Brexi. After ten months of harassing negotiations, the European Union and the United Kingdom have reached a historic agreement on their future relationship, which will allow them to avoid in extremis a “no deal” devastating for their economies. MEPs will not give their green light until after the 1is January. This is essential for the official entry into force of the agreement, which will however be applied provisionally. The ticket from our correspondent.
Green light. The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech “Can be used in persons 16 years of age and over”, “Because of its efficacy and its satisfactory tolerance profile”, estimated this Thursday the High Authority of Health (HAS). The “Prioritization strategy” already announced (start with the populations most at risk of severe form and those most exposed to the risk of infection) remains valid for this vaccine, adds the opinion of the health authority, which constitutes the last regulatory step before the start of the vaccination campaign Sunday in France.
Christmas solo. Under pressure to clear the thousands of trucks stranded in Dover, England, the British authorities guaranteed the continuation of the rail and sea links across the Channel on Christmas Day. Despite the announcement Tuesday evening of the partial reopening of the French border, thousands of European truckers are still stuck in their trucks on Christmas Eve.
End of isolation. A week after being tested positive for Covid-19, Emmanuel Macron “No longer has any symptoms to date” and “The isolation of the President of the Republic can therefore end at the end of seven days”, announced the presidency. The Elysée did not specify whether he had already returned to the Elysee or where he planned to spend the Christmas holidays. Our direct Covid.
Avian Flu. Massive preventive slaughter of ducks has been decided in the Landes to “Avoid as much as possible a strong propagation” bird flu detected in 18 outbreaks in France, announced the Landes prefecture. To date, the department is one of the most affected with Corsica, with seven outbreaks of H5N8 detected. Some 40,000 ducks from 25 farms will be slaughtered, according to Serge Mora, president of Modef (movement for the defense of family farmers) in the Landes.
Foot. Thomas Tuchel, the German coach of Paris-SG, was informed that he would not go to the end of his contract, which however ended in June. Giving the impression that all this took place elsewhere than on the ground. Mauricio Pochettino will replace him.
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