Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the company also plans to submit it’s COVID-19 vaccine to other regulatory authorities around the world.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged Americans against traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Based on the latest data from the Transportation Security Administration, many aren’t listening: TSA screened more than 1 million travelers on Friday for just the second time since March, followed by nearly a million more on Saturday.
The strict holiday messaging isn’t new. Health officials during the second wave of the H1N1 influenza epidemic in 1918 issued a similar warning: “See that Thanksgiving celebrations are restricted as much as possible so as to prevent another flare-up.”
Meanwhile, some people have taken to the streets, again, to protest restrictions. In Southern California, hundreds gathered in Huntington Beach on Saturday to protest the state’s overnight curfew. In Oregon, people caravaned to the state Capitol in Salem after Gov. Kate Brown ordered a two-week “freeze” earlier this month.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 12.2 million cases and more than 256,700 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 58.5 million cases and 1.3 million deaths.
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Wisconsin Rep. Bryan Steil tests positive for COVID-19
Wisconsin Rep. Bryan Steil has tested positive for COVID-19, the Republican congressman announced Sunday.
“After working in Washington, D.C., all of last week, I began experiencing mild symptoms this weekend and contacted my health care provider while at home in Janesville. I took a COVID-19 test today and the test results came back positive,” Steil said in a Twitter post.
Steil said he is quarantining and will work from his home. He was first elected in 2018 and held his seat in this month’s election.
Hundreds of bodies from NYC’s spring surge still in freezer trucks
Hundreds of bodies are still stored in freezer trucks at a disaster morgue set up during New York City’s coronavirus surge in the spring, according to the city’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner.
Many of the 650 bodies at the disaster morgue on the Brooklyn waterfront are of people whose families can’t be located or can’t afford a proper burial, officials told The Wall Street Journal.
Normally, the deceased would have been buried within a few weeks in a gravesite for the indigent on Hart Island in the Long Island Sound. But as COVID-19 deaths surged in New York in April, with as many as 800 deaths in one day, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged that mass burials in temporary graves wouldn’t take place.
The city is slowly reducing the number of bodies in storage, with the number declining from 698 to 650 since mid-September, according to Dina Maniotis, the chief medical examiner’s office’s executive deputy commissioner.