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CDC Urges Americans Not To Travel To Mexico Amid Coronavirus Surge & More in Today’s News

Lead Photo: A paramedic of the Mexican Red Cross closes the doors of an ambulance to transport a person with possible COVID-19 during the answer to an emergency call on June 19, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images
A paramedic of the Mexican Red Cross closes the doors of an ambulance to transport a person with possible COVID-19 during the answer to an emergency call on June 19, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on the political, media + other goings-on in the United States, Latin America, and the diaspora—all in one quick digest.

Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today:

  • The U.K. has become the first country to approve a vaccine created by the drug company Pfizer and may begin to deploy the drug to healthcare workers as early as next week. The move is believed to put pressure on U.S. regulators and encourage them to quickly approve vaccines for the American population. [NYT]
  • President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly looking into ways to address the more than 400 executive actions President Trump has passed in order to tighten the U.S. immigration system. Currently, tens of thousands of migrants are waiting in tent cities after the U.S. has kept asylum claims pending while border agents have continued arresting and detaining migrants. [WaPo]
  • Trump has discussed issuing preemptive presidential pardons to his three children, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and his adviser Rudy W. Giuliani, according to two people briefed on the matter. Trump has reportedly told people that he fears the Justice Department under Biden could investigate certain members of his administration. [NYT]
  • Despite reports of promising dialogues between artists and government officials, protests over freedom of expression in Cuba have now been met with harsh criticism from President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who called the demonstrations a “farce” and an “imperialist reality show.” The government also ran attacks on state-run television, digital sites and social media, dashing the hopes of activists and demonstrators. [NBC Latino]
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked Americans to avoid travel to Mexico while the World Health Organization has urged Mexican leaders to take coronavirus measures seriously as the country grapples with a death toll that has shot up to 105,940, the fourth-highest in the world, in recent days.[USA Latino]
  • Cardi B is on the cover of Billboard Magazine today celebrating her 2020’s Woman of the Year designation. She discusses the success of “WAP” and the moves she’s made across the industry. [Billboard]