U.K. Approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong Jailed: World Brief

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    1. The U.K. became the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, with its regulator clearing Pfizer and BioNTech SE’s shot ahead of decisions in the U.S. and European Union.

    The emergency authorization clears the way for the deployment of a vaccine that Pfizer and its German partner have said is 95% effective in preventing illness. The shot will be available in Britain from next week.

    2.  Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong urged supporters to “hang on” after he was sentenced to more than a year in jail for leading a protest outside police headquarters last year, prompting angry cries outside the court in one of the most high-profile cases in the government’s crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.

    3.  Congressional efforts to pass additional coronavirus relief crept ahead Tuesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presented a fresh Democratic proposal and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell floated a revision of his much smaller plan to fellow Republicans.

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