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Senior U.S. government officials to get coronavirus vaccine as soon as this week

WASHINGTON — Senior U.S. government officials, including some White House officials who work in close proximity to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, will be offered coronavirus vaccines as soon as this week, while its public distribution is limited to front-line health workers and people in nursing homes …

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Germany tightens coronavirus lockdown over holidays

BERLIN — Most stores shut, tight limits on social contacts, no singing in church and a ban on fireworks sales: Germany is ratcheting up its pandemic restrictions in an effort to cut the stubbornly high rate of coronavirus infections. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and the governors of Germany’s 16 …

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Italy surpasses U.K. for Europe’s highest coronavirus death toll

ROME — Italy on Sunday registered 484 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, one of its lowest daily death tolls in about a month. But those latest deaths were enough to eclipse Britain’s toll as having Europe’s highest toll in the pandemic, according to tracking done by Johns Hopkins University. Counting criteria differ …

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Budget toll from coronavirus hits both Democratic, GOP-led states

No “blue state bailout” is a rallying cry for many congressional Republicans as attempts to provide more federal aid to a nation stricken by an ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic remain stuck in neutral. Yet it’s not just Democratic states asking for help amid plunging tax revenue, rising joblessness and a stuttering …

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US reaches record daily toll of 3,309 coronavirus deaths Saturday

The U.S. has reached a record 3,309 daily coronavirus deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The deaths reported Friday exceeded by 6% the previous high of 3,124 deaths reported Wednesday. The U.S. also reached a record daily confirmed infections at 231,775, according to a tally by Johns …

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These are the loopholes America’s 1% can use to get early access to the COVID-19 vaccine

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Economists hold that a good is most efficiently allocated when it goes to the people who value it the most and hence are willing to pay the most for it.  It’s for that very reason that bioethicists and infectious disease doctors worry that initial doses of a coronavirus vaccine, once …

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U.S. wholesale inflation posts smallest increase in seven months as coronavirus slams economy again

The numbers: U.S. wholesale prices rose in November by the smallest amount in seven months, underscoring the lack of inflationary pressure in an economy still struggling to emerge from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic. The producer price index climbed 0.1% last month, the government said Friday, matching the MarketWatch …

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Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 69.6 million and U.S. records another day with more than 200,000 new cases

The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose above 69.6 million on Friday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 1.58 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally in the world at 15.6 million and the highest …

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U.S. sets record one-day death toll from coronavirus as FDA committee meets to review Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

• U.S. death toll tops 3,000 in a single day for first time • FDA advisory committee meets to discuss Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and make a recommendation on whether it should be given an emergency use authorization • FDA head Dr. Stephen Hahn says vaccine appears to meet criteria, but will …

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Jobless claims surge to 3-month high as coronavirus surge triggers more layoffs

The numbers: New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped to a nearly three-month, owing to an increase in layoffs after a record surge in coronavirus cases as well as to filing delays tied to the Thanksgiving holiday. Initial jobless claims surged by 137,000 to 853,000 in the seven days ended …

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