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- Nikkei 225: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index appears to be leading Asia, possibly closing up for the year.
- FTSE 100: The FTSE did not head into the holiday season on a high note, a possible result of scrambling to strike a Brexit deal before the new year.
- Dow Jones: In the US, the Dow Jones just barely closed up right before the Christmas holidays.
Last Week’s Highlights
A Brexit Deal is Finally Struck
Right before the year’s end, the United Kingdom finally managed to cut a deal with the European Union. Since 2016, the United Kingdom’s government has been working to manage its separation from the EU, based on a national referendum. Since then, three different prime ministers have attempted to strike a deal. Finally, current PM Boris Johnson’s parliament managed to squeak out a trade deal in the wee moment before December 31.
Mass Vaccination Officially Underway
Right in time for the holiday season and end of the year, Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine has already been given millions of healthcare workers in the United States. Although the numbers sound promising, they are seriously behind original estimates. Additionally, this distribution highlights serious inequalities across the world, with the majority of doses being promised to economic heavyweight countries like the UK and US, while others in ‘developing countries’ cannot expect to receive even the first emergency doses for months.
Coming Up This Week
The New Year Has New Work Rules
It doesn’t seem as though many of the distance-working measures from this past year will be going away soon. Pandemic-induced working from home and new acceptance of the complications of daily life appear likely to continue on way past the end of the pandemic. In fact, “hybrid”-style working, meaning partially in the office and partially at home, could be the way of the future. However, many essential workers around the world cannot simply be managed from behind a computer screen. They will be among the most vulnerable moving forward, requiring more protections.
Covid Could Hit Africa Harder in 2021
During the whole of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Europe and the US have appeared to be hit the worst. Africa has not been in the news as much, however some are expecting 2021 to show a much more devastating effect regarding the pandemic’s spread for the continent. African countries with large populations, like South Africa and Nigeria, have been seeing spikes in infections. Additionally, new strains could threaten local populations in an unforeseeable way.
More Things to Sip On…
A local terrorist bomb explosion rocks the US state of Tennessee on Christmas morning.
China is looking like it will economically outrace the US by 2028.
Will the EU’s current plans to invest in China stay in play?
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