What does emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean?

It's when regulators allow shots to be given to certain people while studies of safety and effectiveness are ongoing.

Before any vaccine is permitted in the U.S., it must be reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration, which requires study in thousands of people. Normally, the process to approve a new vaccine can take about a decade. But the federal government is using various methods to dramatically speed up the process for COVID-19 vaccines. Read more here:

Here's an update on all developments. Scroll or swipe further for in-depth coverage.

  • Pfizer said Friday it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic — but not until after a long, hard winter.
  • Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said in a statement Friday morning he has tested positive for COVID-19, adding to the number of lawmakers in recent days that have tested positive with the virus.
  • India has hit a grim milestone, recording 9 million infections, with intensive care wards in New Delhi nearly at capacity, and the city’s main crematorium packed.
  • With the coronavirus surging out of control, the CDC pleaded with Americans on Thursday not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household.
  • Health officials around the world are clashing over the use of certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live.
  • Australia’s once hard-hit state of Victoria has gone three weeks without a new COVID-19 case for the first time since February.
  • France's government is working to get agreement from the nation's e-commerce sector and supermarket chains to delay the “Black Friday” discount shopping promotion by a week so that shops shuttered by the nation’s coronavirus lockdown would not miss out on the much-needed heavy shopping day.
  • Mexico has passed the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths, becoming only the fourth country to do so amid concerns about the lingering physical and psychological scars on survivors and those close to them.
  • California is imposing a nighttime curfew as its coronavirus figures soar but it will lean heavily on voluntary compliance and sheriffs of some counties say they won’t enforce it.
  • Anyone flying to Hawaii will soon be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure for the state.
  • A Pentagon official installed in a top policy job last week has tested positive for COVID-19, the Pentagon said Thursday, just days after he met with the Lithuanian defense minister, who had contracted the virus.

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