Coronavirus updates: England could begin vaccinating next week

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The U.S. could see a "surge superimposed upon that surge we are already in" if Americans fail to wear masks in public and cut down on gatherings, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday.

"We’re etering into what’s really a precarious situation," Fauci said on "Meet the Press."

England is poised to begin vaccinating health care workers as soon as Dec. 7. In the U.S. the first vaccine could receive emergency use authorization as soon as Dec. 10, and vaccinations could start just days later. 

But it will take months for the majority of Americans to get inoculated. The head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, warned young people who gathered in recent weeks not go home for the holidays without wearing a mask, even indoors.

In November alone, the nation has recorded in excess of 4 million new cases, more than twice the October total. On Friday, the U.S. surpassed 200,000 daily cases for the first time. Current hospitalizations have climbed to a record 91,635. Ohio physician Syed Ahmad said on Twitter that he was notified the University of Cincinnati Medical Center was full because of COVID cases, forcing cancellation of elective surgeries.

British hospitals could get first vaccine doses next week

Hospitals in England have been told they could receive the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine as early as the week of Dec. 7 if it receives approval, the Guardian and other U.K. media outlets are reporting.

The U.S. vaccination program hopes to begin inoculating some Americans about one week later, subject to Food and Drug Administration approval. The British government says front-line health care workers and nursing home residents will be the first to be vaccinated in the nation of 67 million people. Next in line will be the elderly, starting with those over 80. The plan is to work down the age and risk groups until everyone 18 and over has been inoculated.

Source: USA today