The government has ordered 40 million doses – enough to immunize 20 million people out of a total population of 67 million.
- The UK is preparing to become the first country to deploy the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, initially making the vaccine available in hospitals before distributing stocks to medical clinics.
- For the third day in a row, the United States recorded a record number of cases, with nearly 230,000 new infections on Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
- Globally, more than 1.5 million people have died from COVID-19, while 42 million people have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany increase by 17,767
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has increased from 17,767 to 1,171,323, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases.
The reported death toll increased from 255 to 18,772, according to the count.
UK prepares to roll out COVID-19 vaccine
The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are expected to be given on Tuesday, with the National Health Service (NHS) prioritizing immunization of the over-80s, frontline healthcare workers, and clinic staff and residents. care.
The United Kingdom granted an emergency use authorization for the vaccine on Wednesday, the first country to do so. In total, the government has ordered 40 million doses – enough to immunize 20 million people in the country of 67 million.
British Queen Elizabeth II will receive the vaccine within weeks, the Mail on Sunday reported. The monarch, 94, and her husband, 99, Prince Philip, are lining up to receive the vaccine early because of their age and are not receiving preferential treatment, according to the report.
China prepares for large-scale vaccine deployment
Provincial governments across China are placing orders for investigational coronavirus vaccines made in the country, although health officials have yet to say how well they are working or how they will be delivered to the 1.4 billion people. locals.
The Chinese pharmaceutical industry is testing at least five vaccines from four producers in more than a dozen countries, including Russia, Egypt and Mexico.
Meanwhile, mainland China has reported 18 new cases of COVID-19, up from 17 on Saturday, the national health authority said. The new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, fell to two from 12 a day earlier. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in mainland China stands at 86,619 so far, while the death toll stands at 4,634.
South Korea tightens social distancing rules: report
The South Korean government has tightened physical distancing requirements in the capital Seoul, the Yonhap news agency said, as the country struggles with the highest coronavirus infections in nine months.
South Korea has reported 631 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 37,546, with 545 deaths.
Australian state eases restrictions for ‘COVID safe’ summer
The Australian state of Victoria eased restrictions after the country’s pandemic hotspot recorded 37 days without any new coronavirus infections, heading towards a ‘COVID-free’ holiday season.
From midnight Sunday, up to 100 people will be able to attend public gatherings such as weddings, with one person per two square meters density rules remaining in place, while 50% of office workers will be able to return to their place of work by January 11. , down from 25% now, said the prime minister.