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    The global COVID-19 tally has surpassed 63 million, while the death toll has reached almost 1.46 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The spike in the number of infected forced several countries to impose quarantines in November, however, most are expected to end their lockdowns this month.

    At the moment, the most affected countries in the world are the US (over 13.5 million infected, 268,000 deaths), India (9.4 million infected, 137,000 fatalities), and Brazil (6.3 million cases, 173,000 deaths). At the same time, in Western Europe, France shows the highest tally (over 2.2 million), while the UK has the highest death toll in the region (58,500 dead).

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      “Most state and local jurisdictions expect to be able to vaccinate their healthcare workers within three weeks,” CDC Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Director, Nancy Messonnies, said at Tuesday's meeting.

      Nursing home residents, one of the most vulnerable groups to the virus, will also get their shots at the same time as the healthcare workers, the official said.

      CDC slides released at the live-streamed meeting showed the agency expecting around 40 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to be available by the end of December, with shipments of 5 million to 10 million doses being made per week once a vaccine is authorized by regulators.

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      President Macron Expects Mass COVID-19 Vaccination in France to Start in April-June

      PARIS (Sputnik) - Mass vaccination against coronavirus is expected to start in France in the period between April and June 2021, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday following a meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

      "There will be the first phase, which will start as soon as possible, namely, as soon as the EU sanitary authorities are certified and the vaccines' doses are delivered to our countries. [The vaccination will start] likely in late December-early January. And there will be the first vaccination campaign," Macron said at a press conference.

      The French leader also said that the first vaccination campaign will be very targeted, given the number of vaccine doses available, with the most vulnerable citizens to be the first to receive vaccines.

      "The second wave of vaccination will likely begin sometime in April-June. And it will be more widespread," Macron added.

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      Earlier in the day, Bustillo met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

      "We are now deciding which vaccine we will purchase, but the Russian vaccine is on the list of vaccines we are considering, it has a good position, we’ll see," the minister said at a press conference after the meeting.

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      Debenhams, founded in 1778, has been forced to close 124 of its stores after another retail company JD Sports pulled out of talks over a rescue deal for the department store. The retailer was placed under administration for the second time in 12 months amid the pandemic in April.

      Debenhams had financial difficulties even before the pandemic. In the summer, when COVID-19 restrictions were eased, the chain reopened 124 stores. As of 2019, 25,000 people were employed in the department store chain.

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