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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) U.S. Congress progressed toward approving a long-awaited financial relief package and the country expanded its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, even as a storm threatened to slow the progress in the East Coast.

EUROPE

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people should exercise extreme caution but he refused to outlaw festive family gatherings as cases soared across swathes of Britain.

* Germany will roll out the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 27, with priority given to the elderly in care homes.

* The number of infections in the Netherlands jumped by more than 11,000 . . .

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