Public Enemy

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Mike Luckovich)

In other news, new claims for unemployment dropped to 576,000 last week; the lowest number since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Meanwhile, the Capitol Police inspector general's report on the January 6th attack says widespread problems hindered their response.

Equipment was old and stored badly; officers didn’t complete required training; and there was a lack of direction at the Civil Disturbance Unit, which exists to ensure that legislative functions of Congress are not disrupted by civil unrest or protest activity. That was exactly what happened on Jan. 6 when Trump supporters violently pushed past police and broke into the Capitol as Congress counted the Electoral College votes that certified Joe Biden’s victory.

The report also focuses on several pieces of missed intelligence, including the force’s own inconsistent information gathering and an FBI memo sent the day before the insurrection that then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund has told lawmakers he never saw.

Finally, the CEO of Pfizer says we might need annual coronavirus booster shots because of variants.

“We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen,” [CEO Albert Bourla] told CNBC’s Bertha Coombs during an event with CVS Health. “A likely scenario is that there will be likely a need for a third dose, somewhere between six and 12 months and then from there, there will be an annual revaccination, but all of that needs to be confirmed. And again, the variants will play a key role.”