Most unvaccinated Americans unlikely to get shots, poll finds, as Delta spreads – live

About 16% say they will get the vaccine, according to AP poll Kay Ivey says it’s ‘time to start blaming the unvaccinated’ for rise in cases Covid cases likely to accelerate through summer, new forecasts say Philadelphia health officials recommend masks in public indoor settings 7.53pm BST Joe Biden plans […]

Alabama governor joins growing number of Republicans urging Americans to get vaccinated – live

Covid cases likely to accelerate through summer, new forecasts say CDC director warns Americans in ‘another pivotal moment’ in pandemic 2.26pm BST Tennessee’s building commission has voted 5-2 to remove a bust of a confederate general with a “brutal” reputation from the capital building. Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of […]

US sanctions Cuban security chief and special forces over crackdown on protests

Biden moves to pressure government over alleged human rights abuses amid biggest demonstrations in decades The US has imposed sanctions on a Cuban security minister and an interior ministry special forces unit for alleged human rights abuses in a crackdown on anti-government protests this month. The move marked the first […]

FBI failed to fully investigate Brett Kavanaugh sexual misconduct allegations, Democrats say – live

Senators say FBI gathered over 4,500 tips but failed to follow them up Nancy Pelosi rejects Jim Jordan and Jim Banks for inquiry role White House in talks with CDC about updating masking guidance 7.56pm BST President Biden is due soon to deliver remarks at a bill signing for “H.R. […]

White House officials consider new push on masks as Covid cases rise – live

Officials in talks with CDC about updating masking guidance Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most settings 2.42pm BST There’s no uniform consensus among Republican governors (who control the majority of governor’s mansions) over what to do about the coronavirus pandemic. In Missouri for instance, Governor […]

Biden says children under 12 could be eligible for Covid vaccines within months

President urges Americans to take ‘gigantically important’ step of getting vaccinated amid surging cases Joe Biden has expressed optimism that young children would soon become eligible for Covid-19 inoculations, while urging unvaccinated Americans to take the “gigantically important” step of getting their shots as the virus surges across the US. […]

‘Despicable’: Liz Cheney blasts move to pull fellow Republicans from Capitol attack committee – live

McCarthy removed all GOP members he had appointed to the panel Pelosi denies two GOP members a place on select committee Kevin McCarthy: ‘Republicans will not be party to this sham process’ Committee chair Thompson vows to investigate Donald Trump 8.48pm BST Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney did not hold back […]

White House official and Pelosi aide test positive for Covid, reports say – live

Pair escorted delegation from Texas around Capitol this week President walks back ‘Facebook is killing people’ comment 7.46pm BST In another extraordinary confrontation in Congress today, chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci told Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky: “I have not lied before Congress, I have never lied. Certainly […]

White House calls for social media firms to be ‘held accountable’ for Covid misinformation – live

President walks back ‘Facebook is killing people’ comment White House reiterates: ‘This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated’ 2.50pm BST Secretary of state Antony Blinken has designated President Porfirio Lobo Sosa, former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla Avila and their immediate family ineligible for entry into the US for their […]

US seeks cooperation with China on climate but not at any price

Climate envoy John Kerry has rejected notion that Beijing could buy US silence on human rights as price of cooperation on climate In the next four months or so, the world will find out whether it is possible for one branch of the US federal government – the state department […]