Virus roundup … 

    • Louisiana reported 331 new COVID-19 cases for a statewide total of 173,121, WBRZ-TV reports. There were nine additional deaths, increasing the total to 5,495. Hospitalizations rose to 582, while ventilator use dropped to 64.

    • Facing public skepticism about rushed COVID-19 vaccines, U.S. health officials are planning extra scrutiny of the first people vaccinated when shots become available—an added safety layer experts call vital. 

    • Facebook says it will ban ads that discourage immunization, part of a broader effort to combat misinformation about health vaccinations in the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

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