Here are some significant developments:
- Jeff Zients, the coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force, announced Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is setting up three new mass vaccination sites — in Boston, Norfolk, and Newark — that are capable of administering up to 6,000 shots a day.
- The European Medicines Agency on Friday announced plans for new manufacturing sites that will scale up production and supply of the AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
- The United States is on pace to clear President Biden’s new goal of 200 million coronavirus shots in his first 100 days. The revised target is twice the original but sets Biden up to declare victory on an issue that will help define his nascent presidency.
- The European Union released new figures showing it has exported more coronavirus vaccine doses than it has administered, but leaders meeting for a virtual summit played down the threat of blocking shipments leaving the bloc.
- Brazil reported a record high of 100,000 new coronavirus cases in a day on Thursday, just days after the country’s official death toll from the pandemic surpassed 300,000.
- The NFL and the players’ union have no plans at this point to make coronavirus vaccines mandatory for players, coaches or staff members.
- More than 30 million people have been infected by the coronavirus in the United States since the pandemic began and over 547,000 people have died. More than 87 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.