The Latest: Coronavirus vaccine provided to US Supreme Court
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON — The justices on the U.S. Supreme Court are being provided with doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Health officials have raised alarm about a looming shortage in hospital beds and intensive care units. The tally for Thursday eclipsed the previous 24-hour high of 21 deaths reported Nov. 24. ___RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s Supreme Court says coronavirus vaccination can be made mandatory, delivering a blow to the nation’s nascent anti-vaccine movement. Intensive care units in some regions were at or near full capacity, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The Latest: Australia looks for source of COVID-19 cluster
Nurse Banu Mufale administers a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to physical therapist Becca Mamrol on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP, Pool)SYDNEY, Australia — Authorities are searching for the source of an emerging COVID-19 cluster in Sydney’s northern coastal suburbs. ___THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:A health worker in Alaska suffered a severe allergic reaction after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. —-JUNEAU, Alaska — Health officials in Alaska reported a health care worker had a severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine within 10 minutes of receiving a shot. The governor’s office announced Wednesday that the state has received all of its initial allotment of coronavirus vaccine doses.
American diplomat Joseph Wilson dies at age 69
Former US diplomat Joe Wilson, who challenged the Bush administration on the reasons to go to war with Iraq, has died of organ failure. Wilson, who died on Friday at the age of 69, turned up in the middle of two of America's biggest stories in recent history. Days later Saddam Hussein's army invaded neighboring Kuwait and the first Gulf War was on. CNN producer Ingrid Formanek remembers Wilson "showing up to a briefing with the American press corps one morning impeccably dressed. After the Iraq war, Wilson returned to Africa and was posted for three years in Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe.