5 things to know Friday


U.S. on track to reach COVID-19 vaccine milestone

The Biden administration on Friday is expected to mark 100 million coronavirus shots administered in the country. That’s weeks ahead of President Joe Biden’s goal of achieving the milestone within 100 days of his term. “Next week, I’ll announce our next goal to put shots in arms,” Biden said in announcing the news on Thursday. He had directed states to make doses available to all adults no later than May 1, a deadline that many states say they have no trouble meeting. 

Biden, Harris to meet with Asian American leaders in Atlanta

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with Asian American leaders in Atlanta on Friday in response to fears after a gunman’s shooting rampage killed eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, at three spas in the area. Zheng Yu Huang, president of the Chinese American leadership group Committee of 100, praised the Biden administration for starting to address the concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. “But there is a huge amount of work that needs to be done around education, training, funding and community outreach at the federal, state and local levels to put an end to the anti-Asian xenophobia and hate,” Huang said. The trip to Atlanta was arranged prior to the shootings for the president to tout benefits of his recently approved $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. That political piece of the trip now has been postponed, the White House said, “given the tragedy in Georgia.” 

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