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Santa Claus is seen wearing a mask on NORAD's tracker as he delivers presents


Santa Claus was spotted wearing a mask on NORAD's tracker as he flies over Australia delivering gifts to all the boys and girls who made the good list this year.

Santa Claus set off from the North Pole and climbed into the sky early on Christmas Eve with his sleigh full of presents for children around the world.

One of his first stops was Russia and he continued to Australia, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand and China.

At 10:30 a.m. ET, the captain flew back to Perth via Australia and was on his way to Christmas Island. He had obviously worked hard after delivering over 1.5 billion gifts.

So far, he's on time to arrive in the US between 9 p.m. and midnight Christmas Eve.

If you want to make sure you fell asleep when Santa Claus comes down the chimney, you can track his whereabouts on the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) official Santa Tracker.

Santa Claus was spotted wearing a mask on NORAD's tracker as he flies around the world delivering gifts to all the boys and girls who made the good list this year

So far, he's on time to arrive in the US between 9 p.m. and midnight Christmas Eve. Pictured flight over Indonesia Thursday

So far, he's on time to arrive in the US between 9 p.m. and midnight Christmas Eve. Pictured flight over Indonesia Thursday

The agency has been tracking Santa's whereabouts on Christmas Eve since 1955 using satellites and radar.

For the rest of the year, NORAD is responsible for protecting American aircraft and airspace. However, for the past 65 years, Christmas Eve has put important work on hold on another matter of global concern – that Santa Claus delivers all of his gifts safely and on time.

"The same assets that we use in our 24/7 aerospace warning and aerospace control missions will be used for tracking and escorting (Santa) on December 24," the agency tweeted Thursday.

NORAD activated the tracker on Thursday morning when Santa Claus waved goodbye to his elves in his toy workshop and set off wearing his mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The agency reported "good weather to fly" when he jumped on his sled before making one of his first stops in Provideniya, Russia.

Santa Claus then enjoyed slightly warmer weather over the Marshall Islands and Samoa, where he mistook the famous Alofaaga Blowholes, where seawater flows through the rock and shoots up into the sky, as snow shot up, Norad reported.

New Zealand came next, before making a special stop on the International Space Station for the first time this year after being issued one by the FAA & # 39; special commercial license & # 39 ;.

Santa Claus used his StarSleigh-1 space capsule, powered by the Rudolph rocket, to make the detour to give gifts to the astronauts on the space station.

Santa Claus set off from the North Pole and climbed into the sky early on Christmas Eve with his sleigh full of presents for children around the world

Santa Claus set off from the North Pole and climbed into the sky early on Christmas Eve with his sleigh full of presents for children around the world

Fiji and the Solomon Islands should next have their stockings filled before heading back to the colder climes, with a stop in Yakutsk, Russia and a hot cup of cocoa to get him back on the road.

Santa Claus returned south and was spotted flying over the Sydney Opera House before flying to Japan, the Philippines and China.

There is no shortage of fuel to maintain Santa's energy levels as he enjoyed over a billion cookies that children in China left out for him.

He gave gifts to the sleeping boys and girls in Wuhan around 10 a.m.

Santa received his COVID-19 vaccine this week to make sure he can be home safely this year.

He was also granted special permission to travel as an essential worker on the biggest day of Christmas.

Dr. Anthony Fauci assured the children on Saturday during a Sesame Street special with CNN that he had personally vaccinated Mr Claus before Christmas.

"I took care of this for you because I was worried you'd all be upset," Fauci said.

“I went up there to the North Pole some time ago. I went there and vaccinated Santa Claus myself. & # 39;

Fauci added that Santa had been checked out and was completely safe for the trip.

“He can come down the chimney. He can leave the presents, ”said Fauci.

& # 39; You don't have to worry. Santa is good to go. & # 39;

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday gave Santa and his sleigh the "special operating authority" to make deliveries throughout the United States.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo granted Santa Claus a travel waiver on Monday, exempting him from the state's mandatory quarantine rules to ensure that all of his gifts can be delivered on time.

Cuomo said Santa Claus still needs to wear a mask to do his job safely and prevent the virus from spreading.

"I think you'll still be able to spot him even though he's wearing a mask because he has a pretty distinctive outfit that he's wearing," said Cuomo.

If you want to make sure you fell asleep when Santa Claus comes down the chimney, you can track his whereabouts on the North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) official Santa Tracker (above).

If you want to make sure you fell asleep when Santa Claus comes down the chimney, you can track his whereabouts on the North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) official Santa Tracker (above).

Santa received his COVID-19 vaccine this week to make sure he can be home safely this year

Santa received his COVID-19 vaccine this week to make sure he can be home safely this year

“I don't think there will be any problems identifying Santa Claus this year.

"He'll be able to do his job, but certainly because he's wearing a mask."

Children can now watch him and his reindeer fly around the world on the Norad Santa website.

You can also call Norad from 6 a.m. to ask Santa's little helpers at the base at 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) about his trip.

Due to the pandemic, there will be fewer operators available this year, but fear not – you can still receive a message with information about Santa's location.

Amazon Alexa users can also ask their smart devices for updates on Santa's location by simply searching for "Alexa, where is Santa Claus?" Ask. While OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles for updates.

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