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Estados Unidos registra más de 300.000 muertes por COVID-19

Estados Unidos registra 300,000 muertos por una agresiva pandemia, justo  el mismo día en que comienza a vacunar a la población contra el COVID-19.

  Aún cuando las vacunas se distribuyen por todo el país, expertos temen que las muertes en el país debido al rápido avance de la pandemia  alcancen las 405,000, la misma cifra de estadounidenses caídos durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

  El coronavirus ha provocado un promedio de más de 210,000 nuevas infecciones y casi 2,500 muertes por día este mes de diciembre. Las hospitalizaciones también están presentado números récords.

   Una persona ahora muere cada 36 segundos por COVID-19.

  “Estamos presenciando algunos de los días más mortíferos en la historia de Estados Unidos”, dice el Dr. Craig Spencer, director de salud global en medicina de emergencia del New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center.

  Incluso con un rápido lanzamiento de vacunas, Estados Unidos puede llegar a un total de más de medio millón de muertes en la primavera, dice Ali Mokdad del Instituto de Métricas y Evaluación de la Salud.

   En medio de la crisis humanitaria que significa más de 308 mil muertos y casi 17 millones de contagios, resurgen las esperanzas con la llegada de las vacunas de Pfizer que, según las pruebas clínicas tienen un 95 % de efectividad y la única hasta ahora autorizada en los EE. UU. para combatir el coronavirus.

    En un paso histórico en la lucha del país contra la pandemia de coronavirus, los trabajadores de la salud en todo Estados Unidos recibieron las primeras dosis de una vacuna COVID-19.

   Una enfermera en la ciudad de Nueva York se convirtió en la primera persona en ese estado, y probablemente en la nación, en recibir una dosis de la vacuna Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19.

  “Hoy me siento esperanzada”, dijo Sandra Lindsay, enfermera de cuidados intensivos del Centro Médico Judío de Long Island de Nueva York, después de recibir la inyección.

Biden captures Electoral College victory

Washington – Dec 14 – Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday surged past the 270 electoral votes needed and is slated to become the 46th president of the United States.

Biden topped the mark during the 5 p.m. EST hour as California’s electoral voters gave him the state’s 55 votes. That pushed Biden to 302 electoral votes and he is expected to finish with 303, while President Donald Trump is expected to win 235 electoral votes.

Biden is expected to speak tonight but his transition team released an excerpt of his remarks Monday afternoon.

“If anyone didn’t know it before, we know it now. What beats deep in the hearts of the American people is this: Democracy,” the remarks read. “The right to be heard. To have your vote counted. To choose the leaders of this nation. To govern ourselves.”

Most electors met at their respective state capitols Monday – primarily at designated times set forth in state law – to cast their ballots. Voting began as early as 10 a.m. EST in several east coast states and ends as late as 7 p.m. EST in Hawaii. Although due to coronavirus concerns, electors in Nevada met via video, while Arizona’s electors met at a secret location because of security issues.

The Constitution calls for the Electoral College to meet on the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December. This is meant to give enough time after Election Day, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, to settle disputes.

Although Trump and his campaign team filed numerous lawsuits over vote totals in several key states, most were unsuccessful and each state certified their popular vote. Most recently, Texas filed suit attempting to void millions of votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, a lawsuit that was joined by Trump, 126 members of Congress and a dozen Republican state attorneys general.

The Supreme Court on Friday night rejected the lawsuit, saying that states do not have the right to sue other states over their election rules and laws.

While there is nothing in the Constitution or federal law that requires electors to support the candidate who won their state, many states have laws that allow them to impose fines or other penalties on what are termed “faithless electors.”

In total, 32 states and Washington, D.C., have laws that allow rogue electors to be punished, although no state had ever pursued the matter until 2016, when nationwide 10 of the 538 electors attempted to vote for someone other than who won his or her state. These laws were upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court over the summer in a unanimous vote.

After electors cast their ballots, they sign six copies of what is called a Certificate of the Vote. Final tallies are sent to the president of the U.S. Senate, in this case Vice President Mike Pence, who will count them in the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Two copies of the certificate are sent to the state’s secretary of state, two more to the National Archives and one copy to a judge in the district where the electors met to be held as a backup.

When the votes are counted before Congress next month, House and Senate members can raise objections, which each body would consider separately in their respective chambers if the objection is sustained. With the House under Democratic control, it is unlikely any objections brought by Republicans would be sustained. (The Center Square).