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U.S. doubles down on vaccine

THE U.S. will donate 500 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to other nations, bringing the total to over 1 billion (Shutterstock).

The United States will be sending a half-billion doses of Pfizer vaccine to other nations in an effort to stem the rise of coronavirus overseas. The White House made the announcement Wednesday, according to United Press International, a move that would bring America’s commitment to over 1.1 billion doses.

“We also know that to beat the pandemic here, we need to beat it everywhere,” said President Joe Biden at a virtual summit with United Nations leaders. “I made, and I’m keeping, the promise that America will become the arsenal of vaccines as we were the arsenal of democracy during World War II.”

According to the Associated Press, about 160 million shots donated by the U.S have already been distributed to over 100 countries. That total is more than the donations of every other nation combined.

Some Haitians deported, some stay

FLAG of HAITI

Citizens of the politically fractured and hurricane-ravaged island nation of Haiti have – in recent weeks – been seeking asylum to the U.S. at the Mexico border. Many are being flown back to their native land, but others are being released north of the Rio Grande, according to the Associated Press.

The AP quoted an anonymous immigration official as saying that Haitians were being released into the U.S. on a “very, very large scale.” Many have been ordered to report to an immigration court later to determine if their request for asylum would be granted.

About 8,600 migrants are in a camp in Del Rio, Texas.

Also in the news

  • The U.S and France are starting to “kiss and make up” after the diplomatic dustup created by an agreement that will have Australia buy nuclear submarines from America instead of France. Without backing out of a new security alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom, the White House admitted it made a mistake by not first consulting Paris, according to Reuters.com.
  • Improvement in the economy is likely to result in the Federal Reserve slowing its purchases of assets and could lead to an increase in interest rates, The New York Times is reporting.

Sports: Dodgers and Giants continue race

The margin between the San Francisco Giants (98-53) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (97-54) in the National League West race continues to be a slim single game. Each team won late on Tuesday to preserve the status quo.

The Blue Crew beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 in 10 innings on Albert Pujols’ pinch-hit single, and the Giants slipped by the San Diego Padres 6-5 with a run in the ninth.

Tonight in Denver, the Dodgers and Rockies will meet again in a 5:40 p.m. game.

Whatever hopes the Los Angeles Angels had of improving on last season by at least reaching the playoffs disappeared when they lost 10-5 to the Houston Astros. The Halos hit three homers – including the 45th of the season by Shohei Ohtani – but that wasn’t enough.

Tonight (Wednesday) it will be the Astros again in Anaheim at 6:38 p.m.

Weather: Heat wave crashes, cools

The thermometer will drop sharply on Thursday in the West Orange County area, plunging about 10 degrees to 82, with an overnight low of 62. The “fall into fall” will continue on Friday and Saturday with highs of 80 and partly cloudy skies. The trend will continue into the weekend with Sunday at 78 and Monday at 77. For the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, daily highs will be even cooler, with Thursday at 76 and Friday at 74.

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