(WLAX/WEUX) – With a year like 2020, it’s no surprise we’re hitting the ground running in 2021. The first full week of the year kicked off today with the swearing-in of the 117th Congress plus Nancy Pelosi was re-elected as House Speaker. The rest of the week is filled with vaccine dates to markdown, important votes, and a new jobs report. Britt Conway has a look at the week ahead.
The first full week of 2021 will be a busy one.
Monday: People who were first to get the Pfizer vaccine are due for their second dose. Yep, it’s been 21 days since vaccinations started. The goal was to get it into the arms of 20 million people by the end of 2020 but that didn’t happen.
Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States said, “We have to understand that this virus also occurred in the midst of a surge and a lot of the local capacity to be able to vaccinate was being used for testing and responding to surges.”
Still, the surgeon general says he optimistic.
Tuesday: Election day in Georgia. Two U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs and the peach state will decide who gets them. On the ballot, Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. If both Democrats win, it will flip the senate.
Wednesday: Congress will meet to officially count the votes cast by the electoral college. 306 for incoming President Joe Biden and 232 for President Donald Trump. But nearly a dozen Republican Senators plan to object to the results.
Friday: The December jobs report comes out. December was the deadliest month in the U.S. since the pandemic began. Now we’ll see what it did to the job economy.
The way things have been going, analysts predict it could take at least 3 years for the job market to return to its February 2020 peak.
And that’s a look at the week ahead, I’m Britt Conway reporting.
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