Las Notis: CDC Asks States To Prepare for Vaccine Distribution & More in Today’s News

Lead Photo: Cropped hand wearing a nitrile glove holding a COVID-19 vaccine vial and a syringe. Getty Images
Cropped hand wearing a nitrile glove holding a COVID-19 vaccine vial and a syringe. Getty Images
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Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on the political, media + other going ons in Latin America and the diaspora—all in one quick digest. 

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

  • According to new video footage, Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, suffocated two months ago after police officers who were taking him into custody put a hood over his head and pressed his face into the pavement for two minutes. Prude suffered from mental health problems and his brother had called police to help him when he was in an erratic state. The death has sparked protests in Rochester, New York. [NYT]
  • As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works on coronavirus vaccine options, its director has asked state health officials to prepare to distribute a potential vaccine to health-care workers and other high-priority groups as early as Nov. 1. Still, many are unsure if a viable and safe option will be ready by then. [Associated Press]
  • The family of Andres Guardado, the 18-year-old security guard who was shot in the back five times by police while working at an auto body shop in Gardena, California, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Los Angeles County. [NBC Latino]
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said they arrested more than than 2,000 undocumented immigrants during a six-week operation in July and August. They claim that they focused on people with criminal convictions and charges, but many undocumented immigrants with clean records were taken in the sweeps as well. [CBS News]
  • Argentina’s wetlands, which play a role in mitigating floods and purifying water in the country, are experiencing the worst fires seen in a decade. People living in the Parana River delta region have lost their homes and livestock during the blazes. [Reuters]
  • Starting Sept. 15, the Dominican Republic will no longer require tourists to show a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country. Instead, it will conduct random testing and offer a free insurance plan that covers COVID-19 testing and the cost of coverage for long-term stays if a traveler becomes infected and needs to quarantine. [Travel & Leisure]
  • Brazil’s football association (CBF) announced that it will pay women’s national players the same as male national players, granting both sets of athletes the same daily and prize amounts for representing their country and participating in practice periods and games. “There is no more gender difference, as the CBF is treating men and women equally,” CBF president Rogerio Caboclo said. [BBC]