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New York hits the one million mark in COVID-19 cases

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A view of New York City's lower Manhattan skyline from the Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Jahlil Rush

New York State surpassed one million cases of coronavirus on Saturday. According to the New York State Health department, 15,074 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Friday. The 15,074 new cases of COVID-19 brought the total number in New York State to 1,005,785.

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FDA approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency distribution in the US

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The US Food and Drug Administration approved an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, clearing the way for the distribution of the drug across the country.

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Obama, Bush and Clinton say they will take COVID-19 vaccine publicly

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Presidents Obama, G.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton smile and wave while on the first tee during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have volunteered to get their COVID-19 vaccines on camera once it’s been deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to gain trust from Americans who are hesitant about the vaccine’s safety.

“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,” Obama said. “I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science.”

The United Kingdom announced a major step in its race to develop coronavirus immunizations on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The U.K. approved Pfizer and the German company BioNTech’s vaccine for emergency use with plans to begin mass immunizations as early as next week. Pfizer and BioNTech said earlier this week that they believe approval in the U.S. is coming later in December.

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