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Data shows Americans couldn't resist Thanksgiving travel

Americans couldn’t resist the urge to gather for Thanksgiving
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo, air travelers line up to go through a a security checkpoint at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City. Data from roadways and airports shows millions could not resist the urge to gather on Thanksgiving, even during a pandemic. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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Asia Today: S. Korea reports highest daily tally in 9 months

South Korea has recorded 629 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, the highest daily tally in about nine months
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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 at state transport bus stand in Ahmedabad, India, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. India is second behind the U.S. in total coronavirus cases. Its recovery rate is nearing 94%. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
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The Latest: Birx says Americans must be strict for pandemic

The White House coronavirus response coordinator says Americans must not gather indoors with outsiders or take off their masks at any time when they are outdoors -- even when they are eating and drinking
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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, marks are seen on the face of registered nurse Shelly Girardin as she removes a protective mask after performing rounds in a COVID-19 unit at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Mo. Across the U.S., the surge has swamped hospitals with patients and left nurses and other health care workers shorthanded and burned out. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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World War II vet beats COVID-19, marks 104th birthday

A World War II veteran from Alabama has recovered from COVID-19 in time to mark his 104th birthday
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In this photo provided by Holly Wooten McDonald, World War II veteran and COVID-19 survivor Major Wooten holds a celebratory milkshake on his 104th birthday on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Madison, Alabama. Wooten was released from the hospital this week after contracting the illness caused by the new coronavirus before Thanksgiving. (Holly Wooten McDonald via AP)
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Among first acts, Biden to call for 100 days of mask-wearing

Joe Biden says he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president
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President-elect Joe Biden departs a news conference after introducing his nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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California gloom: Virus cases spiral, new closures imminent

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says most of the state will likely be under a new stay-at-home order within a day or two
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People walk near the Versace boutique on Rodeo Drive, decorated for the holidays amid the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The three-week "safer at home" order began on Monday. Indoor retail businesses, which make much of their profits during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, are allowed to remain open but with just 20% of capacity, including nail salons and other personal care services. (AP Photo/Pamela Hassell)
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States plan for vaccines as daily US virus deaths top 3,100

States are drafting plans for who gets the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available this month, as the nation’s death toll from the pandemic surpassed 3,100 in a single day for the first time
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, medical personnel prone a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. Across the U.S., the surge has swamped hospitals with patients and left nurses and other health care workers shorthanded and burned out. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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Vaccine Watch: Battling vaccine misinformation

With weeks to go before vaccine delivery, misinformation and conspiracy theories are flooding social media. Facebook says they’re fighting back, but experts say the problem is bigger.
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VIDEO: Vaccine Watch: Battling vaccine misinformation
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By the Numbers: Surging medical school applications

Despite the pandemic’s toll on health care workers, medical school applications are spiking in what some are calling the "Fauci Effect."
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VIDEO: By the Numbers: Surging medical school applications
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California church sees victory in order from high court

Lawyers for a church with more than 160 congregations across California say they will seek an immediate court order allowing indoor worship after the Supreme Court told a lower federal court to reexamine state coronavirus restrictions on church services
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Police: Couple flew to Hawaii despite positive virus tests

Authorities say a couple were arrested at a Hawaii airport after traveling on a flight from the U.S. mainland despite knowing they were infected with COVID-19
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This photo provided by the Kauai Police Department shows Wesley Moribe in Lihue, Hawaii, on Nov. 29, 2020. Authorities say a couple was arrested at a Hawaii airport after traveling on a flight from the U.S. mainland despite knowing they were infected with COVID-19. The Kauai Police Department says Wesley Moribe and Courtney Peterson were arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangering. (Kauai Police Department via AP)
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Head of Houston COVID unit: Health care workers are 'so exhausted'

Dr. Joseph Varon, who was seen in a viral image hugging his COVID-19 patient, describes the isolation of the sick and the compassion of their exhausted health care workers.
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VIDEO: Head of Houston COVID unit: Health care workers are 'so exhausted'
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Front-line doctor dies of COVID-19 complications, family says

Dr. Carlos Araujo-Preza, a pulmonologist, was 51 years old.
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Dr. Carlos Araujo-Preza, critical care medical director at HCA Houston Hospital in Tomball is pictured in an undated Facebook profile picture.
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Next for Biden: Getting the right health team as virus rages

Up soon for President-elect Joe Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages
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In this Dec. 1, 2020, photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris listens at left, during an event to introduce their nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Up soon for Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It’s hard to imagine more consequential picks. Biden is expected to announce his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services next week. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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UN chief: Vaccine can't undo damage from global pandemic

The U_N_ chief is warning that the social and economic impact of COVID-19 “is enormous and growing.”
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In this image made from UNTV video, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the U.N. General Assembly's special session to discuss the response to COVID-19 and the best path to recovery from the pandemic, Thursday, Dec. 3,2020, at U.N. headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP)
December 03

Ex-presidents would get vaccine publicly to boost confidence

Three former presidents say they’d be willing to publicly take a coronavirus vaccine, once one becomes available, to encourage all Americans to get inoculated against a disease that has already killed more than 275,000 people nationwide
December 03
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2010, file photo President Barack Obama, center, walks out of the Oval Office of the White House with former Presidents Bill Clinton, left, and George W. Bush, right, to deliver remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. Three former presidents say they'd be willing to take a coronavirus vaccine publicly, once one becomes available, to encourage all Americans to get inoculated against a disease that has already killed more than 273,000 people nationwide. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
December 03

COVID-19 emergency facing medical workers

Hospitals are under pressure ahead of a possibly dark winter.
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VIDEO: COVID-19 emergency facing medical workers
December 03

Elected officials slammed for hypocrisy for not following own COVID-19 advice

Officials across the country have apologized for not heeding rules or guidance.
December 03
In this Oct. 30, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 testing facility in Valencia, Calif.
December 03

VIRUS TODAY: State action on vaccine, virus relief package

States are crafting plans that decide who should be at the front of the line for a COVID-19 vaccine and where the doses should be shipped once the federal government provides emergency authorization, as early as next week
December 03
Gilero employee Anne-Marie Dutch assembles a face shield in Pittsboro, N.C., as Gov. Roy Cooper tours the facility Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. The medical device manufacturer began producing face shields when the pandemic started and also produces swabs for rapid tests in addition to self contained oxygenated negative pressure environments. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
December 03

Vaccine rollout could ease crisis, but who gets it first?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine to the right people could change the course of the pandemic in the United States
December 03
FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
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LA officials stream annual ceremony honoring unknown dead

Los Angeles religious leaders have managed to conduct their annual ceremony honoring those who died with no one to claim their bodies by streaming it live on Facebook this year
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December 03

Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort that used targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information associated with a U.N. initiative for distributing coronavirus vaccine to developing countries
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Portugal unveils its national vaccination plan for COVID-19

Portugal is aiming to vaccinate almost 1 million people against the coronavirus between January and April at the latest, and perhaps by the end of February, depending on the pace of vaccine deliveries
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Buenos Aires' cafe culture fighing to survive amid pandemic

Buenos Aires has long had a thriving cafe scene and its many historic cafes and bars are officially recognized as “cafes notables” for their contribution to the capital’s culture
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Answering your questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine

Addressing the grim record-breaking COVID-19 numbers as well as questions and concerns related to the upcoming vaccine.
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VIDEO: Answering your questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine
December 03

Greek city to use Christmas money for more ICU beds

A city in northern Greece hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic says it will scrap plans to set up Christmas decorations and a nativity scene this year to donate the money to the local hospital's intensive care ward
December 03
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Belgium looks to launch limited vaccine campaign in January

Belgium is planning to launch a COVID-19 vaccination campaign on a limited scale starting in early January
December 03
December 03

Belgium looks to launch limited vaccine campaign in January

Belgium is planning to launch a COVID-19 vaccination campaign on a limited scale starting in early January
December 03
December 03

Survivors remember Pearl Harbor at home this year amid virus

The coronavirus pandemic is preventing Pearl Harbor survivors from attending an annual ceremony to remember those killed in the 1941 attack
December 03
December 03

US virus deaths top 3,100 in a single day for the first time

The U.S. has recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring
December 03
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School closings threaten gains of students with disabilities

The pandemic is threatening to wipe out the educational progress made by many of the nation’s 7 million students with disabilities
December 03
December 03

Turkey announces vaccination plan for Chinese CoronaVac

Turkey’s health minister has announced a plan to start using an experimental Chinese COVID-19 vaccine later this month amid a surge in infections and deaths
December 03
A woman wearing a protective mask holds a syringe and getting vaccine from the medicine bottle in an undated stock image.
December 03

Asia Today: S. Korean students take exams amid viral spike

Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 41 confirmed COVID-19 patients, have taken the highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules
December 03
December 03

Official: Africa needs COVID-19 vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years

Africa’s top public health official says 60% of the continent’s population needs to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in the next two to three years
December 03
A volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 24, 2020, as part of Africa's first participation in a clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by England's University of Oxford in conjunction with U.K.-based pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.
December 03

China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

Secrecy and cronyism crippled China’s testing capacity in the early days of the outbreak, an Associated Press investigation has found
December 03
December 03

European Court of Human rights rejects French virus lawsuit

The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed a legal complaint from a French citizen who claimed the anti-COVID 19 measures put in place by the French government were insufficient
December 03
December 03

The Latest: Young S. Koreans taking crucial university exam

Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country's highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules
December 03
December 02

China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

Secrecy and cronyism crippled China’s testing capacity in the early days of the outbreak, an Associated Press investigation has found
December 02
December 02

Asia Today: S. Korean students take exams amid viral spike

Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 confirmed COVID-19 patients, have taken the highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules
December 02
December 02

Dr. Fauci on the fight against COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci talks with ABC News’ Linsey Davis about the pandemic during the holidays, the newest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and vaccines currently being prepared.
December 02
VIDEO: Dr. Fauci on the fight against COVID-19
December 02

The Latest: CDC chief says US faces pandemic's hardest time

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts the country is about to go through “the most difficult time in the public health history of the nation.”
December 02
In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)
December 02

Local restaurants struggle amid pandemic

Celebrity chef and restaurant owner Tom Colicchio discusses how small restaurants are struggling and what the Restaurants Act could do for these businesses.
December 02
VIDEO: Local restaurants struggle amid pandemic
December 02

VIRUS TODAY: Hospitals desperate for help as cases pile up

With hospitalizations hitting new peaks every day, medical providers are desperately trying to add beds and find nurses and doctors
December 02
Workers talk in a hallway of a newly opened field hospital operated by Care New England to handle a surge of COVID-19 patients in Cranston, R.I, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
December 02

COVID-19 vaccine provides hope

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel recommends health care workers and nursing home residents receive the vaccine first.
December 02
VIDEO: COVID-19 vaccine provides hope
December 02

UK becomes 1st country to approve Pfizer vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine will start being rolled out next week in the U.K. after an emergency use approval.
December 02
VIDEO: UK becomes 1st country to approve Pfizer vaccine
December 02

‘We just sit there and hold their hands,’ frontline nurse says of COVID-19 patients

Health care workers video call families to help dying patients say goodbye.
December 02
A sign over route 28 north of downtown Pittsburgh alerts out of state motorists to Pennsylvania Covid-19 travel restrictions on Nov. 24, 2020.
December 02

Vaccine 1st puts spotlight on German pharma company BioNTech

News that British regulators have granted emergency authorization to the first rigorously tested coronavirus vaccine marked a turning point in the global effort curb the pandemic
December 02
File -- In this Tuesday, Nov.10, 2020 file photo windows are illuminated at the headquarters of the German biotechnology company BioNTech in Mainz, Germany. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world's first coronavirus shot that's backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)
December 02

NYC bar owner who defied coronavirus restrictions arrested

The New York City sheriff's office says a bar owner who was providing indoor service in defiance of coronavirus restrictions has been arrested
December 02
December 02

Putin orders 'large-scale' COVID-19 vaccination in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a “large-scale” COVID-19 immunization campaign to start by late next week
December 02
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced start of large-scale vaccination of medics and teachers against COVID next week. Speaking during an online meeting dedicated to inauguration of new hospitals for coronavirus patients built by Russian Defense Ministry, Putin said Russia has enough capacity to start "large-scale" vaccination of teachers and doctors. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
December 02

Washington state to boost workers' comp rates for Amazon

A labor agency in Washington state has announced that it will increase workers’ compensation rates for Amazon fulfillment centers, deeming them more hazardous than other types of warehouses
December 02