UK begins rolling out COVID-19 vaccine; Japan announces huge stimulus package; A leading American expert warns of the risks associated with the holiday season.
The UK has started rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the first Western country to start vaccinating its population against infection with the novel coronavirus.
Meanwhile, in the United States, Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, has warned that the upcoming Christmas and New Years holiday season could be worse than the recent Thanksgiving season in terms of the spread of the disease. virus.
And Japan is announcing a new $ 708 billion economic stimulus package to accelerate recovery from the country’s deep recession due to coronaviruses.
Here are the latest updates:
British grandmother is the first person to receive Pfizer vaccine outside of trial
Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old British grandmother, became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outside of a trial after its rapid clinical approval, Reuters reported.
Keenan received the vaccine at his local hospital in Coventry, central England, Tuesday morning at 6:31 GMT, a week before his 91st birthday.
“I feel privileged to be the first person to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” Keenan said.
India reports smallest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since July
India has reported 26,567 new coronavirus infections, according to data from the Ministry of Health, the smallest daily increase since July 10, according to a Reuters tally.
Daily cases have been on the decline in India since peaking in September. The country has 9.7 million cases, the second most in the world after the United States.
Deaths increased by 385, the health ministry said, with a total of 140,958 dead.
Western state of Australia removes quarantine requirements for more travelers
The state of Western Australia has started allowing travelers from Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) to enter without having to self-quarantine for the first time in eight months, the latest sign the country is returning to a kind of normality.
Passengers on a Qantas flight have arrived in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, from Sydney to moving scenes of families reunited after months of separation.
The move comes as Australia’s two most populous states have seen few or no new cases in recent weeks, and underlines Australia’s success in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 1 , 5 million people in the world.
Confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rise by 14,054: RKI
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has increased from 14,054 to 1,197,709, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases.
The reported death toll increased from 423 to 19,342, according to the count.
Japan unveils $ 708 billion in new stimulants for COVID-19 recovery
Japan has announced a new $ 708 billion economic stimulus package to accelerate the recovery from the country’s deep recession from coronaviruses, while targeting investments in new areas of growth such as green and digital innovation.
The new package will include around 40 trillion yen ($ 384.54 billion) in direct tax spending and initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and boost the adoption of digital technology, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said during a meeting with leaders of the ruling party.
Policymakers around the world have triggered a wall of monetary and fiscal stimulus to prevent a deep and prolonged recession as the coronavirus closed international borders and sent millions of people out of work.