Euronews 11 Jan 2021

Brazil private clinics start ordering jabs as federal government yet to present national strategy


Brazil's health ministry has yet to deliver details of its national vaccination plan. The central government has tasked state governors, research institutes, and private clinics with acquiring the jabs. Our International correspondent Anelise Borges is in Rio de Janeiro.

Hundreds of millions or people around the world have been celebrating a very different Christmas this year. Skyrocketing coronavirus infections and lockdowns have changed how we mark the festive period. But world leaders are delivering messages of hope. And here in Europe, long-awaited vaccinations will begin in most EU member states.
Germany is gearing up to launch an unprecedented mass vaccination program on Sunday. Shipments of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine have started to arrive in Germany and countries across the European Union. But despite expressing optimism about the start of the inoculation campaign, German Health Minister Jens Spahn warned the coronavirus has not yet been beaten.
Across the Atlantic, giant immunization programs have already begun in three Latin American countries - Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica. But all eyes are on Brazil. It has the world's second highest Covid-19 death toll and has not yet approved a vaccine.
South Korea has recorded its second-highest daily number of infections since the disease broke out. Over 1,100 new cases were reported, the day after a previous record was set.
Russia has crossed the three million threshold of COVID-19 cases. The country has reported record numbers of cases and deaths nearly every week, but a new lockdown isn't in sight.
And parts of Sydney will reenter lockdown on Sunday after a rise in infections. Australian authorities have called on people to stay home and not go shopping.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a Wednesday briefing he had asked federal officials to implement testing of international travelers or allow New York to do so to prevent spread of the coronavirus. The Democrat also said the results of Tuesday's Senate runoff elections in Georgia would be good for New Yorkers in the fight against COVID-19 and in addressing the state's $15 billion budget shortfall. Watch his remarks.
Health and Human Services, Defense Department and Operation Warp Speed officials announced changes to the federal government's vaccine distribution guidelines during a telebriefing on Tuesday. Watch their remarks.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States, a court in London has ruled.

The judge blocked the request because of concerns over Mr Assange's mental health and risk of suicide in the US.

The 49-year-old is wanted over the publication of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011.

The US claims the leaks broke the law and endangered lives. Mr Assange has fought the extradition and says the case is politically motivated.

The US authorities have 14 days in which to lodge an appeal and are expected to do so. This means Mr Assange is not likely to be freed from London's Belmarsh Prison - where he is being held - immediately.

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