Promising early vaccine results, Trump fires secretary of defense, the Nugget couch craze
THE BIG STORY
Reasons to celebrate in the fight against COVID-19
As the number of daily coronavirus cases spikes in many countries across the globe, nations are staring down the possibility of a new complete shutdown. The US just crossed a major milestone: 10 million cases since the start of the pandemic. So these positive stories arrived to a lot of excitement:
The company is the first to report late-stage coronavirus vaccine trial results. The results, which did not include the actual data from their trial and have yet to be peer-reviewed, suggested that people who received the vaccine's two shots experienced 90% fewer cases of COVID-19 compared to those who received placebo injections.
That 90% number is quite noteworthy. It comes after months of researchers cautioning that early coronavirus vaccines may not offer a high level of protection. The FDA only requires that a vaccine needs to be at least 50% effective in preventing illness.
Eli Lilly's experimental coronavirus therapy, bamlanivimab, received an emergency use authorization for mild to moderate COVID-19. It's the same treatment that former New Jersey governor Chris Christie received. The experimental drug was authorized to treat COVID-19 in adults and children who are at high risk of becoming sick enough to require hospitalization, but not patients who are already hospitalized or receiving oxygen.
A healthcare worker at Ankara University Ibni Sina Hospital in Turkey holds a syringe of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine on Oct. 27. Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
STAYING ON TOP OF THIS
Three stories you need to know about Donald Trump
There are mere weeks left in the Donald Trump presidency, but the president has not yet conceded the election. Here's what's going on instead:
Mark Esper has been in the role since June 2019, but he reportedly caught the president's ire after he publicly contradicted Trump, telling reporters that troops should not be deployed inside the US to quell protests that had erupted over police killings of Black people.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Esper's firing seemed to signal that President Trump was "intent on using his final days in office to sow chaos." And speaking of Congress….
McConnell, the most powerful Republican in Congress, is well versed in crafting statements that do not anger Trump. But in the midst of a contested election, his speech is a sign the Republican establishment may refuse to acknowledge the reality that Trump lost the election. This pairs well with…
Citing no credible evidence of voter fraud, Attorney General Bill Barr sent a memo across the DOJ ranks, as well as to FBI Director Christopher Wray, saying "now that the voting has concluded, it is imperative that the American people can trust that our elections were conducted in such a way that the outcomes accurately reflect the will of the voters."
Fox News did the bare minimum and finally stopped showing the Trump team's latest election lies. Fox News cut away from a Trump campaign press conference about postelection litigation as White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany made false and unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud.
Ukrainians say Trump's defeat means their "nightmare" is over. Ukrainians existed in limbo for much of Trump's presidency, as their country was dragged into the crossfire of Washington political battles, including the monthslong impeachment saga.
In one group, which has 60,000 members, parents post photos of new "builds" their kids made with Nuggets, many of them owning three or more.
The daughter of design blogger Stacey-Ann Blake plays on a Nugget couch. Stacey-Ann Blake
THE STORY THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
VR furries are now running around the Four Seasons Total Landscaping
By now, you might've heard the story of Four Seasons Total Landscaping. If you haven't: it's the absolutely random Philadelphia company that has no relation to the Four Seasons Philadelphia hotel, where Rudy Giuliani addressed the press after media outlets called the race for Joe Biden.
The internet is having a lot of fun with the story….and so are furries. The company now exists in a massive virtual reality platform — complete with weathered detailing and a last-minute Trump 2020 podium. And rejoicing furries.
Set aside a few minutes to look inward and recognize what you're feeling,