Coronavirus News – Dec. 9: U.K. Kicks off Vaccinations, Biden Sets Ambitious Goals, Merkel Pleads

By Anna Breuer on 9 December 2020
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At 6:31 a.m. local time on Tuesday, a 90-year-old named Margaret Keenan received the first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Britain.  The second person to receive it was 82-year-old William Shakespeare, a mere 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the Bard’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.

After her country saw a record number of deaths, Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel pleased with Germans to meet fewer people and to stay at home over the holidays in a speech at the Bundestag Wednesday.  After the Ministerpräsidenten of the country’s 16 states only moved to implement partial lockdowns, the number of new infections and the daily death rate have both skyrocketed.

As the the United States hit a record number of hospitalizations, namely 104,600, President-Elect Joseph Biden announced plans to get “at least 100 million Covid vaccine shots into the arms of the American people” in his first 100 days in office. Biden implored Americans to don masks during that period of time and said he would make wearing masks mandatory in federal buildings as well as on planes and trains that cross state lines.

“We’re in a tough situation.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, who will hold a major role in the Biden administration after having served six presidents, reiterated his warning for Americans to stay home for the Christmas holidays.  He said that the Thanksgiving spike is about to create a surge upon a surge and that an additional Christmas spike in January will be “very problematic.” He also said that people who have recovered from the coronavirus should get inoculated because no one knows how long their immunity will last.

Meanwhile, another one of President Trump’s lawyers, Jenna Ellis, tested positive for the coronavirus.  She is part of what she called an “elite strike force” that is filing suits in various states to overturn the election results.

Amidst a rising number of cases, Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina imposed a curfew in his state from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The curfew goes into effect on Friday.

A Royal Caribbean Cruises ship returned to Singapore early on the third day of a four-day cruise to nowhere after a passenger was reported to have tested positive for Covid-19.

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