Today there are several updates on the coronavirus vaccine. Britain has approved its first vaccine for immediate use, an experimental treatment is being used in the US and the government is preparing for imminent vaccine distribution here in the States. Also, the United Nations warns countries not to forget the climate crisis and many are petitioning President Elect Biden to quickly stop border wall construction. As always, these headlines are courtesy of Newseum.org.
Journal Star, Published in Peoria, Illinois
COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies, the experimental treatment given to President Trump have been granted Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA and distributed to select hospitals. Data shows that when the antibodies are given in early stages of infection the progression of the disease is less severe. Currently, only patients identified as high risk are receiving the treatment.
The Commercial Appeal, Published in Memphis, Tennessee
Today, the Vice President is visiting Memphis, headquarters of FedEx to discuss the logistics of the coronavirus vaccine distribution. The FDA is scheduled to review Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines for approval in the next few weeks. FedEx is likely to be the main transporter of the vaccines which require cold storage to distribution sites.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Published in Corpus Christi, Texas
The executive committee of Texas Democrats are expected this weeked to adopt a resolution and subsequently send it to the national party for approval. The resolution will ask incoming president Biden to commit to stopping construction of the border wall between the US and Mexico. Other activist groups and coalitions are also petitioning the president-elect to prioritize reversing Trump’s construction plans in his first days in office.
Wisconsin State Journal, Published in Madison, Wisconsin
The United Nations Secretary General gave a speech yesterday laying out the radical damage being done to the planet and offering a three part plan to ameliorate current problems. He described the focus for change on attaining carbon neutrality, limited global warming and helping the world adapt and prepare for the future.
Casper Star-Tribune, Published in Casper, Wyoming
Britain finally approved its first coronavirus vaccine yesterday, the one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. The first shipment of nearly one million inoculations will arrive from Belgium this week and immediately start being given to the elderly and healthcare workers. The US, Canada and the EU are also close to approving the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, as well as one by Moderna and one by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.
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