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Monday, 7 December 2020

Everything you need to know about covid at home and abroad on 7 December 2020

The Health Ministry reported 418 new covid-19 infections yesterday, down from 431 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 118,432 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 21 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 6,771.

EgyptAir and Cairo Airport are equipped to ship and distribute vaccines that need to be stored in ultra-cold temperatures, such as the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines, Rosdhy Zakaria, the chairman of the flag carrier’s parent company, said on the airwaves yesterday morning (watch, runtime: 3:41).

Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for covid-19, Agent Orange said on Twitter. The story is front-page news in most US media outlets this morning, including the NYT and the Wall Street Journal.

The high-profile case comes as the US is planning to give all its citizens access to covid-19 vaccines by April 2020, said US health services chief Alex Azar ahead of the FDA’s expected clearance of Pfizer’s vaccine this week. Meanwhile, Californians have gone into lockdown as the state tries to stem a recent surge in cases, the Associated Press reports.

Russia and China are inching closer to a large-scale rollout of covid-19 vaccines: Russia distributed its Sputnik V vaccine to 70 clinics last weekend ahead of a mass vaccination campaign, and China is putting plans in place for mass production of its own inoculations.

And India could get the Pfizer vax before long after the US company applied for emergency approval last week. At least one local Indian manufacturer said it would also supply the shot to private clinics for USD 8 per shot, foreshadowing the possible development of a secondary private market for the vaccine.

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