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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) reiterated her call for her state to receive additional COVID-19 vaccine doses amidst a surge in cases, she told Sunday's "Face the Nation."

Why it matters: Whitmer's previous pleas for more vaccine doses have been turned down by the Biden administration, which maintains that doses are allocated according to each state's adult population, not by surges, per the Detroit Free Press. Whitmer said the surge was driven by variants and pandemic fatigue.

  • Whitmer also refuted criticism that Michigan was not distributing all of the doses in its possession.
  • "I don't think there's a governor in the country that's leaving any vaccines on the table. And I can tell you that's certainly the case in Michigan," Whitmer said. "We are getting shots in arms. We got over a million shots in arms just in the last two weeks."

Whitmer praised the Biden administration's vaccine strategy but noted that it might need to consider some changes.

  • "[B]y and large, they're doing a great job. I would submit, though, that in an undertaking of this magnitude, with such consequence, it's important to recognize where there might need to be some adjustments along the way."
  • "We are seeing a surge in Michigan despite the fact that we have some of the strongest policies in place, mask mandates, capacity limits, working from home...despite all of that, we are seeing a surge because of these variants. And that's precisely why we're really encouraging them to think about surging vaccines into the state of Michigan."

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China's COVID vaccines have low efficacy rates, official says

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The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention's director said Saturday authorities are considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines because the country's domestically made doses "don't have very high protection rates," per AP.

Why it matters: The remarks by the Gao Fu at a news conference in the southwestern city of Chengdumark mark the first time a Chinese health official has spoken publicly about the low efficacy of vaccines made in China.

Lawmakers reach deal on bipartisan commission to investigate Jan. 6

Speaker Pelosi outside the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House negotiators have reached an agreement on the parameters of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the "facts and circumstances" surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the House Homeland Security Committee announced Friday.

Why it matters: The formation of a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission had been delayed for months, after some Republicans insisted that the scope of the investigation be expanded to include violence by far-left protesters last summer.

Elise Stefanik elected No. 3 House Republican after Liz Cheney ouster

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) on May 12. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

House Republicans voted 134-46 in a secret ballot Friday to appoint Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) as the chair of the GOP conference, replacing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

Why it matters: Stefanik's appointment underscores how important loyalty to former President Trump remains to the Republican Party.