Here are some significant developments:
- The virus has killed more than 354,000 people worldwide, and some experts are now warning that it may never go away, even after a vaccine is developed.
- President Trump, who had remained uncharacteristically silent on the mounting death toll, noted the “very sad milestone” with a tweet on Thursday morning: “To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!”
- The Trump administration mishandled the initial distribution of the only approved coronavirus medication, remdesivir, delaying treatment to some critically ill patients with covid-19.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs has drastically scaled back the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans with covid-19 after a major study raised questions about its efficacy and linked it to serious side effects, including higher risks of death.
- Jobless claims were filed by 2.1 million Americans last week, raising the 10-week total to more than 40 million. White House officials have decided not to release updated economic projections this summer, in a break from precedent.