Trump’s habit of tearing up papers could leave a ‘hole’ in history as White House records may never be complete, worried experts say

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President Donald Trump holds piece of paper saying its his deal with Mexico as he speaks with reporters at the White House, in Washington, DC, on June 11, 2019.

  • Several historians are voicing concern about collecting Trump’s White House records because of the administration’s bad track record of preserving documents.
  • The president is also known to have a tendency of ripping up documents before throwing them away, previously forcing aides to spend hours taping documents back together.
  • The transfer of documents to the National Archives and Records — which by law has to be completed on January 20 — has already been delayed because of Trump’s long-lasting refusal to concede.
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Historians are growing increasingly concerned about collecting Trump’s White House records because of the administration’s inconsistency with preserving documents and the president’s long-standing habit of ripping up papers, the Associated Press (AP) reported Saturday.

With three days left in office, Trump is expected to handover documents from his administration as is customary for any departing president.

However, according to several reports, this process will be made painstakingly more difficult as Trump’s White House has had a notoriously bad record of preserving documents.

Richard Immerman at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations told AP that “not only has record-keeping not been a priority, but we have multiple examples of it seeking to conceal or destroy that record.”

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The president himself is also known for ripping up documents before throwing them in the trash or on the floor – a habit first reported on by Politico in 2018.

Trump’s excessive paper-ripping has forced aides to spend hours taping documents back together before sending them to the National Archives to be properly filed away.

White House records workers and historians now fear they will have to do the same, with one person telling news website Fortune that they are “petrified” by the task they are facing. 

“The inattention of this administration to legal requirements [about preserving records] is unprecedented. I’m pessimistic we’ll get many documents,” said Richard Immerman, a Temple University professor and author of several presidential biographies, according to Fortune.

On top of this, the transfer of documents to the National Archives and Records – which by law has to be completed on January 20 – has already been delayed.

This is because, following the 2020 election, Trump refused to concede for many weeks, which prevented records staffers from transferring electronic and paper records to the National Archives in time.

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Boxes are stacked on West Executive Avenue before being loaded onto a truck at the White House on January 14.

Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House’s residing administration must preserve all memos, letters, emails, and papers that the president touches.

The law states that a president himself cannot destroy these records until he seeks the national archivist’s advice and notifies Congress.

Last month, multiple historian groups sued the White House over fears that the Trump Administration will improperly maintain records.

“I believe we will find that there’s going to be a huge hole in the historical record of this president because I think there’s probably been serious noncompliance of the Presidential Records Act,” said Anne Weismann, one of the lawyers representing the groups, according to AP.

“I don’t think President Trump cares about his record and what it says. I think he probably cares, though, about what it might say about his criminal culpability,” Weismann added.

The Biden administration will be able to request to see Trump’s records. However, the public must wait five years before they are able to access them through freedom of information requests. 

Collecting a president’s trail of paper and electronic records is important because it can help the new president to create new policies and prevent mistakes from being repeated. 

“Presidential records tell our nation’s story from a unique perspective and are essential to an incoming administration in making informed decisions,” Lee White, director of the National Coalition for History, told AP. “They are equally vital to historians.”

When Former President Barack Obama left the White House, he left about 30 million pages of paper documents and some 250 terabytes of electronic records, including the equivalent of about 1.5 billion pages of emails, AP reported.

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The EU could throw out its landmark trade deal with China over concerns about Beijing’s human rights record

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Chinese President Xi Jinping.

  • A leading member of the European Parliament has raised significant concerns about the EU’s landmark investment deal with China over its alleged human rights abuses and fears that it could harm relations with the new Biden administration.
  • The EU-China investment deal aims to liberalize trade between Beijing and Brussels and was struck in the last days of December after last-minute concessions from Chinese premier Xi Jinping.
  • But there is mounting concern in the European Parliament, which still needs to approve the deal, about the deal given China’s human rights record on issues including alleged forced labor camps and a crackdown in Hong Kong which began last year.
  • “To lay such a Christmas present under Xi Jinping’s Christmas tree after the year that we’ve had with China, that is quite a stretch,” said Reinhard Bütikofer, chair of the European Parliament’s China delegation, in an interview with Insider this week.
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A leading member of the European Parliament has raised significant concerns about the EU’s landmark investment deal with China over its alleged human rights abuses and fears that it could harm relations with the new Biden administration.

The EU-China investment deal aims to liberalize trade between Beijing and Brussels and was struck in the last days of December after last-minute concessions from Chinese premier Xi Jinping.

But there is mounting concern in the European Parliament, which still needs to approve the deal, about it given China’s human rights record, alleged forced labor camps and a crackdown in Hong Kong, which began last year.

“To lay such a Christmas present under Xi Jinping’s Christmas tree after the year that we’ve had with China, that is quite a stretch,” said Reinhard Bütikofer, chair of the European Parliament’s China delegation, in an interview with Insider this week.

The full text of the so-called Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) is still to be published, but there is already mounting criticism about the content of the deal.

Bütikofer said the European Parliament’s demands for the deal to contain a clause binding China to international agreements on modern slavery given were ignored. Instead, the deal only contains a non-binding commitment by China “to make continues and sustained efforts” to ratify the International Labour Organisation’s Conventions on forced labour.

“We demanded practical steps and guarantees and the deal is just full of hot air,” Bütikofer said.

Those concerns were echoed in a letter sent by a group of MEPs to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen this week, which was reported by The Diplomat magazine.

The appeal, which dozens of civil rights groups also signed, said the CAI “sends a signal that the European Union will push for closer cooperation” with China “regardless of the scale and severity of human rights abuses carried out by the Chinese Communist Party.”

Those concerns focus particularly on the Xianjing region of in northwest China, where the UN says the government has detained over one million Uighur Muslims, with some of them used for the purposes of forced labor. China rejects the allegations.

Another concern is about the impact the deal could have on transatlantic relations. The deal was agreed just weeks before President-elect Joe Biden is due to be inaugurated, leading critics of the deal to suggest it was wrapped up just before the new administration – which has pledged to take a tough line on China – had time to object.

Biden’s national security adviser has already expressed concern about the trade agreement. It remains to be seen just how much pressure Washington will seek to exert on Brussels over the deal.

“Doing this deal just a few days before President-elect Biden comes into office is very unfortunate,” Bütikofer said.

“It seems as if the European Union saw more need to demonstrate to the United States that we can be strategically autonomous than we see a need to signal to Beijing that we want to cooperate more actively and more coherently with the United States. I think that’s a highly questionable priority,” he said.

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James Murdoch, son of Fox News mogul Rupert Murdoch, said news outlets that promoted ‘lies’ are to blame for US Capitol riot

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James Murdoch attends a Keynote during MIPCOM at the Palais des Festivals on October 13, 2014 in Cannes, France.

  • James Murdoch, son of Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch, had attacked news outlets “that propagate lies” for their role in unleashing “insidious and uncontrollable forces that will be with us for years.”
  • “Those outlets that propagate lies to their audience have unleashed insidious and uncontrollable forces that will be with us for years,” the youngest Murdoch told the Financial Times on Friday.
  • Murdoch’s broke from the family empire last year after reports surfaced that he and his wife Kathryn, were frustrated with some of the News Corp coverage on climate change.
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James Murdoch, the youngest son of Rupert Murdoch, has publicly attacked “media property owners” and news outlets for their role in promoting false election claims that helped lead to the deadly riots in the US Capitol last week. 

In an interview with the Financial Times published on Friday, Murdoch said that the Capitol siege, which resulted in five deaths, is “proof positive that what we thought was dangerous is indeed very, very much so.” 

“Those outlets that propagate lies to their audience have unleashed insidious and uncontrollable forces that will be with us for years,” the youngest Murdoch said, according to the FT. “I hope that those people who didn’t think it was that dangerous now understand, and that they stop.”

Murdoch did not mention any news outlets specifically, although Fox News – the company owned by his father and eldest brother, Lachlan – has previously been criticized for peddling baseless claims of voter fraud following the 2020 election, which was first made by President Trump.

His comments are the strongest rebuke of the industry since he decided to break from the family media empire last year.

Murdoch announced his resignation from the board of directors of News Corp in July. The multinational media company owns several US newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.

In a statement at the time, Murdoch said he chose to leave “due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.”

According to several news reports, James and his wife Kathryn were frustrated “with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage” on climate change as wildfires ripped through most of Australia last year.

The youngest Murdoch son has since turned his attention to his foundation called Quadrivium, which according to its website, aims to promote initiatives related to democracy, voter participation, and climate change among others.

In a separate statement that was published after the FT interview, Murdoch and his wife wrote: “Spreading disinformation – whether about the election, public health or climate change – has real-world consequences.”

“Many media property owners have as much responsibility for this as the elected officials who know the truth but choose instead to propagate lies. We hope the awful scenes we have all been seeing will finally convince those enablers to repudiate the toxic politics they have promoted once and forever,” they added, according to CNN Business.

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Georgia prosecutor seriously considering a criminal investigation into Trump’s election interference, report says

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President Donald J. Trump stops to talk to reporters as he walks to board Marine One and depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Fulton County’s district attorney is seriously considering launching a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump, according to The New York Times.
  • This follows calls by a watchdog group and Democratic lawmakers to have Trump investigated for interfering in the 2020 election.
  • The only Democrat on Georgia’s state election board is demanding that an inquiry launch be announced before February 10, reported The Washington Post.
  • The inquiry would mainly focus on Trump’s phone call with Brad Raffensperger, in which he asked the secretary of state to ‘find’ 11,780 votes.
  • Trump, who is reported to be considering pardoning himself, would not be protected from a state prosecution.
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Prosecutors in Georgia are moving closer to opening a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump, according to The New York Times.

Fulton County’s new district attorney, Fani Willis, is seriously considering whether to launch an official inquiry into Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 Election, the paper reported.

Willis has also deliberated over whether to hire a special assistant to oversee the inquiry, sources told the Times.

The calls for Trump to be investigated have come from watchdog groups and Democratic lawmakers.

Read more: Trump’s incitement of the deadly US Capitol riot adds to an already massive tsunami of legal peril he’s facing upon leaving the White House. Here’s what awaits him.

Earlier this month, the sole Democrat on Georgia’s state election board, David Worley, called on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to look into Trump’s controversial hour-long phone call, according to The Washington Post.

Worley referred to a Georgia state code that makes it illegal to solicit someone into committing election fraud, the paper reported. Violating § 21-2-604 is punishable by up to three years in jail.

In Trump’s call, obtained by the Post, the president urged Raffensperger to ‘find’ 11,780 votes to secure a win over President-elect Joe Biden. This request was rebuffed.

Since Worley’s request, Raffensperger has noted a potential conflict of interest in him investigating the conversation. He told ABC News that Fulton County would be a more “appropriate venue” to conduct a criminal investigation.

Worley has since warned that if Fulton County’s district attorney doesn’t announce an inquiry into the phone call by the date of the state election board’s next meeting, then he would make a motion to refer it to her office, according to The New York Times.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place on February 10, 2021.

If the motion does not result in an official referral, Worley told the paper that he would contact Willis himself and urge her to launch an investigation.

Some legal experts believe that Trump’s phone call might have broken both state and federal law, according to Slate.

Read more: Secret Service protection would follow Trump if he goes to prison, former agents say.

It has been reported that Trump is considering pardoning himself before leaving office – but these efforts might not fully protect him.

Federal pardons do not apply to state prosecutions. Trump, therefore, risks being charged with offenses that go beyond his pardoning power.

Trump is already facing criminal investigations brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Both of these cases also go beyond the reach of a presidential pardon.

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A man who says he threw away a hard drive loaded with 7,500 bitcoin in 2013 is offering his council $70 million to dig it up from the city dump

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James Howells mined bitcoin for four years.

  • James Howells from Newport, Wales, has offered his city council a 25% cut of his 7,500 bitcoins if it allows him to excavate the landfill where he threw it away in 2013.
  • Howells’ bitcoin is now worth around $275 million as bitcoin is trading around $37,000 at the time of writing.
  • However, Newport City Council told CNN in a statement that it was not allowed to excavate the site, warning of a “huge environmental impact on the surrounding area,” “without any guarantee of either finding [the hard drive] or it still being in working order.”
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In 2013, British IT worker James Howells accidentally threw away a hard drive with a digital wallet containing 7,500 little known and virtually worthless Bitcoin.

Fast forward, and at the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading at around $37,000, and his store would be worth in the region of $275 million.

Now, the Newport, Wales, local has offered his city council a vast sum of money if it allows him to excavate a landfill site where he believes the hard drive has been disposed of.

Howells told CNN: “I offered to donate 25% or £52.5 million ($71.7 million) to the city of Newport in order to distribute to all local residents who live in Newport should I find and recover the Bitcoins.

“This would work out to approx £175 ($239) per person for the entire city (316,000 population). Unfortunately, they refused the offer and won’t even have a face to face discussion with me on the matter.”

Scenes from the landfill in Newport, Wales, where Howells' hard drive is located.
Scenes from the landfill in Newport, Wales, where Howells’ hard drive is located.

Howells had mined the Bitcoin over the course of four years when cryptocurrencies were still in their infancy and worth very little. Howells threw the hard drive away between June and August 2013, believing he’d already backed up the files he needed from it.

He first realized his mistake, he told BBC News, when the price of Bitcoin spiked from $150 to $1,000, and his wallet was worth around $6 million in 2013.

After visiting the landfill, Howells told the BBC he thought he had “no chance” of retrieving his hard drive. However, he now has a new plan to find it.

Howells told CNN Friday: “The plan would be to dig a specific area of the landfill based on a grid reference system and recover the hard drive whilst adhering to all safety and environmental standards.

“The drive would then be presented to data recovery specialists who can rebuild the drive from scratch with new parts and attempt to recover the tiny piece of data that I need in order to access the Bitcoins.”

“The value of the hard drive is over £200m (around $273 million), and I’m happy to share a portion of that with the people of Newport should I be given the opportunity to search for it. Approximately 50% would be for investors who put up the capital to fund the project, and I would be left with the remaining 25%,” he added.

However, in a statement to CNN, a Newport City Council spokeswoman said it was not allowed to excavate the site.

She said: “The council has told Mr Howells on a number of occasions that excavation is not possible under our licensing permit and excavation itself would have a huge environmental impact on the surrounding area.

“The cost of digging up the landfill, storing and treating the waste could run into millions of pounds – without any guarantee of either finding it or it still being in working order.”

Howells is, at least, not alone in his misfortuneThe New York Times reported on Tuesday that Bitcoins in lost wallets account for around 20% of the existing 18.5 million Bitcoin – worth a total of $140 billion.

Wallet Recovery Services, a firm that helps recover lost digital keys, told the Times that it received 70 requests a day from users trying to access their digital wallets – a number that is three times higher than it was a month ago.

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Meet the social media detectives who are trawling through a sea of online footage to help identify the US Capitol insurrectionists

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A pro-Trump protester takes a photo of other protesters who climbed a media platform after breaking through barriers onto the grounds of the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Thousands of people on social media have taken it upon themselves to help authorities identify some of the Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol last week.
  • Using publicly available photos, videos, social media accounts, several analysts and civilians have been successfully verifying some of the rioters.
  • Their work has led to multiple arrests and has also prompted some companies to fire their employees.
  • FBI Assistant Director Steven M. D’Antuono said this week that the agency received more than 100,000 pieces of digital media.
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As hundreds of angry Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol last week, Dylan Reeves immediately went to work.

The New Zealand-based film producer logged onto social media, searching for any clues, video, and photographic evidence to determine what exactly had happened and who the violent insurrectionists were. 

“Watching the situation unfold in the US was incredible,” Reeves told Insider. “I’d seen talk of invading the Capitol and interrupting the certification, but I don’t think I could have imagined it would be as effective as it turned out to be.”

Reeves said that while he is no expert – and only had minimal experience with open-source investigations – he was eager to help identify some of the protesters because he always “enjoyed solving puzzles.”

“I was following many of the Twitter threads from early on. It was immediately clear that lots of photos and videos would exist, but how many would become public and how useful they’d be remained to be seen,” he added.

The task at hand was a lot more complicated: Almost every minute from almost every angle at the Capitol siege was captured and posted to social media.

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The event, which resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer, was recorded not only by journalists and news stations worldwide but also by the rioters themselves, who used right-wing social media channels to live-stream their actions.

But the collective effort of thousands of eagle-eyed people on the internet, which has been playing out in real-time in the days that followed the insurrection, has produced some incredible results.

In a press conference earlier this week, the FBI director, Steven M. D’Antuono, said the agency received more than 100,000 pieces of digital media and had opened 170 cases against rioters.

Some of those who directly participated in the Capitol attack have been fired from their jobs after being identified and outed on the internet.

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“QAnon Shaman” Jacob Anthony Chansley (center), pictured in the US Capitiol on January 6, 2021,
faces charges including disorderly conduct and violent entry.

“The success being had on social media, especially as more video becomes available, is really impressive,” said Reeves.

But the film producer-turned social media detective maintains that the work he has done compared to others is minimal and that there are much bigger players in the game.

These include investigative organizations like Bellingcat and Intelligence X, both of which have already created extensive spreadsheets and databases collecting and archiving footage of the event in chronological order (many videos and social media accounts were quickly deleted in the days that followed the siege.) 

Intelligence X has already collected more than 1,3000 files totaling 83GB, while Bellingcat’s spreadsheet has more than 100 examples of streams or videos. 

Eliot Higgins, the founder of Bellingcat, told WIRED that his team of journalists and investigators plan to build up a timeline of what happened around the Capitol using the footage to see if they can find new evidence from the riots. 

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Another person who has taken the lead in the civilian investigations is John Scott-Railton, a senior researcher at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab (OSINT), who has successfully identified several key figures from the attempted insurrection.

One of these was decorated US Air Force veteran, Larry Rendall Brock, Jr., who was photographed in the Senate chamber dressed in full combat gear and carrying zip-tie handcuffs.

Scott-Railton, who declined to be interviewed for this article, has been using Twitter to appeal to thousands of his followers, trawling through footage, breaking down everything from the types of clothing worn, items held, and badges that were worn. 

The analyst doesn’t post names publicly and has previously said he will only provide details of potential suspects to the FBI when he is absolutely sure he’s verified a person.

Another OSINT analyst Rae Baker broke down the process behind identifying and verifying rioters from pictures and videos online. 

“When verifying a person based on a photo or video, I look for identifying marks such as tattoos and birthmarks,” Baker said. 

Read more: Twitter warns of more DC violence around January 20th as President-elect Biden expresses confidence his inauguration will be safe

“Additionally, I look for things they may be wearing, such as a work ID or clothing with specific logos that might also be identifiable in photos from their social media. The key is to verify via several different sources before identifying someone in a situation that might endanger them,” she added.

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Retired Air Force officer Larry Rendall Brock, Jr., wearing a combat helmet, in the Senate chamber in the US Capitol, in Washington DC on January 6, 2021.

Other social media detectives have kept a lower profile but have still helped the efforts nonetheless. One Instagram account, called @homegrownterrorists, has been particularly active, accumulating more than 333,000 followers.

The person behind the account described themselves as a “civilian” declined to speak to Insider. On Friday, they told their followers they had received a significant number of death threats from Trump supporters. 

“This has been rough. I’m exhausted and on edge/paranoid – which is not me”, the person wrote on Instagram, according to screenshots seen by Insider. “There are turbulent times ahead. But I’m staying hopeful that the sun will set on all of this in 2021. People (like me and you) are fed up. We won’t tolerate this anymore.”

Online abuse as a form of retaliation is not uncommon.

“Researchers run the risk of being identified by the very communities they are trying to gather information on. This can involve researchers being targeted online through intimidation, or worse, being targeted offline in some way,” Freya Lewis, a spokesperson for Janes Intelligence Unit, told Insider.

Reeves, who has since taken a step back from identifying people, agrees that the job can be overwhelming, especially as question marks remain around possible violence at the upcoming inauguration.

“This sort of thing is often fun, but it can also be stressful and traumatic. In some cases, people are watching violent videos over and over again, looking intensely at details,” said Reeves. “That can have an impact.”

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Twitter launched a @SecondGentleman account for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ husband

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Douglas Emhoff and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Twitter has added @SecondGentleman to its roster of official political handles as the husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris prepares to become the first male second spouse in US history. 

President-elect Joe Biden touted the move Friday, in a tweet announcing his own takeover of the @POTUS handle on January 20 and advising people to follow his transition team, incoming First Lady Jill Biden, Harris, and Harris’ husband Douglas Emhoff.  

Twitter maintains a series of government-affiliated accounts attached to public office, rather than the individual – such as @POTUS and @FLOTUS for the president and first lady.

Emhoff, a lawyer, has not yet tweeted or followed anyone from the @SecondGentleman account at the time of writing but has attracted almost a quarter of a million followers.

He has more than 700,000 followers on his personal account, @DouglasEmhoff

Harris will make US history on inauguration when she becomes the first Black, Indian-American, and female Vice President in the country

As Harris is married to a man, her appointment brings another historic first – the reworking of the traditional titles of “First Lady” and “Second Lady” used for the wives of presidents and vice-presidents, respectively. The creation of @SecondGentleman reflects that. 

Emhoff will also be the first Jewish person married to a US president or vice president, according to The Times of Israel

The @POTUS handle has been in President Donald Trump’s name for his term’s duration, although he generally preferred to use his personal handle @realDonaldTrump.

Twitter permanently suspended that account after the Capitol riots, before which he encouraged protesters to march on the building.

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Which country has vaccinated the most people against COVID-19?

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Which country has done the most coronavirus vaccine jabs?

  • The race to vaccinate the world against the coronavirus has begun with more than 40 countries administering a jab.
  • The vaccination data illustrates that rich and middle-income countries have secured almost all the available vaccine supply to date.
  • A small number of countries have made a strong start. However, there is still a long way to go until the world is effectively protected against Covid-19.
  • Read on for the full list of countries administering vaccine jabs and how many they have administered so far.
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The global effort to vaccinate people against COVID-19 began in early December. Since then, more than 40 countries have started administering coronavirus jabs among their populations.

Israel is leading the world in terms of its vaccination rate, with nearly 20 people in every hundred having received a dose, according to data compiled by Our World In Data, a research website affiliated with Oxford University. 

That figure is significantly higher than any other country in the world, an effort which has been attributed to the country’s digitized healthcare system and the government’s early success in purchasing enough doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to cover the whole population.

The United Arab Emirates has achieved the second-highest vaccination rate at 8.98 per 100 people, while Bahrain comes third at 4.25.

The United Kingdom, which became the first country to administer a coronavirus vaccine on December 8, had administered 1.91 jabs per 100 people by January 3, while the United States had administered 1.79 doses by January 7.

Meanwhile, France, which was criticized after administering just 516 jabs in the first 6 days after it rolled out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, still lags behind other European countries in its vaccination efforts, with a vaccination rate of 0.07 per 100 people.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government has been wary of making it appear that the vaccine is being forced on the people because polls have indicated that it is one of the most vaccine-skeptical in the world. An Ipsos poll conducted in December indicated that only 40% of France’s population wanted to take the vaccine.

Statistics compiled by Our World in Data from official sources listed above. Data updated on January 7.

Our World in Data recorded the number of people who have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The most widely used vaccine candidates, including the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna jabs, require two doses administered over a period of weeks.

The vaccination data illustrates that rich and middle-income countries have secured almost all the available vaccine supply to date.

India plans to launch its vaccine rollout on January 16. John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an article for Nature that vaccinations in Africa are not likely to begin until mid-2021

COVAX, an initiative to promote the equitable distribution of COVID-19 jabs among rich and developing countries, said this week that it had secured $6 billion to finance the purchase and distribution of vaccines to 92 developing countries that do not have the resources to buy vaccines themselves, Reuters reported.

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Forbes editor issues warning to companies intending to hire Trump officials: ‘We’ll assume everything you talk about is a lie’

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  • The editor of Forbes — Randall Lane — has warned companies that choose to hire officials from President Donald Trump’s administration that they will be heavily scrutinized, he wrote in an article.
  • Lane wrote that, following Wednesday’s attempted coup, there should be a “truth reckoning.”
  • The editor said that, as part of that reckoning, there would be “repercussions” for those who have lied on behalf of Trump.
  • Lane name-called Trump’s former press secretaries and said that companies that employ them could be viewed as a “potential funnel of disinformation” by the magazine.
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In the wake of Wednesday’s attempted coup, Forbes – the American business magazine – has issued a warning to companies hoping to hire former officials from President Donald Trump’s administration.

Businesses that choose to hire Trump administration alumni will, the editor said, be held to account.

“Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie,” the magazine’s editor Randall Lane wrote.  “We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet,” Lane added.

In the article titled ‘A Truth Reckoning: Why We’re Holding Those Who Lied For Trump Accountable,’ Lane reflected on the lies that spurred rioters to ransack the US Capitol building.

The easiest way for American democracy to recover from the insurrection, he wrote, is to “create repercussions for those who don’t follow the civic norms.”

In the Forbes article, Lane name-called Trump’s press secretaries and a former senior counselor to the president – Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephanie Grisham, Kayleigh McEnany, and Kellyanne Conway – and referred to the group as “Trump’s fellow fabulists.”

This ultimatum follows the news that some White House staff are worried about securing their next job, according to Politico.

Administration officials told the media outlet that they fear Wednesday’s events will damage their reputations, finances, and future careers.

Lower-level Trump staffers are also “trying to save face for future employment,” a source told Politico.

In recent days, several high-profile Trump officials have resigned to distance themselves from the president.

On Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned as did Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

On Wednesday, Melania Trump’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews, and Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger all resigned.

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Despite having intimate knowledge of the pain and death caused by the coronavirus, a surprising number of US healthcare workers are refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine

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A dentist receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Anaheim on January 8, 2020.

  • A large number of healthcare workers in US nursing homes and hospitals are refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. As much as 80% are turning down a shot in some institutions, according to AP.
  • In a number of states, officials have raised the alarm about the low take-up rate of vaccines among healthcare workers.
  • Vaccine skepticism is higher than average among those working in a healthcare setting. Three in ten say they are hesitant to get vaccinated, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study.
  • Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has had to warn frontline staff that if they want a vaccine any time soon, they must act now.
  • In recent days, the US has broken records for both the highest daily rise in new COVID-19 cases and for the highest daily death toll.
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In American nursing homes and hospitals, a surprising number of healthcare workers are refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

As many as 80% of staff are turning down a vaccine in some institutions, according to AP. This is due to unfounded fears about the side-effects of these life-saving shots, AP reported.

The two vaccines administered in the US have been FDA approved, meaning that the benefits outweigh any potential risks. Additionally, neither vaccine has raised any major safety concerns in large-scale clinical trials.

Nonetheless, skepticism exists among healthcare workers and the American public at large.

Dr. Joseph Varon, a critical care doctor from Houston, has said that more than half of the nurses in his unit are objecting to getting inoculated for political reasons. “Most of the reasons why most of my people don’t want to get the vaccine are politically motivated,” Varon told NPR.

In Portland, Oregon, Dr. Stephen Noble, a cardiothoracic surgeon told AP: “I don’t think anyone wants to be a guinea pig. At the end of the day, as a man of science, I just want to see what the data show. And give me the full data.”

About a quarter (27%) of the American public is hesitant to get a vaccine, according to a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. This rises to 29% of those who work in a health care setting, the study shows.

In Ohio, 60% of the state’s nursing home workers have decided against a vaccine, the governor said.

Gov. Mike DeWine has announced that he hopes to instill a “sense of urgency” in his state’s healthcare workers by offering a stark warning. He has told frontline staff they could miss out on getting a vaccine any time soon if they don’t act now, according to The Columbus Dispatch

“Our message today is the train may not be coming back for a while,” DeWine said at a press conference.

In other states, there is also concern about the low take-up rates of vaccines by frontline workers.

In North Carolina, public health officials revealed that more than half of those working in nursing homes have so far refused to get a shot, according to AP.

A significant proportion of nursing staff in West Virginia is also refusing to get vaccinated. About 45% have said no to a COVID-19 jab, AP reported.

Martin Wright, who leads the West Virginia Health Care Association, blamed fast-spreading misinformation about vaccines: “It’s a race against social media,” he said.

Between 20 and 40% of frontline workers in Los Angeles have also refused a COVID-19 shot, public health officials the Los Angeles Times. In neighboring Riverside County, the paper says this rises to 50%.

In a bid to increase the vaccination rates among healthcare workers a number of administrators have resorted to offering raffle tickets and free breakfasts at Waffle House in exchange for a jab, AP reported.

So far, according to the Bloomberg vaccine tracker, the US has administered over seven million vaccine doses. 

The need to successfully roll out the vaccine has never been more apparent. In recent days, the US has broken records for both the highest daily rise in new COVID-19 cases and for the highest daily death toll.

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Daily new cases of COVID-19 in the United States

On Friday, there were a record-breaking 307,579 new daily cases, according to Worldometer.

On Thursday, Worldometer shows that 4,245 people died from coronavirus-related complications,

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