• Coronavirus cases in the US surpass 52 million. Source

• In India, where 60 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, eligibility has been expanded to include people ages 15 and over as of 3 January; healthcare workers and people with comorbidities who are over age 60 will become eligible for boosters as of 10 January. Source

• The New York Times reports that 21 African countries are facing a fourth wave of the virus, while Algeria, Kenya and Mauritius are undergoing a fifth wave. The positivity rate in Kenya increased from 1 percent to 30 percent in just three weeks, while Zimbabwe is imposing new restrictions. Source

• The New York Times reports that the US is currently facing a severe shortage of SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen tests, and long lines for PCR testing. Source

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