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Glad-handing Biden begins international diplomacy with the telephone

“When I was with Xi Jinping — and I was on the Tibetan plateau with him — and he asked me in a non-public evening meal, he and I, and we just about every experienced an interpreter, he said, ‘Can you define America for me?’ ” Biden recounted in the course of a swearing-in ceremony for new staffers. He said he responded basically: “Alternatives.”

The anecdote, harkening to his 2011 supper inside of a Chengdu resort restaurant, was intended to offer Biden’s perspective of the American dream as he assumed the presidency. But it also acted as an intentional reminder that he enters the work with a long record of cultivating international actors who he will now experience as an equivalent — and, in some conditions, an adversary.

He launches his worldwide attempts Friday afternoon with a call to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a reliably standard 1st diplomatic outing …

The Latest: COVID-19 vaccine begins arriving in Canada

— Trucks with the first COVID-19 vaccine containers in the US are rolling out to vaccination sites, and all states are expected to have some by Monday. About 3 million doses were expected to be sent out in the first shipments, which are staggered through Wednesday. Germany is stepping up its lockdown measures through the Christmas holiday — from Dec. 16 to Jan. 10. Chancellor Angela Merkel says existing restrictions imposed in November failed to significantly reduce the number of new infections. New cases are lower but still rising in parts of Asia, with both Japan and South Korea hitting record numbers in daily new infections.

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COVID-19 vaccine begins arriving in Canada

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the first of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials have arrived in Canada.

Trudeau tweeted a picture of them being taken off a plane. Canada’s health regulator approved the vaccine made by U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech last Wednesday.

The Canadian government recently amended its contract with Pfizer so that it would deliver up to 249,000 doses this month. Trudeau says it is good news but he is urging Canadians to continue to wear masks, avoid gatherings and to download a government app that lets users know if they’ve come in contact with those who have tested positive.

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THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Trucks with the first COVID-19 vaccine containers in the US are rolling out to vaccination sites, and all states are expected to have some by Monday. About 3 million doses were expected to be sent out in the first shipments,