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5 things to know for July 28: Coronavirus, stimulus, vaccine, election 2020, North Korea

Dr. Anthony Fauci tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer how a Covid-19 vaccine may be prioritized once it is developed.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 10:21 AM
Updated: Jul 28, 2020 10:21 AM

Not to start your day with a dose of anxiety, but the US Food and Drug Administration has expanded its list of potentially deadly hand sanitizer products. Time for some label checking. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On With Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. Coronavirus

The US could see "further suffering and further death" if steps aren't taken to contain the coronavirus, says Dr. Anthony Fauci. Given that the country has been averaging more than 1,000 deaths a day for a few days now, that's no surprise. Florida alone is approaching half a million cases, and a group of more than 5,000 health care professionals is pleading with Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue a statewide mask rule. Child Covid-19 hospitalizations in the state are also up, just weeks before students are expected to return to schools. The situation in the US is even more ominous when you consider other countries that seemed to have the virus under control, like China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia, are suddenly seeing resurgences. The World Health Organization's director general called the pandemic "easily the most severe" public health emergency the organization has ever faced.

2. Stimulus

It's here: Senate Republicans formally unveiled their hotly anticipated $1 trillion stimulus proposal. It's called the HEALS Act, which stands for Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools -- all priorities GOP leaders say they've addressed in the bill. The proposal does include that talked-about cut in unemployment benefits. Under the legislation, payments would be cut down from $600 a week to $200 a week for the next two months, followed by a payment program designed to replace a majority of lost wages for the rest of the year. Critics say many low-income workers still wouldn't be able to recoup their losses. The HEALS Act also features $1.75 billion for the design and construction of a new FBI headquarters. GOP legislators said that was a request directly from the President -- and some of them aren't fully on board with its inclusion in the bill.

3. Vaccine

The first Phase 3 clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine in the United States is now underway. The trial is expected to enroll about 30,000 adult volunteers and will evaluate the safety of the vaccine and whether it can prevent symptomatic Covid-19. The drug is being developed by pharmaceutical company Moderna and a group within the National Institutes of Health. It's one of 25 potential vaccines in clinical trials around the world, and Dr. Anthony Fauci says this could be the fastest the medical community has ever gotten this far in developing a vaccine after such a short period of working with a known virus. There's such an eagerness for something to stop this pandemic that thousands of people have expressed their interest in participating in clinical trials that would expose them to the virus -- even if it means potentially putting themselves in danger.

4. Election 2020

The road to November's presidential election is looking more and more unfamiliar. The Democratic National Convention is coming up in the middle of August, and people close to the event say that the convention will feature only two hours of televised programming a day. That's a big departure from the usual day-long slates of events, speakers and political hullabaloo. The University of Notre Dame has also announced that it will withdraw from hosting the first presidential debate in late September due to the coronavirus. Meanwhile, President Trump is continuing to push back against the wave of support for mail-in voting stirred by pandemic concerns.

5. North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says "there will be no more war on this earth" and North Korea's "safety and future will be secured forever" because of the country's nuclear arsenal. These claims came during a ceremony observing the 67th anniversary of the armistice that effectively ended the Korean War. While the tenor of Kim's comments are nothing new, they are a reminder that leaders in the international community have their work cut out for them if they want North Korea to accept any kind of diplomatic deal that requires a scale-down of its nuclear program. North Koreans have hinted that they're open to another diplomatic summit between Kim and President Trump, like the one that sparked so much optimism in 2018. But there's no indication that the two sides are willing or able to meet on common ground any time soon.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

A bunch of players on the Miami Marlins tested positive for Covid-19 and a few games had to be canceled. Now the whole entire baseball season is in question.

Hmm, didn't baseball used to be a lot more fun than this?

The NFL has canceled preseason games ahead of the 2020 season

Sorry, you'll have to find a different way to overreact to your team's potential.

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas welcome a baby girl 

It's a joyous day for House Jonas and the Queen of the North.

Melania Trump wants to renovate the Rose Garden

I beg your pardon, she's promising us a new rose garden.

Google will let employees work from home until at least next summer

Did you hear that, Google gang? Yoga pants FOREVER.

Happening later

The nominations are ... 

The Emmy nominations will be announced today, setting the stage for an unprecedented virtual ceremony in September.

TODAY'S NUMBER

51,512

That's how many prints have sold -- at least -- of the limited edition Topps baseball card featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci's first pitch during last week's Washington Nationals season opener. That makes it the bestselling card in the history of ToppsNow, the company's collection of limited-edition cards.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"As the founding fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction."

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who described slavery as a "necessary evil" in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Cotton was attempting to criticize the 1619 Project, a New York Times initiative that reframes US history around the year 1619, when the first slave ship arrived on America's shores. Instead, is comments invited immediate and vehement criticism.

TODAY'S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

That horse has good taste 

Feeling anxious? Overworked? Here's violinist Ray Chen serenading a horse. See? All better now.

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Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 947918

Reported Deaths: 15377
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1291181990
Lake635721103
Allen53899761
Hamilton44082449
St. Joseph42122590
Elkhart33803491
Vanderburgh30574449
Tippecanoe26915251
Johnson23727418
Hendricks22410342
Porter21832347
Clark17562231
Madison17492385
Vigo16302285
Monroe14545191
LaPorte14389239
Delaware14183222
Howard13971273
Kosciusko11498135
Hancock10935166
Warrick10737178
Bartholomew10635170
Floyd10514208
Wayne10077226
Grant9213204
Morgan8928160
Boone8463111
Dubois7791123
Dearborn769490
Henry7691133
Noble7466101
Marshall7409128
Cass7219118
Lawrence7026153
Shelby6647111
Jackson661386
Gibson6190107
Harrison609386
Huntington604495
Montgomery5853105
DeKalb581091
Knox5535104
Miami548888
Putnam543268
Clinton537465
Whitley529354
Steuben501768
Wabash488692
Jasper483861
Jefferson474492
Ripley457777
Adams446068
Daviess4231108
Scott409165
Clay394957
White393858
Greene393392
Wells389884
Decatur388797
Fayette378578
Posey362341
Jennings356056
Washington334747
LaGrange325175
Spencer321136
Fountain318455
Randolph317190
Sullivan309449
Owen287064
Starke282864
Fulton280454
Orange277859
Jay257038
Perry254152
Carroll245229
Franklin242838
Rush237030
Vermillion235050
Parke221420
Tipton212055
Pike211740
Blackford170534
Pulaski168551
Crawford147318
Newton145845
Benton143916
Brown135846
Martin130217
Switzerland126910
Warren115616
Union98511
Ohio80511
Unassigned0482

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1385749

Reported Deaths: 21820
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1538881574
Cuyahoga1358332341
Hamilton987081326
Montgomery679671161
Summit568451051
Lucas51531869
Butler48000663
Stark42232983
Lorain32046539
Warren30404338
Mahoning27463643
Clermont25990297
Lake24809422
Delaware22566147
Licking20767246
Fairfield20730223
Greene20611275
Trumbull20257516
Medina20074290
Clark18170332
Richland16680236
Portage16389231
Wood15926209
Allen14333261
Miami14018261
Muskingum12927155
Wayne12185244
Columbiana11980242
Tuscarawas11204271
Marion10908150
Pickaway10606129
Scioto10531127
Erie9864171
Ross9612177
Lawrence8934125
Hancock8603143
Ashtabula8474187
Geauga8251156
Belmont8236188
Jefferson7691175
Huron7537131
Union742651
Washington7380126
Athens709365
Sandusky6963135
Darke6875137
Knox6812122
Seneca6519137
Ashland6051115
Auglaize595388
Shelby5820104
Brown575372
Mercer565190
Defiance5564101
Crawford5563117
Madison551071
Highland549282
Fulton542583
Clinton533781
Logan518687
Preble5102111
Putnam4900107
Guernsey484364
Williams468982
Perry462254
Champaign454264
Ottawa442484
Jackson434563
Pike398345
Morrow396451
Coshocton391969
Fayette383753
Adams369275
Hardin366170
Gallia355458
Holmes3321111
Henry329869
Van Wert320771
Hocking310770
Wyandot285458
Carroll266352
Paulding246443
Meigs221742
Monroe192749
Noble174142
Morgan170029
Harrison160741
Vinton141319
Unassigned05
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