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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

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Updated Dec 16th 2020, 8:52 AM

EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #VACCINES: Nearly one-quarter of the world’s population may not have access to a Covid-19 vaccine until at least 2022, a study has warned.

2. #CETA: Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan said efforts to push through government approval of outstanding elements of the controversial EU-Canada CETA trade agreement are “extraordinary” and “cynical”.

3. #DIRECT PROVISION: The government’s plan for a phased end to Ireland’s Direct Provision system has been delayed until February 2021, Minister Roderic O’Gorman confirmed. 

4. #ZERO COVID: New Zealand’s elimination strategy for the coronavirus was driven as much by fear as it was ambition, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

5. #MATERNITY: A rally was last night held outside the Coombe Maternity Hospital to protest against a Covid-19 restriction that prevents women’s partners from being in the wards for full labour and after the delivery.

6. #PAY ISSUE: Student nurses who are rostered to work should be paid by their employers, the Taoiseach said.

7. #PAY DEAL: The executive committee of the Teachers Union of Ireland recommended to its almost 20,000 members that they shouldn’t accept the government’s proposed new public-service agreement. 

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8. #TESTING: The US authorised its first rapid at-home test for Covid-19, which is available over-the-counter and produces a result in around 20 minutes.

9. #ASSAULT: Two garda members have been assaulted in separate incidents while on duty in Dundalk, Co Louth.

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