Dec 12: First trucks carrying Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are on the road. Pro-Trump protests in Washington D.C. turn violent.
Dec 13: Washington, D.C., police say that they are investigating vandalism that targeted two historic Black churches during Saturday clashes between supporters of Trump and counterprotesters.
Dec 14: The Electoral College meets to formally choose Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. Electors will cast their ballots in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, then send the results to Washington, D.C. Right-winged protestors gather.
Paradoxically, today is also a moment of great hope, as nurses and other healthcare workers received the first Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccines across the US. Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York was among the first recipients, which was fitting given how hard hit this borough was back in March. Around 9:20am (ET), Dr. Michelle Chester, the corporate director of employee health services vaccinated Sandra Lindsay, an ICU nurse there. The fact that it was two African American women taking place in this historic moment only made the moment more potent. “I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time,” Lindsay said.
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Joe Hanson, “Inside the Lab That Invented the COVID-19 Vaccine,” It’s Okay to be Smart, PBS, December 8, 2020, https://youtu.be/-92HQA0GcI8
Tom Costello, “First Covid Vaccine Given In U.S. As Distribution Begins,” NBC Nightly News, December 14, 2020, https://youtu.be/lNYnIc94kdM
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BREAKING: President-elect Joe Biden wins Electoral College vote, cementing his victory over Trump https://t.co/AzJkSSjHE6 pic.twitter.com/JsbdSGMkYn— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) December 14, 2020
HISTORIC AND UNPARALLELED – PA, GA, MI, WI, AZ, NV, and NM all had GOP electors cast votes for @realDonaldTrump. That preserves @POTUS’ right to remedy fraud with his own electors.— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) December 14, 2020
Per @CNN, Michigan GOP Congressman Paul Mitchell has left the Republican Party over its refusal to accept the result of the election.— Malachi Barrett (@PolarBarrett) December 14, 2020
Earlier today the U.S. crossed the horrific landmark of 300,000 dead from COVID-19.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 14, 2020
Again: 4% of the world's population, 20% of the world's COVID deaths, per official numbers.
It didn't have to be this bad.
Boston health care workers dancing on the sidewalk to celebrate the arrival of the first covid-19 vaccine. pic.twitter.com/7Aw61484xR— Anaridis Rodriguez (@Anaridis) December 14, 2020
‘I just think it’s sad. Why do you need to ‘get something’ for helping your constituents?’ — @AOC got real about what’s holding up COVID-19 relief while cooking dinner in an Instagram Live pic.twitter.com/e581eicPsL— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 12, 2020
Demon Sperm Doctors Group That Met With Pence Is Now Pushing COVID Vaccine Fearshttps://t.co/qdD6au1kyP— Adam Rawnsley (@arawnsley) December 15, 2020
OK just to recap here:— ProPublica (@propublica) December 13, 2020
Some of the people who solicited donations for this privately-funded border wall have been indicted. (That includes Steve Bannon)
The wall itself is going to fail, a new engineering report says. https://t.co/zoX2xQsbRX