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CDC director issues stark warning as new U.S. coronavirus cases top 200,000

Britain became the first country in the world to approve Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for use on Dec. 2. (Video: Reuters)

The United States set a pair of alarming coronavirus records Wednesday, surpassing 200,000 new infections and topping 100,000 covid-19 patients hospitalized — the first time the country has reached either metric in a single day.

And Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the worst might still be ahead. He predicted that the U.S. covid-19 death toll could reach 450,000 by February, and he warned that this winter could be “the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation.”

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The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will begin distribution in Britain next week after emergency authorization.
The top Democratic congressional leaders embraced a $908 billion coronavirus relief framework — a massive concession meant to prod President Trump and Senate Republicans into accepting a compromise.
More than 13.8 million coronavirus cases and 272,000 fatalities have been reported in the United States since February.

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