According to the research center "Our World In Data", the total number of vaccinated people around the world (excluding those vaccinated for research purposes) is, as of 25 December, about 3 million people.
Reuters reported that a group of hackers working in the Russian Federation, as a result of a cyber attack, gained access to the computer systems of a number of US ministries: 1) the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); 2) the Department of Commerce; 3) the Department of the Treasury.
Child poverty is expected to remain above pre-COVID levels for at least five years in high-income countries. Yet, only 2 per cent of government-provided financial relief across OECD and EU countries was allocated specifically to support children and families raising children during the first wave of the pandemic, according to a new UNICEF report.
Recently, the first lady of Afghanistan, R. Ghani, stated that the loss of women’s rights in the country cannot be “the price of peace”. But that could happen if the Taliban, who are likely to return to power in any peace deal, fail to make a serious commitment to protecting the rights of the most disadvantaged part of Afghan society. This group includes marginalized communities, internally displaced persons and refugees, as well as over 14 million women and girls.
Kazakhstan has signed a law "On the republican budget for 2021–2023." In 2021, Kazakhstan’s budget revenues will amount to US$27.2 billion, and expenditures - US$33.4 billion. Thus, the deficit will amount to US$6.2 billion, or 3.4% of GDP. It should be noted that this indicator is indicated as a marginal one in the agreed macroeconomic policies of the EAEU countries. In 2020, this Kazakhstani indicator was 3.5%.
Russian experts formulated the main foreign policy tasks and national priorities, the solution of which could be considered a success of Russian foreign policy in the coming year.
For the first time, the head of the Ministry of Health of Great Britain M. Hancock announced the detection of a new strain of coronavirus on 14 December, according to TASS. He linked the mutation of the virus to the rapid spread of the disease in the south-east of England.
On 20 December 2020, after months of negotiations, representatives of the US Republican and Democratic parties have reached an agreement on an additional US$900 billion economic aid package to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
The situation in Europe after the resonant statements by French President E. Macron about the Islamist threat remains tense. Several high-profile crimes have been committed by Islamic radicals. With this in mind, analysts are paying attention to the development of the situation in other EU countries, in particular in Germany, which has similar security problems.
So, on 18 December 2020, the US has blacklisted 10 Chinese companies, including the leading chip maker Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation and the unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer SZ DJI Technology.