Loop Breakfast Bites: The Pfizer pill gets a nod and a blast from the past

Loop Breakfast Bites is a roundup of the best international stories that make the headlines, plus a little extra.

Pfizer Pill Becomes First Authorized Home COVID Treatment in United States
U.S. health regulators on Wednesday cleared the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans can take at home to ward off the virus’ worst effects.

Preserved dinosaur embryo found in southern China
A 66- to 72-million-year-old embryo found in a fossilized dinosaur egg has shed new light on the links between modern birds and dinosaurs, a team of scientists said.

China jails 13 million people ahead of Winter Olympics
China is stepping up efforts to control new outbreaks of the virus with a lockdown of the 13 million residents of the northern city of Xi’an, following a spike in coronavirus cases.

Organizers say Tokyo Olympics cost $ 1.8 billion less than expected
The Tokyo Olympics cost $ 1.8 billion less than expected, local organizers said on Wednesday, four and a half months after the Games ended.

Today in history
Today is Thursday, December 23, the 357th day of 2021. There are eight days left in the year.

To this date :

  • In 1972, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Nicaragua; the disaster left some 5,000 dead.
  • In 2003, a Chesapeake, Virginia jury sentenced teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to life in prison, sparing him the death penalty.

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