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“I think if we could get everybody to wear a mask right now, I think in four, six, eight weeks we could bring this epidemic under control,” Redfield said.
Here are some significant developments:
- Tuesday’s updated figures show new covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are reaching record highs, even beyond hot spot states like Florida and Texas.
- An experimental coronavirus vaccine was safe and triggered immune responses in all 45 participants in the first human tests, according to an article published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The vaccine is being developed by the biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
- The Trump administration said it is dropping a much-criticized plan to require international college students to leave the United States unless they are enrolled in the fall for at least one in-person class.
- Across much of the developing world, including the U.S., rampant coronavirus outbreaks came relatively late. But now that the virus has taken root, governments are flailing in their attempts to halt it and citizens are resisting changes to their way of life.
- Some health systems in Texas and Arizona are requesting “mobile morgues” as death tolls spike across much of the South and West.
- A new poll found that nearly 3 in 4 U.S. parents are worried about sending their children back to the classroom as the White House pushes for schools to reopen. At least three of the nation’s largest school districts are resisting and plan to begin the school year with online lessons.
- In an op-ed, four former directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criticized the Trump administration for trying to distort covid-19 research. “We cannot recall over our collective tenure a single time when political pressure led to a change in the interpretation of scientific evidence,” they wrote.
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