1. The U.N. Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, has called on governments to prioritize the reopening of schools. It claims the number of children facing school closures is soaring despite evidence that schools are not the main drivers of coronavirus infections.
  2. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has announced key members of his health team to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, which is his top priority. Biden has nominated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Becerra is known for spearheading lawsuits in many states that sought the continuation of the health insurance program known as “Obamacare.”
  3. A World Health Organization expert says it is logical to think that the coronavirus originated in China, since it resembles a virus detected in another part of the country years ago. Dr. Peter Ben Embarek told NHK that a virus closest to the new coronavirus was detected in a bat cave in China’s Yunnan province in 2013.


December 8, Tuesday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki