Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams watch as Dr. Sheetal Sheth OB-GYN and Medical Director for Labor and Delivery at George Washington University Hospital, is vaccinated for COVID-19 by nurse Lillian Wirpsza, in Washington, D.C., US. December 14, 2020. [Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via Reuters]

UNITED STATES – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday reported 16,519,668 cases of the new coronavirus, according to reports, an increase of 201,776 from its previous count.

According to CDC, the number of deaths had risen by 2,960 to 302,992.

The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 pm ET on Dec. 15 versus its previous report a day earlier, as Reuters reported.  

The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.

This came days after Pfizer Inc’s manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sunday morning, launched the largest and complex vaccine distribution project in the United States.

When inoculated, health worker showed a serious allergic reaction after getting Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine, who are not confirmed stable.

The adverse reaction in the person was similar to two cases reported last week in Britain, as medical regulator urged people with a “significant history of allergic reactions” not be given the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.


  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.