‘Today we did it’: Joe Biden touts 200m vaccine shots administered – live

12.07am BST

The Department of Homeland Security Office has not had effective oversight for years, a new Government Accountability Office review found.

Analysts from the GAO told lawmakers today that the DHS Office of Inspector General, charged with overseeing the agency, has struggled with management issues and operational challenges that hindered its mission, CNN reports.

The hearing followed reports that DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari blocked investigations into the Secret Service’s involvement in last summer’s Lafayette Square incident, when peaceful protesters were cleared from the square ahead of former President Donald Trump’s walk to a neighboring church for a photo-op, as well as the agency’s handling of Covid-19.

On Tuesday, the Project On Government Oversight published a report saying that the agency’s career staff had recommended the investigations. Cuffari, only the third Senate-confirmed DHS inspector general, told lawmakers Wednesday that any suggestion that he “pulled punches” for political reasons is a “complete falsehood.”

11.55pm BST

A facility producing Johnson & Johnson vaccines was found dirty, in violation of manufacturing procedures, and with poorly trained staff, according to a report from The Food and Drug Administration released today.

Federal inspectors found peeling paint and brown residue on walls and floors at The Baltimore factory contracted to produce the J&J vaccine, and roughly 15 million doses from the facility were contaminated and had to be discarded.

As part of our regulatory processes for reviewing all manufacturing facilities, FDA recently completed an inspection of Emergent BioSolutions, a proposed manufacturing facility for the Johnson & Johnson #COVID19 Vaccine. https://t.co/Jhu4SEn1mk pic.twitter.com/1Rf77Oocp1

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