Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 8: Biden to Release All Available Coronavirus Vaccine, Some Austrians Protest Lockdown

The town of Melk, in Niederösterreich

While our eyes were fixed on an attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the country set a new daily death record, as 3,915 died on Wednesday of the coronavirus.

The world will cross the 89 million mark in coronavirus cases at some point Friday, and at least 1.9 million people have died from the virus.

Meanwhile, the United States crossed the 22 million mark on Thursday, and almost 375,000 people have died there from Covid.  Over a dozen countries reported at least 5,000 new cases that day, and eight in addition to the United States  – Czechia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom – reported in excess of 10,000.

The attack on the Capitol may have caused at least one coronavirus superspreader event.  A group of 400 people, mostly members of Congress, were herded into an undisclosed location where they remained at close quarters with one another for hours.  Many Republican lawmakers present refused to don masks, even though they were proffered.

The United Kingdom became the latest nation to require a negative coronavirus test to enter the country on Thursday.  Ireland now requires a negative test for travelers entering from Britain, and Canada and Australia both require negative test results from all arriving international passengers.

President-Elect Joseph Biden is aiming to accelerate the distribution of the various coronavirus vaccines now approved in the United States.  He plans to release available doses shortly after taking office, before second doses are administered.“The President-elect … supports releasing available doses immediately, and believes the government should stop holding back vaccine supply so we can get more shots in Americans’ arms now,” said TJ Ducklo, a spokesman for Biden’s transition.

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