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Associated Press 10 Jan 2021

Pope prays for US, asks for peace amid Capitol riot

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Pope Francis on Sunday said he was praying for those who died in the U.S. Capitol rioting and appealed for calm to prevail in order to help safeguard American democratic values. (Jan. 10)


China compares siege of Capitol Hill with pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, with the first doses due to be given on Monday amid rising coronavirus cases.

The UK has ordered 100 million doses - enough to vaccinate 50 million people.

This would cover the entire population when combined with the full order of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

It comes as millions more people in England are expected to be the toughest tier four restrictions.

Vaccination centres will now start inviting patients to come and get the jab from next week.

Priority groups for immunisation have already been identified, starting with care home residents, the over-80s, and health and care workers.

Eventually all over 50s and younger adults with health conditions will be offered a jab in the first phase of rollout - more than 25 million people in total.

It is hoped that about two million patients a week could soon be vaccinated with two vaccines now approved.
The UK on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from next week.

"The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for use," the government said in a statement.
When kids write to Santa, they usually ask for a popular new toy, but this year, many letters are far more serious, reflecting the times we are living in. "This has been a very tough year," 4-year-old Aiden wrote. "I lost my daddy (and) my grandpa (and) my mommy is having a rough time. maybe you can send her some happiness." And other children asked for a cure for COVID-19. Thousands of youngsters wrote the letters as part of the United States Postal Service's Operation Santa Program.

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