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Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair an emergency response meeting on Monday to discuss international travel, in particular the flow of freight in and out of Britain, a spokeswoman for his office said on Sunday.

“The prime minister will chair a COBR (emergency response)meeting tomorrow to discuss the situation regarding international travel, in particular the steady flow of freight into and out of the UK.

Further meetings are happening this evening and tomorrow morning to ensure robust plans are in place,” the spokeswoman said.

Algeria says to start vaccinations in January

Algeria will launch Covid-19 vaccinations in January, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said, although the North African nation has not yet selected which vaccine it will deploy.

Tebboune, who is recovering from Covid-19 in Germany, where he was hospitalised on October 28, made the announcement on Twitter.

He said he had tasked Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad to convene without delay a meeting of the country’s specialist Covid-19 science committee with a view to choosing an “adequate vaccine”.

In Algeria, people with Covid-19 are given hydroxychloroquine among other treatments, despite a raft of studies showing it is ineffective.

The 75-year-old president promised last week to return to Algeria “as soon as possible.”

Algeria has officially recorded more than 100,000 virus cases and 2,666 deaths, health officials said Sunday.

Similarly, EU ambassadors will hold a crisis meeting in Brussels on Monday on travel restrictions to the UK after the emergence of a new coronavirus strain there suspected to be very infectious.

Several EU countries – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands – have announced the suspension of air links, and in some cases rail and ferry links, with Britain.

In most cases, the bans were effective from midnight (2300 GMT) Sunday and were to last a day or two, as a precaution while the threat of the new strain was evaluated and a coordinated response was worke d out.

An EU official said ambassadors from representatives from the 27 member states would meet on Monday under the bloc’s integrated political crisis response mechanism designed to swiftly react to crises.

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