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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Everything you need to know about covid at home and abroad on 2 December 2020

The daily covid tally is continuing to creep up: The Health Ministry reported 392 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 370 the day before. The ministry also reported 16 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 6,666. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 116,303 confirmed cases of covid-19.

Next year’s Thanaweya Amma exams on 19 June will be held online for all high school students.

Covid-19 vaccine distribution in Europe won’t begin until January after pharma regulators pushed assessments for the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to 29 December and 12 January, the FT reports.

Some 10-15% of people who have taken the Pfizer / Moderna vaccines have experienced “significantly noticeable” side effects, head of the Trump administration’s vax development program Moncef Slaoui told the Washington Post. Medical experts have urged authorities to be upfront about the potential for nasty side effects, so people aren’t put off from returning for the second shot.

Covid-19 could leave permanent scars on business travel: The pandemic could result in business travel being slashed by up to 36% on a permanent basis as workarounds to covid become more entrenched and businesses cut their travel budgets, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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