- Around 136,000 new U.S. coronavirus cases were reported yesterday, a substantial decline from last week. However, as David Leonhardt explained in today’s edition of The Morning newsletter, case numbers and deaths might have been artificially reduced in the last few days because of a slowdown in testing and reporting around Thanksgiving. Hospitalization is a better indicator: 91,635 people were in hospitals with Covid-19 as of Nov. 28, almost twice as many as there were on Nov. 1, and triple the number on Oct. 1.
- Despite warnings from public officials, millions of Americans traveled for Thanksgiving. The Transportation Safety Administration recorded about 800,000 to one million people passing through T.S.A. checkpoints on each of the days before and after the holiday. That was far lower than previous years, but much higher than epidemiologists hoped to see.
- The drug maker Moderna said it would apply to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval of its vaccine. If approved, the first doses could be given as early as Dec. 21. Moderna is the second company, after Pfizer, to apply for approval from the F.D.A. It said it was on track to have enough doses for 10 million people by the end of the year, and up to 500 million people in 2021.