a move that would outlaw its own Marlboro brand.

A Montana man posted a video of himself on Instagram confronting Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has recently come under fire for questioning Covid-19 vaccines while refusing to say if he has had one.

Como wildfires rage across the American west, Kate Brown, Oregon’s governor, said the climate crisis was “like a hammer hitting us in the head”. “We have to take action,” Brown said.

A growing Latino population is keeping America’s dairy industry afloat, working long, hard hours in oftentimes unwelcoming communities. “One day he came home (from school) and asked me can we buy paint to paint his skin,” one woman said of her oldest son. “I said it’s OK that we are brown. I told him paint would come off in the shower anyway, but when he went away, I cried.”

A record number of companies are making climate pledges. Experts warn they won’t be enough in the face of a barreling climate crisis and the damage already wrought.

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Insomnia rates soared during lockdown. So did supposed insomnia cures. Writer Emma Beddington tried 11 of them – everything from counting to CBD drops to lettuce water – to determine if any of them actually work.

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