New York City aims to vaccinate 1 million residents against the coronavirus by the end of January 2021, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

BioSpace reviewed some of the more interesting scientific studies recently published, including the new strain of SARS-CoV-2 identified in the United Kingdom.

The World Health Organization cautioned against major alarm over a new, highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain, saying this was a normal part of a pandemic’s evolution.

Countries across the globe shut their borders to Britain on Dec. 21 due to fears about a highly infectious new coronavirus strain, causing travel chaos and raising the prospect of food shortages days before Britain is set to leave the European Union.

The United States is monitoring the new strain of Covid-19 emerging in the United Kingdom, with U.S. officials unclear whether the mutated variant had made its way to America.

A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to endorse emergency use of Moderna Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine during a meeting on Dec. 17, as the nation prepares to roll out a second vaccine.

A winter storm that blasted the U.S. Northeast with snow, rain and gusty winds was likely to dump a foot (30 cm) or more of snow on parts of New England before heading out to sea.

A Covid-19 vaccine being developed by CSL Ltd. and the University of Queensland was scrapped after numerous vaccine recipients reported receiving false positives on certain HIV tests, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The United States entered the final month of 2020 with expectations that promising vaccine candidates will soon be approved to halt the rapidly spreading coronavirus after 4.2 million new cases were reported in November.

Amgen, UCB and Takeda launched a global trial to identify whether any of three different drugs can reduce the severity of Covid-19 in hospitalized patients by moderating the immune system’s response to the disease.