Florida Passes New York; Phase III Vax Trial Begins

Chris - 7/27/2020

 Florida Passes New York; Phase III Vax Trial Begins; But Who's in Charge of Distribution?  Covid-19 UPDATE and Other News over a background of illustrated coronaviruses

July 27, 2020--- by Crystal Phend, Senior Editor, MedPage Today


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On Sunday, July 26, 2020, Florida joined California in passing New York's unenviable record of coronavirus cases. (Reuters) As of today at 8:00 a.m. ET, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 4,234,140 cases and 146,935 deaths. Last Monday, those numbers were 3,773,260 and 140,534, respectively, for 7-day averages of about 66,000 and 910.


Globally, Latin America just blew past the U.S. on coronavirus cases, while Spain announced it has brought the virus under control. (Reuters) But North Korea called a state of emergency after reporting its 1st suspected cases of coronavirus -- apparently a defector to the South who swam back after a rape accusation. (New York Times)


Vaccine frontrunner Moderna said its phase III trial is now underway.


Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. (Bloomberg)


The only MD playing in the NFL (albeit unlicensed) opted out of the 2020 season. (ESPN)


It may be a "who's on first" problem in determining distribution of coronavirus vaccine doses: a new expert panel named by the National Academy of Medicine is charged with responsibility, but so are at least two other governmental groups, STAT News reports.


Call it "Plandemic" 2.0: the so-called documentary claiming NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, helped create SARS-CoV-2 was set to be aired over the weekend on the Sinclair group of local TV stations but got pulled for a "rework."(CNN)


John Ioannidis, MD, led a group of scientists trying to sway the White House away from lockdowns in late March -- before conducting any research. (BuzzFeed News) Culturally-insensitive CDC coronavirus surveillance backfired in Black communities in Georgia, Politico reports.


Steroids such as dexamethasone appeared to help only COVID-19 patients with elevated initial C-reactive protein (CRP), a single health system study reported in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.


Children should return to school even if studies show they are transmitting SARS-CoV-2, according to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. (Reuters) Young people may face better odds when they get COVID-19, but the symptoms are prolonged for 35% of them, according to a CDC survey. (CNN)


Requiring employees to sign liability waivers agreeing not to sue if they contract COVID-19 is of questionable legality, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn't support protections for employers in the next coronavirus bill. (KHN, Axios) As expected, the Trump administration officially extended the coronavirus public health state of emergency, allowing telemedicine expansion, emergency drug and test approvals, and other administrative concessions to continue. (Politico)


While still early, CDC statisticians said they expect COVID-19 be among the country's top 10 causes of death this year. (CNN)

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