Morning Briefing Aug. 23, 2021: Pfizer’s COVID vaccine granted full US approval, driver fatally hits man standing on I-96 in Detroit

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A nurse prepares a shot of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 during a vaccination campaign for third doses at Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
A nurse prepares a shot of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 during a vaccination campaign for third doses at Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

FDA gives full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

The FDA has given its full approval to a COVID-19 vaccine.

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.

Read more here.

Michigan DNR offers $75 for bushel of pine cones in September: How it works

Looking to make a few extra bucks in September? Plan a hunt -- for red pine cones.

Collecting a bushel of pine cones next month will net you $75 and help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources plant trees in state forests. Sept. 1 - 30, 2021, you can pick red pine cones and drop them off by appointment at six DNR locations.

Learn more here.

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Police: Driver fatally hits man standing in middle of I-96 in Detroit

Police are investigating Monday morning after a driver fatally struck a man standing in the middle of I-96 in Detroit.

Police found the man, identified as a 26-year-old white man, dead on the freeway’s shoulder when arriving at the scene.

Read more here.

School mask, vaccine mandates supported in US: AP-NORC poll

As COVID-19 cases surge around the country, a majority of Americans say they support mask mandates for students and teachers in K-12 schools, according to a new poll, but their views are sharply divided along political lines.

About 6 in 10 Americans say students and teachers should be required to wear face masks while in school, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Similar shares say teachers and eligible students should also be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn more here.

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U-M: Families worried about more pandemic disruptions heading into new school year

Families are worried about the looming impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on students as schools prepare to reopen, according to a new poll by the University of Michigan.

The University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health found that parents are most worried about a potential repeat of virtual learning, academic gaps, vaccination rates among teachers and students and socializing with friends.

See the story here.

Fastest-selling vehicles in Detroit market in July 2021: New Escalade, used Alfa Romeo

The fastest-selling new vehicle in the Detroit market in July 2021 was the Cadillac Escalade.

Research data from revealed it takes about seven days to move a new Escalade. Meanwhile, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio was the fastest-selling used car in the market in July, taking about 16 days to sell.

See more data here.

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Weather: Another heat wave rolls in ♨️

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.
Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

COVID in Michigan 💉

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 929,574 as of Friday, including 20,113 deaths, state officials report.

Friday’s update includes a total of 4,197 new cases and 37 additional deaths over a two-day period -- an average of about 2,098 cases per day. Of the 37 deaths announced Friday, 13 were identified during a Vital Records review.

On Wednesday, the state announced a total of 925,377 cases and 20,076 deaths.

Testing has dropped to around 10,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 8.35% as of Friday, slightly higher than the previous week. The positive test rate has been steadily climbing since the end of June, when it was at its lowest. Hospitalizations have been slowly increasing for the last two weeks.

Cases are rising again in Michigan. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 1,492 on Friday -- a significant jump since the beginning of July. The 7-day death average was 15 on Friday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.2%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 35,000 on Friday.

Michigan has reported more than 9.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Friday, with 65% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 56.7% of 12+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Here’s a look at more of the data:

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