Coronavirus updates: Moderna inches closer to vaccine; progress toward $1 trillion stimulus deal; US nears 5M cases

Coronavirus updates: Moderna inches closer to vaccine; progress toward $1 trillion stimulus deal; US nears 5M cases

A second round of coronavirus stimulus checks? Maybe. Top Democrats and negotiators from the White House say a stimulus deal could be reached by the end of the week and approved as early as next week. That could be good news for tens of millions of unemployed Americans whose $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits has expired. "We have to have an agreement, and we will have an agreement," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. Novavax Inc., of Gaithersburg, Maryland, became the fifth vaccine developer to release promising results of an early trial. The federal government is paying $1.6 billion to Novavax for 100 million doses. Here are some significant developments: • Democrats, White House optimistic stimulus deal could be reached this week after both sides make concessions. • A group of voters backed by Republican lawmakers sued Minnesota state and local officials to try to block a face mask requirement at polling places. • Attorneys general from more than 30 states asked the federal government to allow more manufacturing of a crucial drug, remdesivir. • New York City's health commissioner, who clashed with city officials on their COVID-19 response, has resigned, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. 📈 Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 156,000 deaths and almost 4.8 million cases of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, there have been more than 700,000 deaths and 18.5 million cases. 📰 What we're reading: Kids are less likely to die from coronavirus, but schools could become hot spots for spread. Our ...
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