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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Everything you need to know about covid at home and abroad on 16 December 2020

The Health Ministry reported 523 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 511 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 122,609 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 23 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 6,966.

The US’ first covid-19 vaccinations outside of clinical trials started Monday, with a New York nurse among the first to get the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The kick-off of the inoculation drive comes as the US Food and Drug Administration looks set to authorize the emergency use of the Moderna vaccine on Friday after its review confirmed that the vaccine is highly effective in protecting against covid-19. If approved, distribution of the 6 mn doses within the US could begin next week. The New York Times has the story.

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