On the same day, Redfield told a Senate subcommittee that he did not expect a vaccine to be “fully available to the American public” until the middle of 2021 at the earliest, and said that wearing masks may be a more effective means of protecting against the virus.
But the Trump administration is continuing to promote its own rapid timeline, announcing plans on Wednesday to have the first shots ready within 24 hours of a vaccine’s approval and available to Americans at no cost.
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On Monday, Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the Serum Institute of India, predicted there may not be enough Covid-19 vaccine until 2024. “It’s going to take four to five years until everyone gets the vaccine on this planet,” Poonawalla told the Financial Times.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Coronavirus is #1 global security threat
Guterres is pushing for more global cooperation to develop and distribute an affordable vaccine, and warned against “deadly misinformation” that could deter people from taking it.
Antibody treatment shows promising signs
The experimental drug is a monoclonal antibody, a lab-engineered copy of an antibody produced by a patient who recovered from Covid-19 — a new twist on the use of convalescent plasma. Scientists are hopeful that monoclonal antibodies will be a potent treatment for the coronavirus, and provide a bridge to longer immunity conferred by vaccines.
India is second only to the US for infection numbers. But its leader seems immune from criticism
India is in crisis. Its economy has crashed, at the cost of millions of jobs. Its already fragile health care system is buckling under the weight of soaring coronavirus cases. With more than 5 million cases, India ranks only behind the United States for confirmed infections.
Seniors are having second thoughts about where to live
Some people who had planned to move to senior housing are now choosing to live independently rather than communally. Others wonder whether transferring to a setting where they can get more assistance might be the right call.
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- Indonesians who refuse to wear masks are being forced to dig graves for victims of Covid-19, in an attempt to engender empathy.
- Australian airline Qantas is offering a seven-hour “scenic joy flight” around Australia for people who miss flying.
- Almost 30 teenagers must be quarantined after parents sent their child to a Massachusetts school despite knowing they were positive with Covid-1
- World Health Organization warns of “very serious” Covid-19 situation in Europe.
TODAY’S TOP TIP
If you traveled outside of the US, the CDC still recommends you stay home for 14 days after returning home. During that period, be sure to take these steps:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day and monitor for a fever. You can use this temperature log to monitor your temperature. And watch for coughing or trouble breathing.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school.
- Do not use public transportation, taxis, or ride-share services.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
“The demand for N95s is greater than not only our production capacity, but the entire industry. So we’re still facing a challenge to meet that demand.” — 3M CEO Mike Roman