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Biden leads with a jab as Congress passes aid bill | First Thing

Joe Biden promises the coronavirus vaccine is ‘nothing to worry about’ as he receives his first dose live on TV, while Congress passes $900bn aid package. Plus, LA hospitals draw up plans to ration care

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Congress has passed a $900bn coronavirus aid package, after months of gridlock in Washington and both parties working yesterday long into the night. The package includes a temporary jobless benefit, $600 direct stimulus payment to most Americans and subsidies for businesses, as well as funds for schools, healthcare providers and renters. At a whopping 5,593 pages, it is probably the longest bill in US history.

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