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U.S. hits 16 million COVID cases even as vaccine begins roll-out

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By Rich McKay

(Reuters) - The United States hit a record 16 million COVID-19 cases on Saturday afternoon, with deaths closing in on the 300,000 mark, even as millions of doses of a new vaccine were expected to start rolling out across the nation on Sunday.

The first vaccine was approved late on Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is expected to touch off a mass-inoculation campaign of unparalleled dimension to end the pandemic that has upended daily life and devastated the U.S. economy.

"FDA APPROVES PFIZER VACCINE FOR EMERGENCY USE!!!" President Donald Trump announced on Friday night on Twitter. He promised Americans the vaccinations would begin in less than 24 hours.

But U.S. Army General Gustave Perna said on a Saturday news call that the first shipments will begin on Sunday and will be delivered to 145 locations around the country on Monday.

The remainder of the 636 delivery locations selected by states and U.S. territories will receive doses on Tuesday and Wednesday, he said, adding that Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) will have more doses ready every week for distribution and administration.

The first batch of shots is expected to be aimed largely at health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

The approval of the Pfizer drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration marks a turning point in the United States, where the pandemic has killed more than 295,000 people - more than in any other nation in the world - as the recent surge of infections has again overwhelmed healthcare systems.

The country reported its highest daily cases, more than 232,700, on Friday, according to a Reuters tally. In the latest 7-day average, the United States is reporting 2,411 deaths per day, the highest 7-day average since the pandemic started.

U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations were 107,684 by the end of Friday, the highest so far.

On Nov. 21, the United States hit a landmark 12 million cases.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who along with several other governors vowed to review the vaccine before allowing it in their states, announced late on Friday that state officials have given the drug the green light.

"The vaccine, that is the weapon that ends the war," Cuomo said in a press briefing on Saturday.

But he warned that it might be June or later before life will start to return to normal as more of the U.S. population receives the drug.

Urging people to be patient, Cuomo said, "Between today and June, that's a long way."

(This story corrects advisory note that the U.S. hit a record 16 million cases, not 16; deletes extraneous word from headline)

U.S. hits 16 million COVID cases even as vaccine begins roll-out
 

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Michael Angelo
Michael Angelo Dec 13, 2020 8:17PM ET
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Sil*ly headlines, cases el continue even with the vaccine. Hope for a little while. The interesting subject will be the side effects on a vaccine that is being used before thorough trials and with propaganda reasons. I think it was finally approved by the FED.
Stratus Angelacus
Stratus Angelacus Dec 12, 2020 8:40PM ET
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300 000 on 16000000 = less than 2%. Average age, 75 to 80. In USA. Life span had contracted the past 3 years .So , i think that 1% is the cause of virus 19 death rate.
andy matalobos
andy matalobos Dec 12, 2020 5:05PM ET
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This vaccination hard push is a global coordination in order to get global herd immunity as soon as possible, this vaccine doesn't prevent any one to be contaminated with Covid-19, lots of people will get sick and die just like with the flu shots actually this vaccine is a stronger version of the regular flu shot. No one will ever see or get access to the real ingredients of this vaccine. What a coincidence that all pharmaceuticals labs got to the finish line about the same time with the same identical results...This is like the automobile industry reveals the latest car model and all the others companies produces very identical models.
Whaling Trawler
Whaling Trawler Dec 12, 2020 3:24PM ET
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I'm ready for any virus with my extra strength Tylenol Cold and Flu and NeoCitran....bring it on!!!
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Dec 12, 2020 3:24PM ET
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RIP Trawl!
Adrian White
Adrian White Dec 12, 2020 3:24PM ET
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Whaling Trawler, did you notice the name was Tylenol Cold and Flu, not "Tylenol Any Virus"? You might want to learn a little about viruses and how they work.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Dec 12, 2020 2:42PM ET
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The serious case percentage seems to be about even everywhere. This is propaganda to sell vaccines.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Dec 12, 2020 2:42PM ET
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propaganda apparently was authorized and signed by the Obama administration during his presidency and is still in play.
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Kelly Mayer Dec 12, 2020 2:39PM ET
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Ok, is anyone even monitoring and investigating the people behind the "official" pandemic numbers and the veracity of the reports being put forward and received by them?
Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne Dec 12, 2020 2:39PM ET
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The Lancet is a reliable statistical source of medical information.
David Acevedo
David Acevedo Dec 12, 2020 2:39PM ET
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Are these numbers coming in by mail? I demand recount.
David David
David9 Dec 12, 2020 12:33PM ET
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I told you guys.... this surge was due to Thanksgiving gathering.... we still have Christmas and New Year gatherings coming, so we c can expect things to pickup more and more, even with vaccine coming out.... we will have years to deal with the virus.... once things open up, spike will come back fast...
Robert DZ the patterns
Robert DZ the patterns Dec 12, 2020 12:31PM ET
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I don't know of anyone having the virus, beware of this system.
David David
David9 Dec 12, 2020 12:31PM ET
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are you living in China?
Konstantinos Monogios
Konstantinos Monogios Dec 12, 2020 12:31PM ET
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I had it!
Konstantinos Monogios
Konstantinos Monogios Dec 12, 2020 12:31PM ET
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I had it!
Ronald Warren
Ronald Warren Dec 12, 2020 12:31PM ET
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My girlfriend had it in June. Now she suffers from shortness of breath, migraines and can't smell anything.
Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne Dec 12, 2020 12:31PM ET
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Yes, it's a disgrace all the people filling the hospitals and ICUs pretending to be sick.
 
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