UK Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson has announced a 6-week lockdown in England and Scotland due to the surge in COVID-19 within the region, although, elite sports like the English premier league will continue. In a televised address, the Prime Minister told the nation to stay indoors other than for limited exceptions, with measures expected to last until mid-February.
As European Union is coming to the end the United Kingdom in an official divorce, officials have signed their post-deal with Britain and have since been dispatched to London today setting another era for the United Kingdom. The Heads of the European Commission and European Council, Chief Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michael respectively were seen full of joy and approval as they signed their names to the 1,246-pages Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
The United Kingdom (UK) has licensed the COVID-19 vaccine developed by American Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer/BioNTech, making it available for mass immunization with effect from next week, especially for those most at risk. This makes the UK the first western country to approve the administration of the vaccine against the pandemic. The vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by the UK's Medicines and Health products Regulatory Authority (MHRA). "The government has today accepted the recommendation from the MHRA to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for use," a Health official said.
A wild protest broke out in Sweden which has led to riots after Far-right activists burned a Quran in the southern Swedish city of Malmo. More than 300 people gathered to protest after an anti-Muslim Danish politician, Rasmus Paludan who was banned from entering Sweden for two years after he burned a Quran was about entering the country the same day as the Muslim weekly Friday prayers.
In a bid to expand the United Kingdom’s COVBID-19 immunization campaign, the UK has approved the use of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by scientists at the University of Oxford alongside the manufacturer, AstraZeneca. Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will commence January 4, 2021, adding that “and will really accelerate into the first few weeks of next year”.The UK has ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine, enough medicine to vaccinate 50 million people. This makes it the second vaccine to be approved after the Pfizer/BioNTech in December.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has on Tuesday said the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute has been registered for use, "This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered," Putin said in a televised conference. "One of my daughters had this vaccine. I think in this sense she took part in the experiment," he added saying his daughter has been inoculated and is doing well.