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11.30.20 (Wired.com)

Moderna applies for emergency authorization, England sees its lockdown pay off, and millions of Americans fly for Thanksgiving. Here’s what you should know:Headlines

Moderna to submit its application for emergency use from the FDA

Moderna is applying for emergency use authorization for its coronavirus vaccine from the FDA and European regulators today. A panel of outside experts advising the FDA is set to meet on December 17 to determine whether to authorize the vaccine. A similar meeting will be held for Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine on December 10. If the shots are approved, both could be in use by the end of December.

Research finds that cases dropped 30 percent during England’s second national lockdown

After lockdown measures went into effect in England on November 5, new cases of coronavirus fell 30 percent, according to a new study of more than 100,000 volunteers. The national lockdown is due to end this week. On December 2, a tiered, regional approach to curbing coronavirus will begin. The study also supports the idea that “local tiers need to be toughened to keep the virus under control.

Over a million Americans flew last Wednesday, making it the busiest day of air travel since the start of the pandemic

The day before Thanksgiving marked the busiest day of air travel in the US since the start of the pandemic, with more than a million passengers clearing airport security. It was the third time that week, and the fourth time since March, that more than a million people passed through TSA screening. The numbers are evidence that many Americans traveled for the holiday despite CDC guidelines to avoid doing so.

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