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S.C. hospitals vaccinate staff for COVID-19 beginning this week. Charleston-area hospitals plan to begin vaccinating some staff as early as Monday morning, kickstarting the largest vaccination effort in American history only days after health care officials granted emergency approval to Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. Source: P+C

U.S. agencies hacked by suspected Russian spies in monthslong campaign. Email systems at the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments were breached in one of the largest and most sophisticated hacks in recent memory. It is still unclear whether the systems accessed held highly classified data. Source: The New York Times

U.S. Electoral College meets in formal step toward Biden presidency. The Electoral College, meeting in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., will formally cast votes for president today. Meanwhile, incumbent President Donald Trump continues to dispute November’s election results. Source: The Wall Street Journal

S.C. in need of more nurses amid shortage. South Carolina is on track to face one of the most severe nurse shortages in the country by 2030, estimating a need of roughly 10,000 nurses to meet the growing demand in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Source: WIS TV