Pfizer Vaccine to FDA for Approval, CDC Urges Stay Home for Thanksgiving

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Pfizer and BioNTech are submitting their coronavirus vaccine to the FDA today for emergency approval, while the CDC urges Americans to stay home for Thanksgiving, as the US saw over 200,000 new COVID-19 cases yesterday.

Pfizer submits COVID-19 vaccine for emergency FDA approval

Pfizer and BioNTech were poised to submit their new coronavirus vaccine to the FDA today for emergency approval.

Two days ago, the companies announced the final analysis of its massive Phase 3 trial, in which the vaccine proved to be 95% effective and appeared to protect 94% of adults over the age of 65, ABC and the BBC reported separately.

In the announcement by Pfizer, the company claimed the vaccine had no serious safety concerns, and was equally effective for all ages, races, and ethnicities. Following approval, the company says it is prepared to start delivering millions of doses of the vaccine to the most vulnerable people in the population before the end of 2020.

CDC urges Americans to stay home for Thanksgiving

In one of its strongest warnings to date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alarmed by the exponential growth of the number of COVID-19 cases across the United States that are contributing to rising hospitalizations and deaths, is now urging all Americans to stay home and not travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The CDC is advising Americans to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day holiday only with people within their household, and not to have guests from outside their household, The Associated Press reported.

Over 2,000 new COVID-19 deaths: US sees its highest daily numbers of cases yet

On Thursday, the United States inched near over new 200,000 cases of COVID-19 infections, the highest number the country has seen to date. The US recorded 192,186 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 2,065 deaths, according to the latest figures by worldometers.info.

The US total was four times higher than the next highest country, India, which saw 46,182 new cases and 584 deaths.

The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) said that by December 18, more than 2,300 Americans per day could die and the number will increase by January, CNN reported.

“We expect daily deaths to reach a peak of over 2,500 a day in mid-January,” the modeling team for the IHME wrote on Thursday.

Coronavirus lockdown restrictions appear to be paying off in Europe, WHO says

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the coronavirus lockdown restrictions appear to be working in Europe, which was seen the number of COVID-19 cases surging, NBC reported.

According to the WHO, new COVID-19 cases dropped by roughly 200,000, from 2 million down to 1.8 million cases over the last two weeks.