Your Monday Briefing – The New York Instances
The introduction of the US vaccine begins
The most ambitious vaccination campaign in US history is set to begin this week after drug regulators approve a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. It will roll out when the U.S. coronavirus death toll nears 300,000.
The vaccine’s arrival in the United States – the country with by far the largest coronavirus casualty – comes amid fears that Americans will continue to congregate indoors during the holiday season, spurring the increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Shipments of cans transported by airplane and guarded truck to designated locations, mostly hospitals, in all 50 states over the weekend. The first injections will be given to high-risk healthcare workers no later than Monday.
Britain started vaccinations last week; Canada will also deliver its first recordings this week. Here’s a look at how their health systems are approaching the effort.
China makes a new pledge to fight global warming
At an online summit on the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, China’s leader Xi Jinping said on Saturday that China would reduce its carbon intensity by over 65 percent by 2030.
Carbon intensity is a measure of greenhouse gas emissions in relation to economic activity. Achieving the target would mean that as the Chinese economy grows, so will emissions slower than before. Mr. Xi also said China would triple wind and solar capacity to over a billion kilowatts and expand its forests.
Context: China is the largest producer of gases used to warm the planet, and whatever it is doing to cut its emissions is a key to fighting climate change. Environmentalists had hoped Mr. Xi would pledge to reduce carbon intensity more, but the economic downturn sparked by the coronavirus pandemic may have tempered Beijing’s plans.
Indian police arrest TV chief
The managing director of ARG Outlier Media, which owns Republic TV, has been accused of having participated in a program designed to falsely strengthen the rating data of the right-wing news channel. Executive Director Vikas Khanchandani was arrested in Mumbai on Sunday as the Indian news media slipped deeper into a polarized atmosphere.
In recent years Republic TV has made a name for itself by advocating right-wing causes and aggressively supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. However, the network’s relationship with local government in Mumbai is more difficult.
Details: Mr Khanchandani was not formally charged, but investigators said they arrested him after he refused to cooperate.
If you have 20 minutes, it’s worth it
A mother pursued her daughter’s killers
Over the course of three years, Miriam Rodríguez has captured almost every member of the Mexican crew who kidnapped and murdered her 20-year-old daughter Karen. On Mother’s Day 2017, weeks after pursuing one of her final targets, she was shot and killed in front of her home.
For many in the northern city of San Fernando, their story represents so much of what is wrong in Mexico, writes our correspondent. The country is so torn by violence and impunity that a grieving mother largely had to solve the disappearance of her daughter herself and therefore died violently.
The following also happens
South Korea’s most notorious rapist: Cho Doo-soon was released on Saturday after 12 years in prison, leading to angry demonstrations and anonymous death threats. Mr. Cho was convicted of raping an 8-year-old girl. His name has since become synonymous with the mild treatment sex offenders are said to receive in the country’s courts.
Brexi; The UK and the European Union agreed on Sunday to extend the deadline for trade talks and avoid a disruptive no-deal result before December 31st. Failure to comply could disrupt food deliveries, threaten the UK manufacturing industry and spark disputes between British and French fishing boats.
US protests: After a Supreme Court ruling dashed President Trump’s hopes of invalidating his November election defeat, thousands of his supporters marched in Washington and other cities on Saturday. Four people were stabbed to death in Washington, DC and one was shot dead in Olympia, Wash.
Snapshot: Above, cycle commuters ride to Manila in October. After public transportation in the Philippine capital was restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, residents got on bicycles instead. The bicycle boom prompted officials to announce a plan to build a 400-mile network of cycle paths.
What we read: This Guardian article asks the question: Has a year with Covid-19 rewired our brains? It is a comprehensive view of how we might approach life when it is all over.
Now a break from the news
Cook: This brown sugar roulade with burnt honey apples nods to the classic Christmas chocolate block also known as the Bûche de Noël. Yotam Ottolenghi, a food columnist, calls it “a cloud of festive meringue”.
Listen: Charley Pride, who died from the effects of Covid-19 on Saturday, was the first black country music superstar due to hits like “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin” and “Is Anybody Goin ‘to San Antone”.
Read: Our poetry columnist has selected the best volumes of poetry of the year, including “Emporium” by Aditi Machado.
We’ll help you start your week with something new. At Home offers a comprehensive collection of ideas on what to read, cook, see, and do while staying safe at home.
And now for the background story about …
An extraordinary year and half a million photos
The Year in Pictures project is an annual celebration of photojournalism. In 2020, photographers lived what they captured. So it came together.
In the past few months, two photo editors – David Furst from the International Desk and Jeffrey Henson Scales from Opinion – have reviewed around half a million published and unpublished photos.
“I don’t know I’ve ever come across a work as complicated as this,” David said.
Along with an introduction by Dean Baquet, the Times editor-in-chief, the project features first-hand reports from photographers that provide context behind the camera. There are always photographers around the world living the story they tell – under oppressive governments or in neighborhoods that become battlefields of war – but by 2020 everyone has lived it.
The first photo that appears was taken on January 1st. Just seconds after 2020, in the heart of Times Square, photographer Calla Kessler captured what is likely the first New Year’s photo of a same-sex couple kissing on the front page of The Times.
Almost every editor and writer who worked on The Year in Pictures reacted the same way to the celebratory scene in the frame: “These people had no idea what was coming.”
When asked what you want readers to feel, Jeffrey replied, “It’s been a long year of heroism. And so far we’ve made it. Be happy about it. “
That’s it for this briefing. Until next time.
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the news. You can reach the team at [email protected]
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