Pfizer and its partner BioNTech will seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on Friday, two days after announcing its COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective.
"Our work to deliver a safe and effective vaccine has never been more urgent, as we continue to see an alarming rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 globally," Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
This comes as the coronavirus continues to ravage the United States ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The U.S. death toll from coronavirus has surpassed 252,000, including more than 2,000 reported Thursday alone. Hospitalizations across the nation have exploded, with almost 80,000 Americans now receiving inpatient treatment.
On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed a month-long 10 p.m. curfew, beginning Saturday, for nearly all residents in the nation's most populous state. Here's a look at restrictions in every state.