Category Archives: Around the World

“Gründlichkeit geht vor Geschwindigkeit”

Deutsche Welle: Corona-Impfungen in der EU voraussichtlich ab Januar. “Die EU startet die Überprüfung der Impfstoffe von Biontech-Pfizer und Moderna. Die bedingte Zulassung wird wohl Ende Dezember bis Mitte Januar angekündigt, Impfungen könnten in Europa nach Neujahr beginnen.”

“Die Anträge des deutsch-amerikanischen Unternehmens Biontech-Pfizer und des US-Herstellers Moderna auf Zulassung der ersten zwei COVID-19-Impfstoffe in der Europäischen Union sind jetzt bei der Europäischen Arzneimittel-Agentur (EMA) in Amsterdam eingegangen. Über den in Deutschland entwickelten Impfstoff soll voraussichtlich am 29. Dezember entschieden werden, über das US-Produkt am 14. Januar. Wenn alles läuft wie erhofft, könnten danach in der Europäischen Union ab Anfang Januar die ersten Impfungen mit dem Biontech-Präparat beginnen.”

“Are you OK?”

New York Times Opinion: The Losses We Share. “Perhaps the path to healing begins with three simple words: Are you OK?” By Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex (née Meghan Markle).

“On top of all of this, it seems we no longer agree on what is true. We aren’t just fighting over our opinions of facts; we are polarized over whether the fact is, in fact, a fact. We are at odds over whether science is real. We are at odds over whether an election has been won or lost. We are at odds over the value of compromise.”

“[S]ad, frightening remarks in the White House”

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Stephen Rips Up The Monologue And Starts Over After Trump’s Heartbreaking Thursday Night Lie Fest. (YouTube, 16:29min)

“We all knew Donald Trump would do this, that he would refuse to show dignity in defeat. But what we didn’t expect is how much it would hurt. Watch Stephen Colbert process his feelings in real time as he delivers a new monologue written in the wake of the President’s sad, frightening remarks in the White House briefing room.”

“Preventing a Disrupted Presidential Election and Transition”

Radiolab: What if? (Podcast, 41 minutes)

“There’s plenty of speculation about what Donald Trump might do in the wake of the election. Would he dispute the results if he loses? Would he simply refuse to leave office, or even try to use the military to maintain control? Last summer, Rosa Brooks got together a team of experts and political operatives from both sides of the aisle to ask a slightly different question. Rather than arguing about whether he’d do those things, they dug into what exactly would happen if he did. Part war game part choose your own adventure, Rosa’s Transition Integrity Project doesn’t give us any predictions, and it isn’t a referendum on Trump. Instead, it’s a deeply illuminating stress test on our laws, our institutions, and on the commitment to democracy written into the constitution.
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You can read The Transition Integrity Project’s report here.