⏱The war against Covid
New census data, and Apple's new campus
Good morning everyone, and congrats on surviving Monday— you deserve an award for that!
0:05- Win the battle and the war
In an interview yesterday, Dr. Fauci told Americans that they can expect to see a “turning point” in the fight against Covid soon, saying that if the US continues its current pace of vaccinations, “...literally within a few weeks, we’re going to start to see a turning around of the dynamics.” Currently 28.5% of the population is completely vaccinated while 42.2% of the country has received at least one dose. To achieve herd immunity, the US would likely need to vaccinate between 70% and 85% of the population, which would be roughly 230M to 281M people.
0:31- A concealed case goes very public
In a monumental decision, the Supreme Court decided yesterday to review a piece of New York legislation that limits concealed carry outside of private property. This will be the most significant case regarding the second amendment since a 2010 case that extended the right to keep handguns in the home nationwide. Currently New York law requires an applicant to demonstrate “proper cause” to carry concealed weapons anywhere, which many gun proponents claim is not open enough.
0:51- A change in the congressional landscape
The first data from the 2020 Census has come in, and with it so has the data for an updated House of Representatives moving forward. In total, seven states will lose a seat: California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, while six states will gain seats: Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, and Texas (who will gain two.)
1:07- A big Apple in North Carolina
In a press release yesterday, Apple announced that it would be building a $1Bn+ campus in the North Carolina “Research Triangle.” This campus will ultimately employ more than 3,000 people in multiple fields, including software engineering and machine learning. In addition, the tech giant will also employ 5,000 people in San Diego, 3,000 people in Culver City, and 700 in Boulder, Colorado by the end of 2026.
1:25- The small things in life are actually the big things
In a study commissioned by poet Laurie Bolger, over 2k American were surveyed on their “top simple pleasures.” The most popular answer? Listening to your favorite song. If you want to check out the rest, you can do so here.
Have a great rest of your day, and we’ll see you tomorrow bright and early!
-The 90 Second News Team
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