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(Reuters) - The first Americans could receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as 24 hours after the FDA grants approval, which would kick off the largest inoculation campaign in U.S. history starting in mid-December. FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker prepares specimen collection tubes at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) drive-thru testing location in Houston, Texas, U.S., November 20, 2020. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s outside advisers will meet on Dec. 10 to discuss whether to authorize the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech for emergency use. Moderna Inc is expected to seek approval later in December for its COVID-19 vaccine. A recent Gallup poll showed only 58% of Americans would get the vaccine, up from 50% in September.
Persons: Adrees Latif, Moncef Slaoui, NBC’s “, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Slaoui, BioNTech, We’re, Dr, Anthony Fauci, Biden, Ron Klain, Trump’s Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Press, U.S . Food, Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc, NBC, Gallup, White Locations: Houston , Texas, U.S, New York City, Chicago, United States
(Reuters) - The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States was on track to surpass 12 million on Saturday, just days ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday that health experts have warned could fuel the surging spread of infection around the country. Reuters data shows the pace of new infections in the United States has quickened, with nearly one million more cases recorded in just the last 6 days since the country recorded 11 million. This compares with the 8 days it took to get from 10 million cases to 11 million cases, and the 10 days it took to get from 9 to 10 million. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a “strong recommendation” to Americans this week to refrain from traveling over Thanksgiving. As the United States set a new record for COVID-19 cases on Friday - 196,815 infections in a day - Pfizer Inc said it would seek emergency-use authorization of its vaccine from U.S. regulators, the first such application.
Persons: Adrees Latif, , “ We’re, Henry Walke, Paula Twidale, Anthony Fauci, ” Fauci Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Health, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, CDC, Twitter, American Automobile Association, , ” AAA, United, Pfizer Inc Locations: United States, Houston , Texas, U.S, Sky Harbor, Phoenix , Arizona
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A leading U.S. health official on Friday appealed to Americans to avoid unnecessary travel and limit social gatherings during the Thanksgiving holiday, fearing a further acceleration of the coronavirus pandemic after one of the deadliest weeks in months. A healthcare worker holds a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) informational pamphlet for a resident at a drive-thru testing location in Houston, Texas, U.S., November 20, 2020. “This is faster, it is broader and what worries me - it could be longer,” Birx told CNN. “In South Dakota, we won’t stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together this Thanksgiving,” Noem said in a statement on Friday. It now projects 471,000 coronavirus deaths by March 1, up from fewer than 440,000 in its previous forecast.
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But dry weather and little rain, conditions exacerbated by climate change, have triggered explosive fires that have forced thousands of people to evacuate. Fires have burned more than 400,000 acres in Colorado during one of the worst fire seasons ever in the state. "Climate change is here and now in Colorado," said Jennifer Balch, director of the Earth Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder. 'We are out of time'The 2020 season, fueled by climate change and outdated forest management plans, has taken a major toll on states like California, Washington and Oregon. In Colorado, the number of people living in areas at risk increased by nearly 50% between 2012 and 2017, according to the Colorado State Forest Service.
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