5 things to know for October 14: Covid-19, Social Security, Norway, Taiwan, John Deere


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1. Coronavirus

Some who were once reluctant to get vaccinated seem to change their minds. Clinic in a heavily Latino part of South Texas works to overcome barriers such as transportation, language, and a lack of reliable information sources by ensuring patients get immunization information and adhere to their appointments. So far, 35 states have fully immunized more than half of their residents, while five others have fully immunized more than two-thirds. Meanwhile, CNN’s Dr Sanjay Gupta spoke to controversial podcast host Joe Rogan to try and communicate how important vaccines are. With these efforts comes good news: Covid-19-related deaths and hospitalizations are expected to decline over the next four weeks.

2. Social security

Let’s start with the good news: The roughly 70 million people on Social Security, including retirees and people with disabilities, will see their monthly payments skyrocket from next year. Benefits are expected to increase 5.9%, increasing monthly payments from $ 92 to an estimated average of $ 1,657 for 2022. This is the largest increase in about four decades. But as important as it looks on paper, that hike might not be the boost it seems, as the rise in prices due to inflation will likely offset the rise.

3. Norway

Five people were killed and two were injured in a bow and arrow attack yesterday in Norway. A 37-year-old man was arrested and charged, and he is said to have acted alone. Authorities said it was too early in the investigation to determine the suspect’s motive. The attack came on the eve of a new government after last month’s parliamentary elections toppled the long-ruling Conservative Party. Police officers across Norway have now been ordered to carry firearms as a precaution – a rarity for the country.

4. Taiwan

The Chinese military said this week it had carried out beach landing and assault exercises in the province directly across the sea from Taiwan. It is the latest in an increase in military activity in the Taiwan Strait after China sent a record number of warplanes to the Taiwan Defense Zone this month. Although so far it hasn’t looked like the fight is imminent, Western analysts say Beijing’s actions are meant to send a message. Taiwan, a democratically ruled island that China claims as its own territory, has complained about increased military and political pressure from Beijing to force it to accept Chinese rule.

5. John Deere

About 10,000 members of the United Auto Workers union went on strike against farm and construction equipment maker John Deere this morning. Union and employer negotiators had tried to reach a deal after grassroots members rejected a six-year draft contract with the company. The strike against John Deere is the largest private sector strike in the country since the UAW’s six-week strike against General Motors two years ago. This is part of the recent trend for workers to be more powerful as labor market dynamics lean more toward them and away from employers.


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