Record New U.S. Cases; Pfizer Vax Hits Snag; Beating COVID Twice at 102

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As of 8:00 a.m. ET on Friday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the U.S. reached 14,148,719 cases and 276,401 deaths — up 222,729 and 2,554, respectively, since this time yesterday. That count of new cases zooms beyond the previous record.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Obama administration official Jeff Zients will likely be leading President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-response team. (Politico)

Anthony Fauci, MD, walked back criticism of Britain’s quick vaccine authorization. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, HuffPost gets a peek into Fauci’s typical insanely busy day.

With publication in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC formalized recommendations for allocating initial vaccine supplies.

But CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, suggested he wasn’t happy that folks over 70 in multigenerational households aren’t included.

And all the plans are now in jeopardy: Pfizer slashed its December vaccine shipment target in half due to supply chain issues. (Wall Street Journal)

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton all offered to take the vaccine on camera in hopes of allaying public fears. (Reuters)

All recipients of the vaccine will receive vaccine cards with second-dose reminders. (NPR)

With the surge continuing unabated, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) warned of reinstating three-week long stay-at-home orders on a regional basis when ICU capacity runs low. (New York Times)

Looking ahead to Christmas, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a broad travel ban that would even block movement between adjacent towns. (The Guardian)

How ironic: after refusing to enforce restrictions, a California sheriff tested positive for COVID-19. (The Hill)

How’s $1,500 for getting a vaccine sound? (CNBC)

Natural herd immunity is not the way to go — unless you’re okay with losing 1 in 3 people over the age of 64. (Slate)

A 102-year-old New York woman, who lived through the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, has now beaten COVID-19 twice. (NBC News)

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    Kristen Monaco is a staff writer, focusing on endocrinology, psychiatry, and dermatology news. Based out of the New York City office, she’s worked at the company for nearly five years.

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