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Jan 17 2021 - 07:40 PM
Daily News from Around the World: 1/17/21

Welcome to the daily news. Today’s stories focus on the upcoming presidential administration, the latest vaccine news and the effect of the pandemic on national rent prices. These news headlines are courtesy of

Press-Telegram, Published in Long Beach, California

Children are the next frontier for vaccine clinical trials

Now that coronavirus vaccines have been granted approval for adult use, clinical trials are slowly beginning to test them in children younger and younger. While children are less likely to get sick, they can still spread the virus and many have succumbed to multisystem inflammatory system due to coronavirus. Researchers are hoping for full FDA approval for children to get the vaccine in the next couple years. 

The Washington Post, Published in Washington, D.C. 

Biden plans a burst of action

President-elect Biden has already outlined key goals for his first days in office. His top priorities include new legislation to alleviate the struggling due to the pandemic, a return to the Paris climate agreement and a large immigration bill to carve a path for millions to obtain citizenship. However, he faces a divided nation and a somber inauguration ceremony marked by threats of domestic terrorism.

Chicago Tribune, Published in Chicago, Illinois

Rents in Chicago fell 12% in 2020

Between December of 2019 and December of 2020, the average Chicago rent dropped 12%. Not only Chicago, but all major cities in the US saw greatly reduced housing prices with San Francisco seeing the largest decrease at nearly 27%. As many people are leaving for the suburbs or smaller cities, landlords are offering incentives for renters to re-sign their leases or to attract new tenants and prevent vacancies. 

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Star Tribune, Published in Minneapolis, Minnesota

COVID vaccines not sitting unused, state’s providers insist

After statistics were published showing the percentage of vaccines each state has already administered, officials in Minnesota are on the defensive. They say that a portion of their allotment has not yet arrived and a bulk of those not yet administered are a reserve of second doses for people who have already been injected. Regulations and plans for their distribution are rapidly changing as there is speculation that the new presidential administration might change allocations. 

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Fulton Sun, Published in Fulton, Missouri

Survey finds rural towns hesitant to get vaccine

While Missouri is still in its first phase of vaccine distribution, researchers have been surveying the general public to see what their acceptance of the coronavirus vaccine will look like. Results show that in Missouri only 58% of adults are likely to take the vaccine when it becomes available to them. On a national level, a notably stark divide in reception is between urban and rural residents. Even after controlling for factors such as age, education and party affiliation, urban residents are 9% more likely to be willing to get the vaccine.


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