The milestone came as president Trump and senior administration officials made a concerted effort Wednesday to downplay recommendations of their own health experts as they ramped up pressure on states to reopen schools, characterizing the move as key to the nation’s recovery.
Here are some significant developments:
- The director of the Harvard Global Health Institute said that reopening schools in heavily infected states such as Arizona, Florida and Texas would backfire. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the nation’s largest public school system would not fully reopen in the fall.
- Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the federal government over an order that would require international students to attend classes in person.
- The Ivy League announced it will not hold sports during the fall semester, becoming the first Division I conference to suspend its football season because of the pandemic.
- Many states failed to anticipate that reopening would lead to a surge of infections in adults ages 18 to 35, Deborah Birx, the physician overseeing the White House pandemic response, said Tuesday.
- United Airlines announced Wednesday that despite receiving billions of dollars in federal aid, it may furlough as many as 36,000 employees.
- People can apply online to volunteer for vaccine trials when they begin next month.
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