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WASHINGTON — As many as 90,000 Americans are projected to die from the coronavirus in the next four weeks, the Biden administration warned in its first science briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, as experts outlined efforts to improve the delivery and injection of COVID-19 vaccines. The hourlong briefing Wednesday by the team charged by President Joe Biden with ending the pandemic, was meant to deliver on his promise of “levelling" with the American people about the state of the outbreak that has already claimed more than 425,000 U.S. lives. It marked a sharp contrast from what had become the Trump show, in the last administration, when public health officials were repeatedly undermined by a president who shared his unproven ideas without hesitation. The striking deaths projection wasn't much different from what Biden himself has said, but nonetheless served as a stark reminder of the brutal road ahead. Wednesday’s briefing was conducted virtually, rather than in person at the White House, to allow for questions from health journalists and to maintain a set timing no matter the situation in the West Wing. But it was not without technical glitches. It featured Jeff Zients, the Biden administration’s co-ordinator for pandemic response; his deputy, Andy Slavitt; Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert; Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, the chair of Biden’s COVID-19 equality task force, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The White House respects and will follow the science, and the scientists will speak independently,” said Slavitt. Zients, who previously ran the Obama administration's efforts to salvage the rollout of HealthCare.gov, used to sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, repeated that the federal government no longer has a stockpile of vaccines to distribute. He added that the Biden administration was examining additional ways of speeding vaccine production, a day after the president announced the U.S. plans to have delivered enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end of summer. But injecting them in arms is a different matter. “Most states are getting better at putting needles in arms,” Zients said, called on Congress to swiftly act to pass Biden’s “American Rescue Plan.” The $1.9 trillion bill includes $400 billion for measures specifically aimed at controlling the virus, including dramatically increasing the pace of vaccinations and building out an infrastructure for widespread testing. Zients added that the federal Department of Health and Human Services acted Wednesday to make more professionals available to administer vaccinations. The government will authorize nurses and doctors who have retired to administer vaccines, and professionals licensed in one state will also be able to give shots in other states. Such measures are fairly standard in health emergencies. Fauci told reporters there was reason to be concerned about the impact of some coronavirus mutations on vaccines, but that scientists have plenty of options for adjustments to maintain the effectiveness of vaccines and treatments. Fauci said there was particular concern about the so-called South African variant, because lab tests have shown that it can diminish the protective power of the vaccines approved to date. He stressed that the level of protection provided was still well within what he called the “cushion” of vaccine effectiveness, but added that the government was working with pharmaceutical companies on potential “booster” shots for the new variants. Walensky, the new head of the CDC, said her agency’s latest forecast indicates the U.S. will reach between 479,000 and 514,000 deaths by Feb. 20. More than 425,000 Americans have already died in the pandemic. The new thrice-a-week briefings, beginning just a week into Biden’s tenure, are meant as an explicit rejection of Donald Trump's approach to the coronavirus outbreak. “We’re bringing back the pros to talk about COVID in an unvarnished way,” Biden told reporters Tuesday. “Any questions you have, that’s how we’ll handle them because we’re letting science speak again.” Trump claimed centre stage and muddled the message of the nation’s top public health experts in the critical early days of the virus and eventually largely muzzled them as the pandemic's mortal toll grew steeper. The new briefings are part of Biden’s attempt to rebuild public confidence in institutions, particularly the federal government, with a commitment to share the bad news with the good. “I’ll always level with you about the state of affairs,” he said Tuesday, repeating a central pledge of his inaugural address. It’s a message that helped carry Biden to the White House. As a candidate he warned that the nation faced a surge of coronavirus cases in what would be a “dark winter"; Trump, for his part, falsely claimed the worst of the virus was over. Dr. David Hamer, a professor of global health and medicine at Boston University’s School of Public Health, said having briefings from health officials that are “based on serious science” would go a long way toward improving public perceptions of the vaccine. “There’s a certain amount of vaccine hesitancy, and so educating people about the vaccine, how it works, how safe it is and how it can protect against the disease but also slow transmission is really important,” he said. The stakes for Biden, whose presidency hinges on his handling of the pandemic and the largest vaccination campaign in global history, could hardly be higher. Biden is pushing a weary populace to recommit to social distancing measures and mask-wearing, pointing to scientific models that suggest the practices could save 50,000 lives over the coming months. He has insisted members of his administration model best behaviours for the country. Those messages found few champions in the former administration, as Trump openly flouted science-based guidance from his own administration. Face coverings were sparse at his reelection rallies and social distancing nearly nonexistent. In the weeks leading up to Biden’s inauguration, the U.S. set records in new cases and reported deaths almost by the day, as many states reimposed costly restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. Even so, Trump restricted media appearances by his top scientists and public health officials and continued to spread misinformation. Asked by CNN last week if the lack of candour from the Trump administration about the virus had cost lives, Fauci replied, “You know, it very likely did.” The Trump administration ended the practice of regular scientific briefings early in the pandemic, after Trump expressed anger over dire warnings about the virus by Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the CDC's immunization and respiratory director who is leading the agency's COVID-19 efforts. ___ Associated Press writers Alexandra Jaffe contributed to this report. Zeke Miller And Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press
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Vancouver police say an officer broke his leg in a confrontation after a man refused to wear a mask inside a courthouse.Const. Tania Visintin says the officer was injured when the man fell on him while being taken into custody.She says two officers were at the court on Tuesday and intervened when the man allegedly refused a sheriff's order to put on a mask, and then refused to leave the building.A statement from police says the man was allegedly argumentative, kicked one of the officers and then tried to reach for his firearm, leading to the scuffle.Police say the officer could be off work for several months.A 53-year-old Vancouver man has been handed a $230 ticket for refusing to wear a mask indoors, and police say they are also recommending charges of assault, aggravated assault and disarming a police officer.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2021. The Canadian Press
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Regina city council is set to discuss a motion to restrict energy companies reliant on fossil fuels from advertising or sponsoring with the city. Last week, a majority of councillors voted in favour of the motion, which is to return to council for a final vote today. The councillor who brought forward the proposal says he's heard concerns from community members over the past week and plans to withdraw his support. Coun. Dan LeBlanc had posted on Facebook that because Regina aims to become sustainable by 2050 he felt that didn't mesh with the goals of fossil fuel companies. He says he heard from residents the motion was "too much, too soon." Business leaders and Premier Scott Moe said the idea was hypocritical and would penalize those who work in the oil and gas industry. Moe suggested if council adopted the change, his Saskatchewan Party government could redirect the millions the city receives from SaskPower and SaskEnergy bills to other municipalities. He also said he would reconsider future sponsorships from both provincial energy Crowns. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2021 The Canadian Press
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — European and North American cyber cops have joined forces to disrupt what may be the world's largest network for seeding malware infections, striking a major blow against criminal gangs that have been using it for years to install ransomware in extortion schemes, steal data and engage in financial theft. European Union police and the judicial agencies Europol and Eurojust said Wednesday that investigators took control of the infrastructure behind the botnet known as Emotet. A botnet is a network of hijacked computers, and this one has effectively served as a primary door-opener for cybercriminals since 2014. “This is a really big deal. Emotet was one of the largest, if not the largest, botnets delivering a wide variety of malware. Their botnet consisted of hundreds of thousands compromised hosts which were used to send more than 10 million spam and phishing emails a week,” said Allan Liska, an analyst with Recorded Future. The Emotet model of recent years was “a game changer for ransomware gangs who otherwise rely on other access methods,” said Jake Williams, president of Rendition Infosec, another cybersecurity firm. Emotet has allowed ransomware gangs to outsource initial access, and focus their efforts instead on a cybercrime variety that has crippled Western government, healthcare and educational networks by scrambling their data and only providing a decoding software key after they have paid up. Those who don't risk having data exfiltrated by the hackers exposed publicly. Williams said via text message that although someone will eventually fill the gap “there's no question that this will hurt (ransomware gangs) and help defenders in the short/mid term.” Authorities in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, the U.K., France, Lithuania, Canada and Ukraine took part in the international operation co-ordinated by the two Hague-based agencies. Dutch prosecutors said the malware, run out of eastern Europe by a Russian-speaking organization, was first discovered in 2014 and “evolved into the go-to solution for cybercriminals over the years," responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in losses beginning with financial theft through a banking trojan. They said two of the main servers for the infrastructure were based in the Netherlands and a third in another undisclosed country. The Emotet botnet was effectively used to manage infections of victims and provide a distributed bulwark against takedown attempts by authorities. In the disruption by law enforcement, its command-and-control infrastructure was routed to servers controlled by law enforcement, cutting off criminal tenants of Emotet from quarry they have infected. Europol said law enforcement agencies teamed up to take down the criminal infrastructure from the inside. “The infected machines of victims have been redirected towards this law enforcement-controlled infrastructure,” the agency said. “This is a unique and new approach to effectively disrupt the activities of the facilitators of cybercrime.” The operation recalled one carried out by Microsoft late last year against a different botnet known as Trickbot — which was pushed out using Emotet and used in ransomware attacks. The U.S. National Security Agency was also reported to have tried to take down Trickbot. Costin Raiu, research director at the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, said the Emotet takedown “should impact other cybercriminal groups' ability to maintain and grow their botnets. It remains to be seen if they will be able to stage a comeback, be it either as Emotet, or perhaps merge with another group and continue from there.” Emotet's “door-opening” malicious software was automatically delivered to computers in infected email attachments containing Word documents. “A variety of different lures were used to trick unsuspecting users into opening these malicious attachments,” Dutch prosecutors said in a statement. “In the past, Emotet email campaigns have also been presented as invoices, shipping notices and information about COVID-19.” The operation was not the first time that cybercrime fighters have infiltrated illicit computer operations. In 2017, police shut down the world’s leading “darknet” marketplace — then Dutch police quietly seized a second bazaar to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers. — Bajak reported from Boston. Mike Corder And Frank Bajak, The Associated Press
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