Coronavirus updates: US surpasses 10M COVID-19 cases; Ben Carson, Tom Izzo test positive; Pfizer vaccine 90% effective

The United States surpassed 10 million coronavirus cases Monday as hope spread around a potential vaccine when Pfizer announced that early data shows its vaccine candidate is more than 90% effective at preventing infections.

The news comes as President-elect Joe Biden announced his COVID-19 task force.

Former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy and former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. David Kessler will lead the task force, along with Yale University professor Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.

Meanwhile, worldwide infections surpassed 50 million. In Europe, some countries have seen new cases beginning to level off while others are just now reintroducing lockdown and curfew measures this week.

Some major developments:

  • All but one U.S. state had more cases last week than the week before.
  • In the sports world, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo has tested positive for the coronavirus. In college football, the SEC postponed the Auburn-Mississippi State game and the Mountain West Conference canceled Air Force's game at Wyoming. Both were scheduled for Saturday.
  • Utah's governor issued a statewide mask mandate while New Jersey will order bars and restaurants to close early.
  • In Iowa, hospitalizations have soared 84% in the past two weeks. On Sunday, the state reported 1,034 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

 Today's numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 10 million cases and more than 238,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: more than 50.7 million cases and 1.26 million deaths.

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