- The UK will begin a mass vaccination on Tuesday, beginning with the elderly, health workers, and carers
- The country was the first to approve use of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine
- President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, tests positive for Covid-19
- Large parts of the US state of California are facing a strict new lockdown
- The number of people shopping in England over the weekend falls to a quarter below 2019 levels
- Six coronavirus patients die in a hospital in Pakistan after oxygen supplies ran too low
- Globally there have been more than 67m confirmed cases and 1.5m virus-linked deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data
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The latest UK headlinesHere's what's going on in the UK this morning:
- Hundreds of thousands of doses of coronavirus vaccine are being distributed around the UK in time to begin the immunisation programme on Tuesday
- Rapid coronavirus testing is being made available in care homes in parts of Scotland to allow relatives to visit their loved ones
- Shoppers were back in England's high streets and shopping centres this weekend, but numbers were well below pre-pandemic levels
- Some tech firms have been offering "virtual nannies" for parents struggling with childcare during the pandemic
- School children in Wales are home-learning on games consoles and mobile phones, teachers have said, despite a Welsh Government pledge none would be "left behind" during the pandemic
- The Lancashire FA has defended the short-notice announcement of its decision to suspend grassroots football , saying its priority was "to protect the community" over Christmas
- An Army veteran who plays the Last Post every night in memory of victims of coronavirus has said he will end his daily renditions on New Year's Eve.
The Guardian - key developments from the last few hours:
- UK to administer first vaccine doses on Tuesday. Britain is set to administer the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, with the NHS giving top priority to vaccinating the over-80s, frontline healthcare workers and care home staff and residents. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine needs to be kept at -70C (-94F) and only lasts five days in a regular fridge. For that reason, it will first be administered in 50 hospitals. About 800,000 doses are expected to be available within the first week.
- Giuliani in hospital – reports. Multiple news outlets are reporting that Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer to Donald Trump, has been admitted to hospital following the announcement by Trump on Twitter that Giuliani had tested positive for coronavirus. CNN, the New York Times and the ABC, citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation, report that Giuliani has been admitted to Georgetown University Hospital.
- President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration’s coronavirus response. If confirmed by the Senate, Becerra, 62, will be the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Biden expected to nominate Massachusetts General Hospital chief to run US CDC. US President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Rochelle Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, to run the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reuters reports, citing a person familiar with the decision.
- In Australia, the city of Melbourne has welcomed its first international passenger flight in five months, an arrival that will test the state of Victoria’s revamped hotel quarantine system. Australia has since March closed its borders to non-citizens, but airports serving Victoria’s capital stopped accepting any arrivals in late June after an outbreak of Covid-19 that began at two hotels where arrivals were quarantining.
- South Korea expands testing. South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday ordered testing for the new coronavirus to be expanded by mobilizing the military and more people from the public service, as the country continued to report triple-digit daily new cases.
- South Korea reported 615 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said, capping a month of triple-digit daily increases that have driven the nation’s largest wave of infections in nine months. Monday’s total was down slightly from Sunday, when the agency reported 631 new cases, the largest daily tally since a peak in February and early March.
- Public support for Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has plummeted over the past month amid mounting criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. A new poll by the Kyodo news agency shows support for his cabinet at 50.3%, down 13 percentage points from a month earlier. Disapproval rose from 19.2% to 32.6%.
- The Serum Institute of India has sought emergency use authorisation from India’s drug regulator for AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday, according to several reports in Indian media, citing the Press Trust of India. It applied to the Drugs Controller General of India, citing unmet medical needs due to the pandemic and in the interest of the public at large, the agency report said, citing official sources. The Serum Institute was not immediately available to Reuters request for comment.
- Japan is preparing to send nurses from the Self-Defence Forces to Osaka and Hokkaido to help treat a surge in coronavirus infections as soon as the two prefecture governments request it, chief government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said on Monday.
- Indonesia receives first vaccine shipment from China. Indonesia received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine from China on Sunday, President Joko Widodo said, as the government prepares a mass inoculation programme.The vaccine still needs to be evaluated by the country’s food and drug agency while his administration prepares to distribute it across the vast archipelago of 270 million people, Jokowi said.
- The Arizona Capitol Times reports that the Arizona state legislature will close for the whole of this coming week, “after at least 15 current or future Republican legislators may have been directly exposed to Covid-19 by meeting with Rudy Giuliani.”
Vaccine rollout 'marathon not a sprint'Hundreds of thousands of doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine are being distributed around the UK in time to begin the immunisation programme on Tuesday.
Hospitals in all four nations will serve as hubs, but NHS England's medical director warned the process would be a "marathon, not a sprint".
Prof Stephen Powis said it would take "many months" to vaccinate everybody who needs it.
Frontline health staff, those over 80, and care home workers will be first to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
In England, 50 hospitals have been initially chosen to serve as hubs for administering the vaccine.
Scotland , Wales , and Northern Ireland will also begin their vaccination programmes from hospitals on Tuesday.
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