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Vaccines coming to pharmacies

VACCINES against the coronavirus will soon be available through pharmacies and drug stores (Shutterstock).

You may be able to get your coronavirus vaccination at your local CVS, Rite Aid or Walgreens before long. On Tuesday, the Biden administration unveiled a plan to send 1 million doses to 6,500 pharmacies across the United States in an effort to get ahead of the danger from new, more dangerous strains of the virus.

According to the Associated Press, the allocation of vaccines sent to states and territories will be ratcheted by 500,000 each week.

Local drug stores have been administering shots for flu and shingles for years and are experienced in vaccinations, according to Jeff Zients, who is the nation’s coronavirus coordinator. “This is a critical step to provide the public with convenient trusted places to get vaccinated in their communities,” he said.

As many as 40,000 pharmacies are expected to be involved, although availability will be limited at first, according to the AP.

News: FBI agents are shot, killed

Federal agents serving a search warrant in a child pornography investigation in a Florida town were met by gunfire, resulting in the death of two FBI agents and the wounding of two others. The gunman is also dead, believed to have killed himself.

The incident occurred in Sunrise, near Miami.

According to the AP, the shooter opened fire as the agents arrived about 6 a.m. The name of the gunman was not immediately released.

VIRUS AID “NOT ENOUGH:” President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that the $600 billion coronavirus aid package was too small and held out for his proposed $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan,” according to USA Today. Biden made his remarks to a group of Republican senators.

DISSIDENT SENTENCED: A prison sentence of over two years was pronounced Tuesday in Moscow against Russian dissident Aleksei Navalny. According to the New York Times, he was charged with violating the terms of his parole. Navalny, the best-known opposition leader to President Vladimir Putin, was allegedly poisoned by the Russian government in an effort to stop protests against his rule.

Business: Jeff Bezos to bow out

JEFF BEZOS (Wikipedia).

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced on Tuesday that he would be stepping down as CEO of the online shopping giant to take a lesser role later in 2021. The news comes after Amazon recorded sales of over $100 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020.

“Right now, I see Amazon at its most inventive ever,” said Bezos, making it an optimal time for this transition. Taking over will be Andy Jassy, who is currently head of web services for the firm.

WALL STREET TAKES WING: Tuesday was another great day for the stock market. All three major stock indexes showed big gains. The Dow Jones Average rose 475.57 points (to 30,687.48), while the S&P 500 gained 52.45 points to 3,826.31. Nasdaq climbed 209.38 points to 13,612.78. Gold and oil were also up.

The Weather:  Some bright, sunshiny days

The old song claimed “It Never Rains in Southern California.” That’s not true but it is sunny a lot, even in the winter. The forecast for weather in the West Orange County area is for partly sunny conditions on Wednesday and clear and sunny skies Thursday through Sunday. Daytime highs will be in the low 70s and high 60s. Overnight lows will be in the mid- to high 40s.

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