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States Brace for New Vax Rules; Negative Test to Fly; Benefit of Double-Masking

• Medpage Today

Even though the Department of Health and Human Services is urging states to expand COVID-19 vaccination, it will be months before states can meet that kind of demand. (STAT)

President-elect Biden is expected to unveil his COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan this week. (Politico)

The unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll increased to 22,849,333 cases and 380,821 deaths as of 8:00 a.m. ET Wednesday -- up 229,980 and 4,538, respectively, from this time a day ago. The U.S. set a single-day record for deaths on Tuesday. (CNN)

All airline passengers entering the U.S. will now be required to have proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 3 days of their departure, according to the CDC.

Scientists in Brazil say a new Chinese coronavirus vaccine known as CoronaVac is just over 50% effective; at least 10 countries have already ordered more than 380 million doses of the vaccine, which has yet to be approved by regulatory agencies. (New York Times)

Former White House Coronavirus Task Force member Scott Atlas, MD, deleted his Twitter account, saying that the social media site has "become a destructive place that mainly inflames extreme thinking and disseminates distortions." (STAT)

A third House member, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus after being locked down in the Capitol last Wednesday.

The House is reportedly imposing fines on lawmakers who don't wear masks in the House chamber -- $500 for a first offense and $2,500 for a second offense. (Forbes)