Capitol chaos to spark Covid unfold?

With Carmen Paun, Susannah Luthi and Rachel Roubein

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— The fallout from final week’s riots on the Capitol continues, as officers fear about potential Covid-19 unfold and Blue Cross Blue Shield halts donations to some lawmakers.

— President-elect Joe Biden’s workforce is dealing with a steep problem in fulfilling its aim of 100 million Covid-19 pictures in 100 days.

— Hospitals are blaming the federal authorities for syringes that they are saying have led to waste of some Covid-19 vaccine.

WELCOME BACK TO MONDAY PULSE — And welcome to Washington this week… Bill Belichick? Amid the chaos, the New England Patriots coach is about to get the Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump this week, POLITICO’s Meridith McGraw scooped.

Perhaps somebody took Trump’s summons for “American patriots” actually, not figuratively. Tips to [email protected] and [email protected].

A COVID BREAKOUT LOOMING ON THE HILL? — That’s what many employees and lawmakers have feared, after crowding collectively for security as a pro-Trump mob stormed the hill. The Capitol’s attending doctor warned on Sunday there’s cause to fret.

“Many members of the House community were in protective isolation in [a] room located in a large committee hearing space,” doctor Brian Monahan mentioned in an announcement. “During this time, people might have been uncovered to a different occupant with coronavirus an infection.”

— A possible inciting incident: Punchbowl News on Friday obtained video of maskless Republican lawmakers — together with Reps.

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