The UK will start vaccinating on Tuesday amid plans for a celebrity-led advertising campaign to boost uptake. Inoculations can start as early as Friday in the United States
Queen Elizabeth II, the 94-year-old monarch in Britain, will reportedly receive the vaccine as part of the country’s first wave. Switzerland will start strikes in January. South Korea has introduced stricter measures of social distance after the resumption of cases.
California has set another infection record and now more than half of the state is facing new restrictions. The New York epidemic has similarly worsened. Fats across the United States are rising sharply.
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Queen Elizabeth II to receive vaccine (4:42 pm Hong Kong)
Queen Elizabeth, 94, and her husband, Prince Philip, 99, are likely to receive the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE within a few weeks, MailOnline reported on Sunday. The royal couple will then announce their vaccination in public, a move that health officials believe could help combat vaccine conspiracy theories, which has left some Britons skeptical about taking the blow, the paper said. In 1957, the Queen announced that Prince Charles and Princess Anne had received polio vaccines, helping to build public support.
Celebrities from the UK, such as Monty Python founder Michael Palin, Bob Geldof and the Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, have signaled that they will make the vaccine, the Mirror reported. The UK is ready to start launching the new vaccine on Tuesday.
Switzerland prepares vaccination plans (4:30 p.m.)
Vaccination against Covid-19 will begin in Switzerland next month and should be completed by the summer, Virginia Masseri, head of infection control at the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, told Neue Zircher Zeitung. The nation’s 26 cantons will oversee distribution, with up to 70,000 vaccines planned daily.
Russia sets new record for cases (16:21 HK)
Russia released a record 29,039 new Covid-19 cases in the past day, according to data from the government’s Virus Response Center. That surpassed the previous high of 28,782 a day earlier, raising the total number of infected to 2,460,770, the fourth highest in the world.
Widespread vaccination of front-line workers and other high-risk people began in Moscow on Saturday.
The UK may relax curbs before the end of March (16:02 Hong Kong)
The UK may be able to ease coronavirus restrictions by the end of March after the vaccine is approved, Health Minister Matt Hancock told the Telegraph.
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Having a vaccine “will bring the moment when we can get rid of these limited restrictions,” he said. “But we have to follow them until then.”
The government will also launch a major advertising campaign, featuring celebrities and other confidential voices, ahead of Christmas to support vaccination efforts, Hancock said.
The British Army may fly in vaccines to avoid congestion in Brexit (15:30 Hong Kong)
The British government is preparing contingency plans to import vaccines from Belgium using warplanes amid concerns that Brexit disruptions will cause port looting, the Guardian said.
South Korea tightens curbs when cases reach nine-month high (14:53 Hong Kong)
The social distance warning for the greater Seoul area has risen to 2.5 from 2, Prime Minister Chung Xie-kyun said on Sunday. All gatherings of more than 50 people will be banned, and restaurants will be banned from serving customers after 9pm and can only make pickups and deliveries. No spectator will have access to sporting events.
South Korea confirmed 631 cases on Sunday, the highest in nine months, while total deaths rose by five to 545, according to the Korea Agency for Disease Control and Prevention. The larger Seoul area – which includes the capital Incheon and Gyeonggi Province – is home to nearly half of South Korea’s population, and Chung acknowledged the disturbance that would trigger the latest move.
“The situation in the wider Seoul area is serious,” Chung told a meeting of the Central Counter-Disaster and Security Countermeasures Seoul City Hall. “The 2.5 level will be maintained for the next three weeks until the end of the year.”
Disinfection at Baekyung High School in Anyang, South Korea, on December 2.
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Emergency approval for vaccine use in India by Pfizer (13:09 HK)
Pfizer India has appealed to India’s drug regulator to approve the immediate use of the Covid-19 vaccine after the company’s parent received permission for treatment from the UK and Bahrain, the Press Trust of India reported.
The company is trying to import the vaccine for sale and distribution in India without a requirement for clinical trials of the local population, in accordance with the special provisions of the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules 2019, the news agency said, citing an unidentified official. Pfizer is the first drugmaker in India to seek approval and submit an application on December 4, the report said.
Australian police charged with two Qatari fraudsters (12:14 p.m.)
Australian state police were to blame for two German nationals evading mandatory quarantine at a hotel upon arrival in Sydney before flying to Melbourne.
New South Wales police have reviewed the circumstances of the incident and identified that they “incorrectly allowed the two passengers to continue on to Melbourne,” the force said in a statement on Sunday. “Airport police practices and systems were also reviewed and strengthened as a result of this incident.”
The couple – a 53-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy – arrived at Sydney International Airport at 9:45 a.m. Saturday from Tokyo and were examined, police said. After the clearing, all passengers were quarantined on a bus to a hotel, but the duo advised police that they had been booked on a flight to Melbourne, the statement said.
The UK is preparing for a “historic moment” with the deployment of vaccines (08:01 midnight)
The UK government has bought 40 million doses, enough to inoculate 20 million people into the two-dose regimen. The recordings will be given in order, with the first vaccines going to those in care homes, including workers and people over the age of 80.
“This coming week will be a historic moment when we will start vaccinating against Covid-19,” said Matt Hancock, the UK’s health secretary. “We are doing everything we can to make sure we can overcome the significant challenges of vaccinating homeowners.”
The plan envisions more than 1,000 centers across the country securing a shot in the coming weeks, with the first blow expected on Tuesday.
More than half of California to face new curbs (7:42 a.m.)
Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley will be hit with a state order to stay home after the capacity of their intensive care units fell below the 15% threshold for multiple curbs.
The capacity of the ICU in the San Joaquin Valley, a relatively rural area in the central region of the country that includes Fresno, has dropped to 8.6%. In Southern California, which has more than half the state’s population in an area that includes Los Angeles and San Diego, the ratio dropped to 12.5%. According to the order, a list of sectors will be closed, including bars, wineries, hair salons and personal care services.
California added a record 25,068 new cases, bringing the total to 1.3 million. It also reported 209 new deaths for a total of 19,791 deaths.
Recording from the US Covid can start on Friday, says doctor (14:21 New York)
Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE can be used until Friday if the Food and Drug Administration approves an emergency use permit, James Hildret, a member of the FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee, told NBC News.
The panel is scheduled to vote on the issue after reviewing vaccine data at a meeting on Thursday.
“If the FDA commissioner decides to issue an approval, the EUA, on the day of the vote, as early as Friday next week we can see vaccinations happening across the country,” Hildrett told NBC Weekend Today. .
Santa Claus greets a child from Oklahoma Bubble on December 5th.
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Germany can keep costs, says Merkel (18:15 Hong Kong)
Germany could continue to spend “large sums” next year to help the economy through coronavirus upheavals, Chancellor Angela Merkel said ahead of next week’s parliamentary vote on the federal budget.
“We were able to allocate large sums in 2020 and we will be able to do so in 2021 because we have managed our finances well in recent years,” Merkel said. Debt-funded stimulus measures were needed this year to prevent far more expensive bankruptcies and job losses, she said.
Germany will spend as much as 6 billion euros ($ 7.3 billion) on vaccinating its population against the coronavirus.
“It’s a lot of money,” Health Minister Jens Spann told a conference in Berlin on Saturday. However, the cost of “not being brought under control is higher,” he said.
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