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:
- Less than a week after Peru’s legislature impeached former president Martín Vizcarra, the country’s interim president Manuel Merino quit office, leaving Congress scrambling for a replacement. Protests have formed in the country, resulting in the death of two students. Vizcarra was ousted partially on accusations legislators leveled against him based on a 19th-century clause, saying he took bribes while governor years ago, which he has denied. [AP]
- The drugmaker Moderna has announced that according to its early trials, a vaccine it has developed to fight against the coronavirus is 94.5% effective, making it the second company to share positive preliminary data since Pfizer shared news of a 90% effectivity rate on its own vaccine option. However, Moderna’s vaccine will likely not be available to the country until the spring. [NYT]
- Dozens of people were arrested, many on gun charges, after a pro-Trump march and rally in downtown Washington, D.C., over the weekend. A brawl involving the far-right group the Proud Boys and counterprotesters broke out, leaving one man stabbed in the back three times. Trump supports falsely and baselessly charge that President-elect Joe Biden stole the election. [WaPo]
- Businesses are fighting back against restrictions as coronavirus infection rates surge across the country, causing some leaders to impose stricter measures to prevent the spread. Movie theaters, restaurants, and retail stores are all among the businesses urging governors and mayors to reopen. [WaPo]
- Just after Tropical Storm Eta left floods, destruction, and deaths in Central America, the region is gearing up for Hurricane Iota, which has been picking up strength and approaching as a Category 5 storm. Hurricane Iota is expected to make landfall on the coastline of Nicaragua and Honduras tonight (Nov. 16). [NYT]
- Brazilians turned out for local elections this week that could provide an early look at how they’re thinking about President Jair Bolsonaro, who is up for re-election in 2022. Bolsonaro previously said he wasn’t sure if he’d run again, but did promote council and mayoral candidates recently. [AP]