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Utility workers installing a new pipe in Oakland, California, in April 2021. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Biden administration unveiled plans Thursday to replace all lead water pipelines over the next decade.

Why it matters: The White House estimated that up to 10 million households connect to water through lead pipes and service lines and 400,000 schools and child care centers are at risk of exposure to lead in their water. Exposure can cause multiple adverse health effects, including brain and nervous system damage.

By the numbers: At least $15 billion of funding for the replacement plan comes from the bipartisan infrastructure signed into law last month.

  • The Build Back Better Act, which has yet to pass Congress, allocates at least $9 billion to lead pipe replacements. Another $5 billion in that act would go toward removing lead-based paint, lead faucets and fixtures.

What they're saying: "Millions of people in our country, many of them children, are exposed to lead every day," Vice President Kamala Harris said in a speech Thursday.

  • "In one of the most advanced nations in the world, this is happening in our country," Harris added. "As a result, today more than half of the children under the age of six are at risk of lead exposure."

The big picture: The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it will strengthen drinking water regulations to protect communities from lead exposure and encourage lead pipe replacements.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it will step up efforts to test blood lead levels in children.

Go deeper: CDC lowers threshold for lead poisoning in children

Editor's note: This story has been updated with remarks from Harris.

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MSNBC hires former Biden adviser Symone Sanders

Symone Sanders during a panel in Washington, D.C., in 2017. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

MSNBC announced Monday it hired Symone Sanders, former senior adviser and chief spokesperson to Vice President Kamala Harris, to host new programs on its cable and streaming services.

Why it matters: The media company said in a press release that the programs "will explore issues at the intersection of politics, culture and race and break down how decisions made in Washington impact electorates, industries, and communities across the country."

FDA limits use of Regeneron and Lilly COVID antibody treatments

A coldbox containing monoclonal antibody treatments at a Regeneron clinic in Pembroke Pines, Florida, in August. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The FDA said Monday it's limiting the use of two monoclonal antibody therapies as COVID-19 treatments because data indicates they're "highly unlikely" to be effective against the dominant Omicron variant.

Driving the news: The FDA revised the authorizations for Regeneron and Eli Lilly "to limit their use to only when the patient is likely to have been infected with or exposed to a variant that is susceptible to these treatments," per a statement from the agency.

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Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to actually deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.