This is your morning briefing by DannyBoyle87: 🎄 PM warns of no festive 'truce' from coronavirus 🇺🇸 Trump agrees transition to Biden presidency 👑 Queen to build huge adventure playground
Plus: New Covid rules at a glance, Trump agrees transition to Biden presidency & Queen to build huge adventure playground
Meanwhile, it has emerged that a dosing error during clinical trials led to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine reaching 90 per cent efficacy by accident. Trial results show the "correct" dose achieved just 62 per cent efficacy, while the "accidental" level was significantly higher. Six years ago, AstraZeneca rejected a £65bn bid from Pfizer. Now it is worth more than £100bn. Read how it went from takeover target to FTSE winner.
Trump agrees transition to Biden presidency Donald Trump has directed his team to cooperate with an incoming President-elect Joe Biden administration after the General Services Administration declared the Democrat the "apparent election winner". The US president made his closest statement yet to conceding he lost. It clears the way for the start of an official transition and allows Mr Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on January 20. Washington Correspondent Nick Allen says this is a watershed moment - and a clear sign that Mr Trump has finally accepted his electoral fate. Read what to expect from Mr Biden's first 100 days in office.
Queen to build huge adventure playground It will be a place where children truly can be king (or queen) of the castle. The Queen's Sandringham estate is to play host to a sprawling adventure playground, featuring tree houses modelled on famous royal buildings. The playground - at the heart of the 20,000-acre Norfolk estate, which welcomes 500,000 visitors a year - will include swings, slides, a zip wire and raised walkways. View designs for the play area. headtopics.com
At a glance: More coronavirus headlines Also in the news: Today's other headlines Pension reforms | The Chancellor is set to squeeze millions of retirees' incomes in his spending review tomorrow by pressing ahead with a shake-up that will cost investors more than £100billion. It is believed Rishi Sunak will switch the measure of inflation for pension increases. It will cut increases in incomes from about 10 million pension pots. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson suggested MPs should not receive a pay rise amid mounting speculation the Chancellor will freeze public sector pay.
Around the world: After the bombs, the knives Experts say the civil war in Ethiopia could tear the country apart, cause catastrophic ethnic bloodshed and destabilise the Horn of Africa. Read Will Brown's dispatch from a refugee camp in neighbouring Sudan.
Comment and analysis You Are Not Alone: Getting you through lockdown Business and money briefing Takeover bid | JD Sports inched closer to winning control of Debenhams after it entered exclusive talks with advisers. The sportswear retailer is understood to be interested in the struggling department store chain's shop estate despite the retailer's historically onerous leases.
Sport briefing Rugby Union | Maro Itoje was awarded man of the match in England's win over Ireland on Saturday for his tireless work around the pitch throughout the 80 minutes. To truly appreciate his output, Jake Goodwill chronicles every one of Itoje's involvements in the match - illustrating the elements of his game that make him so effective. headtopics.com
Tonight's dinner Roasted pumpkin, feta and rye galette | A tasty tart by Ravneet Gill with an easy rough puff pastry. View the recipe. For more ideas, try our Cookbook newsletter. Read more: The Telegraph »
As it happened: PM announces new England lockdown in TV Covid address - BBC News
Schools will close for most pupils from Tuesday as people are told to stay at home in new lockdown.
DannyBoyle87 Answer this. A free country, Government by consent of the governed, allegedly. A question then, whom is consenting to whom and whom is allowing whom?