CORONAVIRUS: Cases are still skyrocketing around the world. The US saw its fifth day in a row where cases topped 100,000, with that number expected to hold or even rise as the pandemic worsens and flu season gets going. The UK, France, Japan, and Russia are also seeing a big spike in cases. Worldwide, more than 50 million coronavirus cases have been recorded. Not a typo. Intro even more restrictions and partial lockdowns. In some good news: Pfizer’s early data shows that its coronavirus vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing the disease. If that number is accurate, it’d put the level of protection on par with things like the measles vaccine. Very very good, BTW.
WORLD: Bolivia’s going through a transfer of power. Quick refresher: Bolivia’s had kind of a rocky past couple years. In 2019, the country headed to the polls...and was met with reports of “clear manipulation” and “irregularities.” That sparked deadly protests, which caused the prez to flee the country and quit. So a couple weeks ago, Bolivia said ‘round two’ and held a new presidential election. The winner: Bolivia’s socialist leftwing party. Now, it looks like leftwing Luis Arce is officially prez. In other news, Turkey’s finance minister is saying ‘I’m out.’ Hint: the country’s been going through some economic problems lately, with the currency dropping and the economy collapsing. Stay tuned.
PEOPLE: Yesterday, legendary game show host Alex Trebek passed away at the age of 80, about a year and a half after revealing he had stage-four pancreatic cancer. You knew Trebek as the longtime host of ‘Jeopardy!’ who continued working until just ten days before he died. His death marked the latest public figure to pass away after a battle with pancreatic cancer, following John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. People all over the country mourned the loss of Trebek following news of his death.