With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, December 21 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.
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Coming up in the newscast, America approves second COVID-19 vaccine, Jamaica’s tourism minister wants workers to get vaccinated and Bermuda gets its first Black and female governor.
Now for the news in the detail
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a second COVID-19 vaccine. The drug developed by Moderna Inc was authorized for an emergency rollout on Friday. The shots are to be distributed to healthcare workers and residents of long-term care homes, starting today. The plan per federal officials is to send out 8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week. The goal is to have 20 million people vaccinated by both Pfizer and Moderna by the end of December. In Florida, over 350,000 doses are expected and will serve more than 170 hospitals statewide, including smaller hospitals in South Florida. Health officials say there won’t be enough vaccines to be distributed among the general population until spring.
Now for Caribbean News,
In Jamaica, tourism minister Ed Bartlett is making the case for the island’s tourism workers to be vaccinated early. Bartlett said that if tourism workers are among the first to get the shot, it will lead to a fast and full recovery of Jamaica’s leading service industry. The ministry of health and wellness previously stated that in 2021, some 16% of the island’s population will get the vaccine. However, the distribution would only be for healthcare workers and other frontline professionals including security forces. For the other members of the population, the safety protocols will have to be adhered to until the vaccine becomes available for the entire island.
And in Bermuda,
History has been made in this British Overseas Territory. Last week, Rena Lalgie was sworn-in as the country’s new governor. She is the first Black person and the first woman to hold the title in the country’s 400-year history. She was sworn in at Government House in a closed event, as she had to quarantine with her family after arriving on the island. Lalgie, a British civil servant, previously served as a director at Her Majesty’s Treasury Office in the United Kingdom.
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