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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 3:03 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 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 2:54 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...

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 2:21 PM EST

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

A member of the National Guard assisting at a COVID-19 mobile testing location looks out of a tent used for drive-thru tests, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Auburn, Maine. Amid the coronavirus resurgence, states have begun reopening field hospitals to handle an influx of sick patients that is pushing health care systems — and their workers — to the breaking point. Hospitals are bringing in mobile morgues. And funerals are once again being livestreamed or performed as drive-by affairs. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

The Latest: Red Cross seeks equitable access to vaccines

Dec. 2, 2020 1:45 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS — The International Committee of the Red Cross is urging “equitable access” to vaccines for people affected by conflict and violence. ICRC Director-General Robert Mardini says health workers and people in regions where fighting is taking place “endure the double burden...

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...

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...

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...

Gosper leaving World Rugby to take up role at NFL Europe

Dec. 2, 2020 10:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The chief executive of rugby's world governing body is leaving his role to take up a senior position at the NFL, where he will drive the next stage of its growth in Europe. Brett Gosper will begin his new role as Head of Europe and U.K. some time next year, the NFL said Wednesday. The league...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Celtic manager Neil Lennon looks on prior to the Europa League round of 32, second leg soccer match between Celtic and FC Copenhagen at the Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. Scottish giant Celtic is in crisis and its manager is fighting for his job. The Glasgow team has had an unprecedented run of sustained success in recent years but is out of European competition already and 11 points behind great rival Rangers in a faltering bid for a record 10th straight Scottish Premiership title.  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

Celtic slumps as dominance finally threatened in Scotland

Dec. 2, 2020 10:14 AM EST

A police helicopter circled above Celtic Park as riot vans lined up outside the stadium, surrounding the cars of players while officers struggled to hold back angry fans. It was like a scene from yesteryear, certainly nothing that should have been happening while heavy social restrictions were in place during a...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2019, file photo, pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui, center, argues with pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho, left, during a demonstration in Hong Kong. Hui who is currently visiting Denmark urged European nations on Wednesday to allow protesters in Hong Kong

Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker asks Europe to provide 'safe haven'

Dec. 2, 2020 10:04 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist who is visiting Denmark urged European nations on Wednesday to allow protesters in Hong Kong "a safe haven from the terror” of China's Communist Party. “The situation in Hong Kong is getting worse by the day and it is important...