Robertson’s Reportings: Inauguration Day, Vaccine Production

Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome to another week of Robertson’s Reportings! This was a very historic week, as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were inaugurated. The ceremony was held at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 20. A limited number of people were allowed at the ceremony, but it was broadcast on a countless number of news networks. While Former President Trump did not attend, Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, were present. Other former presidents, including Clinton, Bush, and Obama, were also present on Wednesday. 

In his first day in office, President Biden signed over a dozen executive orders. Many of these orders undo Trump’s actions. Biden signed two orders that will be in effect for 100 days. Masks and social distancing in federal buildings will be required for this time period, and Biden plans to mandate the return to school for K-12 students within 100 days. This means that we have to return to school by May 1. Trump, like most presidents at the time that they leave office, left a letter for President Biden. Once Biden read the letter, he told the press that it was “very generous,” but he did not want to state the contents before speaking to Trump. 

On Thursday, a fire broke out in the world’s largest vaccine manufacturing building, the Serum Institute of India. Five lives were lost, and many floors of the SII were destroyed. The cause of the fire was not identified. The CEO Tweeted, “I would like to reassure all governments & the public that there would be no loss of #COVISHIELD production due to multiple production buildings that I had kept in reserve to deal with such contingencies.” The SII produces about 50 million vaccine doses per month and hopes to increase the production capacity to 2.5 billion doses per year by the end of 2021.

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