5 things to know today: New COVID vaccine, Biden impeachment inquiry

A new COVID-19 vaccine, a formal impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Joe Biden, and the Liberal party caucus retreat kicks off.

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

1. New COVID-19 vaccine: Health Canada has given its stamp of approval to Moderna’s Spikevax XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccine, which will soon be available for all Canadians over the age of six months.

2. Biden impeachment inquiry: U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has directed a House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Joe Biden over his family’s business dealings.

3. Liberal caucus retreat: The federal Liberal caucus retreat has kicked off in London, Ont., with MPs voicing the need to act on housing and better communicate the party’s policies. 

4. North Korea-Russia meeting: Kim Jong Un vowed “unconditional support” for Russia’s “just fight” during a summit with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

5. iPhone concerns: A French watchdog agency has ordered Apple to withdraw the iPhone 12 from the French market, saying it emits levels of electromagnetic radiation that are too high.

One more thing …

How deepfake videos lean on familiar faces, like news anchors and celebrities, to target victims

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