- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, and Bulgaria all announced restrictions on U.K. travel, in an effort to block a new strain of coronavirus discovered in London and Southern England. Even though, the new variant is less lethal for now.
- The first shipments of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine left a distribution center Sunday.
- British health officials have warned that people with a history of “significant” allergic reactions to vaccines, medicine, or food should not be given Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel recommended on Sunday that people 75 and older and certain front-line essential workers be next in line for COVID-19 vaccines.
- Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” the nation’s top doctor Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that a person’s immigration status should not serve as a barrier between them and a COVID-19 vaccine. Indeed, “No one should be denied a shot in the arm due to their documentation status,” said Adams.
- The Department of Justice plans to announce criminal charges against a suspect in the 1988 Lockerbie, Scotland bombing on Monday.
- President Donald Trump’s campaign had filed a new petition with the Supreme Court to overturn the election.
- More than 1.3 million Georgians have already voted in the Senate runoffs.
- A petition to oust California Gov. Gavin Newsom has more than half the signatures(844,000) needed to trigger a special election. According to, Orrin Heatlie, who is leading the Recall Gavin 2020 campaign.
- Congress reached a deal on nearly $900 billion in Covid-19 relief. Actually, the bill includes a new round of direct payments and help for jobless Americans, families, and businesses. Also, Congress is set to vote on the stimulus deal this Monday.
- Apple supply chain workers in Asia protest over unpaid wages.
- China and the EU will strike a trade deal on Monday. Indeed, the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment offers safeguards to EU companies offshoring production to China. Also, it will make it easier for EU investors to buy Chinese companies, and vice-versa.
- Tesla’s S&P 500 inclusion to be completed on Monday. Tesla’s entry is the largest ever for the stock index.
- U.S. airlines would receive $15 billion in federal aid to pay their workers under the coronavirus relief deal.
- The new coronavirus bill key highlights:
- Federal jobless benefits of $300 per week for 11 weeks, through March 14, 2021.
- $248 billion for Paycheck Protection Program loans for small businesses.
- $600 checks for individual taxpayers earning under $75,000 per year and their child dependents.
- $25 billion in rental relief and nationwide eviction moratorium through January 31, 2021.
- $13 billion in increased SNAP funding.
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