Here are the top stories for Saturday, Dec. 19th: Biden introduces his climate team; General sorry for ‘miscommunication’ over vaccine shipments; Israeli PM joins world leaders getting COVID-19 vaccine; Origins of beet-based soup Borshch causes a stir.
JULIAN STYLES: This is AP News Minute. President-elect Joe Biden has rolled out an environmental team that he hopes will steer America toward greater action to curb climate change and protect the nation’s air and water. As he introduced his choices during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, he said, we literally have no time to waste.
An Army general in charge of COVID-19 vaccines apologized Saturday for miscommunication with states on the number of early doses delivered. General Gustave Perna’s remarks came a day after a second vaccine was added in the fight against the coronavirus. Israel’s prime minister has been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The shot Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received on Saturday made him the first Israeli and among the world’s first leaders to be inoculated. Borshch is a traditional Eastern European staple, which combines potatoes, cabbage, and beets. A Ukrainian ship is hoping that, one day, the red colored soup will be recognized by UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list. Julian Styles, Associated Press with AP News Minute.