Writer: Jessica McKenzie

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New Estimate That Covid Has Infected 1 in 3 Los Angeles County Residents, With Poor Areas Hardest Hit

Officials in Los Angeles County estimate that the coronavirus has infected one in three residents. That works out to more than 3 million people in the county of 10 million, where Covid-19 has claimed more than 13,000 lives.

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Bumpy Vaccine Drive as the Global Covid Death Toll Nears 2 Million

Disneyland and Dodger Stadium are appointed new vaccination stations in California, while the rollout is stalled in New York and bungled at major hospitals all over. Also: the riot gets infectious, big job losses for women, and SCOTUS weighs climate change.

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Slow Vaccine Rollout and Record Hospitalizations as U.S. Bears the Brunt of Holiday Surge

In the U.S., a record 77,572 people died from the coronavirus in December, with a death now occurring about every 33 seconds. The cumulative death toll for the country now exceeds 354,000. About 21 million people—one out of 16 in the U.S.—have tested positive.

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California New Epicenter of Pandemic in U.S. as Intensive Care Capacity in Southern California Falls to Zero

California has recorded more new infections than many entire countries--including Britain, Germany and India--in the last couple of days. Capacity in hospital intensive care units in Southern California dropped to zero percent.

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With U.S. Covid Death Toll Smashing Records, the First Vaccinations Could Come Next Week

On Wednesday, more people in the U.S. died of the coronavirus than were killed in the 9/11 attacks. But hope is on the way, as some health care workers and nursing home residents could be rolling up their sleeves by early next week.

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Shots Fired: 90-Year-Old Woman in UK Gets First Covid Vaccine Outside a Trial

Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old woman from Coventry, England, received the first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine outside a clinical trial on Tuesday morning. Keenan said she was looking forward to seeing friends and family in the new year, after spending most of this year alone.

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Death Toll and Hospitalizations Climb in U.S. As Second Coronavirus Wave Swamps Europe

On Wednesday, the United States set new records for daily Covid deaths, hospitalizations and new cases. But new records were set a day later, as 2,857 people died and more than 216,500 tested positive on Thursday.

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Thanksgiving Travelers Jam Airports Despite Soaring Covid Cases

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised against traveling for Thanksgiving because of climbing coronavirus cases around the country, more than 3 million people passed through Transportation Security Administration lines at airports this weekend.

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Seven Governors and the CDC Beg Americans to Stay Home for Thanksgiving

In a joint op-ed, the governors write: “Think about your last Thanksgiving and the people you were surrounded by ... As hard as it will be to not see them this Thanksgiving, imagine how much harder it would be if their chairs are empty next year.”

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New Coronavirus Cases and Hospitalizations in U.S. Shattering Records Almost Daily

Yesterday, the U.S. recorded more than 160,000 cases for the first time, eight days after recording 100,000 new cases in one day for the first time. The country also set a record for hospitalizations for the third day in a row, with 67,096 receiving treatment.

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A New Covid Task Force and Good News on Vaccines Even As Case Numbers Surge

The drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech, a German company, said in a news release that the Covid vaccine they are jointly developing and testing is 90 percent effective in clinical trials and no serious safety concerns have yet emerged. If those results hold, it would make the coronavirus vaccine as effective as common childhood vaccines.

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Americans Vote on Key Issues Such as Minimum Wage, as Wild Election Briefly Bumps Covid From Front Page

Along with record turnout in a wild presidential race, voters in some states weighed in on issues affecting all aspects of life, including wages, taxes and abortion. And just because the election drove it off the metaphorical front page doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. The U.S. yesterday reported a record 121,000 new coronavirus cases.