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As of 8:00 a.m. ET Friday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the United States included 21,585,531 cases and 365,346 deaths, increases of 279,107 and 4,049, respectively, from yesterday at the same time. That’s yet another new record for daily deaths.
Reflecting the worldwide surge of the pandemic, the largest crematorium in the Czech Republic cannot keep up with unprecedented demand caused by COVID-19 deaths. (AP News)
Roughly one-fourth of the 21.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed to date have actually been administered, according to the CDC. (Reuters)
The American Hospital Association pressed the Trump administration for more federal help with vaccine distribution. (CNBC)
More than half of 1.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine allocated to California have been stuck in transit or otherwise delayed in reaching patients. (ABC 7 News)
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said states can expand COVID-19 distribution beyond essential healthcare workers to use current stockpiles. (Fox News)
Meanwhile, the European Union has already laid claim to about half of the expected 2021 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. (Reuters)
Anthony Fauci, MD, said the South African variant probably has already spread in the U.S. (Newsweek)
Which is it? One study suggested long-lasting immunity after coronavirus infection, whereas another found 94% of formerly infected patients had diminished antibody levels within 90 days. (Science, Deseret News)
England has banned entry from 11 African nations in an attempt to prevent spread of a coronavirus variant from South Africa. (Reuters)
Healthcare workers have gone viral with TikTok videos debunking COVID-19 myths. (TIME)
U.S. counties that are home to colleges and universities that opened for in-person classes in the fall had a 56% increase in the incidence of COVID-19 cases. (CNN)
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