President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force is planning to meet with drugmakers who are producing coronavirus vaccines. Biden is still unable to meet with federal government employees until a transition process has been approved. (Associated Press)

There were more than 68,500 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 on Friday, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. This is the highest it has been at any point during the pandemic. (CNBC)

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Washington state governor Jay Inslee has placed restrictions on indoor dining and gatherings as coronavirus cases surge. Indoor service at restaurants and bars is banned. Gatherings outside are limited to five people. (Reuters)

The new coronavirus strain found in minks may not affect vaccines, says Dr. Anthony Fauci. The World Health Organization has begun a review of the mink farms in an effort to prevent further spread. So far, there have been outbreaks at mink farms in Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Italy and the U.S. (CNBC)