This comes after Dr. Anthony Fauci

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.4 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 821,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

About 61.9% of the population in the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Latest headlines:
US daily case average nearly triples in 1 month
Why CDC doesn’t require testing at end of isolation: Director
Global COVID cases rose 11% last week, WHO says
Omicron accounting for about 58.6% of new cases
Here’s how the news is developing. All times Eastern.
Dec 29, 12:10 pm
US daily case average nearly triples in 1 month

More than 84,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 — a 40,000 jump over the last seven weeks, according to federal data.

In the last month, federal data shows the nation’s daily case average has nearly tripled.

A soaring demand for tests and a backlog of holiday reporting drove Monday’s case total to 440,000 — the nation’s highest one-day total ever, according to federal data.

While this high reflects the latest omicron surge, it’s also very likely skewed due to a backlog in reporting over the Christmas weekend and an increase in demand for tests.

-ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos

Dec 29, 11:15 am
Decision on boosters for kids 12-15 could be made in ‘days to weeks ahead’

The FDA and CDC could decide on boosters for children ages 12 to 15 in “the days to weeks ahead,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday.

The CDC authorized the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds on May 12, meaning some of those kids are now over six months past their second dose, which was when boosters were recommended for adults.

Walensky also noted that vaccine manufacturers are working to acquire data for children under the age of five, but an authorization “will not be in the month ahead.”

-ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos

Dec 29, 10:58 am
Vaccine mandate for domestic air travel not being considered now: CDC

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told NPR that a vaccine mandate for domestic air travel is not currently under consideration.

PHOTO: Travelers pass through Salt Lake City International Airport, Dec. 27, 2021, in Salt Lake City.

Travelers pass through Salt Lake City International Airport, Dec. 27, 2021, in Salt Lake City.
“Domestic flights has been a topic of conversation, but that is not something we’re revisiting right now,” Walensky said Tuesday.

This comes after Dr. Anthony Fauci told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday that a vaccine requirement for domestic air travel should be “seriously” considered.

-ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos

Dec 29, 9:39 am
France sets new daily case record

 

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France recorded more than 208,000 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, setting a new daily case record, Health Minister Olivier Véran said.

By that tally, “every second, two French people” have tested positive, Véran said.

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