US Congress passes bipartisan relief bill; Pfizer, Moderna test against variant; Lockerbie bombing suspect charged

After many months of fits and starts, the US Congress on Monday passed a bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill that is being celebrated by both parties as a carefully negotiated agreement. Pfizer and Moderna are both testing their COVID-19 vaccines against the new faster-spreading mutated variant in the United Kingdom. And, on the 32nd anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, the US has charged the bomber.

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Officials fear mutated coronavirus from UK; Moderna vaccine ships out; Navalny poisoning details revealed

Additional countries have closed their borders to the United Kingdom, as officials try to stop a highly infectious new strain of the coronavirus from spreading. The first shipments of a second COVID-19 vaccine approved in the US were shipped out of a distribution center. And, in Russia, the government agent sent to follow dissident leader Alexei Navalny has revealed that he planted the lethal nerve agent Novichok in the politician’s underwear.

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Biden taps trusted figures to lead US climate fight; FDA says Moderna vaccine is highly protective; SolarWinds hack fallout spreads

US President-elect Joe Biden’s climate team is set to be announced this week, with key picks for energy, environment and transportation roles already named. The Food and Drug Administration released new data on Tuesday showing that the Moderna coronavirus vaccine is highly effective. And, a worldwide hacking campaign with links to Russia has caused data breaches at multiple federal agencies.

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