Expanded Vaccinations to Begin in U.K. on Jan. 4: Telegraph

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Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — Officials tell the AP federal investigators have identified person of interest in Christmas Day explosion in Nashville.

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India to become fifth-largest economy in 2025: think tank

‘To occupy 3rd slot by 2030; China to outpace U.S. in 2028’

India, which appears to have been pushed back to being the world’s sixth-biggest economy in 2020, will again overtake the U.K. to become the fifth-largest in 2025 and race to the third spot by 2030, a think tank said on Saturday.

India had overtaken the U.K. in 2019 to become the fifth-largest economy. “India has been knocked off course somewhat through the impact of the pandemic. As a result, after overtaking the U.K. in 2019, the U.K. overtakes India again in this year’s forecasts and stays ahead till 2024 before India takes over again,” the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said in an annual report published on Saturday. The U.K. appears to have overtaken India again during 2020 as a result of the weakness of the rupee, it said. CEBR forecast that the Indian economy would expand by 9% in 2021 and by 7% in 2022. “Growth will naturally slow as India becomes more economically developed, with annual GDP growth expected to sink to 5.8% in 2035.”

Indian would overtake “Germany in 2027 and Japan in 2030,” it said. The U.K.-based think tank forecast that China would overtake the U.S. to become the world’s biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than estimated due to the contrasting recoveries of the two countries from the pandemic.

Covid-19 Cluster in Sydney’s Northern Beaches Rises to 122 Cases

The cluster of Covid-19 infections that’s thrust Sydney’s Northern Beaches into lockdown has increased to 122 cases, health officials said Sunday.

Seven new local cases were reported overnight, with six linked to the cluster, New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters.

The outbreak is a blow to Australia, which had largely suppressed community transmission through rigorous testing and contact tracing, and by shuttering the international border — with all returning overseas travelers made to isolate for 14 days in quarantine hotels. The source of the cluster is still being investigated.

Some 250,000 people in the Northern Beaches have been told to remain at home except for essential medical care and provisions and not to allow visitors until at least Dec. 30. Sydney’s 5 million residents have been barred from traveling to other states and territories across Australia due to the cluster, disrupting travel plans during the peak summer holiday season.

China’s Industrial Profits Grow at Slower Pace in November

Profits at Chinese industrial enterprises grew at a slower pace in November as producer prices continued to ease.

Industrial profits rose 15.5% last month, after gaining 28.2% in October, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Sunday. For the first 11 months of 2020, there were up 2.4% from a year earlier.

The easing in November was due to the higher base compared with October, the NBS said in a statement. It said there is effective market stimulus and stable improvement in both supply and demand.

“It is worth noting that business accounts receivable and inventories of finished goods are still increasing,” Zhu Hong, a government economist, said in the statement. “Going forward, we still need to focus on supply-side structural reform and demand-side management.”

— With assistance by James Mayger, Lin Zhu, and Chunying Zhang

Expanded Vaccinations to Begin in U.K. on Jan. 4: Telegraph

Oxford andAstrazeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine will be rolled out across the U.K. starting Jan. 4, the Telegraph reports, citing plans that ministers are drawing up. The government is hoping for two million people to get their first dose of the vaccine from Oxford/Astrazeneca orPfizer and BioNTech SE.

The publication also reported that mass vaccination centers at sports stadiums and conference venues are expected to launch in the second week of January. The Oxford vaccine is easier to store and handle than the one from Pfizer and it’s likely to make it easier to reach people in secluded parts of the country.

Responding to the report, a Health Department spokeswomantold Reuters that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency will need time to carry out review of the vaccine data.

U.K. residents have already started receiving Pfizer’s vaccination, with the government reporting more than 600,000 people having received the vaccine between Dec. 8-20.

— With assistance by Kanga Kong

Expanded Vaccinations to Begin in U.K. on Jan. 4: Telegraph

Oxford andAstrazeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine will be rolled out across the U.K. starting Jan. 4, the Telegraph reports, citing plans that ministers are drawing up. The government is hoping for two million people to get their first dose of the vaccine from Oxford/Astrazeneca orPfizer and BioNTech SE.

The publication also reported that mass vaccination centers at sports stadiums and conference venues are expected to launch in the second week of January. The Oxford vaccine is easier to store and handle than the one from Pfizer and it’s likely to make it easier to reach people in secluded parts of the country.

Responding to the report, a Health Department spokeswomantold Reuters that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency will need time to carry out review of the vaccine data.

U.K. residents have already started receiving Pfizer’s vaccination, with the government reporting more than 600,000 people having received the vaccine between Dec. 8-20.

— With assistance by Kanga Kong