Today is National Coffee Day, which means the best part of waking up is a bunch of frothy deals at Dunkin’, Starbucks, McDonald’s, and more.
Also: Hi! I’m Amanda and I’ll be your friendly newsletter writer while the Morris family muscles through Covid chaos. I imagine their house looks something like this right now. I hope I’m wrong.
Morris Note: Amanda is correct! Our house is a bit like that. We thank her for stepping in to keep you informed this week. She is a fantastic writer and you should follow her work here!
In Case You Missed It.
🔘 A medical center in Branson, Missouri is issuing its staff panic buttons because patients are attacking them. Every word of that sentence is true, I promise.
🚸 The Biden administration is trying to reinstate DACA for children of immigrants.
1️⃣ Oregon is the first state to approve a new congressional map following the 2020 Census. The state gains one congressional seat, along with Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, and Montana.
🏛 The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs heard from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Fed Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday about how their institutions are fighting Covid. Yellen also took the opportunity to warn Congress about the catastrophe that’s coming if they fail to raise the debt limit before October 18th.
Coronavirus Update: 😷 Total confirmed cases as of 12:20 p.m. ET on Tuesday: 232,495,646 — Total deaths: 4,759,699 — Total vaccine doses administered: 6,144,645,907
- Pfizer and BioNTech submitted data to the FDA from their Phase 2/3 trial testing the vaccine on kids 5-12. It’s looking good for the littles!
- Covid pills! There are at least three antivirals being tested right now to help treat and prevent Covid. Results could be out before the end of the year.
- Japan is lifting Covid restrictions after about six months of strict lockdown. As of Thursday, the country will no longer be in a state of emergency and people can (slowly) come out to play.
- The Vatican will require all employees to show proof of a Covid vaccine or a negative test starting on October 1.
- Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.