(Bloomberg) — California counted more than 35,000 new Covid-19 cases for the second straight day, New York’s infections quickened and New Jersey reported record cases on Saturday. U.S. vaccinations against Covid-19 are set to begin next week after the government approved a shot by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE for emergency use.
Record U.S. deaths and cases on Friday underscored the urgency of deploying the shots, which are due to arrive at the first administration sites on Monday. By contrast, some U.S. states are loosening restrictions.
Italy moved ahead of the U.K. as the European country with the most virus-related deaths, while the worldwide toll rose to more than 1.6 million. Peru has suspended trials after an adverse event, while Brazil has sent its vaccination plan to the nation’s top court.