Robertson’s Reportings: 11/13 – 11/19

Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome to another week of Robertson’s Reportings! A COVID-19 vaccine could be available by the end of 2020, as one vaccine in a trial run was shown to be 95% effective. This vaccine was developed by the company Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech. The name of the vaccine, at least while it is in the phases of experimenting, is BNT162b2. There have not been any serious side effects reported. Pfizer plans to file for EUA, emergency use authorization, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday.

Meanwhile, Governor Roy Cooper added restrictions to North Carolina’s coronavirus situation. For example, he decreased the number of people allowed to gather inside from 25 to 10. Governor Cooper also considered stopping indoor seating at restaurants or at least decreasing the percent capacity allowed. Luckily, North Carolina’s hospitals are not at their capacity currently, although they are still “feeling the strain,” said Doctor Mandy Cohen.

A few weeks ago, Robertson’s Reportings reported about the Charlie Brown holiday specials and how they would not be shown on cable this season. However, after backlash from the Charlie Brown-loving community, PBS announced that it would air “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on November 22 and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on December 13. Apple TV+ will still have the holiday specials available for streaming, but now PBS has an opportunity to air the Charlie Brown specials this season.

Space rock 2020 VT4 set a record on November 13 for being the closest asteroid to miss Earth. This asteroid is about the size of a pickup truck, and it flew less than 300 miles from Earth. That may seem like a big distance, but the last record was from earlier this year when 2020 QG missed Earth by 2,000 miles. While neither of these asteroids were considered a threat, a NASA administrator claimed last year that an asteroid strike “is perhaps Earth’s biggest threat.”

See you next time on Robertson’s Reportings!