Coronavirus News: July 31 – Dr. Fauci Reassures Congress U.S. Will Soon Have a Vaccine

By Anna Breuer on 31 July 2020
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Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress on Friday that the country will have a vaccine by the end of the year or early 2021 and cast doubt on a study by Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit that was touted by President Trump and others. The research showed an apparent benefit for hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug the president has frequently mentioned as a treatment for Covid-19.

Officials in Florida said they were putting coronavirus testing on pause due to the potential impact from Tropical Storm Isaias. The large and powerful storm is expected to bring heavy rain and strong wind gusts and the open-air tent-like structures being used for testing would not withstand the impact.

Florida and Arizona broke their single-day records on Thursday for deaths from the coronavirus, reporting 253 and 158, respectively. Meanwhile, Mississippi also set a record, reporting 48 deaths. That state and three others, namely Missouri, Hawaii and Ohio, set single-day records for new cases.

After 34 years, “The Phantom of the Opera” in London’s West End will close. The show’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, confirmed the closure in a column in the Evening Standard. “Andrew [Lloyd Weber] and I have had to sadly permanently shut down our London and U.K. touring productions of ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’” he wrote, “but are determined to bring it back to London in the future.”

Two JetBlue employees died from Covid-19 on the same day earlier in the month, the airline reported. The two were Brittney Jones, an airport operations employee in Fort Lauderdale who joined the airline last year, and Orlando Tavarez, a quality control inspector who had been with the airline for over eight years.

Canada’s flight attendant union called on the federal government to make the skies safer during the pandemic. The Airline Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, or CUBE, said current regulations do not protect working flight attendants.

Former presidential candidate and fast-food executive Herman Cain, who ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and was a recent contender for a top Federal Reserve job, died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. He had attended President Trump’s indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20 and tested positive on June 29.

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