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Photo: "Washington Week"

Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for "PBS NewsHour," today was named the ninth moderator of "Washington Week" in the venerable program's 54-year history.

Why it matters: Alcindor follows in the footsteps of the show's longtime moderator and her mentor, Gwen Ifill, who became the first Black woman to anchor a national political talk show in 1999.

  • I know how much ‘Washington Week’ meant to Gwen, and how much she put her stamp on the legacy of the show,” Alcindor told the New York Times.
  • “I also feel this incredible responsibility to think deeply about taking this on and making it a show that people want to watch, that people will feel is living up to its great legacy.”

Details: Alcindor, who'll remain as PBS White House correspondent and a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, begins her new role this Friday. The program, produced by WETA, airs live on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

The big picture: Alcindor, a former New York Times correspondent, succeeds the WashPost's Robert Costa, who stepped aside to write a Trump/Biden book with Bob Woodward.

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Why it matters: Real-world evidence continues to show coronavirus vaccines are effective at keeping people from dying and out of hospitals. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been found to be 95% and 94% effective, respectively, at preventing symptomatic infections.

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Why it matters: The free rides, starting in the next two weeks, are part of the Biden administration's push to administer at least one vaccine dose to 70% of U.S. adults by Independence Day.

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The Biden administration today gave final approval to Vineyard Wind, a project off the Massachusetts coast slated to be the country's first large-scale offshore wind farm.

Why it matters: While the green light for the long-proposed project was expected, it marks a key step in White House plans to help spur development of a suite of coastal projects off New York, New Jersey and other states.