March 19, 2021
Here are some significant developments:
- President Biden said that on Friday, day 58 of his administration, he will have delivered on his campaign promise of administering 100 million vaccine doses during the first 100 days of his presidency, more than 40 days early.
- Paris and several other parts of France will enter a new lockdown Friday night, as the more transmissible coronavirus variant first identified in Britain is prompting a surge in hospitalizations.
- Xavier Becerra narrowly received Senate confirmation to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency pivotal to Biden’s urgent goal of defeating the coronavirus pandemic and expanding health-care access.
- The Biden administration has agreed to supply Mexico with excess doses of a coronavirus vaccine, and the decision to send the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico, and to Canada, is expected to be announced Friday.
- More than 540,000 people have died from coronavirus in the United States out of some 29.6 million cases. According to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 66 percent of U.S. adults age 65 and older have received at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine.