Global National: Dec. 5, 2020 | Calls for first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to protect most vulnerable

Tonight's top story: It was another record day in Canada’s coronavirus hotspots with new daily highs for COVID-19 cases. Alberta is reporting 1,879 new cases in the last 24 hours. Ontario recorded 1,859 cases and Quebec has become the first province to record over 2,000 new cases. Nowhere is the situation more dire than in Canada’s long-term care homes. When the vaccine finally rolls out, there are calls for the first doses to protect the most vulnerable. Abigail Bimman has details.In the U.S., COVID-19 has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in America. More than 11,000 people lost their lives in just seven days. As Jennifer Johnson explains, health experts warn it could get worse if new measures aren’t brought in.This coming week, Britain will start its first round of COVID-19 vaccinations of its citizens. It’s a major logistical and life-saving initiative. The United Kingdom granted an emergency approval to the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday. The vaccines are made in Belgium and the first batches have arrived in the U.K. via the Eurotunnel. Our Europe bureau chief Crystal Goomansingh has more on what happens next.There are calls to make the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) permanent. In 2017, Ontario implemented a pilot project to look into the idea of national basic income where people were given a set amount of money to cover housing and food, but that program was cancelled. Tonight, Mike Le Couteur takes a closer look at bringing it back on a wider-scale.It’s been two years since Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in China. Their arbitrary detention followed the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition warrant. There are reports the American Justice Department was in talks with China to secure her release. So could that potential deal in turn secure the release of the two Canadian men? Mercedes Stephenson has more.A British Columbia couple is making one last legal push to see their two grandchildren. Next week their lawyer will appear before Peru’s superior court to ask for custody of the ten and seven-year-olds, or at the very least visitation rights. The children’s father is a fugitive, charged with killing their mother. The children are living with their paternal grandmother. As Rumina Daya reports, the family says this latest court fight is their last hope.MORE: https://globalnews.ca/national/program/global-nationalFor more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #COVID #GlobalNews #Coronavirus