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Biden marks the 50 millionth coronavirus vaccination in the United States

President Biden heads to the Oval Office after arriving at the White House in Washington earlier this month. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

President Biden commemorated the 50 millionth coronavirus vaccination in the United States with an event at the White House in which several people were vaccinated as Vice President Harris and Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert, looked on. Later, in a virtual meeting with governors, Biden promoted his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

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Acting Capitol Police chief Yogananda D. Pittman on Thursday told a panel of House lawmakers that some of the armed groups behind the Jan. 6 riot “want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible” during Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, an event that has not yet been scheduled.

Harris later swore in former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary, hours after she was confirmed 64-35 by the Senate. Granholm, a strong voice for zero-emissions vehicles, will take the reins of the agency as climate change and severe weather affect the nation’s energy supply.

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