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Healthcare workers at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

Texas has surpassed 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, Johns Hopkins University data shows.

Why it matters: Texas is the first U.S. state to pass the milestone. It has the 10th most cases in the world, reporting 1,010,364 infections by early Wednesday — more than Italy, which has confirmed 995,463 cases, per JHU.

For the record: Over 19,300 people have died from the virus in the state.

  • El Paso is an epicenter, with over 65,600 cases and 682 deaths from COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, per local health data. The Defense Department last week deployed medical teams to the Texas city to help out.
  • Dallas County is another hot spot, with some 21% of all emergency department visits being related to COVID-19 as of Monday night. County judge Clay Jenkins tweeted Tuesday that the 1,401 new cases marked the "largest we have ever seen other than days when large backlogs were recorded."

What they're saying: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said in a statement officials had "prepared allocation plans to swiftly distribute medicines and vaccines that are now becoming available to treat COVID-19."

The big picture: Coronavirus cases are spiking across the country. The U.S. surpassed 10 million confirmed infections on Monday.

  • The U.S. hit a record-high 130,989 new cases on Tuesday, as the number of people hospitalized with the virus in the U.S. reached a peak of 61,964.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Updated 17 hours ago - Health

U.K. first nation to clear Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for mass rollout

A health care worker during the phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial by Pfizer and BioNTech in Ankara, Turkey, in October. Photo: Dogukan Keskinkilic/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The U.K. government announced Wednesday it approved Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine, which "will be made available across the U.K. from next week."

Why it matters: The U.K. has beaten the U.S. to become the first Western country to give emergency approval for a vaccine that's found to be 95% effective with no serious side effects against a virus that's killed nearly 1.5 million people globally.

11 hours ago - World

Putin says Russia will begin large-scale COVID-19 vaccination next week

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he has directed officials to begin large-scale vaccination against COVID-19 as early as next week, according to state media.

Why it matters: Russia, which has the fourth-largest coronavirus caseload in the world with more than 2.3 million infections, would be the first country to begin mass vaccination. Experts have criticized the lack of scientific transparency around the vaccine and the haste with which the Kremlin approved it.

19 hours ago - Health

Fauci: U.S. could have herd immunity by the end of summer 2021

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci at the White House in November. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

NIAID director Anthony Fauci said Tuesday the U.S. could achieve herd immunity to COVID-19 by the end of next summer or fall if there's a "good uptake" of Americans vaccinating against the virus.

Driving the news: Fauci said during an online video conversation with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) he expects the general population to have access to the vaccines U.S regulators are now considering by April.

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