S. surgeon general Dr., Vivek Murthy, is appealing to the nation to fight misinformation about COVID 19 and vaccines. At the White House. Today he charged that bogus online claims are feeding vaccine resistance and he said social media companies must do more., DR. VIVEK MURTHY U.S. Surgeon General. We are asking them to step up.. We know they have taken some steps to address misinformation, but much much more has to be done. And we can’t wait longer for them to take aggressive action because it’s costing people their lives. JUDY WOODRUFF. Also, today, Los Angeles County, California ordered everyone, even the vaccinated, to resume wearing masks indoors as infections spike. And the head of the World Health Organization pressed China to stop withholding raw data on the origins of COVID 19.. He also said it may have been premature to rule out that the virus escaped from a Chinese government lab.. A major effort to address child poverty in America has begun. Millions of parents today received initial monthly payments averaging 420. It’s a one year. Expansion of the child tax credit under President Biden’s pandemic relief plan.. We will talk with Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, about this and more after the news. Summary., The United States will not be sending large numbers of troops to Haiti.. Haitian officials had requested a U.S. force after the country’s president was assassinated, but President Biden rejected it today.. He spoke at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House.
JOE BIDEN, President of the United States, We’re only sending American Marines to our embassy to make sure that they’re secure and nothing is out of whack at all.. The idea of sending American forces into Haiti is not on the agenda at this moment. JUDY WOODRUFF, As Chancellor Merkel was in Washington, her country faced a flood disaster.. More than 60 people have died after record rainfall sent rivers pouring across Western Germany and Belgium. Torrents swept through towns leaving whole neighborhoods in ruins., People had to be airlifted from rooftops, and more than 200000 people, or rather homes lost power. In the Western U.S. firefighters spent. Another day battling dozens of wildfires.. One in Southern Oregon covers an area larger than New York City.. It has burned 21 homes and threatens nearly 2000 more. And in Eastern Washington state forecasters issued a day, long warning for extreme winds that could whip flames into firestorms. Cuba’s. President has partially acknowledged that government failings, fueled protests over food shortages, power cuts and communist rule. Miguel Diaz Canel spoke in a televised address. Last night. He called for careful analysis of Cuba’s problems but warned against any violence. Back in this country. President Biden’s nominee to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement promised a new way of doing business. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of Harris. County Texas has criticized ICE policies under President Trump.. He told a Senate hearing today that he’d uphold the rule of law and insist on humane treatment of migrants.
, ED GONZALEZ U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Nominee It’s important. That ICE does not work in a manner that in any way intentionally just seeks to terrorize communities or anything of the sort.. I think it’s important for us to be a professional agency that can take care. It’S done. Effectively. JUDY WOODRUFF In the past Gonzalez opposed a voluntary program of local cooperation with federal deportation efforts. Today he said he would not seek to end that program.. A jury in Annapolis Maryland has found that a gunman who killed five people at a newspaper office was criminally responsible.. Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty to the 2018 attack at The Capital Gazette, but contended that he was not sane.. Today’S verdict means that he will go to prison and not a mental health facility.. The Biden administration announced rewards of up to 10 million today to fight ransomware attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure.. The effort seeks to identify hackers linked to foreign governments.. President Biden has already warned Russia over harboring ransomware gangs. And on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 53 points to close. At 34987., The Nasdaq fell 101 points., The SampP 500 slipped 14. Still to come on the quotNewsHourquot.