Here’s what happens on Monday with the coronavirus pandemic in the United States:
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
The largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history began on Monday when health workers rolled up their sleeves to protect them from COVID-19 and fight back the pandemic – a day of optimism despite the nation’s death toll at 300,000.
– Senior U.S. officials will be given coronavirus vaccines starting this week as part of the updated continuity of federal government plans that now include pandemics as a threat to the nation and its leaders.
– According to a study published by 30 international organizations, the economic impact of the pandemic has reversed decades of advances in addressing the most severe forms of malnutrition and is likely to kill 168,000 children before a global recovery takes place.
THE NUMBERS: The seven-day moving average for daily new cases in the US rose in the past two weeks from around 162,000 on November 29 to 214,000 on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
DEATH FEE: The death toll in the United States of over 300,000 rivals the population of St. Louis or Pittsburgh. It’s tantamount to repeating a tragedy the size of Hurricane Katrina every day for 5 1/2 months.
QUOTE: “I am hopeful today. Facilitated. I feel healing is coming. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history. – Sandra Lindsay, nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and recipient of the COVID-19 vaccine.
ICYMI: As coronavirus deaths rise across the country, a new poll among Americans found little increase in concerns about COVID-19 infections and no significant change in opinion about how the government should act to control the spread to slow down.
ON THE HORIZON: Advisors to the Food and Drug Administration will meet this week to discuss evidence for vaccine from drug company Moderna. The FDA will weigh these recommendations to decide whether to approve emergency use at some point after the meeting.
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