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Jan. 11 Coronavirus updates: San Diego Zoo gorillas test positive for the coronavirus

Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. near 375,000 with close to 22.5 million total cases.
Image: President-Elect Biden And Vice President-Elect Harris Receive Second Round Of COVID-19 Vaccination
President-elect Joe Biden receives the second dose of a Covid-19 Vaccination from Chief Nurse Executive Ric Cuming at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital on Jan. 11, 2021 in Newark, Del.Alex Wong / Getty Images

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House members may have been exposed to Covid-19 when they went into hiding during the riots at the U.S. Capitol, Congress' attending physician wrote in a letter to members and staffers Sunday.

Meanwhile, experts are warning that the much-criticized rollout of the vaccine has laid the groundwork for a scenario in which the rich and the politically connected use their money and power to cut in line and get vaccinated before everyone else.

687d ago / 2:23 PM UTC

Biden adviser tamps down expectation of 100M shots in 100 days

A member of President-Elect Joe Biden's coronavirus advisory board suggested Monday that his vow to get 100 million Covid-19 vaccinations administered within his first 100 days in office is not a given.

Biden "is very committed to trying to make that work," Dr. Celine Gounder said on CNN of the aggressive pace. "That said, we really do have our work cut out for us."

"I think there is still a glimmer of hope that we may still be able to accomplish this," she added. "But it's really going to require everybody working together, not squabbling over partisan issues to get the job done."

Gounder said Congress must step up with the new administration and ensure funding and commitment to distributing the vaccines as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to climb across the U.S. daily.

Millions of doses have gone unused as states and local health agencies struggle to administer the vaccine because of crashing computer systems and long lines. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said 22 million doses were distributed so far, there have been fewer than 7 million shots actually administered.

687d ago / 1:52 PM UTC

U.S. tallies 2,100 deaths, 214,000 cases

The U.S. counted 214,764 Covid-19 cases and 2,105 reported deaths Sunday. 

The 2.4 million cases logged so far in January is more than any other month except November's 4.3 million and December's 6.4 million. In all, more than 22.4 million have been infected and 374,000-plus have died of the disease, according to NBC News' tally. 

The country has averaged 3,200 deaths per day and 256,000 cases per day the past seven days. Four weeks ago that number was an average 2,600 deaths and 225,000 cases per day.

Among states Sunday, New York set a record with 19,518 cases.

687d ago / 1:28 PM UTC
687d ago / 1:08 PM UTC

Pope Francis says he is ready and waiting for the Covid vaccine

Pope Francis said that he plans to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and urged others to get the shot, in an interview with Italy’s Canale 5 TV station on Sunday.

“I think that ethically we should all receive a vaccine,” said the pope, 84. “It’s an ethical choice because you are playing with your health, your life, but also the lives of others.”

The Vatican gave no exact date for the pope’s vaccination but it could be as early as next week.

The pope also struck out against anti-vaccine attitudes, reiterating that they are “not dangerous,” and recalling the introduction of the polio vaccine when he was a child.

687d ago / 12:24 PM UTC

Richard Branson's mother dies of Covid-19

Richard Branson, the British billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group, said Monday his mother, Eve Branson, has died from Covid-19. She was 96.

"Like a lot of people’s mums and dads right now in these days of Covid, my mum Eve has also passed away," he announced via Twitter.

"She held on for one last victory, managing to fight off the virus, but had expended all of her energy in the process," he wrote in a post on his company's website on a page honoring her memory.

"When we started Virgin Galactic, mum was so honoured that we named our mothership, VMS Eve. She will always be my mothership, but she is also the proud grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 10, all of whom love her dearly and miss her greatly."

687d ago / 11:34 AM UTC
687d ago / 11:33 AM UTC

South Korea to offer free vaccinations for all its residents

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s president says the country will offer free Covid-19 vaccinations to all its people in phases.

President Moon Jae-in made the comment in his New Year’s address on Monday. The government earlier announced that inoculations will start in February.

South Korean officials have said they’ll have vaccines for 56 million people, an amount seemingly enough for the country’s 52 million people.

After surging for weeks, South Korea’s virus caseload has gradually slowed amid tough social distancing rules that include a ban on gatherings of five or more people. Earlier Monday, South Korea reported 451 new virus cases, the first time its daily tally has fallen below 500 in 41 days. The country’s total stands at 69,114, including 1,140 deaths.

Moon said that “the end of the dark tunnel is finally coming into sight.” He said the government will make its best effort to further curb the ongoing outbreak.

687d ago / 11:29 AM UTC

U.K. opens seven vaccination sites to boost rollout

The United Kingdom opened seven mass vaccination centers across the country to bolster its vaccine rollout on Monday. Approximately 1.5 million Britons have received the shot already, according to the U.K.’s Department of Health and Social Care.

Amid rising infections largely due to a more contagious Covid-19 mutant that sparked stricter lockdown rules enforced during the holiday period, the U.K. aims to vaccinate 15 million people by mid-February, focusing on people over 70, people with pre-existing conditions and health care workers. Currently, the U.K. is immunizing 200,000 people per day, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC on Sunday. 

Image: Members of the public wait for an Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination center at Epsom racecourse in Epsom, southern England
Members of the public wait for an Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination center at Epsom racecourse in Epsom, southern England on Jan. 11, 2021.Dominic Lipinski / AFP - Getty Images