The Morning Dispatch: Biden Courts Iran
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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
A preliminary report from Pfizer, BioNTech, and Israel’s Health Ministry found the companies’ COVID-19 vaccine was not only 99 percent effective at preventing death from SARS-CoV-2, but 89 percent effective at preventing infections as well. The data are not yet peer-reviewed, but would indicate that the vaccine blocks most asymptomatic transmission of the virus.
President Joe Biden over the weekend issued a major disaster declaration for Texas, granting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s request for federal public assistance in all 254 counties in the state and individual assistance in 77 counties. Power has been restored for most Texans—and Houston lifted its boil-water advisory yesterday—but millions continue to deal with the aftermath of last week’s storms.