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White House unveils plan to get COVID vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds once it’s authorized, and Europe is the only region with rising cases in latest week

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“While I’m somewhat stunned by this news, doctors tell me I’m lucky as well. Had I not been vaccinated, and with all my medical issues, this would be a far more dire situation,” Cavuto said in a statement released by Fox News.

Separately, CNN anchor John King disclosed on air that he has MS and thanked his colleagues for getting their shots.

See now: In-N-Out defies San Francisco vaccine mandate: ‘We refuse to become the vaccination police’

Also: Charles Barkley on Kyrie Irving: ‘You don’t get the vaccine for yourself. You get it for other people.’

Southwest Airlines will let unvaccinated employees keep working past early December instead of putting them on unpaid leave if they apply for an exemption on medical or religious grounds, reported the AP.

Federal contractors — including major U.S. airlines — face a Dec. 8 deadline to require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

See: Debate over mandatory COVID-19 vaccines shifts to religious exemptions — and what constitutes ‘sincerely held beliefs’

And in Brazil, senators met into Tuesday night discussing a report that will recommend President Jair Bolsonaro be indicted on criminal charges for allegedly bungling the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pushing the country’s death toll to second highest in the world.

The latest draft of the report arising from a Senate committee’s investigation, a copy of which was reviewed by the Associated Press, recommends the president be indicted on 11 charges, from charlatanism and inciting crime all the way up to homicide and genocide.

Latest tallies

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 241.7 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 4.91 million, according to  data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University .

The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.1 million cases and 728,314 deaths.

India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.1 million and has suffered 452,651 deaths. Brazil has the second highest death toll at 603,855 and 21.7 million cases.

In Europe, Russia has reported 222,3120 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 139,265.

China,  where the virus was first discovered late in 2019,  has had 108,983 confirmed cases and 4,809 deaths, according to its official numbers, which are widely held to be massively underreported.

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