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Here's the latest for Thursday December 31st: People welcome 2021; China approves new COVID-19 vaccine; NYC plans to vaccinate 1 million city residents in January; Houston zoo animals get meatball Christmas trees.

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TED SHAFFREY: This is AP News Minute. People across the globe are welcoming the new year. Pandemic restrictions have meant limited crowds. Many people are bidding farewell to a year they would prefer to forget by watching made-for-TV fireworks displays.

China has authorized its first home-grown COVID-19 vaccine, adding another shot that could see wide use in poor countries as the virus surges globally.

The mayor of New York has set an ambitious goal of vaccinating 1 million city residents in January. The federal government had set a goal of vaccinating 20 million people across the United States by today, but so far just over 2 million have received the first shot.

And the animals at the Houston Zoo are enjoying a special meal this holiday season. Zookeepers have hung Christmas trees in the animal habitats. Instead of ornaments, they have decorated the trees with meatballs and mealworms. Ted Shaffrey, the Associated Press, with AP News Minute.