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The Lancet published phase I/II trial on the University of Oxford’s chimpanzee adenovirus viral vector vaccine (ChAdOx1), and from a phase II trial of an adenovirus type-5 vectored vaccine from China. Check back for the full story on MedPage Today later today.

A study of 65,000 people in South Korea found children ages 10-19 can spread COVID-19 “at least as well as adults do.” (New York Times)

In Texas, Nueces County (the Corpus Christi area) reported 85 infants under age 1 have tested positive for the virus since mid-March. (Texas Tribune)

Hoping to stretch testing capacity, the FDA said it will allow Quest Diagnostics to perform COVID-19 diagnostic testing on pooled samples.

As of Monday at 8:00 a.m. ET, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 3,773,260 cases and 140,534 deaths, up 196,830 and 2,174 from Friday, respectively.

Saturday set another new record for COVID-19 cases worldwide, with almost 260,000 cases reported, the first time new cases topped 250,000 in a single day. (NBC News)

The White House is blocking CDC officials, including director Robert Redfield, MD, from testifying at a congressional committee hearing this week on school reopening. (CNN)

Researchers at King’s College London found six distinct types of COVID-19 infection using data from a symptom-tracking app. (Reuters)

So-called “anti-maskers” are respecting the letter but not the spirit of public masking ordinances by wearing masks made out of mesh, yarn or lace. (WTHR 13)

More big box store chains will require customers to wear masks. (CNN)

The World Health Organization said it is sending a team of experts to China to study the beginnings of the coronavirus. (Reuters)

Bloomberg Businessweek sat down with Sarah Gilbert, PhD, of the University of Oxford in England, to discuss its “front-runner” COVID-19 candidate vaccine — initial results with which are expected to be published today.

A cognitive behavioral specialist explains how to break the anxiety-producing COVID-19 “doomscrolling” cycle on social media. (NPR)

U.S. travelers are now banned from Bermuda. (Newsweek)

In Europe, meanwhile, river cruises are underway again. (Reuters)

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Last Updated July 20, 2020

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