With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, December 14 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health;

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Coming up in the newscast, the FDA approves COVID-19 vaccine for Americans, Norman Horne finally relents in PNP Senate seat battle and Belize member of parliament dies from COVID-19.

Now for the news in the detail

On Friday, the U.S. gave the final go-ahead to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine. The drug from pharmaceutical company Pfizer will be distributed to health workers and nursing home residents after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized an emergency rollout. The FDA is also considering a second vaccine, made by Moderna Inc., that could roll out in another week. If emergency use of Moderna’s vaccine also is authorized, the U.S. expects to vaccinate 20 million people by the end of December. The approval of Pfizer’s vaccine sets off what will be the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history. In Florida, nearly 200,000 residents are expected to be vaccinated within the next few weeks.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, former Treasurer of the People’s National Party, Norman Horne, who was engulfed in a senate battle, has resigned from the post. Horne submitted his resignation to Governor General Sir Patrick Allen on Friday. His resignation came one day after it was revealed that Horne was a U.S. citizen, and was therefore ineligible to take the seat he had been appointed to by former PNP President, Dr. Peter Phillips. Horne had faced pressure from some party members, including current PNP president Mark Golding, who wanted Peter Bunting to take his place in the senate. Horne will now face the party’s disciplinary committee meanwhile Bunting has taken his seat as an Opposition Senator.

And in Belize,

A member of parliament in the country, David Vega, has died after contracting COVID-19. He was 47-years-old. Vega, the MP for the Corozal Bay area, died on Friday morning, at a private facility where he was being treated. He was a member of the People’s United Party (PUP) who won the general election on November 11. Prime Minister of Belize, John Briceño extended condolences to Vega’s family, the people of Corozal Bay and to the nation. He said that Vega will be given a state funeral and all national flags will be flown at half-mast over the entire country until the date of his funeral. Prime Minister Briceño had also recently tested positive for COVID-19.

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