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Biden to Unveil Plan to Buy 500M Vaccine Doses for Foreign Countries as US Deficit Skyrockets

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The Biden administration plans to purchase 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses to donate to other countries, three sources familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.

The Post reported that the U.S. will dole out the first 200 million doses this year and give the remaining 300 million to other countries in the first half of 2022.

Pfizer is selling the vaccines to the U.S. at a “not-for-profit” price, according to The Post.

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The organization undertaking the distribution efforts is Covax, a World Health Organization-backed initiative promoting and facilitating global vaccine sharing.

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The vaccine distribution efforts will prioritize poor nations, The Post reported.

President Joe Biden and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla are expected to announce the initiative at the Group of Seven meeting Biden will be attending this week in the U.K.

According to The Post, Democrats in Congress have been calling for the Biden administration to help developing countries acquire COVID-19 vaccines.

The outlet did not mention how Biden plans to get the money for his vaccine donation plan.

According to an April report in The New York Times, the U.S. budget deficit has surged to a record $1.7 trillion since October.

The Times blamed the mounting budget deficit on the large amount of money the government has recently injected into the economy in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Federal spending is far outpacing revenue — the United States is doling out twice as much money as it takes in, having spent a record $3.4 trillion so far this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, and collected just $1.7 trillion in tax revenue,” The Times reported.

“The U.S. federal budget is on an unsustainable path,” Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, said on Sunday.

“Meaning the debt is growing faster than the economy. And that’s kind of unsustainable in the long run.”

According to USAspending.gov, as of last year, the federal government held $26.95 trillion in federal debt.

The site explained how the U.S. found itself in this predicament. “It is similar to a person using his or her credit card for a purchase … and not paying the full credit card balance each month.”

How the Biden administration plans to pay for the vaccine donation efforts without increasing the U.S. debt or the tax burden on American workers and businesses remains unclear.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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After Seeing Kids Playing Basketball with Milk Crate, Officers Go Above and Beyond to Get Them Real Hoop

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They say necessity is the mother of invention, and when you’re a kid with limitless imagination, many things are possible. That was certainly true of a group of kids in one Chicago neighborhood whose love for basketball was great enough that they found what they could to set up a basketball court: a small cement slab and an old milk crate. It was enough for a time, even if it wasn’t regulation. But that all changed after some Chicago Police Department officers spotted the kids. The story that resulted was heartwarming enough that Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown had to tweet the story. “Officers from @ChicagoCAPS06 noticed a group of children in the neighborhood playing basketball using a milk crate as their hoop,” Brown wrote on Monday. “The officers saw an opportunity to help the kids with their game, so they got together to buy them a new hoop and basketballs.” Officers from @ChicagoCAPS06 noticed a group of children in the neighborhood playing basketball using a milk crate as their hoop. The officers saw an opportunity to help the kids with their game, so they got together to buy them a new hoop and basketballs. 🏀🏀🏀 pic.twitter.com/xxpP3wwLT7 — Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown (@ChiefDavidBrown) June 21, 2021 Two officers lugged the boxed gift to the porch where another officer stood as a woman covered a young man’s eyes, removing her hands to reveal the surprise. The boy, upon seeing the brand-new basketball hoop immediately shouted “thank you!” and started bouncing up and down with excitement. These #ChicagoPolice officers surprised the kids with their new hoop and took time out to assemble it for them. pic.twitter.com/xbWRdtrCGh — Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown (@ChiefDavidBrown) June 21, 2021 “Is that a little bit better?” one of the officers asked. “Yeah!”…

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'Chunk' the Golden Retriever Missing for 2 Weeks Finally Found by NJ Troopers Swimming in the Bay

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The last two weeks have been turbulent for a family in Brick, New Jersey, after their beloved 3-year-old golden retriever ran off and disappeared. Jim Zangara had been on his boat with Chunk, the dog, and paused to talk to another boater. Looking for Chunk, he realized the dog had gotten off the boat. “And all of a sudden I looked to see where he was, and he was in the woods a little bit,” Jim told the Asbury Park Press. “And I said, ‘Come here, Chunk,’ and he had his toy in his mouth, turned around and boom. And for no reason.” “He’s very timid. He always has been. So maybe something scared him and that’s why he took off. It was very odd for him to do what he did.” “LOST DOG — Sunday 6/6/21 at F-cove,” Marie Puzio Zangara posted on the Lost Dogs in Ocean County Facebook page. “His name is Chunk, and he’s scared. Last spotted running back into the woods/marsh behind Mantoloking Rd. Please call 973-945-9299 or Brick PD if spotted! Please don’t chase — he’s very skittish — he will run.” Posts were shared across many relevant lost and found groups online. People kept their eyes open for the large dog, and his family waited and wondered if they’d ever see him again. As the days passed, Marie’s fears grew. “This past week has been tough,” she told NJ Advance Media. “No one had seen him since the eighth day he was missing. I was worried maybe he had gotten hit by a car or was off in the woods where we couldn’t find him or someone had grabbed him.” But then, on Tuesday morning, he was spotted, and it took multiple people on land and sea to get…

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