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Record number of flu vaccine doses on the way in effort to avoid 'twindemic'
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Record number of flu vaccine doses on the way in effort to avoid 'twindemic'

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October is prime time for flu vaccinations, and the U.S. and Europe are gearing up for what experts hope is high demand as countries seek to avoid a “twindemic” with COVID-19.

“Take flu out of the equation this fall,” said Dr. Daniel Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A record number of flu vaccine doses are on the way, between 194 million and 198 million for the U.S. alone -- seemingly plenty considering last year just under half of adults got vaccinated and there usually are leftovers. Read the full story here:

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

  • The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000, evidence that the economy is struggling to sustain a tentative recovery that began this summer.
  • U.S. consumer spending slowed in August and personal income fell as a $600 weekly benefit for Americans who are unemployed during the pandemic expired.
  • Global health expert at Harvard University says poor countries “probably will not get vaccinated until 2022 or 2023.”
  • Madrid will carry out a national order to restrict mobility in large Spanish cities with rapid virus spread. However, the regional president will fight the resolution in the court, calling it arbitrary.
  • India added 41% of confirmed cases and 34% of deaths in September alone. India is expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States.
  • Russian health officials reported nearly 9,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, one of the largest increases in months.
  • Unemployment rose for a fifth straight month in Europe in August amid concern that extensive government support programs won't be able keep many businesses hit by coronavirus restrictions afloat forever.
  • Greek police used tear gas Thursday to disperse protesting high school students who have organized scores of school strikes in response to classroom overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • An ambitious humanitarian project to deliver coronavirus vaccines to the world's poorest people is facing potential shortages of money, cargo planes, refrigeration and vaccines themselves — and is running into skepticism even from some of those it's intended to help most.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held an “extensive conversation" Wednesday on a huge COVID-19 rescue package, meeting face to face for the first time in more than a month.
  • American Airlines and United Airlines say they will begin to furlough 32,000 employees after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines.

For more summaries and full reports, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for the latest virus numbers.

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