Mackenzie Sigalos of CNBC.com brings you today’s top business news headlines. On TODAY, CNBC’s Ylan Mui reports on how lawmakers are using the infrastructure bill to invest in states repeatedly hit by the storm. Additionally, Apple revealed which states would use its digital driver’s license feature when it launched in the fall.
The federal government is doing everything in its power to protect the residents of Louisiana and Mississippi and help them recover from Hurricane Ida, President Joe Biden told the governors of those states on Monday.
“We’re here to help you get back on your feet,” Biden said during a virtual White House briefing with Louisiana Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, Republican Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and others.
The storm made landfall on Sunday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, causing power outages for 2 million people in Louisiana and Mississippi. On Monday morning, one of them had died in the storm. Edwards told MSNBC he expects that number to increase dramatically.
The massive federal response to the storm reinforces one of the pillars of Biden’s approach to the presidency: his belief that the government is uniquely equipped to help millions of people.
Apple on Wednesday announced that eight states will roll out a feature that will allow users to add a driver’s license and state ID to Apple Wallet for iPhone and Apple Watch, so they can access security at participating airports.
Arizona and Georgia are the first states to adopt the feature and Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will follow, although the company has not specified a timeline.
The news came after Apple said at its global developer conference in June that it was working on the feature with the Transportation Security Administration. The company said the update is an important step in Apple’s plan to replace the physical wallet and will provide more convenience for travelers seeking a contactless airport experience.
Apple said adding the ID to the Wallet app works the same as downloading a credit card and a transit pass. Once users have scanned the ID, they will also be prompted to perform face and head movements as an added safety measure.
After typing their mobile ID on identity readers at airports, users must approve a TSA note using Face ID or Touch ID. The company says customer data is “encrypted and protected against tampering and theft” and the ID can only be viewed by the owner.
The World Health Organization is monitoring a new variant of the coronavirus called “mu,” which the agency says has mutations that allow immunity provided by a previous COVID-19 infection or vaccination to be evaded.
Mu – also known as B1.621 by scientists – was added to the WHO’s list of “interest” variants on August 30, the International Health Organization said in its weekly report on the COVID epidemiology released Tuesday evening. .
The WHO has said that although the variant contains genetic mutations that indicate natural immunity, current vaccines or monoclonal antibody treatments may not work against it the way they do against the original parental virus. The Mu strain needs further study to confirm whether it will prove to be more infectious, more deadly, or more resistant to current vaccines and treatments.