Her comments followed a tweet from Trump stating that the US is “starting to get VERY high marks in our handling of the Coronavirus (China Virus), especially when compared to other countries and areas of the world.” He added that “the Vaccines (Plus) are coming, and fast!”
Public opinion on Trump’s handling of the outbreak is low, according to polls, and the President is looking for good news to bolster his re-election chances. He told a Monday news briefing that, “we’re going to have a vaccine very soon. Maybe even before a very special date.”
Pharmaceutical companies are also pushing back against the prospect. Nine companies have signed an unusual pledge, released on Tuesday, to uphold “high ethical standards,” suggesting they won’t seek premature government approval for Covid-19 vaccines.
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Q: Can I catch Covid-19 from food or its packaging?
A: It is highly unlikely that food is a source of coronavirus transmission, according to a team of experts on food contamination.
“To date, there has not been any evidence that food, food packaging or food handling is a source or important transmission route for SARS-CoV-2 resulting in Covid-19,” the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods said in a statement.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
People celebrated at big events this Labor Day, despite warnings
Labor Day celebrations were in full swing this weekend, and while many heeded official warnings and opted to ditch the crowds, others were not so cautious.
This comes as experts offer a grim prediction on what the next few months could look like, with the pandemic stacking up against flu season and new fronts opening up, including schools and college campuses. “We’re heading into the fall and the winter, when we would expect a respiratory pathogen like a coronavirus to start spreading more aggressively than it would in the summertime,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former US Food and Drug Administration commissioner said on CBS’ Face the Nation.
French Open tennis tournament to be played with fans
Spain tops half a million infections
More soccer stars catch the virus, and others breach the rules
Meanwhile, two England players — Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood of Manchester United — have been sent home for breaching coronavirus rules while in Iceland.
Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine could be ready for approval by October, says BioNTech chief
The collaboration between Pfizer and BioNTech is confident it can have a vaccine ready for regulatory approval by the middle of October, BioNTech CEO and co-founder Ugur Sahin told CNN.
“It has an excellent profile and I consider this vaccine as a vaccine which is near perfect and which has a near perfect profile,” Sahin said in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Frederik Pleitgen. He added “this provides us with a lot of confidence in combination with understanding of the mode of action. In combination with the safety data coming in from the running trial. Yes, we believe that we have a safe product and we believe that we will be able to show efficacy.”
Sahin told CNN he believes the approval for emergency use will be granted quickly by regulatory authorities. US drug giant Pfizer and German firm BioNTech say they plan to provide 100 million doses of their vaccine candidate, BNT162, by the end of the year, and up to 1.3 billion doses in 2021.
While Sahin said approval could happen by mid-October, federal officials have told CNN they believe this is an optimistic timeline.
ON OUR RADAR
- Trump tries and fails to get a reporter to remove his mask.
- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s condition is improving after Covid-19 diagnosis.
- Virus cluster linked to University of New Hampshire frat party, state says.
- After record low flu season in Australia, US hopes for the same.
- Residents in any state can find out where to get vaccinated using the CDC’s VaccineFinder website, which partners with local health departments and clinics.
- Drive-through flu shots are also available at some Kaiser Permanente locations.
- Flu shots are also currently available at many chain drugstores, including CVS and Walgreens.
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