CORONAVIRUS: The US is now seeing more than 70,000 new infections every day. The country is also recording over 1,000 deaths per day, with about one in four of those deaths coming from rural counties. In fact, most of the country’s worst outbreaks at the moment come from counties with populations of less than 50,000, where there’s more likely to be a shortage of critical healthcare resources. On that note: the pandemic is causing “unacceptable” shortages in US drug supplies. See: about 67 out of 156 critical acute drugs are in short supply right now. In more drug news, remdesivir just became the first coronavirus treatment to snag FDA approval. And meanwhile, ex-New Jersey governor Chris Christie just wrote an op-ed titled “I Should Have Worn a Mask” after he spent a week in the ICU due to the virus.
ELECTION: Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Amy Coney Barrett to a vote before the entire Senate. The committee’s Dem members totally boycotted the vote, but it didn’t matter. Now, it looks like Barrett could be confirmed as soon as Monday - just eight days before the election. Speaking of which, it just came out that Russian hackers targeted state and local govs...and stole data. So far, there’s no evidence the hackers impacted any vote tallies or voter registration deets, but officials say they believe Russia is planning to interfere with the election in its final days or immediately after. And on that note: a ransomware attack hit election infrastructure in Hall County, Georgia. Stay tuned.
WORLD: Poland’s making some...big moves. And not everyone is happy about them. Case in point: the country’s highest court just ruled that abortions due to fetal defects are unconstitutional. Big deal, since about 98 percent of the abortions taking place in Poland fall into that category. Meaning the country now has a near-total ban on abortion. More specifically, you can only get an abortion in Poland in cases of rape, incest, or if your life is in danger. Intro protests. Meanwhile, Libya’s warring factions just signed an agreement on a permanent ceasefire after five days of talks in Geneva. You read that right. The United Nations brokered the deal. The ceasefire means displaced people and refugees will finally be able to return to their homes.