CLOSE In this special edition episode of States of America, experts answer the biggest questions Americans have about the vaccine, side effects, how it’s getting to you and more. USA TODAYUSA TODAY is keeping track of the news surrounding COVID-19 as a pair of vaccines join the U.S. fight against a virus that has killed more than 325,000 Americans since the first reported fatality in February. Keep refreshing this page for the latest updates on vaccine distribution, including who is getting the shots and where, as well as other COVID-19 news from across the USA TODAY Network. Sign up for our Coronavirus Watch newsletter for updates directly to your inbox, join our Facebook group or scroll through our in-depth answers to reader questions for everything you need to know about the coronavirus.In the headlines: ►The U.S. military will again track Santa Claus, although with some modifications because of the pandemic. The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Santa tracking operations center usually has around 1,500 volunteers fielding calls from around the world, but this year they have scaled back.►Republicans blocked an effort Thursday to increase direct payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000 in the latest stimulus package. Democrats said they would try to push the increase through after President Donald Trump said this week he wanted

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