Bidens' vaccinations, Moderna's US availability, UK virus strain: 5 things to know Monday

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  • 2020-12-21 09:44:58Z

Biden, wife to receive COVID-19 vaccination

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will get vaccinated for COVID-19 Monday, Biden's office said. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will receive their doses the week after next. The White House has not said when or whether President Trump, who had COVID in October, will be vaccinated. Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the White House's coronavirus task force, was vaccinated Friday at a live, televised event intended to build public confidence in the vaccine. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also got vaccinated Friday and they posted photos online.

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Moderna vaccine joins battle against COVID-19

The Moderna coronavirus vaccine should begin to arrive across the nation Monday, just three days after it was authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. Moderna, which developed its vaccine in collaboration with government scientists, says it will be able to deliver 20 million doses of its vaccine by the end of December and another 80 million in the first few months of 2021. The vaccine comes on the heels of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is currently being given to health care workers and nursing home residents.

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Harris to campaign in Georgia for Senate Democrats

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will campaign in Georgia Monday for the two Democrats in runoff elections whose results will determine control of the Senate. She is also scheduled to appear on MSNBC's "The Reidout" at 7 p.m. ET while she's on the campaign trail. Harris will travel to Suwanee and Columbus to campaign on behalf of Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock. The two are trying to take the seats held by Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively. The races present an opportunity to shift control of the Senate from Republicans to Democrats. If both Democratic challengers win their races, the chamber would be split and Harris could break ties in favor of President-elect Joe Biden's priorities. Biden visited Tuesday and President Donald Trump said on Twitter Saturday that he would stage a "big rally" for Loeffler and Perdue on Jan. 4, a day before the runoffs.

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Boris Johnson to preside over meeting of UK's crisis committee

The British government said Prime Minister Boris Johnson would preside at a meeting of the government's crisis committee, COBRA, Monday in the wake of other nations' measures to bar travel from the U.K. in a bid to block a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from spreading. Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Ireland and Bulgaria all announced restrictions on U.K. travel, hours after Johnson announced that Christmas shopping and gatherings in southern England must be canceled because of the rapidly spreading infections. Canada announced its own ban Sunday night with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying in a statement that for 72 hours starting at midnight Sunday, "all flights from the UK will be prohibited from entering Canada." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging federal officials to either ban flights from the U.K. or require all passengers to get tested for COVID-19.

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'Double planet' skyshow on tap for winter solstice

This year's winter solstice will bring a rare sight to our night skies - just in time for the holidays. For viewers who look into the southwestern horizon just after sunset on Monday, Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer to each other than they have been since the Middle Ages (1226, to be precise). It's what astronomers call a "conjunction," and it will look like almost a "double planet," said Rice University astronomer Patrick Hartigan. So get out your lawn chairs: Such a close conjunction, which some have dubbed the "Christmas star," won't happen again until early March 15, 2080.

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Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Bidens get vaccinated, Moderna's US vaccine: 5 things to know Monday


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