Weekly News Quiz: October 22, 2021

By Joe Bagliere and Ivory Sherman

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Countries are scrambling to place orders for a new antiviral called “molnupiravir” that’s touted as an effective treatment for Covid-19. Which pharmaceutical company is manufacturing the drug?

If approved, Merck’s drug would be the first oral antiviral distributed as a treatment against Covid-19, with many viewing it as a pandemic game changer, particularly for countries still struggling with vaccine acquisition and distribution.

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Which team won the WNBA championship, making it their first title win ever?

The Chicago Sky bested the Phoenix Mercury in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals, making it their first championship win ever.

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Which singer set a Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to release an album of new material?

Tony Bennett set the record when he released “Love for Sale,” a collaboration with Lady Gaga on October 1. He was 95 years and 60 days old, according to Guinness.

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What invasive animal herd in Colombia has grown to an unsustainable population of 80 – a direct result of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar bringing them into his private zoo in the 1980s?

Colloquially referred to as the “cocaine hippos,” authorities have implemented birth control measures to keep the 80-hippo bloat from growing even further as they pose an ever-increasing environmental and human safety risk.

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Which tech giant is paying out $14 million to settle a case with the Justice Department alleging that US workers were discriminated against in favor of foreign visa holders in 2018 and 2019?

The lawsuit, filed in December 2020, alleges that Facebook concocted the scheme, including using recruitment methods to deter US workers from applying to certain positions and reserving jobs for temporary visa holders.

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Which city’s mayor has ordered unvaccinated individuals 60 years and older to stay home for the next four months in response to the latest wave in Covid-19 cases?

In response to the city seeing the deadliest phase of the coronavirus pandemic to date, Moscow’s mayor made the order, including requiring those unvaccinated “suffering from chronic diseases” to stay home.

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Colin Powell died this week due to complications of Covid-19. In which presidential administration did he serve as the country’s first Black secretary of state?

Powell served as secretary of state under George W. Bush, though he served in other administrations — including George H.W. Bush — in various distinguished positions and directed US foreign policies on dozens of fronts over his tenure, most notably following the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order with the focus of bringing “innovative solutions to tackle immediate challenges.” What’s the focus of the executive order?

Governor Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the executive order to address the growing logjam of goods coming into California’s ports, a problem instigated by the pandemic and affecting supply chains worldwide.

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The United Kingdom and which other country have settled on a new trade pact, ultimately meant to reduce tariffs on bulldozers, wine, buses and clothing?

The deal was struck between the UK and New Zealand, one of the latest following the UK’s departure from the European Union.

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A judge granted Kanye West’s request to change his name. What’s his new official name?

Following the approval from a California judge, Kanye West’s official name is now just “Ye.”

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