Important Updates: Senate Approves Coronavirus Relief Bill: Biden Receives Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine



Monday saw the occurrence of many important events: political as well as celestial. The winter solstice on Monday, December 21, the day with the longest night, brought some relief to struggling Americans as the long awaited $900 billion Corona Relief Package was finally passed late evening. On Monday, Treasury Secretary of the U.S., Steven Mnuchin said that several Americans would receive the $600 stimulus checks by next week.


Other significant developments include the following:


  1. The United States health authorities are huddled together looking for a way to deal with a new, virulent mutation of the coronavirus that has emerged this winter, in the UK. It spreads faster, at a rate of 70% above usual strains, and has caused panic worldwide. Europe has shut its borders with the UK. Asian and American countries have stopped flights to and from Britain.
  2. On Monday President-elect Joe Biden publicly received a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. On Tuesday top federal infectious diseases specialist Anthony S. Fauci and Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary will receive the first dose.
  3. Holiday travel is in full swing despite warnings of the increased spread of the virus. This has been the busiest weekend during the pandemic.
  4. Turning Point USA, a conservative student group, allegedly violated local Covid-19 restrictions this weekend; by holding two large events in Florida. They disregarded requests by authorities’ and went ahead, holding one such event at President Trump’s private club — Mar-a-Lago.
  5. The coronavirus count is now at over 18 million cases and 318,000 fatalities since February, nationwide.



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