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FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

Dec. 2, 2020 1:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward eventually ending the scourge that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe. In giving the...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif.   On Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, cannabis stocks are flying high this month after voters in four states passed measures clearing the way for sales of marijuana to adults. That alone is projected to boost the market for legal cannabis sales in the U.S. by 20%.    (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

UN agency removes cannabis from strictest drug category

Dec. 2, 2020 1:31 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted Wednesday to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from a category of the world's most dangerous drugs, which could impact the global medical marijuana industry. The Vienna-based U.N. agency said in a statement that it had voted 27-25, with one...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo a man wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are opening moderately lower on Wall Street, edging below the record highs they set a day earlier. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% shortly after the opening bell Wednesday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Major stocks indexes hover near record highs on Wall Street

Dec. 2, 2020 1:13 PM EST

U.S. stock indexes are mixed in afternoon trading Wednesday, easing off a fresh set of record highs reached on optimism that coronavirus vaccines could soon start driving a stronger economic recovery. The S&P 500 was little changed a day after opening December with a bang. It closed at a record high of...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced start of large-scale vaccination of medics and teachers against COVID next week. Speaking during an online meeting dedicated to inauguration of new hospitals for coronavirus patients built by Russian Defense Ministry, Putin said Russia has enough capacity to start

Putin orders 'large-scale' COVID-19 vaccination in Russia

Dec. 2, 2020 12:53 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the start of a “large-scale” COVID-19 vaccination by late next week, with doctors and teachers to be the first in line to receive the Sputnik V shots, which have yet to complete advanced studies needed to ensure its...

People face a riot police line during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Poland is facing one of the biggest protest movements since the collapse of Communism three decades ago. It erupted after the country's constitutional court, packed by loyalists of the conservative ruling party, attempted to further tighten one of the world's most restrictive abortion laws. The women-led protest for some feels like a revolutionary moment that signals a deeper generational change. (AP Photo/Agata Grzybowska)

Rage and hope fuel women's revolt over abortion in Poland

Dec. 2, 2020 12:48 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Karolina Micula had used her bare chest in political protest once before. When Poland’s right-wing government first tried to restrict abortion rights, the actress and singer delivered an intense performance onstage in Wroclaw in 2017 that included her spreading paint in the...

File -- In this Tuesday, Nov.10, 2020 file photo windows are illuminated at the headquarters of the German biotechnology company BioNTech in Mainz, Germany. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world's first coronavirus shot that's backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

Vaccine 1st puts spotlight on German pharma company BioNTech

Dec. 2, 2020 12:36 PM EST

MAINZ, Germany (AP) — The email that arrived in the ancient German city of Mainz shortly before 1 a.m. in the morning marked a turning point in the global effort to deliver a reliable vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic - and for the little-known biotechnology company that helped develop it. BioNTech...

Snow snarls traffic in parts of Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia

Dec. 2, 2020 11:57 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The first snow of the season snarled traffic in parts of the Balkans on Wednesday as authorities warned motorists of slippery roads and doctors in Slovenia urged extra caution against accidents with medical facilities already overwhelmed from treating COVID-19 patients. Croatian...

In this Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 photo, the company sign of BioNtech stands in front of the companies headquarters in Mainz, Germany. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)

Who, when and how? A look at the UK's vaccination rollout

Dec. 2, 2020 11:39 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British regulators have become the first to approve the COVID-19 vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech for emergency use. Because trials of the vaccine have shown that it has 95% efficacy, there is acute interest in how the U.K. plans to implement its...

Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock gestures as he arrives at Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Wednesday thanked scientists from Pfizer and BioNTech after the approval of their COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use by the country's drugs regulator. Speaking earlier Hancock gave details of how the vaccine would be distributed from the beginning of next week. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The Latest: Britain batch testing new Pfizer virus vaccine

Dec. 2, 2020 11:15 AM EST

LONDON -- Britain’s health secretary has confirmed that batch testing has been completed for the first 800,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which will be ready for use starting early next week. Matt Hancock told lawmakers on Wednesday that the U.K. has preordered 40 million doses of the shots, enough for...

Pakistani court declares ex-PM Sharif fugitive from justice

Dec. 2, 2020 11:10 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top Pakistani court on Wednesday declared the country’s ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who lives in exile in London, a fugitive from justice after he failed to return home to face additional corruption charges. The move by the Islamabad High Court comes months after...