November 23, 2022
🦃 Happy Turkey Eve! Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 399 words, a 1½-minute read.
💉 1 big thing: "Imminent threat"
Global alarms are going off over measles immunizations, which are at their lowest levels for first doses since 2008.
- Nearly 40 million kids missed their first or second measles vaccine last year, according to a CDC and WHO joint report.
- An estimated 128,000 people died from measles last year, Axios' Jacob Knutson reports.
Zoom out: Immunization systems sustained "profound damage" during the pandemic, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said today.
- With rates this low — and measles this contagious — every global region faces an "imminent threat" of sustained outbreaks.
The bottom line: Since 2016, 10 countries — including the U.S. — that had previously eliminated measles experienced outbreaks and reestablished transmission.
⚽️ 2. The tiniest host
Holding the World Cup in a country the size of Connecticut is a mixed bag, Axios' Kendall Baker and Erin Davis report.
- Fans can attend multiple matches per day, and teams have more time for recovery and prep.
- But accommodations are stretched, forcing many fans to stay in neighboring countries and fly into Qatar for matches.
3. Catch up quick
- Above: With remote work spreading Thanksgiving travel across the whole week, what used to be billed as "the busiest travel day of the year" looked a little sparse today in New York's Grand Central Terminal.
- A Walmart manager, with the company since 2010, opened fire with a pistol in the break room of his store in Chesapeake, Virginia, last night. The "overnight team leader" killed six people — police didn't say if they were all co-workers. Then he apparently killed himself. Get the latest.
- The "vast majority" of Ukraine's electric consumers are blacked out after massive Russian missile strikes, Ukraine's Energy Ministry said today. Go deeper.
4. Thanksgiving pro tips
If you're deep-frying your turkey this year, be careful, Axios Austin co-author Asher Price reports.
Why it matters: Thanksgiving is a busy day for fire departments, which respond to more than 3x the average number of calls.
The main causes of deep-fryer fires include:
- Too much oil in the fryer pot. Oil spilling out of the pot can hit the burner and cause flare-ups.
- Using a frozen or partially thawed turkey. Oil and water don't mix.
- Frying too close to buildings. Cook away from flammables and keep your distance from wooden structures.
Thanks to Sheryl Miller for copy editing today's PM.