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Eugene Kaspersky, Russian antivirus programs developer and chief executive of Russia's Kaspersky Lab, works on computers at his company's headquarters. Photo: Pavel Golovkin / AP

All federal agencies have finished scanning their networks for Kaspersky anti-virus software, a Department of Homeland Security official told Axios.

Why it matters: DHS mandated earlier this fall all agencies make plans to scan for the software and remove it within 90 days over concerns Russian intelligence was using Kaspersky as a channel to hack or monitor communications from the U.S. government. The anti-virus software was found in 15% of the agencies, per the official.

After 6 agencies missed an October deadline as part of the removal due to a lack of resources, DHS helped them out, according to Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra, per Nextgov.

What's next: On Dec. 19 the agencies are required to start removing Kaspersky.

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Biden explains justification for Syria strike in letter to Congress

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities tied to Iranian-backed militia groups in Syria was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

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FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.

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