this is what humanitarian aid budgets are like in a pandemic

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The urgencies and shortages due to the Covid-19 pandemic have been noted throughout the world, especially in the countries most in need. Faced with the situation, a multilateral response against the effects of the pandemic is urgently needed, which depends on the involvement of the richest countries. For example, the European Union is the one that invests the most in humanitarian aid; The United States, with Joe Biden at the helm, wants to regain leadership after years of cuts by Donald Trump; while the United Kingdom, with the arrival of Boris Johnson, has reduced the budget for international aid.


Corona vaccination: England approves overnight – why not the EU? *** BILDplus content *** – Economy

The Brexit Brits will be vaccinated against Corona from Monday – and we are still waiting weeks for approval …

Photo: Paul Ellis / AP Photo / dpa

In Great Britain it went in no time at all: the regulatory authority for pharmaceuticals has issued emergency approval for the corona vaccine BNT162b2 – the British are the first in the world to have the green light and can vaccinate from Monday.

Right of way for the island – even though the manufacturers Biontech and Pfizer are based in Germany and the USA. How can that be? BILD gives the reasons for the British turbo and why (and how long) we are waiting for the vaccine …


++ Coronavirus today ++ COVID-19 is already the first cause of death in Costa Rica | The World | DW

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19.00: COVID-19 is already the first cause of death in Costa Rica

“We reached 1,731 deaths related to COVID-19, which as a single causal entity became the first cause of death in Costa Rica,” Health Minister Daniel Salas declared on Tuesday.

The minister sent condolences to the families of the victims and insisted on taking care of the elderly, which is the population most at risk from the virus and to which the majority of deaths correspond.

The official warned the population that “many more (dead) will be added depending on the empathy, solidarity and respect for life that we show in the following weeks and even months.”

Costa Rica, a country of 5 million inhabitants, detected the first case of covid-19 on March 6 and since then accumulates 140,172 infected and 1,731 deaths.

According to experts, Costa Rica reached the peak of infections in mid-September and since then the country has been on a “plateau” with around 1,000 new cases daily.

Currently, there are 571 people hospitalized, of which 224 are in intensive care units, numbers that have not decreased significantly in recent months.

The president of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, Román Macaya, warned that Costa Rica has limited capacity in intensive care units with 359 beds.

“The patients who are coming to hospitals are doing so in more critical conditions and with more risk factors, which makes their care much more complex,” said Macaya.

The authorities fear that on the festive dates of December the population will break its family bubbles and disregard preventive measures, and that this will cause a new wave of cases that threatens to saturate the hospital system, mainly in intensive care units.

The Minister of Health recalled the importance of using the mask correctly, washing hands constantly, keeping distance between people, avoiding crowds and meetings.

“As I have said on other occasions, this is a resistance race, we have overcome nine months of pandemic, in which, for the most part, we have persisted as a population in self-care and it is urgent that we do not give up spaces in that objective,” Salas said .

The minister reiterated that “this is not the time to lower our guard” and that “December is a decisive month.”

After several months of gradual closings and openings, Costa Rica currently maintains an almost total opening of economic activities under sanitary protocols such as the use of masks and hand disinfection; in addition to capacity limits to guarantee the distance between people.

jov (efe, afp, tagesschau24)


Trump revealed that he is “ashamed” of having endorsed Georgia Governor Brian Kemp | Atlanta

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(TELEMUNDO ATLANTA) .- President Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News Sunday that he is ashamed of having supported the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, in 2018.

Trump made the remarks while continuing to make claims about alleged election fraud in Georgia. So far, the Trump campaign has been unable to find evidence of an alleged theft in the last election contest.

Trump remains furious about losing the southern state, which had not voted for a Democrat for president in nearly 30 years. In January, the state will decide whether the Republican Party retains control of the United States Senate, when voters decide on two Senate runoff elections.

Biden won Georgia by a small lead of just under 13,000 votes, prompting a recount, which is currently underway. A state audit last week confirmed Biden’s victory.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the vote on November 2. Kemp then signed his approval.

“The governor has done nothing,” Trump said. “He has done absolutely nothing. I am ashamed to have supported him.” In the same interview, Trump called Raffensperger a “disaster.”

Trump endorsed Kemp via Twitter in 2018:

“Brian is tough on crime, tough on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our military and veterans and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and full support,” the president wrote.


Brexit is already in the price

This morning I have to be honest and admit that I did not know what to write about, what to recommend to you in which I really had conviction. Suddenly I realized the obvious. At United Kingdom Only two things have been talked about in recent years: Brexit and the covid-19. So, as I already wrote about the pandemic or Juan Pedro did it for me, today we have Brexit.

The UK is cheap, that’s a fact. The FTSE 100 trades at 12x PE (2022), 35% off the S&P 500. In the coming weeks, most economists expect it to be signed with the European Union (EU) a “minimum” trade agreement (zero tariff and zero quota), with a formal ratification at the end of December. It is therefore more than likely that the elimination of Brexit risk will be a major positive catalyst for UK domestic stocks.

The removal of long-term political uncertainty, coupled with a large valuation disconnect, may act as an impetus to encourage mergers and takeover bids (takeover bids). The country’s valuation discount, cheap financing and high existing liquidity mean that both ‘private equity’ and strategic buyers are on the prowl (GFS, William Hill, Hastings o RSA are recent examples).

Different investment banks shuffle different pools. Prudential, ITV, BT, o British land appear in many of them. Although it is difficult to get the right name right, what is clear is that it is not difficult to get the subject right: start looking at English values, because the possibility that they will do it better than anyone else is high.

It is very likely that the EU Council meeting of the days December 10 and 11 is the deadline for whether Britain makes a trade “deal” with Brussels or not. For all practical purposes, it will symbolically mark the end of the period of Brexit uncertainty before the “transition period” ends in 35 days. And it will mark the beginning of a period that many in the current government would like to be characterized by their own vision with the word “Global Britain.”

Start looking at English values, because the chance that they will do better than anyone else is high

From a perspective of markets and investmentIt also marks a line in the sand and presents a simpler opportunity in the future. There are different aspects to consider:

The pound has had a clear downtrend since 2007, and flat since the 2016 Brexit vote. That trend may be about to change.

Because of this poor pound behavior And the uncertainty created by Brexit, it is clear that almost all professional investors have a very low percentage of their assets in the UK.

Furthermore, from a perspective of equity market, two realities are worth highlighting. On the one hand, the sectoral composition of both the FTSE100 and the FTSE250 are very suitable for ongoing cyclical exposure / recovery / value (finance and commodities 38% of the FTSE100, and 45% of the FTSE250). On the other, the discount at which the FTSE is compared to other world indices previously mentioned.

Likewise, in the last two weeks there have been two important events that will most likely encourage investors to increase their positions in the UK. On the one hand, the “Expenditure Review” by the Chancellor, this Wednesday, points to a flexible line that promotes both the required and necessary fiscal expansion, as well as responsible and prudent financial management. But, above all, the most relevant and illustrative of future ambition is Boris Johnson’s ‘Green Plan’: the ban on all sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles By 2030, maintain the position of world leader in offshore wind capacity, a radical electrification program, etc. These are all not just policy goals, but a loud and clear call for ESG funds.

And look at the money inflows into these funds, in recent months. (GS source)

The end of uncertainty, the new vision towards a green economy, the economic recovery after the covid, together with a very low position in the British economy by funds, present an opportunity to say the least. Do not forget in the annual review of your pension to put part of your savings supporting the British index.

To say goodbye, because I know you like comments about our own territory more, I will tell you that I think Sabadell and BBVA will end up merging, and that the break it is one more way to negotiate. Sabadell knows that it has no future alone and BBVA needs not to be eaten by the competition. Sooner or later we will have a wedding.


Weak demand will derail Britain’s recovery

This has been an exceptional year. Last week’s spending review showed how extraordinary it was for the UK. As noted by Chancellor Rishi Sunat, the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR), “predicts that the economy is going to contract this year by 11.3 percent, the largest drop in production at more than 300. years”. What the government says and does in times like these shows us a lot about its character and capabilities, as well as the options facing the country.

Regarding its character, the revealing decision was to cut the aid budget by 0.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Being just over 1 percent of net public debt this year and 0.4 percent of spending, the money saved is irrelevant. The decision violated an overt commitment. Above all, according to the World Bank “it is estimated that the covid-19 pandemic will push between 88 to 115 million more people into extreme poverty this year.” So this is a telling argument of ostentatious pettiness.

Equally revealing are the costs of the Brexi. The OBR says productivity will be 4 percent lower in the long run than it would be if the UK remained in the European Union. The Bank of England argues that disruption in the short term will cut GDP by around 1 percent in the first quarter of 2021. A Brexi Without an agreement, it can, according to the OBR, reduce GDP by 2 percent more in 2021. In the long term, it estimates, GDP may be 2 percent lower than with a trade pact. I pity companies that have to make plans amidst this kind of uncertainty about the Brexi and the pandemic.

And what about the capacity? The pandemic is a global disaster, but where does the UK rank relative to its peers in the group of leading G7 economies (plus Spain)? According to consensus forecasts, this year it will have the largest fiscal deficit, with 18.4 percent of GDP; the second largest drop, of 11 percent (behind Spain), and the third highest mortality rate, behind Spain and Italy. Many things have gone very wrong.

Lastly, what about future options? On this, the OBR is sober, it offers an optimistic scenario in which production returns to the pre-crisis GDP level at the end of next year, a central scenario in which the economy recovers to its pre-virus levels at the end 2022, a pessimistic scenario in which it returns to pre-pandemic levels until 2024. In the optimistic scenario, production returns to its pre-virus trajectory, but production remains permanently below the pre-covid trajectory in the other two scenarios , by 3 and 6 percentage points, each. All three scenarios assume a smooth transition to a free trade agreement with the European Union in January. Otherwise, the results will be even worse.

So the UK is likely to take a second permanent hit to its output and income in less than 15 years, but the scale of the hit is not certain. It depends on how well the virus is managed and, above all, on the success of the vaccination program. It also depends on other policies (including the outcome of the Brexi) that determine the magnitude of the long-term blow.

The OBR examines many strong reasons to fear injury: lower investment, destruction of company-specific capital and knowledge, loss of human skills as a result of unemployment and restructuring, early retirement, and loss of working hours as a result of greater future caution about diseases. Hopefully this year’s extraordinary fiscal support will reduce those wounds, but some of them seem certain.

The policy most likely to increase the long-term wounds and thus push the economy into one of the OBR’s bad scenarios is to let the economy languish under weak demand. After the pandemic, many special programs will end, but tightening fiscal policy too quickly will be a big mistake, especially when monetary policy can hardly be further relaxed and long-term government borrowing costs are so low.

The old fiscal rules, in particular the fixation on the deficit and the ratio of public debt to GDP, were a mistake. Now they are quite grotesque. Instead, governments should focus on their long-term balance sheets, the maturity of their debt, their borrowing costs, the relationship between these costs and the return on investments, and the strength of demand. As long as they have their own currency and a competent central bank, these things alone matter.

Over time it will become clear how great the long-term fiscal costs of the pandemic will be and whether interest rates will remain this low. So, fiscal consolidation may be necessary. To prepare, the government must consider the best way to raise taxes and, if necessary, cut spending. You must also be aware of the long-term costs of an aging population, but at this point you must focus on supporting a strong recovery. A government is not a private home; you must stop thinking as if it were.

Starts “significant week”

Britain and the European Union enter a “very significant” week, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said yesterday, as talks on a trade deal reach their final days with serious differences, such as competition policy and the distribution of fishing rights. “We have to get a deal in the next week or maybe a couple more days,” Raab told Times Radio.

Agreement “still possible”

The head of the British negotiating team, David Frost, said that “it is still possible” to reach an agreement posbrexit with the European Union despite the short time and the differences that persist in key points. “It is late, but an agreement is still possible,” he wrote on Twitter, stating that it is necessary to “respect the sovereignty of the United Kingdom.”

Europe ready alliance with the US

The European Union seeks to forge a new alliance with the United States to bury the tensions of the Trump era and meet the challenges posed by China. The initiative proposes to rebuild ties on common fronts ranging from digital regulation to tackling the pandemic. Financial Times. The proposal will be submitted to national leaders for approval at a meeting on December 10-11.


The resurgence of the PC: the pandemic boosts the sales of HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Apple | Opinion

Opinion platform of Jorge Díaz-Cardiel, managing partner of Advice Strategic Consultants

The second wave of COVID-19, hitting many countries along with companies preparing for longer-term remote work environments, has pushed PC shipments to levels not seen since 2011, according to analyst firms.

Global shipments of laptops and mobile workstations in the third quarter of 2020 were 28.3% higher than a year ago, helping drive total PC shipments up 12.7% year-on-year to 79.2 million units.

The PC sector sold 64.6 million laptops (includes Chromebooks, but not tablets or removable ones). However, the shift to remote work reduced desktop shipments by 26% compared to a year ago.

This quarter’s growth in PC shipments outpaced the 9% year-over-year growth in PC shipments in the second quarter of 2020.

The pandemic has brought mixed results for Microsoft, which is experiencing a slowdown in demand from smaller companies but higher spending from large companies in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

Smaller business stagnation and business closures resulted in Windows OEM professional revenue falling 4% year-over-year, while Windows OEM non-professional revenue increased 34% in the quarter.

On the other hand, people spend more time on their computers: more than four trillion minutes are spent on Windows 10 per month, an increase of 75% year over year.

Lenovo sold the majority of its PCs in the third quarter of 2020, with 19.27 million units, an increase of 11.4%, leaving it with a 24.3% market share. HP sales grew 11.9% compared to last year to 18.66 million units, resulting in a 23.6% share of the PC market. Dell sold 11.99 million units and has a 15.1% market share, but its sales are down 0.5% compared to the previous year. Apple’s Mac sales grew 13.2% to 6.37 million units, giving it an 8.1% share of the PC market and fourth place. Acer’s shipments grew 15% to 5.64 million units.

Bottom line: Laptop sales soared in the last quarter, with Lenovo and HP grabbing half the market.

Apple is a world apart. The company reported Mac sales of $ 7.08 billion in its third-quarter update in July, up 22% from a year ago. IPad sales also increased 31% to $ 6.58 billion.

“Vendors, the supply chain and the channel have now had time to stand up and allocate resources for the supply of laptops, which continue to be in massive demand from both businesses and consumers.”

The industry recognizes that remote work will require providers to focus on mobility, connectivity, battery life, and screen and audio quality. Growth is expected in computing for the educational market and mainstream games.

The next quarter also appears to bring positive news, as consumer spending during the holiday season increases computer sales.

The high demand for laptops as people work and learn remotely helped HP Inc. and Dell Technologies Inc. soften the impact of a slowdown in spending on office equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.

HP reported that laptop sales rose 30% in the July quarter from a year earlier, helping the company limit its revenue decline to 2%, as it reported $ 14.29 billion in sales, surpassing Wall Street’s projection of $ 13.34 billion. The drop was driven by the printer business, as well as lower sales of desktops and workstations, and companies invested less in office equipment because employees work from home.

Meanwhile, Dell said consumer revenue was up 18% for the business that includes computer sales, while commercial customer sales fell 11%. Overall revenue, like HP’s, fell 3% to $ 22.7 billion.

“We saw strength in the government and education sectors, with orders increasing 16% and 24%, respectively, as parents, teachers and school districts prepare for a new frontier in virtual learning,” said the director of operations. Dell’s Jeff Clarke in a statement. .

The pandemic has also posed problems for the two tech companies due to lower spending on office equipment. Dell saw sales of servers and data storage equipment drop, the company said, and customers shifted spending to facilitate remote work.

HP says its printing business, smaller in revenue than the computer business but generally more lucrative, saw sales drop to $ 3.93 billion, driven by lower sales of printers and supplies.

The consumer printer market, however, was a bright spot, with people trapped in home buying devices. Chief Executive Enrique Lores said those sales should boost the printing business as people return to buy more ink and other “consumables.”

Earlier this year, HP warned that the last quarter would be more difficult than the previous one for the company’s printing business as corporate customers cut spending on office equipment. Enrique Lores said that the supply chain challenges the company encountered during the pandemic affected printer sales early in the quarter, particularly on the consumer side. But, the CEO said, the consumer printing business, which posted a 7% revenue increase in the quarter, should strengthen. Furthermore, he said, commercial print sales, while still low, were improving and supply chain problems had lessened.

Xerox Holdings Corp., which last year launched an unsuccessful hostile takeover offer for HP, saying the printing industry was decades behind in consolidation, reported that its sales in the most recent quarter fell by more than a third from the previous year.

Laptop and tablet sales drive sales for HP, Dell and Apple

With so many people working, learning, and playing at home, you might think laptop and tablet sales would be strong. And you would be right.

HP and Dell reported quarterly earnings showing strong laptop and gaming system sales.

And market watcher IDC just reported that Western European unit shipments of “detachable tablets” – that is, tablets with dockable keyboards – were up 170% in the third quarter of the year. By supplier, Apple rules the roost.

HP: notebooks on the rise

HP reported its fiscal fourth quarter earnings yesterday, and overall, things are pretty heavy. Total revenue reached $ 15.3 billion, a drop of one percentage point from the prior-year quarter.

Similarly, the company’s personal systems group reported fixed revenue of $ 10.4 billion. That was despite unit shipments rising 7% year-on-year. In other words, the average selling price (APC) has dropped.

In the fourth quarter, laptop revenue increased 18% while laptop unit shipments increased 25%. Desktops, however, declined: unit shipments fell 31% and revenue fell 28%.

Another way to look at it: HP’s fourth-quarter notebook revenue accounted for nearly half of the company’s total revenue. Desktop computer revenue was just 15%.

Dell: double digit growth

Things were a bit brighter at Dell, which reported earnings for its fiscal third quarter. The company reported total revenue for the quarter of nearly $ 23.5 billion, a 3% year-on-year increase.

Things were even brighter for Dell’s Customer Solutions group, which is Dell’s language for PCs. It reported record shipments, record revenue of $ 12.3 billion and record operating income of $ 1 billion.

Of those $ 12.3 billion in PC revenue, 28% came from consumer sales, while the remaining 72% came from commercial sales. In dollars, consumer sales in the quarter totaled $ 3.5 billion, a year-on-year increase of 14%. And commercial sales totaled $ 8.8 billion, an increase of 5%.

Dell says it enjoyed double-digit growth in most of its consumer and business lines, as well as gaming systems.

More specifically, Dell’s business PC revenue was driven by double-digit growth for Latitude and Precision notebooks, and triple-digit growth for business Chromebooks.

Consumer revenue was driven by double-digit growth in the XPS and Alienware premium gaming systems, both notebooks and desktops.

Apple: tablets

Do all those kids go to school from home now? They (or maybe their parents) are buying a lot of tablets.

New figures from market watcher IDC show that unit shipments of detachable tablets in Western Europe increased 170% in the third quarter of this year, which ended on September 30. These devices now account for 40% of all tablets shipped in the region.

By contrast, third-quarter unit shipments of slate tablets (that is, those without a keyboard) in Western Europe fell 16%, according to IDC.

By verticals, education is now the fastest growing sector in the region for tablet sales. Total tablet shipments to the Western European education market in the third quarter increased 89%, according to IDC.

By vendor, the loot goes to Apple. IDC says the company’s share of the Western European educational market for tablets has risen to a dominant 64%.

Apple also dominates the overall tablet market, with a share of nearly 32% in the third quarter, IDC says. The market watcher says Apple shipped more than 2.6 million tablets in the region during the quarter, a year-on-year increase of nearly 31%.

Jorge Díaz-Cardiel. Managing Director of Advice Strategic Consultants. Economist, Sociologist, Lawyer, Historian, Philosopher and Journalist. He has been Managing Director of Ipsos Public Affairs, Managing Partner of Brodeur Worldwide and Porter Novelli International; Director of Sales and Marketing for Intel Corporation and Director of Investor Relations for Shandwick Consultants. Author of thousands of articles on economics and international relations, he has published around twenty books on economics, innovation, digitization and business success. He is the 1991 Economy Award


There are 208 new cases of covid-19 and the number of assets climbs to 1,373

This Sunday the record of new cases of covid-19 in Uruguay disclosed yesterday was equaled: there were 208 in 5,867 analyzes carried out, according to the National Emergency System (Sinae) in its report.

Of the 208 new cases, 140 are from Montevideo, 29 from Canelones, 7 from Rocha, 6 from Cerro Largo, 6 from Rivera, 5 from Soriano, 4 from Colonia, 4 from Maldonado, 2 from Artigas, 2 from Tacuarembó, 1 from Durazno, 1 from Florida and 1 from San José.

This Sunday there are 1,373 active cases, that is, people who are suffering from the disease (on Saturday there were 1,251), 16 of them are in intensive care and one in intermediate care.

This Sunday a new death from coronavirus was confirmed in our country. This is a 66-year-old patient from Canelones; so far there are 76 deaths from covid-19 in Uruguay.

Of the total of confirmed positive cases, 521 correspond to health personnel. 452 of them have already recovered, 67 are suffering from the disease and 2 have died.

The departments with active cases to date are 16: Artigas, Canelones, Cerro Largo, Colonia, Durazno, Florida, Lavalleja, Maldonado, Montevideo, Paysandú, Río Negro, Rivera, Rocha, San José, Soriano and Tacuarembó.

The total positive cases confirmed to date was 5,511 coronavirus cases.

The authorities requested in the Sinae communiqué “to reduce the circles of social contact and the time of meetings and to maintain the use of masks, physical distancing, ventilation and hygiene.”


Saving Christmas from the pandemic

We said goodbye to my mother on Christmas Eve 1996. She had passed away in early December after a long and painful illness, but when the end came, it was sudden. It must not have been easy to organize a funeral on Christmas Eve, but somehow my father managed it; the children’s socks were also filled. I think I speak with some knowledge of what does and does not spoil Christmas.

So it has been disconcerting to see speculation in the press about whether Boris Johnson will “save Christmas”, as if he were an overpromoted elf from a Christmas season movie. (It is certainly a role for which he is better qualified than that of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.)

Apparently, it is thought that if the country remains in lockdown at the end of December, Christmas is ruined. If the lockdown is lifted, as can be expected, in early December, Christmas will be saved. Given how desperate Johnson is to be loved, my bet goes to the latter scenario.

What makes this so absurd is that in the grand scheme of things, Christmas doesn’t matter. Don’t get me wrong: I love Christmas. But when it comes to reuniting with my family, I’d rather not risk giving everyone the unintended gift of Covid-19.

Regarding the economy, the Christmas boom is less than you might think. Joel Waldfogel, author of Scroogenomics, estimates that for every £ 100 we spend in a typical UK year, just over 50p is part of the December Christmas boom.

Of course, some retailers and restaurants are going to be hit hard if lockdown regulations prevent Christmas spending. But we must be honest about the situation: large sectors of the economy have already been devastated, and that would be true with or without legal restrictions. Few people want to attend pantomimes in a pandemic.

Covid-19 is a public health disaster; lockdowns are an extremely tough and expensive answer. Both facts are true. There are arguments both for and against lockdowns, and if a shutdown hits Christmas or Valentine’s Day, it is hardly relevant.

Let’s consider what makes Christmas fun: presents, banquets, carols, family and friends gatherings, and little ones with their eyes shining. Christmas carols are going to have to be sung outdoors this year, with or without confinement, it turns out that covid-19 is not sentimental in that sense. Anyway, some of the gifts and banquets are going to take place within the family bubbles. Other holidays can be postponed until it is safe. As for the children, I predict that Santa Claus will bring presents no matter what.

No, the reason Christmas is politically imposed is not that it presents a unique opportunity to enjoy, but rather that it presents a unique opportunity for all of us to do it at the same time. “All” is an exaggeration; I am aware that some people do not enjoy Christmas, others celebrate Diwali or Hanukkah or Eid, and others celebrate Christmas on January 7th. However, it is a collective celebration.

Christmas, in fact, produces one of the few massive outbursts of happiness large enough to be seen through sentiment analysis on Twitter. At, a team of academics traces positive and negative emotions around the world, measuring the words used in tweets. Christmas Day is regularly highlighted. That’s partly because researchers code the word “Christmas” as happy.

We must not jump to the wrong conclusion that Christmas is a time of unequaled joy. Instead, the point is that at Christmas, the joy is collective, or at least simultaneous.

If you are over nine years old, Christmas Day is unlikely to be your best day of the year. But it has a good chance of being in the top ten. That is why the newspapers pay attention to it; that’s why the government is desperate not to “ruin” Christmas.

It is perfectly possible to enjoy many of the joys of Christmas — feasting, family, and fun — at any time of year. But this time we may not do it simultaneously, and can you imagine what the headlines are going to be if we don’t? Each of us should think about what we really value about Christmas and how to maintain those values ​​regardless of the circumstances. There will be other Christmases.

Of course, for some people that is not true. Some people will not see another Christmas and may be desperate to see and hug their families one last time. Others are isolated in nursing homes, unable to see friends.

But let’s take Christmas out of that debate. The isolation of people in nursing homes is intolerable. So is exposing everyone in a home to high risk of a Covid-19 outbreak. This is another of the painful decisions we are making as a society. I am not sure if we are doing well. But I’m sure of one thing: for this dilemma, Christmas is a sideshow.



England secures 2 million additional vaccines against COVID-19

LondonEngland secured an additional 2 million doses of a promising vaccine against him COVID-19authorities said Sunday, part of their preparations to launch in a few days the country’s most ambitious vaccination campaign in decades.

The nation suffers from the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with more than 58,000 deaths related to the disease. It now hopes to reach a more positive mark by becoming one of the first countries in the world to begin inoculating its population against COVID-19.

The British government has agreed to buy more than 350 million doses of vaccines from seven different manufacturers, if they are effective, in order to vaccinate as many of its 67 million people as possible.

The Department of Health reported Sunday that it had increased its order for a vaccine developed by the US pharmaceutical Modern 5 million to 7 million doses, enough for 3.5 million people.

Moderna’s vaccine is expected to be sent to the UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency soon for a review of whether it is safe and effective. Two other vaccines – one developed by Pfizer and the German firm BioNTech, and the other by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca – are already being examined by the agency, the last phase before they are applied massively.

England has ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech and 100 million doses from Oxford and AstraZeneca.

Hospitals in England have been told they could have the first doses of Pfizer by the week of December 7., if it is authorized, according to reports from The Guardian and Financial Times. The United States vaccination program also expects to begin giving the vaccine to some Americans in December.

The British government indicated that front-line health workers and nursing home residents will be the first to be vaccinated, followed by older adults, starting with those over 80. The plan is then to move on to other risk groups and younger people until everyone over 18 has been vaccinated.

Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said that “I would not be very surprised if an announcement is made within the next two weeks, and even next week.”

Non-medical personnel, including volunteer first responders, are already being trained to administer the vaccines, which will be administered in approximately 1,000 community vaccination centers and 40 to 50 large facilities located in stadiums and convention centers, according to a document from government planning.

The first Minister Boris Johnson He said authorities hope to vaccinate “most of the people who need the most protection for Easter.”

In an article published Sunday in the Mail newspaper, Johnson said the start of the vaccination campaign could be “only a matter of days.” However, he noted that this does not mean that the painful restrictions on businesses and daily activities of the population that have been imposed to reduce the spread of the virus will be quickly suspended.

“There are still long weeks and months before we have the complete assurance that we can vaccinate enough people in the country, and therefore remove enough targets from the virus, in order to defeat the disease,” he wrote.