Free beer is the latest White House-backed incentive for Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki previewed some of President Joe Biden’s plans for a “month of action” on Wednesday to get more shots into arms before the July 4 holiday.
Biden is set to update the nation the vaccination roll-out and his plans to get 70 percent of adults partially vaccinated by Independence Day. That’s key to his goal of returning the nation to a pre-pandemic sense of normalcy this summer.
The latest vaccine incentive, provided by Anheuser-Busch, builds on others such as cash giveaways and sports tickets to keep up the pace of Americans getting shots.
To date 62.8 percent of the adult U.S. population have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 133.6 million are full vaccinated. The rate of new vaccinations has slowed again to an average below 600,000 per day.
Psaki also told reporters the issue of ransomware was going to be addressed at an upcoming meeting with Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We’re not taking any options off the table in terms of how we may respond,” Psaki said. “We’re in direct touch with the Russians as well to convey our concerns about these reports,” that the groups responsible for the attacks are based in Russia.
The world’s largest meat processing company has resumed most production after a weekend cyberattack, but experts say the vulnerabilities exposed by this attack and others are far from resolved.
JBS notified the U.S. federal government the ransom demand came from the ransomware gang REvil, which is believed to operate in Russia, according to a person familiar with the situation who is not authorized to discuss it publicly.
JBS hasn’t discussed the ransom demand in its public statements. Phone and email messages seeking comment were left with the company Wednesday.
The attack was the second in a month on critical U.S. infrastructure. Earlier in May, hackers shut down operation of the Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. fuel pipeline, for nearly a week. The closure sparked long lines and panic buying at gas stations across the Southeast. Colonial Pipeline confirmed it paid $4.4 million to the hackers.
USDA has spoken to several major meat processors in the U.S. to alert them to the situation, and the White House is assessing any potential impact on the nation’s meat supply.