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Coronavirus updates: Syringes, equipment being moved as U.S. prepares to distribute first vaccines quickly

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The first Americans to get a Covid-19 vaccine could receive their first doses in about a month, if an expected FDA approval timeline holds. Pfizer and BioNTech announced Friday they will file for emergency use authorization from the agency, a process expected to take a few weeks. The White House coronavirus task force has repeatedly said once the drug has approval, it can be mobilized for distribution within 24 hours.

Here are some of the biggest developments Friday:

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The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:

  • Global cases: More than 57.01 million
  • Global deaths: At least 1.36 million
  • U.S. cases: More than 11.71 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 252,564