5 Things To Know In America Now: December 8th, 2020

Coronavirus

  1. The UK has started administering the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, to its citizens effectively becoming the first country to roll out a clinically approved vaccine.
  2. President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order on Tuesday that would prioritize Americans’ access to COVID-19 vaccines before the United States helps other countries,
  3. The White House is pushing back on a New York Times report that it had the opportunity to buy far more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this summer but declined, meaning Pfizer might not be able to provide more than the initial deal to The United States until June.
  4. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine forecast about 539,000 deaths from the virus in the U.S. by April 1, even with an expected vaccine rollout.
  5. The United States surpassed 15 million Covid-19 cases Monday
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Politics

  1. The House and Senate will vote this week to keep the government open until December 18, giving negotiators an extra week to strike a deal on a massive government spending package and pandemic relief.
  2. President Trump is considering a made-for-TV grand finale: a White House departure on Marine One and final Air Force One flight to Florida for a political rally opposite Joe Biden’s inauguration, sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.
  3.  President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to be defense secretary. Austin, 67, a retired four-star general and former head of U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, would be the first African American to lead the Defense Department.
  4. Authorities in Florida on Monday raided the home of Rebekah Jones, a former state official who has said she was ousted this year for refusing to censor the state’s coronavirus data.
  5. Health officials and experts are still baffled by a mysterious illness that has leftover 500 people hospitalized and one person dead in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Symptoms ranging from nausea and anxiety to loss of consciousness convulsing
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Business

  • Uber is selling off its autonomous vehicles development arm to self-driving vehicle technology company Aurora. Aurora acquires the employees and technology behind Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group in a stock transaction.
  • Documents released by The U.S.The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday confirmed that Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was strongly protective against COVID-19.
  • Shares of Tesla Inc. dropped Tuesday after the electric vehicle market leader filed for the sale of up to $5 billion worth of stock.
  • Under the law, an employer can force an employee to get vaccinated, and if they don’t take it, fire them. According to Dorit Reiss, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law, Private businesses have pretty extensive rights. “Requiring a vaccine is a health and safety work rule, and employers can do that,” said Reiss
  • As much as $70.5 billion worth of holiday purchases this year are expected to be returned to companies by consumers, commercial real estate services firm CBRE forecast Monday.

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