Monday, December 21, 2020 – 21:32
The US Congress approves a package of financial aid to alleviate the crisis
The United States begins a large-scale operation to inject Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine from Monday
Experts from the US Drug Agency approve Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine
In a strange year like none the injection in the arm of a president-elect became a live televised show by various chains in the United States. A month after taking office, Joe Biden has received the Covid-19 vaccine in an effort to raise awareness among the American population about the need to protect themselves and amid the most aggressive scourge of the pandemic in various parts of the country. The good news emerged on Sunday from Congress with the approval of the economic stimulus package to alleviate the effects of the health crisis on the world’s leading economy.
This time it will be $ 900 billion (about 738 billion euros) that will help extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans and send checks directly to families worth $ 600 for each adult and each child. If the Senate and Congress finalize the agreement and President Donald Trump signs his signature in the next few days, each family of four will receive $ 2,400, all a balm in the middle of a desperate situation for millions of unemployed.
According to a report published by Columbia University in New York, some 4.8 million Americans are in danger of falling below the poverty level – less than $ 28,000 a year for a family of four – if they are not met. an agreement in Washington. If the measure is signed, as planned, be the second largest aid package in US history after the two trillion dollars approved by both houses in March.
The injection into the economy could not come at a better time. The notable increase in coronavirus cases in various parts of the country has further slowed financial activity. On Sunday there were 189,099 new cases and 1,509 deaths, according to John Hopkins University. In states like California, Oklahoma, Arkansas or Tennessee the curve is clearly upward.
The hopes of ending this health crisis go through the vaccine, not only that of Pfizer and Biontech, approved as an emergency since last week, but that of Moderna, which received the green light from the Federal Drug Agency (FDA, for its acronym in English) this weekend. They were scheduled to begin arriving in various states of the country yesterday.
The president-elect is already on the list of those vaccinated along with other politicians such as Vice President Mike Pence, Congressional Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell. “I don’t want to skip the line, but I want to make sure that we show the American people that the vaccine is safe,” Biden said. Both Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband are expected to get the first of two shots of the vaccine next week. The one who has preferred to wait is Trump.
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