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The FDA issued an EUA for an Abbott COVID-19 antigen test, the first to show results directly on the testing card (akin to the design of a typical pregnancy test).
As of 8:00 a.m. ET Thursday, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 tally stood at 5,823,685 cases and 179,743 deaths — up 44,290 and 1,210, respectively, from Wednesday. Numbers so far this week suggest a slowing in new cases but not in deaths.
Those new CDC testing guidelines causing all the fuss were discussed at a White House coronavirus task force meeting while member Anthony Fauci, MD, was absent for his throat surgery. (CNN)
Moderna’s investigational vaccine performed well enough in a small, early-stage trial on older people. (CNBC)
Enrollment is more than halfway complete for the large Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine trial, a Pfizer scientist announced. (Reuters)
Major medical societies — including the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Medical Association — urged the FDA not to rush COVID-19 vaccines without reviewing full trial data.
Penn State University will be monitoring infections on campus with help from scratch-and-sniff tests. (CNN)
How did coronavirus get into this bathroom in an unoccupied Chinese apartment? (Bloomberg)
The New York Times has a tracker of coronavirus cases at U.S. colleges and universities.
The U.S. Department of Justice says New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan may have violated the civil rights of the elderly when they required nursing homes to admit coronavirus patients. (Reuters)
For their own safety, retail workers are advised not to argue with customers refusing to abide by social distancing and mask wearing rules, according to the CDC. (CNN)
Vice President Mike Pence visibly struggled with taking swift action in response to the pandemic. (Politico)
COVID’s disproportionate impact on people of color and immigrants is reflected in U.S. health worker deaths, according to a report from The Guardian and Kaiser Health News.
Child predators took advantage of COVID lockdowns to hunt kids spending more time online. (Patch)
Say hello to “‘Rona 4 Real,” a public awareness campaign about coronavirus for young people in Michigan. (The Detroit News)
A nation holds its breath: the iconic Tour de France bike race, which typically attracts tens of thousands of spectators on each of its 21 days, begins this Saturday under a cloud of uncertainty. Fans are asked to wear masks and teams will be kicked out if two riders test positive. (Washington Post, Cycling News)
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