US official: First Americans to get vaccine in December – latest updates

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The global coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 58.4 million people and killed over 1.3 million. Here are the updates for November 22:
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In this file photo a lab technician sorts blood samples for Covid-19 vaccination study at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida on August 13, 2020. (AFP)

November 22, 2020

First Americans to receive vaccine on Dec 11 – official

US Covid19 vaccine programme head Moncef Slaoui has said the first Americans to receive a coronavirus vaccine could get it as soon as December 11, CNN reported.

"Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunisation sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I expect maybe on day two after approval on the 11th or the 12th of December," he said.

UK records 18,662 cases

The United Kingdom has recorded 18,662 new infections and 398 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus, according to official data.

The number of deaths included 141 that were omitted from the total on Saturday due to a processing error, the government said.

Saturday's data had shown 19,875 new cases and 341 deaths.

Turkey reports over 6,000 more patients

Turkey has registered 6,017 more virus patients over the past 24 hours, according to data by the Health Ministry.

The new cases raised the overall count to 446,822.

As many as 3,812 patients also recovered over the past day, bringing the tally to 374,637, while the death toll rose by 139 to reach 12,358.

More than 155,000 virus tests were conducted across the country, taking the total to over 17 million.

The number of patients in critical condition now stands at 4,217.

Italy reports 28,337 cases

Italy has registered 28,337 new infections over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said, down from 34,767 the day before.

The ministry also reported 562 Covid-19-related deaths, down from 692 on Saturday and 699 on Friday.

There were 188,747 virus swabs carried out in the past day, the ministry said, against a previous 237,225.

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