Russia, South Korea to cooperate on production of Sputnik V COVID vaccine – The Jerusalem Post

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and South Korea’s GL Rapha have agreed to produce over 150 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine per year.

The Russian vaccine, reported to have demonstrated a 92% efficiency against the coronavirus, is to be distributed to several countries across the world including South Korea, India, Brazil, China and others. Source: Russia, South Korea to cooperate on production of Sputnik V COVID vaccine – The Jerusalem Post

Up to 23,000 New Young Voters Could Make a Difference In Georgia Runoff Race, Analysis Says

23,000 teenagers in Georgia who were too young to participate in the general election will turn 18 by the time the Senate runoff races take place on January 5, according to the youth nonprofit group, The Civics Center.

That many new voters could help determine the outcome of the two U.S. senate seats that are up for grabs, a race that will ultimately decide whether or not the Senate is controlled by Republicans or Democrats.

Source: Up to 23,000 New Young Voters Could Make a Difference In Georgia Runoff Race, Analysis Says

Mrs. James Blalock, Linda Kesler voted legally, aren’t dead | 11alive.com

 

“Mr. Blalock was a mailman for 33 years until he passed away in 2006. Fourteen years later, according to state records, he was still mailing things. James Blalock cast a ballot in last week’s election,” Tucker Carlson said in a clip and story labeled on Fox News’ website as an opinion piece. 

However, 11Alive was able to find out that James Blalock did not vote in last week’s election. Mrs. James Blalock did vote.

“He’s not voting. He didn’t vote,” Agnes Blalock told 11Alive. “It was me.”

Source: Mrs. James Blalock, Linda Kesler voted legally, aren’t dead | 11alive.com

Sweden’s herd immunity hopes dashed by second coronavirus wave – Business Insider

  • Sweden’s chief epidemiologist has admitted that the country is now experiencing a second wave of coronavirus despite predicting that the country’s no-lockdown policy would prevent another surge.
  • Tegnell had suggested that case numbers would be “quite low” in the autumn compared to other European countries which imposed lockdowns.
  • However, the latest figures show Sweden is experiencing higher levels of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths than its neighbours, relative to population size.
  • “We see community spread in many regions simultaneously right now,” Tegnell said, according to Reuters.

Source: Sweden’s herd immunity hopes dashed by second coronavirus wave – Business Insider

‘No rhyme or reason’ why Mississippi governor reversed statewide mask mandate, says Jackson mayor

  • Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said, “there doesn’t appear to be a rhyme or reason to some of the decisions to reverse the statewide mask mandates.”
  • Currently, Governor Reeves’ daughter is Covid-positive and he and his entire family are in quarantine, yet has not implemented a statewide mask mandate.
  • Coronavirus hospitalization rates reach the highest level in the state in 2.5 months.

Source: ‘No rhyme or reason’ why Mississippi governor reversed statewide mask mandate, says Jackson mayor

Texas reports 1 million coronavirus cases | The Texas Tribune

As the coronavirus pandemic continues a late-year surge in Texas, state officials have not imposed additional restrictions to curb the virus’ spread. Some local officials complain that they’re hamstrung by the governor’s executive orders, which override any city or county actions aimed at slowing COVID-19.

Source: Texas reports 1 million coronavirus cases | The Texas Tribune

The UN Human Rights Commissioner is warning that reports of mass killings in Ethiopia, would, if verified, amount to war crimes. — MUHAJER SEMAN SURAFEL

The UN Human Rights Commissioner is warning that reports of mass killings in Ethiopia, would, if verified, amount to war crimes. This comes after Amnesty International reported that scores of civilians had been killed in a town in Tigray state. Speaking in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet called for a full investigation and said those responsible must […]

The UN Human Rights Commissioner is warning that reports of mass killings in Ethiopia, would, if verified, amount to war crimes. — MUHAJER SEMAN SURAFEL

8 Months After Virus Hit, an Ominous Sign: Long Lines for Testing Again – The New York Times

New Yorkers stood for hours in long lines to be tested for the coronavirus on Friday, a disturbing indicator that shows the basic public health challenges that the country still faces many months after the pandemic first hit.

People waited for tests they needed for work or school. Some feared they might have gotten sick after flouting social distancing while celebrating after the election. Others hoped to safely visit family on Thanksgiving, which suggested that the problem might only worsen over the coming holidays. And some, dissuaded by the prospect of lingering on sidewalks for more than three hours in the rain, walked away untested.

“It’s so frustrating,” said City Councilman Mark Levine of Manhattan, who chairs the council’s Health Committee. “We keep hitting new problems in tests. We solve one and another pops up.”

The lines underscore how a second wave of the virus is threatening New York City, and come as the rest of the country confronts record numbers of new cases — more than 160,000 nationally on Thursday. Several governors have warned that they are seriously considering further restrictions in a last-ditch effort to curb the outbreak.