⏱The best plan is... no plan?
Vaccine struggles, and Brexit is finally over
Hey there everyone! We hope your hangover wasn’t too bad yesterday, but we’ll keep today’s news light in case it was.
0:05- The plan? There is no plan
The vaccine rollout is currently not going according to plan at all. When the shots were originally granted approval, the goal was to vaccinate 20M people by the end of 2020, but as of yesterday, only 2.8M shots had been administered. This large difference is largely due to lack of communication between the various levels of the government, with each state having the ability to decide which groups are eligible for the vaccine first. This confusion has actually led to some shots expiring on the shelf as they wait for eligible groups who have no idea how to sign up to receive them.
0:33- Press F to pay respects
After years of dominating online gaming, and websites around the world, Flash is officially dead. Adobe’s 24 year-old software has already been replaced in most instances by HTML5, but will continue to live on in the internet archive. If you’ve ever played Bloons Tower Defense, or played Farmville on Facebook, you realize just how groundbreaking this technology originally was.
0:50- We’re on a break... permanently
After years of debate, Brexit is officially over as the U.K. left the EU yesterday. This move comes after a historic free-trade agreement was signed with the leaders of the EU. Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party (who opposes the deal), said, “It’s imperfect, it’s thin... But we have only one day before the end of the transition period and it is the only deal that we have.” However, the House of Commons voted heavily in favor of approving it with a 521-73 vote as desperation set in.
1:14- There’s a first time for everything
Yesterday, Congress overrode President Trump’s veto of the defense policy bill, marking the first time it’s been done in his presidency. Although the Senate is controlled by Republicans, the vote was 81-13 in the Senate, and 322-87 in the HOR, with both totals far over the majority needed to override. This bill contains a 3% pay raise for US Troops, and marks the 60th straight year that a National Defense Authorization Act has been passed.
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-The 90 Second News Team
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