“Covid-19 pandemic: Tracking the global coronavirus outbreak” – BBC / Source: John’s Hopkins University / National Health Agencies

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Drug company Moderna will submit its coronavirus vaccine for approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Monday. The data is expected to show that the vaccine is 94.1% effective against COVID-19 and 100% effective at preventing severe forms of the disease. Following behind, AstraZeneca announced positive results on trials, however will need to provide more transparency on their findings in order to prove efficacy. 

Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the nation following the Thanksgiving holiday. The number of hospitalizations for coronavirus also set another record over the weekend, including in California . 

Congress is reconvening on Monday under pressure from both President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden to agree on a second coronavirus stimulus measure. Democrats continue to lobby for a comprehensive package including unemployment relief, while Republicans favor a smaller bill focused on helping businesses.

The IRS has now acknowledged that $1,200 stimulus checks were mistakenly sent overseas to some non-Americans. The organization admitted to the mistake after many non-Americans who received stimulus money said they did not file U.S. tax returns, although critics say the risk that it could happen again remains.

Coronavirus shifted shoppers to e-commerce on Black Friday amid surging cases. About half as many people visited stores on Black Friday as they did last year, according to research firms. While in-store shopping was at a low, online orders saw a 22% increase from the previous year.

Britain is looking to start COVID-19 vaccinations in some hospitals in a matter of days with Moderna’s vaccine, with 2 million more doses secured. At the same time, a major study revealed that Coronavirus infections in England have fallen by about a third over lockdown. The country will allow shops to stay open for 24 hours over Christmas, temporarily lifting the current lockdown restrictions. 

SiO2 Materials Science, Corning, and other specialty glass manufacturing companies are ramping up production to meet the coming demand for vials, which are crucial to manufacturing and distributing the varying coronavirus vaccines.

NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC

Despite Pandemic Shutdowns, Cancer Doesn’t Take a Break – New York Times – 11/30/2020
The hazard of delayed screenings is greatest for people with known risk factors for cancer: a family or personal history of the disease, a previous abnormal Pap smear, prior findings of polyps in the colon or rectum, or, in the case of breast and certain other cancers, having genetic mutations that seriously increase cancer risk.

2020 feels like dark fiction. Here’s how science can inspire a better future – World Economic Forum – 11/30/2020
Coronavirus is just one of many challenges from these changes that has accelerated through wildlife trafficking, climate change, and environmental degradation. In the next few decades, we risk seeing the massive gains in human health, wealth, and security reversed by our degradation debts. 

Wall Street wonders how bad the economy has to get for Congress to act – Axios – 11/30/2020
What’s going on: While you were readying for turkey, a parade of data revealed a potentially troubling combination of rising layoffs, falling income and plummeting consumer confidence. But pick your economic narrative: Millions are suffering, but economic conditions haven’t completely buckled from the backdrop of an outbreak that’s worse than ever before. The data are nowhere as bad as they were when the pandemic first hit.

Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval – AP NEWS – 11/30/2020
The drug companies are to have safeguards and brand-protection features in place to help avoid fraud, but that may not be available until the second generation of vaccine because everything is operated on such an emergency basis, said Karen Gardner, chief marketing officer at SIPCA North America, a company that works as a bridge between the government, businesses and consumers.

One person in the room with you has COVID-19. Here’s how long it takes to get infected – Fast Company – 11/30/2020
To prove the point, let’s make that dining room bigger. In fact, let’s stretch it into a 180,000-square-foot Walmart. And let’s fill it with 1,000 people who are good about wearing their coarse cotton masks. The only other variable I’m changing is that the air is probably a bit drier than in your home. In these conditions, the tool says people should be safe for 68 minutes—if only one person has COVID-19.

WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING

ComputerWeekly @ComputerWeekly 30 Nov How retailers are using tech to cope with changing footfall – customer behaviour was shifting long before the coronavirus pandemic accelerated the #onlineshopping boom, so what technology are retailers using to keep stores relevant?

Enterprise Ireland @Entirl 30 Nov Global tech giant @lenovo will develop a product line with Irish company @Kastus’ antiviral and antimicrobial surface coating technology built-in, which is effective against human coronavirus #IrishAdvantage

Patrick Hickey, MD @pwhickey 30 Nov Turn it on, please.A covid-fighting tool is buried in your phone. Turn it on.

Dazed @Dazed 30 Nov The game has acted as a platform for politicians, streamers, and activists to get together, talk politics, and raise money for those most affected by the pandemic.

Reuters Institute @risj_oxford 30 Nov “Business models have been forced to adapt, changing forms of delivery, adding more online material, and in some cases adding new ways of advertising.” @londoninsider talks to news orgs worldwide on how they’ve adapted to new working patterns / news habits

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