U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was administered the coronavirus vaccine on live television Friday. His vaccination comes as surveys reveal some Americans are reluctant to receive the vaccine because of safety and efficacy concerns.The coronavirus surge in California’s Los Angeles County is so dire that the county’s public health department posted on Twitter: “Every hour, on average, 2 people are dying of COVID-19 in LA County.”The U.S. television network CBS reported there are so few hospital beds available in intensive care units in Los Angeles that some coronavirus victims are waiting up to seven hours in ambulances for beds.Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can
download this video to view it offline.Download File360p | 10 MB480p | 14 MB540p | 18 MB720p | 33 MB1080p | 70 MBOriginal | 85 MB Embed” />Copy Download AudioUNICEF UK, for the first time in its 70-year history, is giving food assistance to Britain’s children whose families have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.A little more than $1 million will be distributed to 30 organizations.UNICEF UK’s action has angered a British politician, accusing the United Nations Children’s Fund of playing a “political stunt.”Tory minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said Thursday in the Commons: ““I think it’s a real scandal that UNICEF should be playing politics in this way when it is meant to be looking after people in the poorest, the most deprived countries in the world, where people are starving, where there are famines and there are civil wars … It is a political stunt of the lowest order.”Not all politicians agreed with Rees-Mogg.  Ed Davey, the Liberal Democratic Leader, called Rees-Mogg’s comments “abhorrent – a modern-day version of ‘let them eat cake.’”“The only scandal here is this rotten Tory government leaving 4.2 million children living in poverty,” said Angela Rayner, Labor’s deputy leader.UNICEF UK said in a statement that an estimated 2.4 million British children were already food insecure before the pandemic.French President Emmanuel Macron has joined the list of world leaders who has tested positive for the coronavirus.  Macron has left Elysée Palace and is temporarily working at an official residence in Versailles.Dr. Hans Kluge, the regional director of the World Health Organization’s European office, has urged people to stay home during the holidays.  He said in a statement that it is “not worth the risk” of contracting the virus.Kluge also said the pandemic has created a “growing mental health crisis in Europe.” He added, “From anxieties around virus transmission, the psychological impact of lockdowns and self-isolation, to the effects of unemployment, financial worries and social exclusion – the mental health impact of the pandemic will be long term and far reaching.”There are more than 75 million global COVID-19 cases, according to John Hopkins.The United States has 17.2 million cases, followed by India with almost 10 million and Brazil with 7.1 million cases.

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