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A cluster of cases of pneumonia is identified in Wuhan, China.
The outbreak is identified as a new coronavirus.
China reports the first known death from the new illness.
The U.S. reports its first case of the new coronavirus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declares public health emergency.
WHO names the disease caused by the virus “COVID-19.”
Stock markets report largest single-week declines since 2008 financial crisis.
WHO declares COVID-19 a global pandemic.
Major League Baseball suspends spring training. Two days later, the English Premier League suspends its soccer season. Other sporting events follow.
As global governments issue lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, many businesses move to remote working and U.S. researchers administer the first experimental COVID-19 vaccine dose.
As governments around the world take steps to address the economic impact of the pandemic, the U.S. government passes the The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill. U.S. cases top 100,000, highest in the world, with more than 1,500 deaths.
Oil prices go negative as worldwide demand plunges.
The U.S. sees its largest ever quarterly economic decline.
Global COVID-19 deaths
pass 1 million.
The Moderna vaccine is reported to be 94.5 percent effective. Two days later, the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine is reported to be 95 percent effective.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves emergency distribution of the Pfizer vaccine.
The FDA approves the Moderna vaccine for emergency use.
The U.S. government passes an additional $900 billion COVID relief bill.
The FDA approves emergency use of Johnson & Johnson’s single shot vaccine.
U.S. Congress government approves $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill.
The world marks the first anniversary of the COVID-19 outbreak being declared a pandemic.
Mid March 2021
More than 390 million shots had been administered globally.
Global COVID-19 deaths approach 3 million (2,978,935).
More than 869 million vaccine doses administered globally.
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