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Here are the top stories for Friday, Feb. 19th: Biden participates in G-7 meeting, Munich Security Conference; Biden tours vaccine plant in Mich.; Texans face water crisis after deep freeze; NASA rover sends back color pictures from Mars.
NED BARKER: This is AP News Minute. President Joe Biden made his first major appearance on the global stage as president, attending a virtual meeting with G7 leaders and then recommitting to multilateral engagement in remarks to the Munich Security Conference. Biden toured a state-of-the-art coronavirus vaccine plant in Michigan, as severe weather around the US delayed shipments of about 6 million doses of the vaccine. Biden said the FDA-approved vaccines are safe, and he urged eligible Americans to get a shot when available.
The power may be coming back in Texas, but residents now have another crisis to deal with-- a shortage of safe drinking water. Bottled water is in high demand, and state authorities have ordered millions to boil their tap water.
Take a look at the first color image of Mars transmitted by NASA's Perseverance Rover. It shows a barren and dusty landscape, with more images to come as Perseverance begins its mission of looking for ancient signs of life on the Red Planet. Ned Barker, the Associated Press, with AP News Minute.