We’ve been distracted by politics (and so have our leaders), but Covid-19 hasn’t been. We’re up to 365,170 American deaths. That includes more than 4,000, yesterday alone. In other words, it’s worse than ever.

+ “It is happening in nursing homes and, to a lesser degree, in hospitals, with employees expressing what experts say are unfounded fears of side effects from vaccines that were developed at record speed. More than three weeks into the campaign, some places are seeing as much as 80% of the staff holding back.” AP: Vaccine rollout hits snag as health workers balk at shots.

+ “‘One in 30 Londoners now has COVID-19,'” Khan said. The London Ambulance Service is taking 8,000 calls per day, which the city said is about 2,500 more than a ‘typical busy day.’ And nearly 500 people have died in London hospitals because of COVID-19 complications in the past three days.” The variant is doing a number on London.

+ Some relieving news: Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine protects against key mutation found in fast-spreading virus variants, study shows.