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Americans get stern holiday Covid-19 warning: ‘No Christmas parties’

Susan Heavey and Maria Caspani

Washington/New York – A top coronavirus adviser to President-elect Joe Biden delivered a stern holiday message to Americans on Thursday – “no Christmas parties” – and warned they face a Covid-19 siege for weeks to come despite the latest moves toward US government approval of a vaccine.

“The next three to six weeks at minimum … are our Covid weeks,” Dr Michael Osterholm, a member of Biden’s coronavirus advisory board, told CNN. “It won’t end after that, but that is the period right now where we could have a surge upon a surge upon a surge.”

Osterholm stressed that it would be several months before the nation sees widespread availability of vaccines, the first of which cleared a key US regulatory hurdle on Thursday.

A panel of outside advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted overwhelmingly to recommend emergency-use authorisation of a vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and its German partner, BioNTech SE.

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