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Biden to meet with Operation Warp Speed chief vaccine adviser this week

Operation Warp Speed’s top scientist Moncef Slaoui will meet with President-elect Joe Biden this week about the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, the researcher said Sunday.

White House task force doctor says health officials still fighting ‘myths’ about pandemic

Birx: ‘Only we can save us from this current surge’

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Pope Francis says Christmas is a ‘sign of hope’ during pandemic

Pope Francis said the Christmas season provides a “sign of hope” in this “difficult time” at his Sunday blessing, referring to the struggles associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

33 million brace for coronavirus stay-at-home orders in California

Schools in southwest Ohio kept out Covid. But they couldn’t keep the buses running.

Alaska, New Jersey, Virginia, D.C. set daily Covid case records; U.S. records more than 200,000 infections

The U.S. recorded more than 200,000 Covid-19 cases Saturday, for the fourth day in a row, reporting 206,491 new infections and 2,261 deaths according to NBC News’ count.

  • Alaska, 945 cases
  • D.C., 392 cases
  • New Jersey, 5,605 cases
  • South Carolina, 3,222 cases
  • Virginia, 3,793 cases
  • West Virginia, 1,400 cases and 30 deaths

Daily virus infections in Russia hit record high

Russia hit its highest daily spike of coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic on Sunday, as 29,039 new cases were confirmed by the country’s health authorities.

Australian state prepares for ‘Covid safe summer’

Australia’s Victoria state eased Covid-19 restrictions on Sunday for the holiday season, after the country’s pandemic hotspot has recorded no new coronavirus infections for more than a month.

China prepares vaccine rollout, as India seeks emergency approval

Provincial governments across China are placing orders for experimental, domestically made Covid-19 vaccines, as developers ramp up final testing, the Chinese foreign minister said during a U.N. meeting last week.

South Korea to consider new curbs as cases hit nine-month high

SEOUL — South Korea on Sunday reported 631 new coronavirus cases, the highest in nine months, ahead of an expected government decision on whether to further tighten social distancing curbs as health authorities struggle to contain a third wave of outbreaks.

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