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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that it will temporarily halt the importation of dogs from 113 countries over rabies concerns.

Why it matters: The CDC said the "temporary action is necessary to ensure the health and safety of dogs imported into the United States and to protect the public’s health against the reintroduction of canine rabies virus variant into the United States," per Reuters. The ban will take effect July 14.

Driving the news: Emily Pieracci, a veterinary medical officer at the CDC, told Reuters that throughout the pandemic, "there has been a significant increase in the number of dogs that are being imported and presenting fraudulent or falsified rabies vaccination certificates."

  • Pieracci also told Reuters that a number of dog vaccination programs around the world have been canceled because of the pandemic.

Details: Approximately 1 million dogs are imported into the U.S. annually, per Reuters. The ban, expected to last about a year, is predicted to affect about 6% of dogs that would have been imported to the U.S.

  • The 113 countries classified by the CDC as high-risk for dog rabies include Russia, China, India, Brazil, Peru, Kenya, Ecuador, Indonesia, among others.

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Aug 27, 2021 - Health

Supreme Court blocks Biden's COVID eviction ban

Activists hold a protest against evictions near City Hall on August 11, 2021 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt via Getty Images

The Supreme Court blocked President Biden's moratorium on evictions in a 6-3 ruling on Thursday.

Why it matters: Roughly 3.5 million people across the U.S. said they faced eviction in the next two months, per Census Bureau data from mid-August.

23 mins ago - World

Biden's ambassador nominee: "China is not an Olympian power"

Nick Burns testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee to serve as ambassador to China delivered a stark assessment of the challenges the U.S. faces in confronting Beijing, but stressed that the rising superpower is "not all-powerful" and the West retains "substantial" advantages.

The big picture: Nicholas Burns, a retired career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to NATO, used his confirmation hearing Wednesday to echo the growing bipartisan consensus that China poses "the greatest threat to the security of our country and the democratic world" in the 21st century.

Scoop: U.S. and Israel to form team to solve consulate dispute

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (right) meet in Washington. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel are planning to form a joint team to hold discreet negotiations on the reopening of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, Israeli officials say.

Why it matters: The consulate handled relations with the Palestinians for 25 years before being shut down by then President Donald Trump in 2019. Senior officials in Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government see the consulate issue as a political hot potato that could destabilize their unwieldy coalition.