Health officials bypass questions about Trump's schedule for "enough vaccines for every American by April".
As the country's coronavirus death toll neared 200,000, top government health officials cautiously walked past President Trump's ambitious declaration on Sunday that a vaccine would be available to every American by April.
Instead, Adm. Brett Brett P. Giroir, who leads the national testing effort, and Alex M. Azar II, Secretary for Health and Human Services, suggest a slightly more conservative schedule for vaccine availability.
Both seemed to be defending predictions from experts, including Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who was publicly rebuked by the president for estimating that an effective vaccine may not be available to the public until the middle of next year.
On CNN's State of the Union program, Admiral Giroir told host Jake Tapper: “Before the Senate, Dr. Redfield and I both believe that a vaccine that would be widely available in hundreds of millions of doses would probably not do so until mid-2021. That's a fact. "
However, he said the president was right to say, “We could have up to a hundred million doses by the end of this year. That's right."
"I think everyone is right," said Admiral Giroir.
Mr Trump has made many promises that the United States would make a vaccine by November 3rd election day. However, his optimism and predictions for widespread availability are controversial. At a news conference at the White House on Friday, Mr. Trump said that once a vaccine is approved, "distribution will begin within 24 hours of the announcement."
He added, “We will have at least 100 million doses of vaccine produced by the end of the year. And probably much more than that. Hundreds of millions of doses will be available each month, and we expect enough vaccines to be available for every American by April. "
The US population has reached 330 million, according to estimates by the Census Bureau.
Several recent public opinion polls have shown Americans are increasingly suspicious or suspicious of a hasty vaccine. In a new ABC News / Ipsos poll, fewer than one in ten Americans had great confidence in the president's ability to confirm the vaccine's effectiveness. 18 percent only indicated a “good level of trust”.
In their separate television interviews, Admiral Giroir and Mr Azar reiterated the need for the public to wear masks, a practice the President often pokes fun at. Mr. Trump's recent election campaign events are full of supporters who do not wear face coverings, which is against mask requirements in some places.
Mr Trump also bumped into Dr. Redfield on the value of masks, saying that the C.D.C. The director was also wrong when he compared the value of masks to a vaccine.
Mr. Azar told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press program that masks were clearly important. "I think the point that the president made is that there is no equivalence between masks and vaccines," he said.
In the past few weeks, Mr. Azar and some of his deputies have been accused by public health critics and lawmakers of suspecting C.D.C. Reports from researchers on the virus and putting politics above science in the Food and Drug Administration. In a formidable statement of authority last week, Mr Azar prevented the country's health authorities from signing new rules for food, drugs, medical devices and other products in the country, including vaccines.
On Sunday, Mr Azar was asked if the White House had forced him to hire Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary for public affairs, who is on vacation after posting a Facebook video saying he was scientists at the C.D.C. of "riot" and warned of a leftist uprising after the presidential election in November.
Mr. Caputo later apologized for the tirade in which he said, "There are scientists who work for this administration who don't want America to get well until after Joe Biden is president."
Mr Azar said he would not discuss HR matters, adding, "Our thoughts and prayers go with Michael. He added value and helped with our Covid response."
Connecticut Democrat representative Jahana Hayes said Sunday she had tested positive for the virus and would be quarantined for 14 days.
More than a dozen lawmakers in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate have tested positive for the virus, and dozens more have come into contact with someone who tested positive, has been quarantined, or both.
Members of Congress are not regularly tested on Capitol Hill while traveling frequently back and forth between her districts and Washington, a point Ms. Hayes made in her announcement.
She tweeted a video of herself testing for the virus, then posted that she was largely asymptomatic, "except for breathing problems, which are monitored," and that "she's all on Capitol Hill and Washington." possible precautionary measures "got votes this week.
"My experience, and that of my staff, underscores the need for a natural testing strategy with a coherent method to get quick and accurate results," Ms. Hayes wrote on Twitter. "This level of fear and insecurity is untenable."
Ms. Hayes said she tried unsuccessfully to get tested at two emergency centers on Saturday and was eventually given an appointment for Sunday morning at a third location.
Indoor dining in Maryland will increase to 75 percent capacity on Monday.
Maryland will allow restaurants to expand indoor dining to 75 percent capacity on Monday – and is encouraging its citizens to eat out – despite concerns over the spread of the coronavirus in the state.
Governor Larry Hogan announced the expansion of the Annapolis indoor restaurant on Friday to mark Maryland's first nationwide restaurant week, a 10-day promotional event featuring discounts and specials aimed at pulling customers back after months of pandemic restrictions. Governor Hogan wrote on Twitter that restaurants could expand from 50 percent to 75 percent, "with strict distancing and health measures."
The governor cited hopeful trends in the state's coronavirus statistics, such as: decreasing patient numbers in intensive care units and a 7-day positivity rate of 2.85 percent. (The positivity rate is the percentage of coronavirus tests done in the condition that comes back positive.)
However, data from Johns Hopkins University, calculated in a different way, showed a positivity rate of 5.7 percent for the state, which was above the generally recommended upper limit of 5 percent for easing restrictions.
Some public health experts have reservations about expanding indoor eating. The director of the Maryland Public Interest Research Group said she "could risk lives unnecessarily."
And some Maryland counties and cities held back, including Baltimore, where a mayor's spokesman told The Baltimore Sun, "We just don't have enough data to responsibly increase the capacity of indoor restaurants." Baltimore officials had to as early as July, undo an attempt to resume eating indoors after an increase in some cases.
Across the country, restaurants and bars have been hit hard from long shutdowns and struggled to recover. In some places, new case clusters have been linked to indoor restaurant reopenings, although it can be very difficult to determine if they started with workers, patrons, or a combination.
In Howard County, southwest of Baltimore, where expansion continues, the owner of Ananda, an Indian restaurant, says he has no plans to add more tables. "Our capacity is 391 people, and we don't use more than 60 people at any hour," said owner Binda Singh, adding: "At the moment our tables are about 3 meters apart."
Opening at 50 percent of the internal capacity The restaurant has returned up to 80 percent of its typical profit, and guests still feel safe.
However, the additional space Ananda had for weddings, conferences and parties is currently out of the question.
Many restaurants, such as Ananda, have taken advantage of outdoor seating to serve more diners in the summer. But when the weather gets colder, it will subside, adding to growing tensions between restaurateurs and health officials across the country concerned about the spread of the virus indoors.
Desperate to avoid another nationwide lockdown, the UK is imposing tougher fines for rule violations.
With the number of new daily cases in the UK rising to over 4,000 for the first time since early May, the government has announced tougher penalties for those who fail to adhere to coronavirus restrictions in hopes of avoiding widespread lockdowns.
The government will impose fines of £ 1,000, about $ 1,300, on those who fail to self-isolate after testing positive for the virus or who leave their homes after being followed up in close contact with someone who does did. Fines, which start on September 28th, can increase to a maximum of £ 10,000 for repeat offenders or for the most serious violations.
"We relied on people's civic duty to do the right thing, but there is a minority of people who don't," UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC on Sunday.
The government will also introduce a £ 500 payment for low-income people who will be asked to self-isolate. This is an incentive to cushion the blow of any financial loss and promote regulatory compliance.
Where “hot spots” for virus spread have been identified, the government's strategy recently favored local restrictions, but Mr Hancock said Sunday that he could not rule out another national lockdown.
Around 10 million people in central and northern England have already been banned from seeing anyone outside their household due to local restrictions, and many pubs and restaurants in those areas have been told to close at 10 p.m.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is pushing for similar restrictions in the British capital.
Elsewhere in the world:
inhabitant of Madrid took to the streets on Sunday to protest the return of dozen of areas of the Spanish capital, mainly in the most densely populated working-class suburbs. As of Monday, around 850,000 residents in 37 areas are only allowed to leave their zones for work, school or emergency medical aid.
Italy enables up to 1,000 spectators to take part in top-class football games across the country from Sunday. Officials reported more than 1,600 new infections on Saturday, compared with daily gains of more than 6,000 during the peak of the Italian outbreak in March, when public participation in games for Serie A, the country's top football league, was suspended.
Indonesia announced a seven-day suspension of a seafood company's exports to China after packaged fish products tested positive for the virus outside of the virus. The Indonesian Ministry of Fisheries announced on Saturday that, according to a Reuters report, an investigation into the company PT Putri Indah had been launched. Other companies are not affected, added the ministry and "can continue to carry out export activities as usual".
Australia The second largest city, Melbourne, moved closer to easing lockdown rules after only 14 new cases were recorded on Sunday.
New Zealand Four new cases were reported on Sunday. In a case reported the previous day, a man who had traveled to New Zealand from India last month developed symptoms and infected two household members after his two-week quarantine. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will announce on Monday whether restrictions will be further relaxed in Auckland and lifted completely in the rest of the country.
Democrats link the impending battle for the Supreme Court to the pandemic and health care.
As the battle began over how to fill the Supreme Court position vacated by the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democrats argued on Sunday that the stakes for the pandemic-ravaged nation are both health care and concern go to the usual hot button divisions over guns and abortion that typically define court confirmations.
The Democrats called on the presidential election winner to fill the post and accused President Trump of speeding up the process in order to have a conservative judiciary in time to hear a case seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act.
Eliminating the law could wipe out coverage for up to 23 million Americans. The arguments in this case will be determined for a week after election day.
In yet another sign of how the pandemic has turned traditional politics on its head, the Democrats have linked the Supreme Court battle to health care.
The Trump administration supports efforts by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act popularly known as Obamacare, which guarantees coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions who have often had difficulty obtaining insurance in the past.
"He does not want to destroy the virus, he wants to destroy the Affordable Care Act," said Californian spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi on Sunday in ABCs "This week with George Stephanopoulos".
For months, the Democrats have been trying to make a referendum vote on Trump's mistreatment of the coronavirus pandemic. Now they see the impending battle for the court as an opportunity to remind voters that the fate of the Affordable Care Act could be wavered.
The 72nd Emmy Awards on Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern won't look like previous ceremonies celebrating the year's achievements in television and streaming.
Red carpet? Called off. Actors sit shoulder to shoulder in an auditorium while the envelopes are unsealed? No
Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony in a nearly empty Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles while more than 100 nominees from locations as diverse as Berlin and Fayetteville, Ga. Watch and broadcast themselves.
The show's producers, which air on ABC and Hulu Live, have encouraged nominees to dress however they want – and feel free to have their kids and pets on the couch when the winners are announced.
The makeshift quality can add interest to an awards night that has been stale in recent years. Despite a boom in entertainment with scripts, ratings for the Emmys have plummeted. The show drew 6.9 million viewers last year, 32 percent less than last year, which itself was a record low.
To ensure that the show runs smoothly, the organizers have provided each nominee with a kit with instructions on how to put together a D.I.Y. Studio. It comes with a ring light, microphone, laptop, and camera. After that, it's up to the nominees and their Wi-Fi signals.
"We hope there isn't a major crash," said Guy Carrington, an executive producer for the Emmys, in an interview.
In August, Nadzri Harif, a D.J. Entering an airport for the first time in six months at the Kristal FM radio station in Brunei. The experience, he said, was exhilarating. Sure, the movement through Brunei International Airport was different, with masks, glass partitions, and logs for social distancing, but nothing could beat the expectation of getting on a plane again.
His goal: nowhere.
Mr. Harif is one of thousands in Brunei, Australia, Japan and Taiwan who have booked flights that start and end in the same location. Some airlines call these "sightseeing flights". Others are more direct and call them "flights to nowhere".
"I didn't know how much I missed the travel – missed the flight – until the captain's voice came on the loudspeaker with the welcome and safety announcement," said Harif of his 85-minute experience at Royal Brunei Airlines. On its flight to nowhere, which the airline calls the "Dine and Fly" program, Royal Brunei serves local cuisine to passengers on their flight over the country.
At a time when most people are unable to travel as the pandemic has gutted the global aviation industry, flights departing hours later and returning to an airport allow airlines to keep staff up and running. The practice also satisfies the itchiness when traveling – even if it's just back on the plane.
Royal Brunei has operated five of the flights since mid-August, and since Brunei has had very few cases of the virus, the airline does not require passengers to wear masks, although staff do. Taiwanese airline EVA Air occupied all 309 seats on a Hello Kitty-themed Father's Day jet in Taiwan last month, and Japanese airline All Nippon Airways had a 90-minute Hawaiian resort-themed flight with 300 people on board.
On Thursday, Qantas announced a "sightseeing flight" over Australia. This flight sold out in 10 minutes.
When California schools closed in March, David Miyashiro, the superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union School District, immediately began contacting families and teachers. With hundreds of phone calls, zoom meetings, and socially distant face-to-face meetings, he heard requests from parents who were torn between work and private class or who needed support for high-need students.
Mr. Miyashiro promised to reopen schools in the fall and took steps to pave the way over the coming months. The district near San Diego offered free emergency childcare for key workers in April. For more than a third of the 17,000 mostly low-income students, the company ran a personal summer enrichment program that tested safety measures on the street.
While many low-income counties have stayed away, Cajon Valley has opened its 27 schools for a mix of face-to-face and distance teaching. According to Mr. Miyashiro and many education experts, this was a minor victory for poorer students who studies have shown to have been disproportionately injured from distance learning.
After the first week and a half of face-to-face classes, the district had no infections.
But parents and teachers said the district had prepared in many ways, starting with a good response to the virus crisis when it first emerged. In March, the district created playlists of curriculum and content for each class. School principals often made goofy videos that they sent to students to show that it can be easy in a difficult moment. All teachers had Zoom office hours and regular online courses.
Long before that, Cajon Valley had prepared for the challenges posed by the pandemic.
For the past seven years, the district has provided every child with a laptop and access to a curriculum that integrates technology into daily classrooms. The teachers received extensive “mixed” training in 2014 for high-tech classrooms shown in YouTube videos.
Mr. Miyashiro commended the teachers' union for raising safety concerns that he had not seen and pledged to use federal incentive funding to provide all-round services – nutrition, recreation, distance learning – to families that were available during the three days that Supporting students who need support are not in school. 30 percent of the families with children chose distance learning by December, while the rest returned two days a week.
The scene came seven minutes into a new Chinese government-sponsored television drama that was so short it would have been easy to miss: The head of a bus company in Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus began, asks its drivers whether this is the case, ready to run emergency runs during the city lockdown. A number of volunteers are formed. None are women. The officer asks why.
In reality, according to official news media, women made up the majority of frontline workers during the crisis. This roughly minute-long clip caused a sensation on Chinese social media. Users have cited the scene as a blatant example of sexism in Chinese society and an attempt to erase female posts in the fight against the virus.
As of Sunday, a hashtag about this segment that aired on Thursday had been viewed more than 140 million times. Tens of thousands of people had asked for the show to go off the air.
The turmoil reflects ongoing tensions, even as China emerged from an outbreak that sickened many, cratered its economy, and changed the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people. Tensions still simmering include cynicism over the Chinese government's efforts to rewrite the narrative of the outbreak, disillusionment at the suspension of dissenting reports, and anger at the ongoing discrimination against women both during the crisis and in general.
The coverage was written by Jenny Anderson, Emily Cochrane, James Gorman, John Koblin, Andrew E. Kramer, Raphael Minder, Tariro Mzezewa, Anna Schaverien, Mark A. Walsh and Vivian Wang.