Margaret Keenan, 90, has become the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine outside of a trial following its rapid clinical approval https://t.co/gE1RtgWcYE pic.twitter.com/MK3mi7PF0a— Reuters (@Reuters) December 8, 2020
U.K. Begins Vaccinating: The U.K. began vaccinating people today, with the first 800,000 doses to be going to people over 80 who are either hospitalized or already have outpatient appointments scheduled, as well as nursing home workers. Britain is the first in the world to administer the Pfizer vaccine after the country's regulators gave emergency authorization on December 2nd.
Georgia leaders reject Trump's push to overturn election results https://t.co/VildeNFKX8— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 8, 2020
➤GEORGIA RECERTIFIES ELECTION WIN FOR BIDEN AFTER SECOND RECOUNT: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday recertified election results showing that President-elect Joe Biden won the state and its 16 electoral votes after the completion of a recount requested by President Trump. It's the second recount in Georgia, after a hand recount was first done because of the closeness of the result. Biden's final margin of victory was less than 12,000 votes. Raffensperger said during a news conference, "We have now counted legally cast ballots three times, and the results remain unchanged." Trump's attorneys have filed dozens of failed legal challenges to the vote count in several states, including Georgia, as the president continues to make baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. Trump has also criticized Raffensperger, who's a Republican, as well as Republican Governor Brian Kemp for not taking actions he believes could help him change the outcome of the election in the state. But Raffensperger has defended the integrity of Georgia's election, and Kemp has said he has no power to intervene in elections.
BREAKING: World War II flying ace Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, has died at 97. https://t.co/dhhE5189kZ— The Associated Press (@AP) December 8, 2020
➤BIDEN REPORTEDLY TO CHOOSE RETIRED GENERAL LLOYD AUSTIN AS DEFENSE SECRETARY: President-elect Joe Biden will nominate retired four-star Army general Lloyd J. Austin to be secretary of defense, according to media reports Monday.
👌TRUMP SAYS COVID-STRICKEN GIULIANI 'DOING VERY WELL': President Trump said Monday that Rudy Giuliani was, quote, "doing very well," after tweeting the day before that his personal attorney and former New York City mayor had tested positive for the coronavirus. If was reported later Sunday that the 76-year-old Giuliani had been hospitalized at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and was experiencing symptoms. Trump told reporters yesterday that he'd spoken to Giuliani, stating, "Rudy’s doing very well. I just spoke to him. No temperature."
😷'ESSENTIAL WORKERS' TOP READER'S POLL FOR 'PERSON OF THE YEAR': Essential workers, the health care workers, delivery people, grocery store employees and others who continue to risk their lives by working amid the coronavirus pandemic and keeping the country functioning, were the winners of Time's reader poll for 2020 Person of the Year. Essential workers got 6.5 percent of the more than eight million votes cast in this year's poll that asked to choose the person or group of people who had the greatest influence on 2020.
Coming in second with five percent of the vote was Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, who emerged as a trusted figure for information on the pandemic.
Firefighters were third with 4.3 percent of the vote, for their dangerous work battling historic wildfires in places including the western U.S. and Australia.
In fourth place with four percent of the vote were the Black Lives Matter activists who led and inspired nationwide and global demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality after the police killings of George Floyd and several other Black Americans, including Breonna Taylor.
President-elect Joe Biden, who beat President Trump in Trump's re-election bid, was fifth with 3.8 percent of the vote.
'Time' will announce its annual pick for Person of the Year in the first-ever 'Time Person of the Year' TV special on NBC on December 10th at 10 p.m. ET, and on time.com.
Cardi B asked fans if she should spend $88,000 on a purse. After backlash, she offered to match charitable donations. https://t.co/yzQtC9x65R— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 8, 2020
🏈STEELERS NO LONGER UNDEFEATED, BEATEN BY WASHINGTON 23-17: The Pittsburgh Steelers are no longer undefeated, losing to Washington 23-17 on Monday in their 12th game of the season. Washington came back from being down 14 points in the second quarter to get the win. They scored a tie-breaking field goal with 2:04 left, and then kicked in another field goal after Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was picked off by Jon Bostic with 1:59 remaining.
🏈BILLS BEAT 49ERS 34-24: The Buffalo Bills defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-24 last night, led by quarterback Josh Allen, who threw for 375 yards and four touchdown passes. It was the fourth game of the season for the 24-year-old Allen with at least 300 yards passing and three touchdowns, setting a new franchise record.
🏈JETS FIRE WILLIAMS AFTER DEFENSE CALL COST SEASON'S FIRST WIN: The New York Jets fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on Monday (December 7th) after a defense call at the end of Sunday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders cost the Jets what would have been their first win of the season. Williams was widely criticized for calling an all-out blitz with the Jets seconds away from winning. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III, who was in man-to-man coverage with rookie cornerback Lamar Jackson, with five seconds left, giving Las Vegas a 31-28 win.
🏈OLE MISS-TEXAS A&M GAME CANCELED OVER POSITIVE CORONAVIRUS TESTS: The college football matchup between Ole Miss and Number 5 Texas A&M that was scheduled for Saturday has been canceled because of positive coronavirus tests in Ole Miss' program. If the game isn't able to be rescheduled, it will be deemed a no-contest. Ole Miss has suspended team activities, and they won't resume until at least Friday.
🏆TRUMP HONORS LEGENDARY WRESTLER/COACH GABLE WITH MEDAL OF FREEDOM: President Trump on Monday presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to legendary Iowa wrestler and coach Dan Gable, who won a gold medal at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics. Trump said during the White House ceremony, "He’s the greatest wrestler, probably ever. He's made our country very proud and he’s a true GOAT." Gable was a champion wrestler at Iowa State University, and had a very successful coaching career at the University of Iowa, where his teams won 15 NCAA titles.