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The U.S. Vaccine Rollout Begins

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The most ambitious vaccination campaign in U.S. history is set to kick off this week after drug regulators approved a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. 
The rollout comes as the U.S. coronavirus death toll approaches 300,000.The vaccine’s arrival in the U.S. — the country with by far the biggest coronavirus caseload — is happening amid fears that Americans will continue to crowd together indoors over the holiday season and fuel the surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Shipments of doses traveled by plane and guarded truck over the weekend to designated locations, mostly hospitals, in all 50 states. The first injections will start to be given no later than Monday to high-risk health care workers.
Britain began inoculations last week; Canada will also deliver its first shots this week. Here’s a look at how their health care systems are tackling the effort.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
In other developments:■ Japan’s daily coronavirus cases on Sunday exceeded 3,000 for the first time and South Korea set another record for its daily tally with 1,030 cases.
■ In the coming weeks, major airlines, including United, JetBlue and Lufthansa, plan to introduce a health passport app called CommonPass, which aims to verify passengers’ coronavirus test results — and perhaps soon, their vaccinations.
■ Bahrain said on Sunday that it had approved a Chinese vaccine against the coronavirus, following the lead of the United Arab Emirates.

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