The Morning Dispatch: What’s Taking the FDA So Long on Vaccine Approval?

Happy Thursday! The Dispatch’s softball team is getting up off the mat and taking on the U.S. Agency for International Development tonight. They better hope they’ve developed some defense—we’re bringing out the big bats.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Senate voted 67-32 on Wednesday to open debate on a bipartisan infrastructure package that would allocate approximately $550 billion in new federal spending toward roads, bridges, waterways, airports, internet, and more. The full text of the bill is still being written, and final passage is not yet guaranteed.

  • United Kingdom officials announced yesterday that fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and European Union will no longer need to quarantine upon arrival to the country, starting August 2. The White House has not reciprocated, keeping in place its ban on most British people entering the United States.

  • In an effort to “promote accountability for entities and individuals that have perpetuated the suffering of the Syrian people,” the State Department on Wednesday announced the imposition of sanctions on a handful of Syrian prisons, Assad regime officials, and militia groups/leaders. They are the first new sanctions the Biden administration has imposed on the country.

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