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:
- Moderna, the second company to apply for emergency authorization for a coronavirus vaccine following Pfizer, plans to ask the FDA today to review its data set to eventually get approval. Trials of Moderna’s vaccine show it to have roughly a 94.1% efficacy rate.[CNN]
- The Supreme Court on Monday questioned the Trump administration’s proposal to exclude undocumented immigrants from a key census count. If the move were to be approved, it would make the first time undocumented immigrants wouldn’t be counted when drawing congressional districts. Three lower courts have declared the policy unlawful.[NPR]
- President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team have continued to roll out nominees and appointments for top posts in the upcoming administration. On Monday, Biden confirmed rumors that he’d chosen former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellin to serve as Treasury secretary. She would be the first woman to hold the position.[CNBC]
- Donald Trump lashed out on Twitter after Christopher Krebs, who was his head of cybersecurity and infrastructure security, sat down for an interview with 60 Minutes and re-confirmed that there was no evidence of the widespread election fraud Trump has falsely claimed since losing to Joe Biden. Trump fired Krebs in earlier this month after Krebs released a statement saying this was “the most secure in American history.[The Independent]
- Diego Maradona’s personal doctor is under investigation following the death of the soccer legend last week. Maradona suffered a heart attack after stop swelling in his brain. His doctor, Leopoldo Luque, was the neurosurgeon for that procedure. [NPR]
- In a rare demonstration widely characterized as a historic moment for Cuba, more than 200 young artists and activists protested outside the island’s Ministry of Culture Friday for the freedom of rapper Denis Solis and for more creative expression. Activists later said some government officials were willing to engage in negotiations. [NBC Latino]