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(Reuters) England went into another lockdown and New York found its first case of the new variant of coronavirus while some Canadian politicians faced the heat after traveling abroad despite requests to make unnecessary travel during the Avoid pandemic.

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* England imposed a new national lockdown that, according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, could be lifted as early as mid-February if the vaccine roll-out went as planned and the death toll reacted to the new measures. Top sport is exempt from curbs.

* Spanish doctors and health professionals expressed frustration at the slow start of the country’s campaign to vaccinate people.

* The underlying COVID-19 level in Ireland is now higher than during the first wave in April and May.

* More than two-thirds of the 15 million coronavirus vaccines shipped in the U.S. have not yet been used as New York and Florida governors promised to punish hospitals for not firing shots fast enough.

* Panama will receive its first shipment of vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech later this month.

* Major U. . S.. . The airlines backed a proposal from health officials to run a global testing program that requires negative testing before most international passengers return to the U.S..

* A decision by the Japanese government will be made this week on a state of emergency in and around Tokyo – a move that is derided by citizens as too little, too late, especially in a nation that is slated to host the Olympics.

* Australia’s most populous state urged residents of three cities to test for COVID-19 and isolate as concerns grew that a Sydney cluster may have spread to regional areas.

* Lebanon announced a full three-week lockdown, including a nightly curfew, while Israel’s Ministry of Health approved Moderna’s vaccine.

* eSwatini aims to vaccinate all of its 1. 3 million people against COVID-19, senior officials in the South African Kingdom said.

* The U. . S.. . The Food and Drug Administration said the idea of ​​changing the legal dosage or schedule for COVID-19 vaccines was premature and not supported by the available data.

* Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc expects to start a late U. S.. . Study of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the second quarter of 2021.

* A COVID-19 vaccine candidate from the Chinese company Stemirna Therapeutics has received approval from China’s medical device regulator to conduct human tests.

* The monetary balance circulating in the Japanese economy hit a record high for the ninth consecutive year in December as the central bank continued to flood the economy with cash to cushion the blow from the pandemic.

* U. . S.. . Manufacturing activity grew at its fastest pace in over six years in December.

One day before the U. . S.. . One of the most powerful families in Republican politics woke up from a vacation break and gave President Trump a double reprimand.

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-Calif. ) announced as the youngest Republican in Congress that he would object to the certification of the electoral college on Wednesday. Garcia said that while he is a « federalist », I believe there is enough evidence of compromised processes and breakdowns in electoral integrity by certain state lawmakers to actually warrant closer scrutiny. « At first glance, Garcia’s decision to join his colleagues in questioning President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on the electoral college is not particularly remarkable. On board are more than 140 Republicans and a dozen well-known Senators who want to support them. But Garcia does not seem to fit into the shape of a legislature seeking to satisfy a « deep red district » electorate and urging its officials to do something about unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud. Instead, Garcia narrowly scored a narrow November win in a district that Biden won with around 10 percent. > This is remarkable because Garcia won with 0. 2 percentage points in November. The Kraken stuff isn’t just from members in deep red areas. https: // t. co / nVeapjxDGB >> – Jeff Dufour (@dcdufour) 4. January 2021 In theory, adopting this move could mean Garcia risking certain swing voters across the board, and his 2020 results suggest he doesn’t have a huge safety net. More stories from the week. com Colbert’s Late Show turns Trump’s Georgia campaign into a Stevie Wonder hit. Hawley and Cruz: How to Lie Without Lying After the vaccination, the New Orleans woman delivers a blunt message to unbelievers

Police in the country’s capital on Monday arrested the Proud Boys leader who is accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn from a historic black church in downtown Washington last month. Henry « Enrique » Tarrio, 36, was arrested by Metropolitan Police Department officials after arriving in Washington before protests planned by supporters of President Donald Trump to coincide with the Congressional vote expected on Wednesday, to confirm Joe Biden’s election victory.

Iran today provoked new confrontations with the West by seizing an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf and confirming that doing so would further enrich the raw materials for a nuclear bomb, in violation of international agreements. South Korea mobilized its forces in the Strait of Hormuz and dispatched an anti-piracy unit to the Gulf on Monday afternoon after a ship with its flag, the MT Hankuk Chemi, was intercepted off the coast of Oman and escorted into Iranian waters. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) later confirmed that it had confiscated the ship and arrested its crew in the southern port of Bandar Abbas « for repeated violations of maritime environmental laws ». . Iranian media reported that the ship, the 7th. Transported 200 tons of oleochemical products from Saudi Arabia to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, « polluted the Persian Gulf with chemicals ». .

Maureen Weil received the coronavirus vaccine in New Orleans on Monday, and the 79-year-old is hoping all of her fellow Americans will follow in her footsteps. In an interview with NBC News, Weil said she was « excited » and « blessed » to be among the first to receive the vaccine. « I have the chance to see this earth for a few more days because I am protected, » Weil continued. « I believe in science. « When asked what she would say to people who question the vaccine and don’t want to get it, Weil replied, » I call her stupid because – that or either a sucker. Because that’s the only thing I could think of that could justify their stupidity. « She said many people do not believe the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, which is more than 350. 000 Americans were killed for « listening to the man who died in Washington, D. . C.. . , that’s on the way to the door talking about how it’s all a joke and all that bullcorn. And he shouldn’t do that because that’s people’s life. Look at the parents who died leaving young children behind. I mean it’s sad. « Getting the vaccine » didn’t hurt, « Weil said – it was » a little fool! « She now has » peace of mind « and » knows one thing for sure. I will save someone else’s life by protecting myself. I’m not going to get the corona so I can’t pass it on to others. This gives me a little satisfaction that I am not only doing it for myself but for others as well. « Americans » have to believe in science, « Weil said. « There is no other way. If we didn’t have a vaccine we were really up the hill, weren’t we? And we had a hole in the boat. But we got a vaccine so we are safe. « > » I know one thing for sure. I will save someone else’s life by protecting myself. >> . . . > Because then I will not receive the corona and cannot pass it on to others. « > -Maureen Weil, recipient of the coronavirus vaccine. Twitter. com / TSecX57iAu >> – Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) 5. January 2021More stories from the week. com Colbert’s Late Show Turns Trump’s Georgia Election Campaign Into a Stevie Wonder Hit Hawley and Cruz: How to Lie Without Lying Why Trump May Blame Lindsey Graham for Raffensperger Call Recording

Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling condemned President Trump’s call to the Georgian Foreign Secretary, saying, « Personally, I found it abnormal, out of place and no one I know who would be president would do anything like this a state secretary. « 

The Atlanta chief attorney left his position on Monday, the day after an audio recording was released in which President Donald Trump described him as a « Never-Trumper. ». « Byung J. . « BJay » Pak, named by Trump, announced his resignation as U.. S.. . Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in a press release. The explanation didn’t say why Pak left or what he was going to do next.

(Reuters) – The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Effective immediately, antibody therapies for COVID-19 should no longer be used to treat infections with the new coronavirus in children or adolescents, « including this one . . . at high risk for hospitalization progression or serious illness, « said a panel of experts from 29 hospitals across North America, who reviewed the available evidence. The antibodies – Bamlanivimab from Eli Lilly and Co and the combination of casirivimab plus imdevimab from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc – were approved by the U in November. S Food and Drug Administration for emergencies in certain groups of adolescents and adults with mild to moderate COVID-19.

The 62-year-old pastor is said to have confronted Mytrez Deunte Woolen with a gun, but was overwhelmed. A pastor was killed and two parishioners were injured in a shooting in East Texas on Sunday. The authorities were using dogs and drones to search for 21-year-old Mytrez Deunte Woolen on Saturday when the pastor of Starrville Methodist Church in Winona discovered him hiding in a church bath on Sunday.

Members of the Republican House who oppose an attempt to oppose the confirmation of the election of the electoral college are saying the quiet part of their argument very, very loudly. A coalition of 11 GOP senators is planning to team up with a number of House Republicans to oppose the confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on Wednesday, citing debunked electoral fraud allegations. However, another group of seven members of Congress warned against undermining confidence in the electoral college, saying in a statement Monday that doing so could cost the party its only chance of winning a future presidential election. Representative. Thomas Massie (R-Ky. ), Kelly Armstrong (R-N. D.. . ), Ken Buck (R-Colo. ), Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc. ) Nancy Mace (R-S. C.. . ), Tom McClintock (R-Calif. ) and Chip Roy (R-Texas) released their joint statement Monday, claiming that « there were significant abuses in our electoral system » in 2020. The U. S.. . The electoral system should guarantee that « only legal votes are cast to choose its leaders » and the voters who officially choose them, the statement said. « But only states have the authority to nominate voters, » and after that Congress can only count their votes, the group wrote. « Otherwise acting » only strengthens « the efforts of the left » who want to end the electoral college as a whole. From there, the groups become specific about the « purely partisan » side of their reasoning. Republican presidential candidates have only won the referendum once in the past 32 years and rely on the electoral college for the majority of their victories. « If we uphold the idea that Congress might ignore certified votes . . . We will de-legitimize the very system that led Donald Trump to victory in 2016 and that could be the only path to victory in 2024, « concluded the congressmen. Senior intelligence officials and former Attorney General William Barr have confirmed that there is no evidence of fraud altering the election in the 2020 elections. More stories from the week. com Colbert’s Late Show turns Trump’s Georgia campaign into a Stevie Wonder hit. Hawley and Cruz: How to Lie Without Lying After the vaccination, the New Orleans woman delivers a blunt message to unbelievers

A Wisconsin pharmacist who believed the world was « falling apart » told police he tried to ruin hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine because he believed the shots would mutate people’s DNA, as court documents released on Monday. Police in Grafton, about 20 miles north of Milwaukee, arrested Advocate Aurora Health pharmacist Steven Brandenburg last week after examining 57 tainted vials of Moderna vaccine, which officially contained enough doses to vaccinate more than 500 people. « He believed they were unsafe, » Ozaukee District Attorney Adam Gerol said during a virtual hearing.

According to reports, Donald Trump may be planning to flee the US to Scotland before Joe Biden’s inauguration. Prestwick Airport, near the President’s Turnberry Golf Resort in Ayrshire, is due to open on Nov.. January – the day before Mr Biden’s takeover – expected the arrival of a US military Boeing 757 aircraft that Mr Trump frequently uses. The elected president should be on 20. To be sworn in at the White House January. While it is common for the outgoing president to be in attendance, reports suggest that Mr Trump will turn down the event. Mr Trump refused to accept Mr Biden in the elections on Jan.. Admitting defeat on November 1st, claiming without evidence that there was widespread fraud. A Prestwick Airport source who wanted to remain anonymous told The Herald:. On January 1st, one day before the inauguration, there is a booking for an American military version of the Boeing 757. « This is usually used by the vice president, but often used by the first lady. Presidential flights are usually booked well in advance due to the work involved. “Air traffic controllers are given details of the arrival of an aircraft with a special US callsign weeks in advance, but they are not told exactly which aircraft they have at the time of booking, the newspaper said. The President has close ties to Scotland and owns Turnberry Golf Resort near Prestwick and a course in Aberdeenshire. His mother Mary is from the Isle of Lewis. If Mr Trump flies to Scotland later this month, he could break coronavirus restrictions. Trump Turnberry is effectively closed under the rules, according to the resort’s website. The US is now demanding that UK passengers take negative coronavirus tests after the UK discovered a new mutant strain of Covid-19. It is also not immediately clear how Mr Trump as a private person after the 20th. January would fly back to the US. It was reported last month that Mr. Trump was discussing the possibility of announcing a campaign to retake the White House in 2024 on inauguration day, skipping the swearing in of his successor. Biden transition officials said his attendance at the inauguration, or lack thereof, would not affect their plans, which are being scaled back amid coronavirus concerns. The US State Department said it was up to the White House to deliver an opinion. The White House did not respond to The Herald. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office made no comment.

Sen. . Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga. ) « has waged the most negative campaign in Georgian history, » said their democratic challenger Rev. . Raphael Warnock said at a recent rally, reports HuffPost. According to HuffPost, Loeffler and Republican groups who support their campaign carried out various attacks on Warnock in the run-up to Tuesday’s Senate runoff election, including being labeled a Marxist and suspected he was covering up child abuse. But the ads may not anger Loeffler’s supporters so much as to increase democratic turnout, especially among black voters. « The attack reports, the rendering of Rev. . Warnock, who historically used racist tropes in the ads, is offensive, « Unite Here union secretary and treasurer Gwen Mills told HuffPost. « But it’s also invigorating in the sense that people won’t stand for it. We heard it a lot. « That backlash, along with a few other key factors, seems to be paying off for the Democrats. Tom Bonier, the CEO of the democratic data firm TargetSmart, said black voters are « leading the way in increasing black voter turnout, » and 40 percent of 102 voters. 000 people who cast ballots in the early runoff after the general election was suspended are black. Read more at HuffPost. More stories from the week. com Colbert’s Late Show turns Trump’s Georgia campaign into a Stevie Wonder hit. Hawley and Cruz: How to Lie Without Lying After the vaccination, the New Orleans woman delivers a blunt message to unbelievers

As a World Health Organization (WHO) team prepares to visit China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, Beijing stepped up efforts not only to prevent new outbreaks but also to shape the narrative about when and where the pandemic started. China has rejected criticism of its early handling of the coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan city in late 2019, and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday the country would welcome the WHO team. However, given simmering geopolitical tensions, experts were unlikely to allow investigators to investigate some of the more sensitive aspects of the outbreak. Beijing was keen to avoid blame for a virus that killed more than 1 people. 8 million people worldwide.

The variant of coronavirus circulating in South Africa could be resistant to the vaccine, a leading expert has suggested, but stressed that developing a new sting could only take six weeks if necessary. Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, said his « gut feeling » was that the vaccines already in operation would be effective against the new British strain, first identified in Kent. But he added, « I don’t know about the South African strain – I think that’s a big question mark. « South Africa was suspended last week after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the new variant 501. V2 appeared to be more « contagious » than the virus that circulated in the first wave. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Jan.. December that two cases of the South African tribe were identified in Great Britain. The cases and their contacts have been quarantined and the government has placed strict restrictions on travel out of South Africa. At 4. On January 1st, he said he was « incredibly concerned » about the South African variant of the coronavirus. « This is a very, very important problem, » he said.

Democrats, who controlled the House, acted aggressively on Monday to tighten influence on the House despite its tight margin. They worked through a set of rules that limit the potential for embarrassing voices and do justice to the party’s progressive wing by making deficit neutrality requirements for laws such as the Green New Deal. The Democrats have freely used the new system, which has maximized their turnout, while Republican leaders have asked their members to vote in person. The rules are changing as the Democrats have a slim majority in the House of Representatives of less than half a dozen seats, significantly fewer than in the past two years.

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