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Hot Off The Wires - 9th December 2020

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  • Britain will get one million more doses of Covid vaccines by next week as GPs are set to start within days to book appointments for the Pfizer jab.

  • The UK government has broken ranks with the EU by disclosing plans to suspend punitive tariffs against the US over aircraft subsidies for a post-Brexit trade deal with Washington.

  • The public may have to wear masks for another year, despite a “watershed moment” beginning Britain’s national vaccination programme, chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has said.

  • Investment banks are set for a bumper year after global revenues from capital raising and listings have almost doubled from last year's levels.

  • The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine has efficacy of 90% in a small group who got a half-dose first, but only 62% in the majority, full trial data newly published in the Lancet has confirmed.

  • Musicians are scrambling to sell the rights to their songs following a brutal year for the industry and the looming threat of higher taxes from US president-elect Joe Biden.


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