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Chicago plans to begin testing the city's sewage to gauge the level of SARS-CoV-2 infections there, the Chicago Tribune reports. As the virus appears to crop up in sewage samples about a week before people begin seeking treatment at hospitals, the hope is that testing will enable hospitals and healthcare workers to prepare and brace for an upswing in COVID-19 cases.

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The UK has given emergency authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the Associated Press reports.

A US advisory committee says healthcare workers and nursing home residents should be prioritized to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Financial Times.

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