Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera 6 Jan 2021

Epiphany: Thousands of Orthodox Christians ignore COVID warnings


Orthodox Christian churches in Greece have held services to mark Epiphany, in defiance of government coronavirus restrictions that banned public gatherings including religious ceremonies.
Physically distanced congregations gathered in churches to mark the day despite the government's extension of lockdown curbs on Sunday.

Al Jazeera's John Psaropoulos reports from Piraeus, Greece.

President-elect Biden announced a five-point plan to ramp up distribution of Covid-19 vaccines in the U.S. His plan includes instructing FEMA to establish "thousands" of vaccination centers and get local pharmacies involved in distribution.
One is called the 'English snail' and the other the 'Marseille boar.' Together, Edmund Platt and Frédéric Munsch are walking from Marseille to Paris, collecting thousands of discarded facemasks along the way.
The prime minister says people want to know the government at every level are "throwing everything" at getting the vaccine rolled out.

In a news briefing the PM promised that hundreds of thousands of vaccines will be delivered daily by the end of next week.

Boris Johnson says that so far 1.5 million people across the UK have received their first dose already and insists the UK has "enough" vaccines to protect 14 million of the most vulnerable people by his current deadline of 15 February.
Thousands of Peruvians are volunteering for the Phase Three clinical trial of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine.

China says its support for the efforts in Peru shows a high degree of trust between the two countries.

CGTN's Dan Collyns reports from Lima.

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