The Morning Dispatch: Biden Warns Putin Against Ukraine Invasion

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • An early, non-peer-reviewed study out of South Africa published yesterday found that the Omicron variant is able to partially escape the immunity conferred by the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, but—because the variant still relies on cells’ ACE2 receptor—prior infection and vaccination/boosters are likely to continue protecting against severe disease and death. “I thought this news was very positive,” Alex Sigal—the study’s leader—told CNN. “My impression is if you get a booster you are protected, especially against severe disease.”

  • The House voted 363-70 on Tuesday to advance the approximately $770 billion National Defense Authorization Act that funds the military and other national security programs for the year. The package—which still needs to pass the Senate—reforms how sexual assault in the military is addressed, creates an independent commission to investigate the Afghanistan war and the United States’ withdrawal, raises military pay by 2.7 percent, and boosts aid to Ukrainian security forces. Lawmakers scrapped a proposal earlier this week that would have required women to register for the military draft.

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