There were 97 new coronavirus cases in Monterey County, with total cases now at 12,366. There were three new hospitalizations and one new death reported. Nationwide, cases were over 100K for the seventh day running. Worldwide, the number of cases jumped past the 50 million mark, a new record. Thankfully, Pfizer and its partner BioNTech released early study results yesterday showing that its vaccine, BNT162b2, prevented more than 90% of infections with the virus that causes COVID-019. Deaths in the U.S> were up 1,288 to 239,534. In California, there were more than 7K new cases, for a total of 988,488. There were 63 new deaths, bringing the total to 18,403.