VACCINE HOPES RISE IN THE U.S.

As the cold weather and COVID-19 cases surge, multiple vaccines for coronavirus reported up to 94.5% effective, according to New York Times reporting. The virus kills more than 1,000 people every day as the U.S. is seeing its largest spike in cases since the pandemic started. The two companies to announce initial reports are Pfizer and Moderna. The Food and Drug Administration said that a vaccine needs to be at least 50% effective to be approved, and both are reporting much higher. The vaccines are still being reviewed, but researchers are optimistic that they could be widely available in the spring. There are also dozens of other researchers working to produce a vaccine as well, including the University of Montana’s own Center for Translational Medicine.  (Mazana Boerboom) 


UM STUDENTS FUND 16,500 FEED MONTANA MEALS

UM Entertainment Management students spent the semester raising over $5,500 for the Montana Food Bank Network, the only statewide foodbank, according to UM News. The food bank works with 230 pantries, food banks and homeless shelters across Montana, and it will use the money raised by the entertainment management students to buy more than 16,500 meals for Montanans in need. The department split students into 10 groups that all brainstormed creative ways to fundraise the money using their entertainment management skills. This is the fourth year the programs have joined forces. “Partnering with the Montana Food Bank Network really opened my eyes to the statistics of hunger in Montana,” Sunshine Mohler, one of the students who worked on the project, said to UM News. “I found it interesting just how much people were willing to give to a great cause, even in the midst of a pandemic.” (MB)


UM FOOD PANTRY MAKES THANKSGIVING GRAB BAGS

niversity of Montana Food Pantry will be giving out grab-and-go Thanksgiving meal kits from Nov. 23-25. The bag will contain mashed potato kits, gravy, green beans, stuffing and other things that come with a classic Thanksgiving dinner. This is the food pantry’s second annual Thanksgiving grab-and-go drive. According to UM Food Pantry worker Hilary Rosa, the Food Pantry will also be open during winter break and will be keeping its regular hours of operations from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. (Hanna Campbell)


MISSOULA WINTER MARKET OPENS IN MALL

The Missoula Valley Winter Market had its opening day Saturday. The market was in the Missoula Senior Center for its first six years and made its move to the Southgate Mall this year. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays through mid-April. The market is occupying the old Lucky’s Market space that has sat empty most of this year. The new location gives the market enough space to spread out and take appropriate COVID-19 precautions while still selling the local goods. More information can be found on the market’s Facebook page. (MB)


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