Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Helen Sullivan.
I’ll bring you the latest coronavirus news from around the world for the next few hours.
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Britain could give regulatory approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine this week, even before the United States authorizes it, news site Telegraph reported Sunday.
Citing government sources, he said that British regulators were about to begin a formal evaluation of the vaccine, conducted by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, and that the National Health Service had been told to be ready to administer it before December 1. .
Meanwhile, the United States can give it to the first Americans by December 11, while Germany could also start giving injections of the vaccine next month, Health Minister Jens Spahn said.
More on this shortly, but in the meantime, here are the other key developments of the last few hours.
- Experts have urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving family gatherings this week, even though millions of people were willing to defy the advice. The United States crossed the threshold of more than 12 million cases of coronavirus. Sinister warnings were produced when Donald Trump appeared to admit that the coronavirus is “running rampant” across the United States, in contrast to his statements during the election campaign that the virus would simply “go away.” move away ”or“ disappear ”and, more recently, that the country was“ turning around ”the pandemic.
- Lab-confirmed UK coronavirus cases exceed 1.5 million. The number of laboratory-confirmed UK coronavirus cases has surpassed 1.5 million after the government announced another 18,662 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the UK over the course of the pandemic to 1,512,045 , although it is widely believed. the true figure is much higher.
- The ministers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have endorsed a shared UK goal of allowing ‘some additional domestic activities limited by a smallmber of days ”during Christmas, The Cabinet Office said Sunday. However, “they reiterated the importance of allowing family and friends to gather together in a careful and limited way, while recognizing that this will not be a normal holiday period and the risks of transmission remain very real.” It was unclear how many households would be allowed to mingle over Christmas and for how many days the restrictions will be relaxed.
- The Covid-19 pandemic has created a potential “existential threat” to central London because many people may choose to work in the suburbs in the future. rather than in the heart of the capital, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Sunday.
- Rishi Sunak, the UK Chancellor, has effectively confirmed that this week’s spending review will likely include a pay freeze for many public sector workers in England. saying it was “completely reasonable” to consider wage policy in the context of the Covid-hit economy.
- A sharp rise in coronavirus infections in the Gaza Strip could overwhelm the Palestinian enclave’s meager medical system for next week, public health advisers said Sunday.
- Iran has registered 13,053 new cases of coronavirus and 475 related deaths in the last 24 hours, after stricter coronavirus restrictions went into effect in the country.
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