‘America is Back,’ Says Biden; Free Period Products in Scotland; Sweden’s Covid Surge: World Brief

Joe Biden introduced the team of foreign policy experts he plans to nominate to his administration, led by Antony Blinken as secretary of state, as the president-elect seeks to calm international relations after a tumultuous four years under President Donald Trump. MORE: https://bloom.bg/33grFEg

As Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen is almost certain to pursue tighter coordination with the U.S. Federal Reserve next year — repairing recent frictions — though observers say she will be careful to avoid any specific move that could trigger a wave of Republican protests. MORE: https://bloom.bg/3l6D1AV

There’s little evidence that herd immunity is helping Sweden combat the coronavirus, according to the country’s top epidemiologist. “The issue of herd immunity is difficult,” Anders Tegnell said at a briefing in Stockholm on Tuesday. “We see no signs of immunity in the population that are slowing down the infection right now.” MORE: https://bloom.bg/2KEcw9w

Last year, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam only made it through a few lines of her annual policy address before pro-democracy lawmakers forced her to flee the chamber and deliver it virtually. On Wednesday, she spoke for more than two hours to a legislative body with no members of an opposition that has long resisted the city’s integration with the mainland. After quoting Chinese President Xi Jinping at the outset, Lam defended Beijing’s sweeping actions to exert greater political control over Hong Kong while outlining steps aimed at interlocking the two economies. MORE: https://bloom.bg/3pU6LER

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