The General Services Administration has declared president-elect Joe Biden the apparent winner of the US election, clearing the way for the formal transition from Donald Trump’s administration to begin after weeks of delay. Trump said on Twitter he had directed his team to cooperate on the transition, but vowed to continue fighting the election results. The Trump legal team dismissed the certification as “simply a procedural step.”
The world’s poorest and most vulnerable must not be “trampled in the stampede” for Covid-19 vaccines, the head of the World Health Organization has warned. The latest to prove highly effective at stopping people developing Covid-19 symptoms, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, is much cheaper to produce than two others recently announced, and could have a bigger impact worldwide.
Millions of Americans are ignoring the advice of public health experts and traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Transportation Security Administration reported that more than 1.04 million people went through airport security checkpoints Sunday, the most since mid-March, and about 1 million more went through TSA checkpoints each day on Friday and Saturday. The numbers are still less than half those for travelers who flew last year.
China has successfully launched a robotic spacecraft to the moon to bring samples of lunar rock back to earth. It is the first mission by any country since the 1970s to try to retrieve samples from the moon’s surface. The Chang’e-5 mission, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, will seek to collect lunar material to help scientists understand more about the moon’s origins and formation.
A mysterious monolith, which is believed to be some kind of metal, was discovered in the remote parts of Utah on Wednesday, fueling speculation on what the object was or how it got there, according to reports. The object drew comparisons to Stanley Kubrick’s famed 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which saw a group of apes encounter a similar-looking giant slab.