TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the primary of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials have arrived in Canada.
Trudeau tweeted an image of them being taken off a airplane. Canada’s well being regulator permitted the vaccine made by U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech final Wednesday.
The Canadian authorities just lately amended its contract with Pfizer in order that it could ship as much as 249,000 doses this month. Trudeau says it’s excellent news however he’s urging Canadians to proceed to put on masks, keep away from gatherings and to obtain a authorities app that lets customers know in the event that they’ve are available in contact with those that have examined constructive.
THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
— Vehicles with the primary COVID-19 vaccine containers within the US are rolling out to vaccination websites, and all states are anticipated to have some by Monday. About Three million doses had been anticipated to be despatched out within the first shipments, that are staggered via Wednesday. Germany is stepping up its lockdown measures via the Christmas vacation — from Dec. 16 to Jan. 10. Chancellor Angela Merkel says current restrictions imposed in November didn’t considerably scale back the variety of new infections. New circumstances are decrease however nonetheless rising in components of Asia, with each Japan and South Korea hitting report numbers in day by day new infections.
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County has once more damaged a report for coronavirus hospitalizations, fulfilling the county public well being director’s dire predictions in simply days.
Figures launched Sunday afternoon present that greater than 4,000 individuals had been hospitalized for COVID-19 within the nation’s most populous county.
That breaks the earlier report set solely the day earlier than, with 3,850 sufferers in a hospital, and follows the development of hospitalizations growing practically on daily basis since Nov. 1.
The LA County well being director warned on Monday, when hospitalizations had been close to 3,000, that the county might see the statistic to climb to 4,000 inside two weeks.
Statewide coronavirus figures weren’t instantly obtainable Sunday.
Greater than 325,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are on their method to California.
ROME — Italy on Sunday registered 484 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, one in all its lowest day by day demise tolls in a few month. However these newest deaths had been sufficient to eclipse Britain’s toll as having Europe’s highest toll within the pandemic, in response to monitoring carried out by Johns Hopkins College.
Counting standards differ within the two nations, and plenty of deaths, particularly early within the pandemic in Italy, are believed to have gone undetected.
In keeping with the Italian Well being Ministry on Sunday, Italy’s identified demise toll stood at 64,520. Britain’s toll, in response to Johns Hopkins knowledge, stood at 64,267 as of Sunday night.
Italy added practically 18,000 coronavirus infections from yesterday, elevating the nation’s official tally over 1.84 million. By far, the area registering the best variety of new infections within the final 24 hours was the northern area of Veneto, which within the first surge final spring had fared higher than its neighbor Lombardy.
ALGIERS, Algeria — Nonetheless recovering from COVID-19, Algeria’s president has abruptly reappeared after practically two months out of the general public eye.
President Abdelmadjid Tebboune mentioned in a video message Sunday that it could nonetheless be a number of extra weeks earlier than he’s match sufficient to return to the North African nation. He fell in poor health after which left for remedy in Germany in late October. Earlier than his 4-minute, 54-second video message, his final public look had been in mid-October, in a gathering with France’s international minister.
The 75-year-old Tebboune spoke clearly within the video and didn’t appear in need of breath. He has, nonetheless, clearly misplaced weight.
SEATTLE — The American spirit of generosity this vacation season could also be no match for nonprofits coping with the coronavirus.
Regardless of report quantities of charitable donations this 12 months, nonprofits throughout the nation are being suffocated by the consequences of the pandemic as organizations face hovering prices and calls for for assist, but are largely with out their very own assist techniques, together with volunteers and in-person fundraising occasions.
December is mostly a very powerful month for nonprofit revenues, as Christmas and end-of-year tax deductions usually drive a flood of charitable giving. All that may not be sufficient.
There have been efforts to encourage extra giving because the coronavirus took maintain of recent life in March.
The IRS is urging the general public to make the most of a particular $300 tax deduction that may be claimed subsequent 12 months for money donations in 2020 to tax-exempted nonprofits. The initiative permits non-itemized filers to get the tax break just for 2020, as a part of the Coronavirus Support, Reduction and Financial Safety Act handed by Congress final spring.
WASHINGTON — Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientist main the White Home’s Operation Warp Velocity, mentioned President Donald Trump’s public pressuring of the Meals and Drug Administration commissioner final week to rapidly approve the coronavirus vaccine was not useful for constructing public confidence within the inoculation marketing campaign.
Trump on Twitter and his chief of workers Mark Meadows privately lambasted FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn final week for shifting too slowly earlier than the FDA issued an emergency authorization on Friday for an authorization for the vaccine produced by Pfizer Inc.
Requested concerning the pressuring of Hahn, Slaoui mentioned on Fox Information Sunday that “if that telephone name occurred, I feel it was ineffective and unlucky, so are among the tweets.”
An Related Press-NORC Middle for Public Affairs Analysis revealed final week discovered solely about half of Individuals are able to take the vaccine.
Slaoui additionally urged Individuals to maintain an open thoughts concerning the vaccine and warned that the virus will proceed to plague the nation past the spring if too few individuals take it.
WASHINGTON — The top of the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration says he’s hopeful that the company’s exterior advisers will clear a second coronavirus vaccine for emergency use later this week.
However FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn says he received’t “prejudge” the result of Thursday’s assembly.
That’s when FDA advisers will evaluate the company’s impartial evaluation of information provided by Moderna about its coronavirus vaccine.
Hahn tells CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that it’s his “honest hope” that his company can transfer ahead “expeditiously” on the Moderna vaccine.
The identical FDA panel final Thursday endorsed the primary coronavirus vaccine, made by Pfizer and its German accomplice, BioNTech. The FDA permitted that vaccine for emergency use on Friday.
Pfizer started delivery out its vaccine on Sunday.
WASHINGTON — The director of the Nationwide Institutes of Well being is that stressing the primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being distributed this week are protected and efficient and is urging Individuals to place apart any skepticism in order that as many individuals may be vaccinated as attainable.
Dr. Francis Collins tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he hopes individuals will get previous the “noise” and “conspiracy theories” concerning the Pfizer vaccine’s security as a result of approval was primarily based on “scientific decision-making of probably the most vigorous kind.”
He says face masks are nonetheless going to be “part of our life” within the coming months as a result of it stays unknown whether or not a vaccinated individual might unfold COVID-19 to others.
However he believes the virus could possibly be considerably stunted by June if 70% to 80% of Individuals are vaccinated, the extent most consultants imagine is required to succeed in “herd immunity.”
Collins says masks could possibly be all however gone within the latter half of subsequent 12 months. If solely half of Individuals are prepared to take the vaccine, he says, “this might go on and on and on.”
ROME — Italy’s particular commissioner for the pandemic says the vaccination marketing campaign towards COVID-19 will start in all 27 European Union nations on the identical “symbolic” day, to be adopted with particular person nations’ rollouts of bigger inoculation packages.
“The concept one European nation might start earlier than one other is way” from what is going to happen, the official, Domenico Arcuri, advised reporters on Sunday. “The marketing campaign will start in all nations on a symbolic day” earlier than the beginning of the particular marketing campaign of mass vaccinations.
He didn’t say when the primary day was or how many individuals can be vaccinated that day.
Italy’s first section of vaccinations, concentrating on 1.Eight million well being care personnel and residents and workers of nursing houses, must be underway in mid-January, Arcuri mentioned. Some 300 pavilions will probably be arrange on the town squares and different public locations, the place individuals can obtain the photographs.
BERLIN — Most shops shut, tight limits on social contacts, no singing in church and a ban on fireworks gross sales: Germany is ratcheting up its pandemic restrictions to chop the stubbornly excessive charge of coronavirus infections.
Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned she and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed Sunday to step up the nation’s lockdown measures from Dec. 16 to Jan. 10 to cease the exponential rise of COVID-19 circumstances.
“We’re pressured to behave and we’re appearing,” Merkel advised reporters in Berlin, noting that current restrictions imposed in November didn’t considerably scale back the variety of new infections.
The seven-day rolling common of day by day new circumstances in Germany has risen over the previous two weeks from 21.23 new circumstances per 100,000 individuals on Nov. 28 to 26 new circumstances per 100,000 individuals on Dec. 12.
Beginning Wednesday, colleges nationwide will probably be closed or change to residence education; most non-food shops will probably be closed, as will companies akin to hairdressers; restaurant takeout will stay permitted, however consumption on-site — together with alcohol— will probably be banned.
Except for Christmas, the variety of individuals allowed to fulfill indoors will stay restricted to 5, not together with youngsters below 14.
PARIS: Authorities on the Mediterranean island of Corsica are making COVID-19 assessments compulsory for any guests touring from the French mainland for the Christmas-New 12 months interval.
The measure is extraordinary in that it units Corsica other than all of mainland France’s different areas, which don’t require assessments for journey between them.
Beneath the measures introduced this weekend by the French authorities’s prime administrator for Corsica, Pascal Lelarge, all vacationers aged 12 and over might want to endure a virus take a look at within the 72 hours earlier than taking a airplane or boat to the island. The principles will apply from Dec. 19 to Jan. 8, 2021.
Vacationers might want to fill out a kind confirming that they examined destructive. A high quality of 135 euros ($164) may be levied from vacationers who don’t get examined. Lelarge additionally warned of attainable authorized motion towards individuals who infect others. Police at airports and ports in Corsica will perform checks, and vacationers will want to have the ability to produce paperwork from labs or pharmacists proving that they received examined.
The measures are geared toward retaining down Corsica’s an infection charges, that are far decrease than the nationwide common, and to defend the island’s hospitals.
LONDON — Aged residents of Scottish nursing houses will begin receiving the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech on Monday.
The residents, together with nursing residence workers, would be the subsequent to get the innoculations after 5,000 well being service staff and vaccinators in Britain obtained the photographs, Scottish officers mentioned Sunday.
It’s a part of the primary section of Britain’s mass vaccination program, which launched earlier this month and entails giving out 800,000 doses.
Authorities within the U.Okay., which has reported greater than 64,000 COVID-19 associated deaths, gave emergency authorization to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine earlier this month, making it the primary nation to approve its widespread use.
Officers mentioned they had been capable of prolong the rollout to nursing houses after fixing some logistical challenges with the vaccine, which needs to be saved at minus-70 levels Celsius (minus-94 levels Fahrenheit).
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has elevated its funds allocation for buying COVID-19 vaccines amid a surge within the coronavirus.
Dr. Nausheen Hamid, parliamentary secretary for Nationwide Well being Companies, says the funds for the vaccines has been enhanced to $250 million. Earlier, the federal government had put aside $150 million.
Pakistan recorded 3,369 new circumstances of the virus and 72 new deaths on Saturday.
A surge within the virus comes amid large disregard by individuals for precautionary measures regardless of fixed warnings by the authorities.
UNITED NATIONS — A worldwide alliance of greater than 1,000 organizations has introduced $20.6 billion in pledges to assist girls, newborns, younger youngsters and adolescents take care of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to longstanding points.
The Partnership for Maternal, New child and Little one Well being, which is hosted by the World Well being Group, says $16.1 billion are new commitments to deal with COVID-19, $2.2 billion is new cash not linked to the coronavirus, and $2.Three billion is new funding for current packages.
Low and center earnings nations together with Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Liberia and Nigeria pledged a complete of $6.6 billion whereas $14 billion got here from worldwide support and grants from Germany, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis, the partnership mentioned. The pledges had been introduced Thursday and Friday.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, who chairs the partnership, says: “Our concern is that assets — inadequate to start with — are being diverted away to answer the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Clark, who additionally led the U.N. improvement company from 2009 to 2017, mentioned the $20.6 billion will guarantee girls, youngsters and adolescents can entry well being providers and precedence social protections all through the COVID-19 disaster and restoration intervals.
SAN DIEGO — California’s legal professional normal has advised the house owners of two strip golf equipment to observe orders as a result of he mentioned they’re violating the state’s new stay-at-home coverage, which bars social gatherings in an effort to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus.
In a letter despatched Friday to Halfway Ventures LLC and F-12 Leisure Group, the house owners of Pacers Showgirls Worldwide and Cheetahs Gents’s Membership, respectively, Xavier Becerra mentioned the golf equipment should change their insurance policies as a result of they’re in violation of the order, issued Dec. 6, that covers Southern California.
Becerra mentioned the state will pursue authorized motion if the businesses don’t comply.
The golf equipment couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
TOKYO — Japan’s day by day coronavirus circumstances have exceeded 3,000 for the primary time whereas the federal government delays stricter measures for concern of wounding the financial system forward of the vacation season.
The three,030 new circumstances, together with 621 in Tokyo, took Japan’s nationwide tally to 177,287 with 2,562 deaths, the Well being Ministry mentioned Sunday.
Consultants say critical circumstances are on the rise across the nation, placing burden on hospitals and affecting the day by day medical remedy for different sufferers. They urged authorities to take measures akin to suspending out-of-town journeys and requesting shops to shut early.
Current media surveys present assist scores for the federal government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga have dropped about 20 factors from round 70% amid public discontent over his coronavirus dealing with.
Japan issued a non-binding state of emergency within the spring and has survived earlier an infection peaks with no lockdown.
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has set one other report for its day by day coronavirus tally with 1,030, as authorities wrestle to suppress the viral unfold.
The Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company mentioned Sunday the extra circumstances together with two deaths raised the nationwide caseload to 42,766 with 580 fatalities.
About 80% of the brand new circumstances had been discovered within the densely populated Seoul space, the place authorities have shut nightclubs and different high-risk venues, banned late-night eating and brought different steps to gradual the unfold. However such measures have proven little impact.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun mentioned Saturday his authorities might must implement its highest-level social distancing guidelines if the virus doesn’t decelerate. Such restrictions would ban a gathering of greater than 10 individuals, shut down colleges, theaters and shops and droop skilled sports activities leagues.
BALTIMORE — The U.S. has recorded greater than 16 million circumstances of COVID-19, by far probably the most of any nation on the planet, in response to knowledge stored by Johns Hopkins College.
Instances of the virus have been rising throughout a lot of the U.S., inflicting report demise totals in current days.
India and Brazil are the one two different nations which have reported greater than Three million circumstances of COVID-19. Globally, greater than 71 million circumstances have been confirmed. The precise variety of circumstances is believed to be far larger as a result of many individuals haven’t been examined and a few who get the illness don’t present signs.
The U.S. additionally leads the world in deaths associated to the coronavirus at greater than 297,600, together with a report 3,309 recorded on Friday.
The will increase come as tens of millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer begin rolling into U.S. hospitals on Monday. The primary vaccines will go to hospital workers and different well being care professionals.
The coronavirus has triggered greater than 1.6 million international deaths.
FRESNO, Calif. — California public well being officers say the variety of obtainable intensive care unit beds within the huge San Joaquin Valley has dropped to zero for the primary time Saturday. Only a day earlier, ICU capability in area comprised of 12 counties was at 4.5%.
The information comes as ICU models replenish throughout California amid spiking COVID-19 circumstances. Final week, San Joaquin Valley and the big Southern California area had been ordered to observe the strictest anti-COVID-19 guidelines below a brand new stay-at-home order.
Overflowing ICUs was a significant factor in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s resolution to implement the brand new order.
SPRINGFIELD, Sick. — The U.S. has reached a report 3,309 day by day coronavirus deaths, in response to knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins College.
The deaths reported Friday exceeded by 6% the earlier excessive of three,124 deaths reported Wednesday.
The U.S. additionally reached a report day by day confirmed infections at 231,775, in response to a tally by Johns Hopkins College. That’s practically 4,000 greater than the earlier excessive on Dec. 4.
The will increase come as tens of millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer begin rolling into hospitals on Monday. The primary vaccines will go to hospital workers and different well being care professionals.
The U.S. leads the world in confirmed circumstances at 15.9 million and deaths at greater than 296,000. The coronavirus has triggered greater than 1.6 million international deaths.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration says pilots might obtain the COVID-19 vaccine however might not fly for 48 hours.
The FAA says it’s requiring the statement interval “to take care of the best stage of security” within the airspace it regulates. The 48-hour statement additionally applies to air visitors controllers.
The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration on Friday permitted emergency use of a vaccine developed by Pfizer and shipments are anticipated in numerous states on Monday. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses taken three weeks aside. The 48-hour interval applies after each doses.
The FAA says it’s going to monitor response to the vaccine. It requires related ready intervals after aviation workers obtain different vaccines, such tuberculosis and typhoid.
ROME — Italy added one other 649 coronavirus deaths Saturday, bringing its official complete to 64,036 and simply shy of Britain’s Europe-leading 64,123 useless.
Italy might overtake Britain regardless of having 6 million individuals fewer than the U.Okay.’s 66 million, and trails solely the a lot bigger U.S., Brazil, India and Mexico, in response to a tally by Johns Hopkins College.
Italy has probably the most deaths per 100,000 inhabitants among the many most affected nations. Italy has added practically 29,000 useless since Sept. 1.
Greater than 1.Eight million Italians have contracted the virus because the begin of the pandemic. Well being consultants say the numbers mirror an underfunded well being care system with few ICU beds, authorities delays in imposing restrictions and an aged inhabitants.
International circumstances and demise tolls are believed to vastly underestimated due to missed infections, restricted testing and totally different counting standards.
PHOENIX — Arizona reported 8,076 confirmed coronavirus circumstances, one of many state’s largest day by day complete.
The Division of Well being Companies reported 77 extra deaths on Saturday, growing the state’s confirmed totals to 402,589 circumstances and seven,322 deaths.
The circumstances eclipsed Friday’s 6,983 because the third-largest day by day case report, behind 12,314 on Tuesday and 10,322 on Dec. 1.
The coronavirus hospitalizations on Friday reached 3,534, up 52 from Thursday and topping the summer time surge excessive of three,517 on July 13. There have been 799 sufferers in intensive care models.
WASHINGTON — U.S. officers say the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine will start arriving in states Monday morning.
Military Gen. Gustave Perna says vehicles will roll out Sunday morning as delivery corporations UPS and FedEx start delivering Pfizer’s vaccine to just about 150 distribution facilities throughout the states. An extra 450 websites will get the vaccine between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Perna is with Operation Warp Velocity, the Trump administration’s vaccine improvement program. He says the vaccine was timed to reach Monday morning so well being staff can be obtainable to obtain the photographs and start giving them.
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has approved one other 150 Idaho Nationwide Guard troopers to assist medical amenities battle the coronavirus.
The Republican governor added the troopers to the 100 he activated final month to assist the state take care of surging infections and deaths. The 250 troopers will assist with cell testing assist, facility decontamination and coronavirus screenings. They’re additionally serving to at meals banks.
State officers say practically 120,000 Idaho residents have been contaminated. There have been 1,151 confirmed deaths.
The positivity charge is 20%, properly above the 5% or much less state officers suggest.