Here are the top stories for Monday, December 21st: Biden receives COVID-19 vaccination; Dozens of countries bar travelers from Great Britain over variant of virus; Barr contradicts Trump in last press conference as AG; Hot lava flows again in Hawaii.
NED BARKER: This is AP News Minute. President-elect Joe Biden has been vaccinated for protection against COVID-19, making him the latest top official to get the vaccine. Meanwhile the man in charge of distribution of the vaccine expects 7.9 million doses to go out across the US this week.
Dozens of countries are barring flights from Great Britain because of a new variant of the coronavirus, which scientists believe is transmitted more easily. Southern England has gone on lockdown. Meanwhile, the EU has given the go ahead to distribute the vaccine developed by Pfizer and Biontech, setting the stage for vaccinations in the EU to begin just after Christmas.
Attorney General William Barr broke again with President Trump in his final press conference as the nation's top law enforcement official. Barr said he sees no reason to appoint a special counsel on potential election fraud or on the tax investigation that's going on into the son of President-elect Joe Biden.
Hot lava is flowing again from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's big island. More than two years after its lava destroyed hundreds of homes, eruptions began again late Sunday, lasting about an hour with lava spewing into the air and a cloud of steam shooting high into the atmosphere.
Ned Barker, the Associated Press, with AP News Minute.