US Presidential Election & covid-19 updates: Trump, Biden, transition, results, cases, latest news
Electoral college votes (270 needed to win)
Joe Biden: 306
Donald Trump: 232
US covid-19 cases: 13.1 million
US covid-19 deaths: 264,859 (Source: JHU)
- New stay-at-home order imposed in Los Angeles County as cases continue to rise
- Election fraud lawsuit donor sues Trump for $2.5 million after another defeat in Pennsylvania
- Pfizer’s covid-19 vaccine begins its journey to US from Belgium ahead of FDA aproval
- Final days in office could see unprecedented activity from Trump
- Furious Trump tells WH reporters: “Don’t talk to me that way, I’m the President of the United States”
- Denver mayor forced to apologise for flying for Thanksgiving, after telling people to “avoid travel”
- Biden’s Thanksgiving message: “The small act of staying home is a gift to our fellow Americans”
- Trump to utilise military to distribute the vaccine, starting ‘next week’
- Over 2,000 coronavirus deaths in US on both Tuesday and Wednesday
- Attorney Sidney Powell files typo-ridden lawsuit against election integrity in Georgia
The Biden Cabinet: President-elect begins to build a team
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has begun nominating the members of his Cabinet and White House, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the nation’s diversity.
Biden named members of his foreign policy and national security team this week, appointing experienced figures aligned with his pledge to restore the United States’ global ties and standing as a world leader.
He is expected to announce members of his economic policy team next week, led by former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary.
Serum Institute CEO sees AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine as ‘very good’ candidate
Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, sees AstraZeneca Plc’s covid-19 vaccine candidate as a ‘very good’ option, giving it a major vote of confidence after some experts raised questions around its trial data.
Serum Institute of India (SII), which has partnered with the British drugmaker to conduct trials on its COVISHIELD vaccine in India and produce the vaccine candidate if it secures approval, plans to apply for an emergency use licence for the vaccine in the next two weeks, said SII’s Chief Executive Adar Poonawalla.
“This vaccine is a very good one,” said Poonawalla, via a virtual press briefing following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to SII’s campus on Saturday.
“What we found with COVISHIELD in its global trial is there were zero hospitalisations, which means even if you do get infected you’re not going to have a severe attack and secondly even those who got the disease were not infecting others,” he said.
NFL-Team facilities to be closed in response to covid-19 surge
The NFL decided to prohibit in-person team activities on Monday and Tuesday given rising covid-19 cases around the country and because a number of players celebrated U.S. Thanksgiving with out-of-town guests.
The new measures were announced in a league-wide memo posted on the NFL’s website late on Friday, a day after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, and do not apply to the four teams scheduled to play on Monday or Tuesday.
“In response to the continuous increase in positivity rates throughout the country, as well as our understanding that a number of players and staff celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests, all in-person team activities on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1, will be prohibited,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in the memo.
Will Vitamin D help you get through this winter?
With stay at home mandates becoming more popular, as the second wave of coronavirus infections sweeps the world, will Vitamin D supplements help you stay healthy?
Melania Trump planning to write memoir
The first lady is apparently planning to write about her time in office. Curiously, the news has led to Michelle Obama trending on Twitter.
Obama wrote a book “Becoming” which was the best selling book of year 2018 within 15 days of its release.
How will US keep track of side effects from coronavirus vaccine?
Newsweek has a breakdown, and it appears they’ve thought of everything.
Britain to approve Pfizer covid-19 vaccine next week
Britain is set to approve the COVID-19 vaccine developed by BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc next week and deliveries would begin within hours of the authorisation, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.
The first immunisations using the BioNTech and Pfizer vaccine could take place from Dec. 7, the FT said, citing unnamed sources.
Republican Chair admits no evidence of voting machine mishaps in Georgia
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel was in Cobb County GOP office in Marietta, GA holding a meet & greet with Georgia Republicans ahead of January’s runoff election.
When a voter asks McDaniel about voting machines switching votes. “We haven’t seen evidence of that,” McDaniel says.
Want to know the status of court cases in Pennsylvania, Georgia & Michigan?
Donald Trump’s farcical attempts to disregard ballots across several key states continues, with precious little luck remaining, but plenty of typos.
Also, when the circus will finally be over.