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5 Things You Should Know For Nov 17th: Coronavirus, Congress, Economy, Uganda, Philippines

By AJ Willingham, CNN

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1. Coronavirus

The FDA is considering extending the emergency  -proval for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to booster vaccinations for all adults. A CDC advisory panel will meet on Friday to discuss the same thing. However, some states are not waiting for official  -provals to start the process. Arkansas, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and West Virginia have expanded eligibility for Covid-19 booster vaccinations to anyone 18 and older every six months after their second dose. The Biden government also plans to purchase 10 million doses of Pfizer’s experimental Covid-19 antiviral pill. Pfizer has shown that the pill known as Paxlovid significantly reduces hospital stays and deaths from Covid-19. It’s not yet FDA  -proved, but the drug manufacturer says it will  -ply for  -proval soon. Pfizer also signed a license agreement that allows wider global access to the pill.

2nd Congress

The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on whether to censure Republican MP Paul Gosar and dismiss him from the committee after he posted an anime video on his Twitter and Instagram accounts showing how he is the Democratic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez kills MP and attacks President Biden. A censorship decision is the toughest sentence in the House of Representatives and has not been issued since 2010. So far, Gosar’s Republican colleagues have usually shrugged off the matter. It is in stark contrast to the punishments that some in the GOP are leveling against their own party members for crimes of rank. MP Liz Cheney was recently rejected by her own state for failing to support former President Trump’s false claims on electoral fraud, and some House Republicans still want to punish the 13 GOP members who supported the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill .

3. Economy

Historic inflation in the US is driving gold prices higher and strengthening the US dollar, and investors and business leaders do not expect consumer prices to fall anytime soon. Gold is a popular method for investors to protect against the long-term effects of inflation. Meanwhile, the solid development of the US dollar shows that markets are more confident about US growth compared to other economies such as Europe, where rising Covid-19 case numbers are causing some large nations to consider new restrictions. In the UK, inflation rates are the highest in a decade, which could lead the UK to become the first major economy to hike rates since the pandemic began. Back in the US, the Treasury Secretary now estimates that the government will run out of money on December 15th, not December 3rd as previously forecast.

4. Uganda

The Islamic State has committed itself to two separate attacks, in which three people were killed and 36 injured in the Ugandan c -ital Kampala yesterday. (Note: In yesterday’s newsletter we incorrectly identified who died in explosions. A police officer and two civilians were killed, the police said.) The attacks were carried out in the signature of the Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamist rebel group that cooperated with IS the police said. An ISIS-affiliated news agency detailed the actions of three ISIS fighters who it said were responsible for the suicide bombings. At least 81 suspects have been arrested, said Uganda’s president. This is not the first time ISIS has attacked the country recently. Islamic State reportedly took responsibility for another explosion in Kampala last month, killing one person and injuring several others.

5. Philippines

The Philippines are preparing for a presidential election next year to replace Rodrigo Duterte, who is stepping down after a single six-year term under the country’s constitution. The race has resulted in high political drama that culminated in the announcement that Sara Duterte-Carpio, the eldest daughter of the President, would be Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr’s runner-up in a 1986 uprising. The Philippines will become President and Vice President elected separately, but this alliance is a boon to both campaigns and could strengthen two powerful political dynasties. Experts say Marcos is preferred to win now that the popular Duterte-Carpio is not going to face him. Also in the mix: former boxing champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao, who says that if he is elected he would investigate members of Duterte’s government for corruption.


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