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Russian forces reportedly gained complete control of the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk over the weekend, with Ukrainian military officials ordering the country’s remaining forces there to leave. Kyiv was reportedly struck by Russian missiles on Sunday, marking the first attack on the Ukrainian capital in three weeks.
President Joe Biden formally signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law on Saturday, one day after the House voted 234-193 to advance the legislation that will implement stricter background checks for gun purchasers under age 21, provide incentives for states to adopt “red flag” laws, block domestic abusers in dating relationships from owning or buying guns until five years pass without further disqualifying convictions, and appropriate funding for mental health and school safety measures.
Pfizer and BioNTech released new clinical data over the weekend about two vaccine booster candidates tailored for the Omicron variant that the companies say elicit a “substantially higher” immune response against Omicron BA.1 when compared to their original vaccine. Like Moderna, the companies have begun sharing the data with public health regulators in the hopes of the updated shots receiving authorization ahead of a likely fall wave.