Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today



At 6:45 this morning, a volunteer in Savannah, Ga. Received an injection that called off the first large-scale coronavirus vaccine trial in the United States. Trial results may be available by November, with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases, Drs. Anthony Fauci said.

The study will recruit 30,000 healthy people at about 89 sites across the country this summer to determine the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. Half of the participants will receive two doses of the vaccine, 28 days apart, while the other half will receive a placebo.

Researchers tracked the subjects for side effects and to see if people with fewer vaccinations contract Kovid-19. Because vaccines do not always block an infection uniformly, researchers will also monitor whether the vaccine – developed by biotech company Modern and the National Institutes of Health – prevents serious illness or death.

Later Monday afternoon, pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced that it would also begin a late-stage study of the coronovirus vaccine, with the first shots given on Tuesday. The trial will also involve 30,000 people from 39 states of the United States and Brazil, Argentina and Germany.

Early trials of the modern vaccine showed that it induced a strong immune response against Kovid-19, with minor and temporary side effects such as sore throat, fatigue, pain, and fever. If the vaccine proves to be safe and effective, Modern said it should be able to deliver 500 million doses this year, and up to one billion per year by the time it starts in 2021.

Adults wishing to participate in the modern trial can visit coronaviruspreventnetwork.org.

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Facial veils are known as one of the best ways to prevent people around you from contracting coronovirus. Now, there is strong evidence that masks also protect people.

Different types of masks “prevent viruses to a different degree, but they also prevent all viruses from coming in,” said Dr., an infectious disease doctor at the University of California at San Francisco. Monica Gandhi said.

Dr. Gandhi and his colleagues have argued this in a paper that will be published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Attracted by animal experiments and observations of various events during the epidemic, they believe that those covering the face will find less in coronovirus particles, which may make the disease less severe.

An animal study in China housed healthy people as well as hamsters infected with coronovirus, some of which were isolated by a buffer of surgical masks. Many of the hamsters behind the mask were not infected, while those showed symptoms.

But the deep division of masks continues in the United States. On Saturday in Illinois, the “Million Unmasked March” drew about 150 protesters to the capital to guide the state, which needed face coverings in schools this fall.

Masks as Fashion: Japan is helping to move towards innovative face covering. Designers have created masks with pearl and high-tech dresses, options for weddings, and punk-inspired styles with leather and spikes. A start-up even works as a walkie-talkie, personal secretary and translator.


Here is a round of restrictions in all 50 states.


  • Republicans are seeking to reduce tens of millions of unemployed Americans to $ 200 a week in a $ 1 trillion recovery package. Democrats support a $ 3 trillion package that includes federal payments of $ 600 per week, which ends on Friday at the end of the year.

  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday tweeted a photo of himself holding a box of the unsafe drug hydroxychloroquine, saying he had recovered from coronovirus.

  • Google will allow its nearly 200,000 employees to work from home until at least next July – the first major corporation to announce such an extended timetable.

  • Is deep cleaning a waste of time? Atlantic argues that some businesses suffer from risk reduction rituals that only make people feel safe.

  • A Times photographer, Tyler Hicks, spent weeks traveling the Amazon River, documenting how the virus is ravaging remote cities.

  • Pool testing may allow the US to test more people without actually needing more tests. Here’s how it works.

  • The wine market has collapsed in France for instigating winemakers to make a painful decision: converting unsold products into hand sanitizers.

  • In this era of zoom calls, The Times is playing the role of celebrity bookshelf detective. See what books Colin Powell, Tom Hanks and Gwyneth Paltrow have in their video backgrounds.

  • In New York City, the tailor has seen business rebound as people request a waistband and roomier jackets, struggling with “Quarantine 15”.


I’m having fun with my 11-year-old grandson, a budding artist, and a dozen friends. I email them an “art prompt” at the beginning of each week and they return the artwork based on the prompt to me by Friday. I then create a powerpoint gallery, which I return the next day.

– Joanna Hammond, Amesbury, Mass.

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