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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday that Facebook is building a tool to connect people to information about where and when to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The big picture: Facebook has been blamed for the spread of anti-vaccination misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Details: In a blog post, Zuckerberg said the company aims to help bring 50 million people "one step closer to getting vaccinated" by helping people "learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and find out when and where" they can get one.

  • To make this possible, Facebook has partnered with Boston Children’s Hospital to offer a tool that helps Facebook users identify places nearby to get a vaccine.
  • Zuckerberg said the company will also expand its "COVID-19 Information Center," currently on the main Facebook app, to Instagram.
  • It will also deploy official chatbots on its messaging app WhatsApp to get people registered for vaccinations with health authorities and governments.
  • Zuckerberg said Facebook will make real-time aggregate trends on "COVID-19 vaccinations, intent to get vaccinated, and reasons for hesitancy" available to public officials, like the World Health Organization, to help inform an equitable rollout of the vaccine.

Be smart: It's made more efforts in recent months to ensure more people access accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine as it become more accessible around the globe.

  • In a reversal from its previous position, Facebook said last month that it will take tougher action during the pandemic against claims that vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccination, are not effective or safe.
  • Last year, Zuckerberg said the company wouldn't target anti-vaccination posts the same way it has aggressively cracked down on COVID misinformation.

Go deeper: Facebook says it will crack down on COVID vaccine misinformation

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Police: Officer who shot Daunte Wright accidentally pulled gun instead of taser

The officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, outside Minneapolis Sunday appeared to have inadvertently pulled out her gun instead of a taser, police said.

Driving the news: "This appears to me, from what I viewed in the officer's reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright," Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters Monday.

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Scoop: U.S. and Israel to hold strategic Iran talks on Tuesday

Jake Sullivan. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty

Top national security officials from the U.S. and Israel will convene virtually on Tuesday for a second round of strategic talks on Iran, three Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: The talks come two days after an explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility that experts consider a likely act of Israeli sabotage, and one day before the U.S. resumes indirect nuclear talks in Vienna over a return to the 2015 nuclear deal — a prospect that has raised anxiety levels in Jerusalem.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

  1. Health: The warning signs of a longer pandemic — CDC director: Answer to Michigan COVID-19 surge is "to close things down."
  2. Vaccines: Former FDA chief offers reality check on vaccine passports.
  3. Economy: Jobs growth could be curbed by demands for higher wages.
  4. World: Facebook to push notifications about vaccine eligibility to 20 countries outside of the U.S. — Brits flock to pubs for first time in months as U.K. lockdown eases.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.