Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Wednesday, Dec. 9, and one always-outdoor business is booming — Christmas trees. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. The beginning of the end, but still a very long story The highly anticipated rollout of the first coronavirus vaccines in the United States is poised to begin as soon as next week, and Bay Area hospitals and health departments are finalizing plans to store and administer the vaccines to the high-priority health care workers and first responders. The months-long vaccine distribution process will start as a trickle and gradually swell between now and next summer. (Read more about what that will look like in California). The process has already begun in the United Kingdom, where regulators authorized the Pfizer vaccine last week and the first dose given to someone outside of a clinical trial was administered to a 90-year-old woman on Tuesday. But right now in California, a crisis is at hand — one day after California surpassed 20,000 COVID-19 fatalities and the state reported a record 10,567 hospitalizations. Both state and local death tallies represent an approximate 80% increase over the previous week. Read more from reporters Aidin Vaziri and Tatiana… Read full this story
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