Gef’s Daily Roundup

V-Day Arrives

Today marked the day that the Pfizer vaccine rollout began in the island, with care worker Sandie Hannay the first person to get the jab in front of the island’s press just after 9am this morning, you can read about that here. Health Minister Ashy confirmed that the island has placed an order for the Oxford vaccine, but he couldn’t give an exact date for when it will arrive. On the adjacent isle, the rollout of the Oxford jab has already begun, as 82-year-old Brian Pinker became the first person in the world to receive it outside of a medical trial. 

Manxmen going strong in Dakar

Two Manxmen are out in Saudi Arabia this month competing in one of the world’s most famous motor races, the Dakar Rally. Competing over thousands of miles in the bike classification, as of 6.45pm tonight Jamie McCanney is placed 19th with five time Enduro world champion David Knight back in 39th place. McCanney is just 26 minutes off the top spot, with Knighter one hour, 48 minutes off the lead.

Scots told to stay at home

People in Scotland are being ordered to stay at home until the end of January with Nicola Sturgeon introducing new Covid restrictions as of midnight tonight. She said Scots would be under a ‘legal requirement to stay at home except for essential reasons’.

Assange is going nowhere

A judge in London has ruled that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States where he is wanted over the publication of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011.

The judge blocked the request because of concerns over Assange’s mental health. Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that while US prosecutors met the tests for Assange to be extradited for trial, the US was incapable of preventing him from attempting to take his own life.
It is expected the US will appeal the decision but in the meantime Assange will return to prison until Wednesday when he is due to appear in court for a bail hearing.

England headed for tougher restrictions

Boris Johnson has said there is ‘no question’ that the UK govt will announce stricter measures to prevent the spread of Covid ‘in due course’. Speaking to Andrew Marr, Boris said there are ‘tough, tough, weeks to come. Over 75% of England is already living under Tier 4 restrictions. Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer has called for new England Wide restrictions to be introduced immediately. 

Trump caught on tape

Outgoing President Donald Trump has been recorded telling an election official to ‘find’ more votes in a desperate bid to cling onto power. In the recording, released by the Washington Post, The Donald is heard saying ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’. Georgia’s senior election official Brad Raffensperger is heard telling Trump the results of the elections are correct. The release comes ahead of two runoff elections in Georgia tomorrow that will decide whether Republicans or Democrats will gain control of the US Senate.