Vaccine news: data and concerns on early distribution

We’re all gearing up for next Thursday, when the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will meet to discuss Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine. If the vaccine is authorized for distribution, doses will go out to every state within days. Here are a few major data sources and issues that I’ll be watching as these vaccine candidates progress.

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How are states reporting COVID-19 in schools?

In total, 35 states report case counts in all public K-12 schools. 6 states report in an incomplete form, either not including all schools or not including specific case counts. 9 states do not report school COVID-19 data at all. These states are: Alaska, California, Georgia, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming.

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National numbers, Dec. 6

Over 100,000 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 (it’s 101,200 as of yesterday, twice the number of patients at the beginning of November). Meanwhile, the deaths of 15,000 Americans were reported last week—the highest number of any week in the pandemic thus far.

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