Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said her agency was working on new guidance for the states, but that it was not yet time to lift mask mandates across the nation.
Nancy Pelosi of California, the speaker of the House, said she would agree to a ban on the ownership and trading of individual stocks by members of Congress if the ban also applied to members of the judicial branch.
Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, said it was 'not the job' of the Republican National Committee to censure Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, and called the attack on Jan. 6 a 'violent insurrection.'
Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, said that the United States was seeking to fight Russia's disinformation campaign by exposing the country's plot to create a fake video depicting a Ukrainian attack.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that fully vaccinated international travelers can enter Australia starting Feb. 21, nearly two years after the country closed its borders to almost all noncitizens.
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