Your Daily Roundup for November 18th
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Good morning. As the COVID-19 pandemic takes a toll on life in America, our team at Future Majority is tracking the latest updates:
Pfizer’s vaccine under development is deemed safe and 95% effective:
Pfizer, who released early clinical trial data that showed the vaccine was 95% effective, today said that its vaccine is safe and had no serious side effects after the first set of complete results from a large late-stage clinical trial. The results are very promising: the vaccine is able to prevent mild and severe forms of the virus and was 94% effective in more vulnerable older adults. Pfizer said it would seek emergency authorization for the vaccine within the next few days from the FDA.
COVID-19 has again reached the Capitol:
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced he tested positive for COVID-19. At 87, he is the oldest member of the Senate and third in line for the presidency. Sen. Grassley became the second member this week to announce he had the virus, after Representative Don Young (R-AK), who is also 87, shared that he had been hospitalized with COVID-19 over the weekend. Other members announced that they would quarantine due to possible exposure. This week’s latest developments mark the latest outbreak in the Capitol, in which over 80 members of Congress have either contracted the virus or come into contact with a known infectious agent, leading to necessary quarantine.
As President Trump focuses on election conspiracies, states are deploying responses to the virus:
President Trump has made few public appearances since the November 3rd election as he and top allies continue to espouse conspiracy theories surrounding the security of the election that he lost to President-elect Joe Biden. As the virus surges in record numbers, the current occupant of the White House has left any national strategy by the wayside, leaving governors around the country to implement a response to slow the spread in their states. On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH) announced a three-week curfew for the state, while Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) said that his administration would roll back its reopening. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) reversed course and put in place a mask mandate.
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