- Health: Texas hospitals evacuate patients, conserve resources amid outages — Cases fall in 44 states — U.S. life expectancy falls.
- Vaccine: White House says vaccine weather delays will be resolved by next week — Data finds Pfizer vaccine highly effective after first dose, can be stored in normal freezers — Pfizer says it’s ramping up vaccine production.
- Politics: Cuomo under investigation over nursing home deaths.
- Education: Teachers back in the classroom are comfortable with it.
- World: U.S. commits $4 billion to COVAX vaccine initiative — Indonesia announces punishments for those who refuse COVID vaccines.
- Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:15 p.m. ET Friday: 110,584,159 — Total deaths: 2,448,706 — Total recoveries: 62,303,605 (no longer includes U.S. recoveries as of Dec. 15) — Map
- U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:15 p.m. ET Friday: 27,961,870 — Total deaths: 495,334 — Total tests: 336,330,183 — Map
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Editor’s note: Johns Hopkins University stopped reporting U.S. COVID-19 recoveries on its dashboard on Dec. 15, citing a Coronavirus Tracking Project post that explained the national data is incomplete since several states do not keep records of recovered patients.