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#Only about 2.8 million #Americans had received a COVID-19 vaccine going into the last day of #December, putting the #United #States far short of the government’s target to vaccinate 20 million people this month. EUROPE * #British doctors have said a government decision to delay giving a coronavirus vaccine booster shot to vulnerable patients who have already had a first dose will be distressing and disruptive, their trade union said. * #About 4000 additional positive tests for COVID-19 in the last two to three days have yet to be formally confirmed in #Ireland, meaning the situation is worse than recent record daily figures suggest, a senior health official. * #All travellers entering #Norway will have to take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival from #January 2, the country’s justice ministry said. AMERICAS * A #Brazilian lab said it has detected two cases of the new coronavirus variant that has spread rapidly in #Britain, and urged reinforcement of quarantine measures for travellers coming from #Europe. * #New #York #City aims to vaccinate one million residents against the coronavirus by the end of #January 2021, #Mayor #Bill de #Blasio said. * The leading US infectious disease specialist, #Dr. #Anthony #Fauci, said he foresees #America achieving enough collective COVID-19 immunity through vaccinations to regain “some semblance of normality” by autumn 2021. * The COVID-19 vaccine developed jointly by #AstraZeneca and #Oxford #University was approved for use in #El #Salvador. ASIA-PACIFIC * #China has detected its first imported case of the new coronavirus variant that is spreading rapidly around #Britain, according to a publication run by the #Chinese #Center for #Disease #Control and #Prevention. * #Pakistan will purchase 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from #China’s #Sinopharm. * A province of islands in the southern #Philippines will seal itself off for an initial two weeks from #Monday to keep out a new COVID-19 variant found in nearby #Malaysia. MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA * #Israel is carefully husbanding supplies as it races to vaccinate all vulnerable citizens by late #January and push for an early exit from the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. * #South #Africa will have a firm date on when it will get COVID-19 vaccine in the first few days of #January, a senior health ministry official told a television news channel. MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS * A vaccine developed by a unit of #China #National #Biotec #Group is 79.34 per cent effective at protecting people from COVID-19 and the company has filed an application for regulatory approval in #China for its general public use. * A new variant of the novel coronavirus does not appear to cause more severe illness than other variants, according to a matched study by #Public #Health #England. ECONOMIC IMPACT * The S&P 500 reversed course and turned positive on #Thursday and the dollar advanced as investors prepared to close the book on a turbulent year of pandemic, recession and recovery. #Australian #Associated #Press

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