Nov 18, 2020

Vaccine news continues to boost health and business prospects

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Pfizer says it has the final data showing its vaccine is 95% effective in preventing infection. Plus, the Senate blocks Judy Shelton's Fed nomination. And, how Hawaii is allowing visitors that don't have to quarantine in order to help tourism.

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Markets are increasingly confident that smaller companies will survive with continued positive COVID-19 vaccine news

Susan Schmidt, head of U.S. equities at Aviva Investors, says "small companies now have a better lifeline going forward" with the arrival of positive clinical study results for vaccine candidates. There are, however, strong headwinds that the U.S. economy still faces. Part of that is the uncertainty of when we'll see more pandemic relief aid from the federal government. The "bumpy" presidential transition process means "we aren't clear on how fiscal stimulus is going to roll out going forward."

Senate blocks Trump Fed nominee Judy Shelton

It seems that Shelton's chances at joining the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors are narrowing.
Judy Shelton, nominee for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.
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With an economy dependent on tourism, Hawaii tries to encourage visitors

Nov 18, 2020
The state has dialed back mandatory quarantines for visitors if they test negative for COVID-19.
Hawaiian Airlines jets outside Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Hawaii has seen a more than 90% reduction in the number of arriving air travelers since the start of the pandemic.
Ryan Finnerty

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The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Jay Siebold Engineer
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director