More than a million people in the United States have received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield announced Wednesday, calling it an “early but important milestone.”

Administration of the vaccine began 10 days ago, amid an unprecedented rise in cases across the nation. The average number of new cases per day has exceeded 200,000, and deaths have sat at more than 2,000 per day, according to Washington Post tracking.

Here are some significant developments:

  • For the second day in a row, the United States on Wednesday set a new record for covid-19 hospitalizations. Nationwide, states reported that more than 119,500 people were hospitalized with the virus, according to Washington Post tracking. A day earlier, on Tuesday, that figure was just less than 118,000.
  • President Trump’s last-minute move to reject a sweeping coronavirus relief package is escalating panic among Republicans while setting the stage for a confrontation that could force GOP lawmakers to object to their own president’s demand for larger stimulus checks for Americans. The stock market closed mostly flat despite Trump’s position.
  • The NBA postponed the Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder season opener because several players had tested positive for covid-19 or were quarantining after coming in contact with those who had.
  • British officials have detected another coronavirus variant in the United Kingdom, with both cases confirmed in individuals who were in contact with recent arrivals from South Africa. A different variant of the coronavirus that had been identified in Britain may already be circulating in the U.S., the CDC acknowledged on Tuesday.
  • The Trump administration and Pfizer reached a deal for the pharmaceutical giant to provide 100 million additional coronavirus vaccine doses through the spring and summer.

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