Special Report

These 46 Critical Days Defined Our Year of Living in a Pandemic

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Oct 2: Trump and first lady test positive for the coronavirus

Trump tweets that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus and are now self-isolating. The president is 74, which puts him in a high-risk group.

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Oct 19: Global cases surpass 40 million

More than 40 million coronavirus infections have now been reported worldwide. About 1.1 million people have died, including nearly 220,000 in the U.S.

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Oct 29: Europe is again the ‘epicenter’ of the pandemic

WHO European regional director announces that the continent has become once again the “epicenter” of the global coronavirus pandemic. As many as 1.5 million new COVID-19 confirmed infections were reported in Europe in one week.

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Nov 18: US death toll hits 250,000

COVID-19 has now killed more than a quarter of a million people in the U.S. That is about the entire population of Buffalo, New York.

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Dec 7: UK first to roll out the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

In the U.K., a 90-year-old woman becomes the first person in the world to be given the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as part of a mass vaccination program. People who are 80 and over and who are either in a hospital or are being discharged after a hospital stay are the first to receive the vaccine in the U.K.