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FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, first approved in U.S.

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The Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave emergency use authorization to the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine, setting in motion a highly choreographed and complex distribution process aimed at expediting vaccines throughout the United States to curb the pandemic.

The nation set a record for covid-19 deaths Thursday for the second day in a row, surpassing 3,300. The death tally for Friday was 2,950, only slightly lower, bringing the U.S. death toll to nearly 295,000.

Here are some significant developments:

  • The United States reported 237,092 new infections and 108,507 coronavirus inpatients, both new highs.
  • Mexico has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the coronavirus, health officials announced Friday.
  • The Trump administration said it will purchase an additional 100 million doses of a Moderna vaccine.
  • The coronavirus can travel farther and faster inside restaurants than previously thought, a South Korean study suggests.
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The United States reported 237,092 new infections and 108,507 coronavirus inpatients, both new highs.
Mexico has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the coronavirus, health officials announced Friday.
The Trump administration said it will purchase an additional 100 million doses of a Moderna vaccine.
The coronavirus can travel farther and faster inside restaurants than previously thought, a South Korean study suggests.

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