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When the global death toll surpassed 1.7 million, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on live television Monday as part of a growing effort to convince the American public. that vaccines are safe.
The president-elect took a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a hospital near his home in Delaware, hours after his wife Jill Biden. The injections arrived the same day that a second vaccine, produced by Moderna, will begin arriving in the states.
The virus has killed at least 1,700,399 people in less than a year, according to the Johns Hopkins University Tracker.
Here are the other key developments:
- Boris Johnson “working with Emmanuel Macron” to resolve border delays. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom He said he had an “excellent” conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, saying he was eager to fix the situation in Dover “in a few hours” if possible. Johnson said he and Macron are working to “resolve these issues as quickly as possible” so freight traffic can move again.
- There are no intensive care beds available in densely populated Southern California or the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of the state. together, home to nearly 30 million people, amid a deadly spike in Covid-19, Governor GavinNewsom said Monday.
- Half a million people have received the first dose of the vaccine in the UK. More than half a million people in the UK have been vaccinated against Covid-19, Boris Johnson said.
- The delays at Dover affect only a small amount of cargo, says the UK prime minister. Boris johnson He insisted that the delays at Canal ports will only affect a small number of food and medicine shipments entering the UK. Johnson says the delays only involve “human-handled cargo,” which only accounts for about 20% of the goods going to continental Europe.
- UK supermarkets are warning of food shortages if the border crisis is not resolved soon. UK supermarket group Tesco warned on Monday that there could be a shortage of some fruits and vegetables later this week if transport links with continental Europe are not quickly restored. Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has warned that some products could be missing from UK shelves due to restrictions at ports, but said food for a traditional Christmas lunch is now available and in the country.
- Sweden, one of 40 countries that prohibits travelers from Great Britain. Sweden has joined the list of countries, which include France, Israel and Germany, that will stop allowing foreign travelers from Britain in a bid to slow the rapid spread of a new strain of the coronavirus, the government said today. . Sweden also bans travelers from Denmark.
- The European drug regulator approved the use of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine. The approval puts Europe on track to start vaccines in a week. EU countries including Germany, France, Austria and Italy have said they plan to start vaccinations from December 27. Having obtained the green light from the EMA, the final step is approval by the European Commission, which is expected in the next few days. The commission usually follows the advice of the EMA.
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