Daily COVID-19 number soars above 1,000 as Ireland celebrates unprecedented Christmas

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Health Canada says the COVID-19 vaccine from US biotech firm Moderna is safe for use in Canada.

The government said Saturday morning that a truck transporting the vaccine produced by Pfizer arrived at a company warehouse in the central city of Guadalajara after making the trip from Belgium.

Moderna has said it will deliver approximately 20 million doses to the US government this year and is expected to have between 100 million and 125 million delivered globally in the first quarter of 2021.

Care home residents and staff have been prioritised in NHS Highland's coronavirus vaccine programme.

"With more than 30,000 COVID-19 vaccinations administered in New York City, we have received a single report of a serious adverse event in a health care worker", reads a statement from the department.

Moderna's vaccine this month became the second to get emergency use authorisation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine.

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South Africa on Thursday reported 14,305 fresh cases taking the overall total to 968,563. Nigeria has over 81,000 cases of the coronavirus, and has suffered over 1,200 deaths.

Thailand has signed an advance deal for AstraZeneca's potential COVID-19 vaccine, but has not set rollout plans for any vaccine yet.

Around 183,800 doses of the single-dose Moderna vaccine should arrive by the end of December. The Strategy of Vaccination against COVID in Spain will prioritise nursing homes residents and personnel, elderly and disabled people, and front-line health personnel.

In Bulgaria, where vaccine hesitancy also runs high, the first person to get the shot will be Health Minister Kostadin Angelov, who has promised an aggressive campaign to promote the benefits of the shots.

On Friday, Christmas Day, the Department of Health revealed that 1,025 further cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of positive tests since the pandemic began to 84,098. The new variant, which British authorities said is much more easily transmitted, has caused European countries, the United States and China to put new restrictions on travel for people from Britain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is limited data available on the safety of the vaccine for people who are pregnant.

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