Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Dec. 24

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s state-run Butantan Institute on Wednesday announced that the CoronaVac vaccine developed by the private Chinese laboratory Sinovac Life Science achieved the levels of efficacy against the coronavirus required by the World Health Organization (WHO) in trials with 13,000 Brazilian volunteers.

“The data corroborate that it is the safest vaccine on the market and we achieved the superiority in efficacy required by the WHO and Brazil’s Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa),” Dimas Covas, director of the institute, said at a press conference.


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NEW YORK — Anticipated broadening of global economic recovery and international trade upswing will lead to greater rotation outside of the U.S. dollar and U.S. equity market, according to experts with investment research firm MRB Partners.

A pickup in global trade would be the key to broader rotation while the euro area and the United States are expected to start contributing to economic growth in 2021 thanks to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, said Phillip Colmar, partner of global strategy with MRB Partners, on Wednesday.

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GENEVA — The UN human rights office on Wednesday said it is deeply concerned by the recent U.S. presidential pardons for four security guards from the private military firm Blackwater who were convicted of killing 14 Iraqi civilians.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Marta Hurtado, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, commented that pardoning them contributes to impunity and has the effect of emboldening others to commit such crimes in the future.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged the public to avoid travel and stay at home during Christmas holiday, to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“Travel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. CDC continues to recommend postponing travel and staying home, as this is the best way to protect yourself and others this year,” the CDC said in its latest advisory.

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