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Five Minute News 12/22/2021: Free COVID-19 Tests In U.S., 4th Vaccine Dose In Israel, Military Threat From Russia

Five Minute News 12/22/2021: Free COVID-19 Tests In U.S., 4th Vaccine Dose In Israel, Military Threat From Russia

The Five Minute News is a daily podcast from Meidas Touch and journalist Anthony Davis. Each episode condenses a few of the top global news stories of the day in the areas of economy, health, inequality, climate, and politics, into a short and simple straightforward format that gets you informed in about the same length of time it takes to brew a pot of morning coffee.

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Wednesday’s edition addresses U.S. President Joe Biden’s move to provide free at-home COVID-19 tests, as well as Israel moving forward on offering a fourth vaccine shot to some eligible recipients, and the pushback from Vladimir Putin in Russia with a threat of military force.

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President Joe Biden has announced that the U.S. will provide 500 million rapid at-home COVID-19 tests for free, as well as boosting support to hospitals struggling under the weight of the pandemic and again boosting efforts to get the nation safely vaccinated. He reminded the publish that the former president, Donald Trump, recently shared that he had gotten the booster, and called vaccination a patriotic duty.

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Israel, meanwhile, is moving forward with offering a 4th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to people over 60, in accordance with recommendations from a health ministry expert panel. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett touted the plan as one that will help defeat the Omicron wave.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has declared that there is “no room for retreat” in a standoff with the United States over Ukraine, threatening a “tough response” unless the U.S. backs down.

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