December 4, Friday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

  1. Japan’s Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has called on the international community to create a “united world” to overcome the coronavirus crisis. He said, “This crisis has reminded us of the need for global solidarity” and that “to overcome this crisis, we must realize a ‘united world,’ not a ‘divided world.’”
  2. Three former U.S. presidents say they are willing to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in a bid to address concerns about the safety of the newly developed vaccines. They are former presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
  3. A research group commissioned by Japan’s health ministry will conduct a large-scale survey on the loss of smell as a symptom of COVID-19. Loss of smell has been reported as one of the various symptoms of the coronavirus disease, but detailed research on it has yet to be conducted in Japan.