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Need2Know: J&J Shelf Life, Pulse Nightclub Memorial, Consumer Prices Rise

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US President Joe Biden, right, talks with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during their meeting ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall, Britain, Thursday June 10, 2021. (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP)
Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Friday, June 11, 2021:

1. BIDEN OVERSEAS

‘SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP’: President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had their first meeting since Biden took office this year. They emphasized their wish to work together, topping it off by authorizing an updated version of the Atlantic Charter, originally signed by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and FDR in 1941. However, issues like Brexit -- which Biden opposed and Johnson championed -- as well as the future of Northern Ireland shadowed the meeting. AP
Weirdest bromance ever. 
500M DOSES: Biden also formally announced U.S. plans to purchase and distribute 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccines across the world over the next year. He called it a “responsibility, our humanitarian obligation to save as many lives as we can.” The vaccines will begin to be sent out in August. POLITICO

2. TRUMP PHOTO OP: NEW REPORT

U.S. Park Police did not clear Lafayette Park of protestors on June 1, 2020 so President Trump could cross the street to St. John’s Church, according to a U.S. Dept. of the Interior report. The agency’s inspector general did not comment on police and protestor interactions that day, but said that several agencies communicated poorly and carried out ineffective dispersal warnings -- including the use of pepper spray and tear gas. ABC NEWS

3. COVID-19 UPDATES

INDIA LATEST: India’s health ministry said it counted a record total number of daily COVID deaths earlier this week -- around 6,148 deaths in a single day. Daily cases are remaining below 100K as the nation continues to fight a brutal outbreak of the disease. CNBCJ&J SHELF LIFE: The FDA has extended expiration dates by six weeks for doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as millions were set to go to waste at the end of this month if unused. This gives states extra time to figure out how to distribute the doses, despite lagging vax numbers. Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that the vaccine has undergone several tests which show it remains stable at 4.5 months when refrigerated properly. NYTSYMPTOM IN TEENS: New data shows that a higher-than-expected number of teen boys and young men are experiencing heart inflammation after their second dose of Moderna and Pfizer mRNA shots. Most cases occur within a week of vaccination. More than half the cases reported to the vaccine reporting system MAERS were in people between 12 and 24 -- which accounts for less than 9% of total vaccinations. Some patients require hospitalization, but the CDC says most fully recover from their symptoms. REUTERS

4. PULSE NIGHTCLUB MEMORIAL

The Senate unanimously passed legislation to designate the Pulse Nightclub a national memorial, just several days before the fifth anniversary of the shooting there. The bill was introduced by Florida Senator Rick Scott -- he was governor when the shooting occurred. The bill now heads to Biden’s desk, and he’s expected to sign it into law. NBC NEWS

5. CONSUMER PRICES RISE

Inflation rose 5% in the 12 month period ending in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the biggest jump in consumer prices since August 2008. Both supply chain issues and higher demand continue to fuel a price increase across a number of sectors including automobiles, plane tickets, furniture, clothing, and even meat. CNN BUSINESS
Is the price of wine safe? Asking for a friend.

6. NEW TESLA SEDAN

Tesla is officially kicking off deliveries of its all new Model S Plaid sedan. CEO Elon Musk says the car with be "faster than a Porsche but safer than Volvo." It costs $120,000. The battery comes equipped with a range of up to 390 miles and can hit a top speed of 200 miles per hour. Also of note, the sedan features a steering yoke instead of a typical steering wheel. THE VERGE
Steering yoke?

7. KARDASHIAN KONCLUSION

It’s the end of an era: after 20 seasons and nine spinoffs, the final episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” aired on E! last night. The most famous family in the world is moving away from reality TV, and has signed a multiyear deal with Hulu. Details about their upcoming content are sparse, but they’re expected to return to your TV screen later this year. VARIETY

8. OLYMPIC RULES

As of now, this year’s summer Olympics are still set to take place in Tokyo -- with a very particular and unique set of rules in place as the world still grapples with the pandemic. Here’s a few: athletes will take daily tests and self-monitor and report their temperatures on a smartphone app; they can’t hug, high-five or shake hands, and they can’t sightsee in Japan.  NPR
Can they at least fist bump?​​​​​​​

9. SPOTTED...

… First Lady Jill Biden making a statement with her jacket -- literally. Dr. Biden wore a Zadig & Voltaire black blazer with the word “LOVE” bedazzled in metal studs across the back as she and President Biden took part in a bilateral meeting with Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie. SEE IT​​​​​​​We love the blazer. The price tag, not so much.​​​​​​​… Longtime legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin returned to TV on CNN’s “New Day” to discuss *that* scandal after an eight month suspension. Host Alisyn Camerota began by asking him, “What the hell were you thinking?” WATCH

10. LEFTOVERS: PEACOCKS RUFFLE L.A.’S FEATHERS

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to ban residents from feeding peacocks after multiple reports of the birds damaging property and shrieking in the middle of the night as they roam the streets. Some residents say they love the birds, but others complain about their behavior. CNN
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