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Biden in vaccine rollout push as states rush to reopen – live updates


Promised increase in vaccine supply comes as Republican Governors drop Covid restrictions

1.24pm GMT

Alexi McCammond at Axios reports on the push by the progressive wing of the Democratic party to get itself in a position to challenge a host of centrist incumbents during the next primary season. She writes:

Progressive Democrats, including two who are Black, are lining up to challenge House majority leader Steny Hoyer even before Maryland sets the date for its 2022 primaries.

Recent progressive victories for Reps Cori Bush in Missouri and Jamaal Bowman in New York, plus the country’s changing demographics and post-#MeToo and George Floyd eras, are giving organizers and candidates new hope that the political landscape is changing and rewarding diversity.

1.18pm GMT

The former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has expressed regret that migrant children were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border, reports Ted Hesson for Reuters.

As AG, Sessions was the cabinet official responsible for former President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” border strategy and a US Department of Justice internal watchdog report released in January said Sessions’ office was “a driving force” behind the administration’s decision to refer families for criminal prosecution, and that Sessions himself was aware it could lead to family separations.

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