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Vaccines for COVID-19 must follow recognized safety standards [video]

An unsafe vaccine could do more harm than good in the fight against COVID-19. Responsible governments observe strict standards.
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U.S. continues to lead global COVID-19 response

The U.S. government has given over $20.5 billion in COVID-19 aid to countries around the world. Learn more about the funding here.
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America’s most prestigious awards

Find out how the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom were established and who may receive them.
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Meet the U.S. scientist who invented the N95 mask filter

Peter Tsai created the material for N95 masks in the early 1990s. Never did he expect his invention would save millions of lives during a pandemic.
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China’s Houston consulate a center of malign activity

The United States closed the Chinese consulate in Houston because it was part of an aggressive campaign of spying and intellectual property theft.
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The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

See the many ways that the U.S. government, businesses and private citizens are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
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A huge step forward for women voters turns 100 [video]

The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920. Learn how this was the first step to ensuring all women could vote in the U.S.
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On V-J Day: Memories from veterans who were there

In remembrance of Victory over Japan Day, which effectively ended World War II, read reflections from three American veterans who served in that war.
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The consequences of ending the arms embargo against Iran [video]

The United Nations arms embargo on Iran expires in October. Learn about the possible consequences for the region and the world if it is not extended.