US President-elect Joe Biden has received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on live television and urged Americans to take the vaccine as it becomes available to them.
There have been 77 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with more than 1.69 million deaths.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization says new variant of coronavirus can be curbed like other known strains.
Officials from the World Health Organization say the new variant has been spreading faster in the UK, but it is not out of control and can be curbed just like other known strains.
In a related news, The United Kingdom has been shut off from much of Europe after its closest allies cut transport ties due to fears about a new strain of the coronavirus.