It’s the start of a new week..
With the return of the NFL, this weekend finally resembled some forms of normalcy. Sports news headlined the weekend along with more coronavirus updates, election news, and other major headlines.
- Rona vs. Flu Season
- New Music Friday
- State of emergency
- Tiktok rejects Microsoft’s offer
- Israel imposes strict lockdown
- COVID-19 updates
- NFL Week 1
- Possible vaccine available in October
Let’s do a recap.
Hurricane season is upon us. After 2005’s deadly Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana is bracing for its tropical storm system this hurricane season.
This has been a record-breaking hurricane season. For only the second time in history, there are currently five active tropical storm cyclones in the Atlantic ocean. The only other time this happened was in 1971.
Hurricane Paulette, Hurricane Sally, Tropical Storm Teddy, Tropical Storm Vicky, and Tropical Depression Rene are all active systems in the Atlantic Ocean right now.
Hurricane Sally, which is set to impact Louisiana with a potential of $6billion in damages is expected to make landfall on Tuesday or Wednesday. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has already declared a state of emergency.
With flu season approaching, the U.S’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Fauci expressed concern with the current state of COVID-19 in America.
In a panel discussion with doctors at “Harvard Medical School,” Dr. Fauci urged the United States to remain cautious as the number of coronavirus cases continues to surge.
We’ve been through this before…
Don’t ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic. And don’t try and look at the rosy side of things.
He also discussed the latest developments into a coronavirus vaccine, stating that a vaccine will likely be completed by the end of 2020 or early 2021.
The NFL is back. NFL games officially resumed on Thursday with the first game kicking off between the Texans Chiefs and the Kansas City Chiefs.
In the first game of the season, the current NFL Champions took the W; Winning 34-20 Chiefs.
The game didn’t go without controversy. Fans booed as players, referees and coaches locked arms in unity. Week 1 continues with two Monday night football games.
Despite the world progressing forward, the coronavirus continues to surge across the world. COVID-19 is still an issue domestically and globally.
Less than a week after India became the second worst-hit country by the coronavirus, Israel has imposed a second nationwide lockdown. On Sunday, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu announced a three-week nationwide lockdown as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country.
Israel becomes the first country to impose a strict nationwide lockdown. The lockdown is set to begin on September 18th.
During the lockdown, all restaurants, shops, and schools will be closed and the public will not be allowed more than 500 meters from their homes.
TikTok rejects Microsoft’s offer
Months after TikTok was given a deadline to either be put for sale by September 20th or be banned by September 29th, the Chinese company ByteDance has chosen Oracle to be their “trusted technology partner” over Microsoft.
In early August, U.S company Microsoft announced they were in talks to buy Tiktok in the United States, Canada and other counties. Less than a month later. Microsoft has announced that TikTok declined their offer and instead choose Oracle.
Microsoft announced the news in a blog post.
ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft..
We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users while protecting national security interests.
Tiktok instead finalized a deal with Oracle, whose stocks have surged since the news broke. Oracle has ties to the Trump administration.
In early July, it was announced that drug pharmaceutical company Pfizer would be working alongside German drugmaker BioTech to create and deliver a vaccine for the coronavirus. In the deal with Pfizer, the United States government agreed to pay 1.9 billion dollars for the delivery of 100 million doses of their vaccine.
Due to the resurgence and effects of the virus, Pfizer has accelerated the process, but all will prove to be meaningful if the vaccine isn’t found to be safe and effective. During a recent interview with CBS “Face the Nation” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla announced that after investing more than 1.5 billion dollars, the vaccine is currently in the last stages of its trial.
Pfizer is the only company in the last stage. Two other companies are also making vaccines but paused due to safety reasons.
If the vaccine is found to be safe and effective it will be distributed in four phases.