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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) sent a letter of complaint to Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate crafts Pelosi alternative on drug prices The ticking filibuster: How to stop 'minority rights' from becoming 'minority rule' Overnight Health Care: Biden 'very confident' in Fauci amid conservative attacks | House Dems press Biden on global vaccinations | CDC director urges parents to vaccinate adolescents MORE (R-Iowa) on Thursday over not being notified of migrant children being flown into the Des Moines airport as part of an effort to reunite them with their families.

In her letter, which was also signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R), Reynolds requested a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on immigration that would address the Biden administration's failure to notify her of the incoming flight, Reuters reports.

Flights like the one Reynolds complained about in her letter have occurred multiple times in the past under both the Trump and Obama administrations, Reuters notes.

However, Pat Garrett, a spokesperson for Reynolds, claims this flight was different because it occurred at night and because a federal agency had originally denied organizing it.

Iowa Rep. Cindy AxneCindy AxneFirst Democrat announces Senate bid against Iowa's Grassley On The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July Rural Democrats urge protections from tax increases for family farms MORE (D) also joined Reynolds in complaining over the lack of information she was provided when she asked multiple federal agencies about the flights, Reuters notes.

Axne said in a statement: “I join Governor Reynolds in demanding further investigation and disclosure from HHS to determine why this flight was kept secret and why its existence was denied to both the public and to the public officials seeking to learn the whole truth."

The Iowa governor claimed that lack of notice forced law enforcement agents to investigate if the flight was “a criminal act of human trafficking or the federally-sponsored transport of vulnerable children.”

After the children landed in Des Moines, most of them were bussed to nearby airports in cities including Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit. Two were met by their sponsors at the Des Moines airport.

The travel was arranged by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Reuters reports.

“Their parents and relatives are located across the United States, and contractors use various transportation modes to unite unaccompanied children with their families," the ORR said in a statement to Reuters. "These modes include air and ground transportation options, taking into account child safety and wellness, travel time, and cost-effectiveness. This travel may consist of flights originating from various locations with stops/layovers in different airports.” 

Reynolds also claimed that President BidenJoe BidenWhite House announces major boost to global vaccine supply U.S. in talks to buy Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to send abroad: report Pentagon to consider authorizing airstrikes in Afghanistan if country falls into crisis: report MORE's “failed policies have incentivized the largest surge in illegal crossings in 20 years, including the largest monthly number of unaccompanied children in history.”

Reuters notes that Reynolds rejected a request from the federal government for Iowa to help with the migrant children, saying at the time that finding homes for them was “the president’s problem.”

However, this stands in stark contrast to her position when former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer House Republican to challenge DeWine for Ohio gubernatorial nomination GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot Overnight Defense: Austin directs classified initiatives to counter China | Biden emphasizes alliances in speech to troops | Lockdown lifted at Texas base after reported shooting MORE was in office, joining over 30 other U.S. governors who said they would accept refugees into their state.

In a statement to Reuters, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn accused Reynolds of being “only focused on dividing and distracting Iowans from her own record and using a fake crisis to further attacks on our friends and neighbors.”

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Delta variant of coronavirus starting to become prevalent in unvaccinated UK communities, Gottlieb says

Former head of the Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb said Sunday that the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is becoming prevalent in unvaccinated communities in the United Kingdom. 

During an appearance on CBS’s “Face The Nation”, Gottlieb told host John Dickerson that the delta variant, a more infectious strain of the virus that has surged in the U.S. since spring, doesn’t appear to be more dangerous than other variants of the virus, but he noted it is infecting more members of unvaccinated communities, especially children.

“It doesn't necessarily appear more pathogenic, meaning more dangerous, but it's infecting people more easily and it's starting to become very prevalent in the UK in communities that are unvaccinated,” Gottlieb told Dickerson.”So kids, for example, young people seem to be the population that's spreading it in the United Kingdom.”

The Delta variant of COVID-19 “doesn’t necessarily appear more dangerous, but it is infecting people more easily,” former FDA commissioner @ScottGottliebMD says. The variant appears to spread more widely among children in the UK. pic.twitter.com/YU7GESLkCX

— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) June 20, 2021

Dickerson also asked Gottlieb if the spread of the more infectious delta variant, which is thought to be as much as 60 percent more infectious that previous strains, might prod people who haven't received a vaccine to do so. 

"Yeah, I think that's right," Gottlieb responded, going on to compare states who have high and low vaccination rates. 

“But when you do look at those estimates, you see it varies widely between states. So Connecticut, for example, where I am, shows no upsurge of infection, but Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri show very substantial upsurges of infections,” Gottlieb said. “That's based entirely on how much population wide immunity you have based on vaccination.”

America looks to be on track to miss President BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE's goal of having 70 percent of the country vaccinated by July 4. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, 65 percent of American adults have received one vaccine shot while 45 percent are fully vaccinated.

Biden on Friday cited the danger posed by the delta variant in pleading with people to get vaccinated.

“It’s a variant that is more easily transmissible, potentially deadlier and particularly dangerous for young people, but the good news is we have the solution,” Biden said, adding that the “science and the data are clear” that vaccines are the most effective form of protection against the variant.

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