The United States coronavirus death worm is approaching 100,000 about five months after the country confirmed the first case of Covid-19. More than 1.57 million people nationwide are infected, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump told reporters that “we are not closing our country” if the virus spreads again. States continue to chart a path forward, reopening unstable businesses and removing movement restrictions. Even the toughest hit states in the country, New York and New Jersey, are reopening the beaches for Memorial Day weekend.
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- Cases worldwide: Over 5.12 million
- Global deaths: At least 333,382
- United States cases: Over 1.57 million
- United States Deaths: At least 94,729
The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Biden said the Covid-19 vaccine would be free for everyone in the U.S.
9:00 a.m. – Bright 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden told CNBC that if he were president, a coronavirus vaccine would be free for everyone in the United States.
“I’m telling you what, if one is found, I’ll make sure every single person in America gets a vaccine, period, at no cost,” Biden told “Squawk Box.”
“And I’m going to do the same thing on the test today.” The former vice president has taken a stance on health care in economic terms, compared to himself with people like President Trump pushing states to quickly open their economies.
“It’s all about reopening – people don’t open up until they have the confidence to know that if they come together, they won’t get sick,” Biden said.
Trump said last week that he was “looking into” the possibility of making a coronavirus vaccine free of charge. —Kevin Breuninger
New cases are emerging in Africa
Shares of Moderna rose following Dr.’s comments. Fauci in Covid-19 vaccine data
Oxford recruiting for expanded vaccine candidate human trials
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7:06 a.m. AT – AstraZeneca and Oxford University have announced plans to move their vaccine candidate to human trials and have begun recruiting up to 10,260 adults and children for the next phase of the tests, the university said.
On Thursday, AstraZeneca announced that it had received nearly $ 1.2 billion in funding from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to accelerate the development of the potential vaccine. Human trials began last month with more than 1,000 volunteers in the south of England. No test data is available.
The university said it is now recruiting for a phase 2 trial, which will include older adults and children, to assess whether the immune response varies across different demographic ages. The phase 3 trial evaluated how well the vaccine protects against coronavirus infection.
“The speed with which this new vaccine has advanced in the final stages of clinical trials is testament to the downfall of scientific research in Oxford,” AstraZeneca executive Mene Pangalos said. -Will Feuer
India reports the biggest one-day increase in cases
Migrant workers stand in a line for medical examination after reaching the quarantine center in their hometown of Allahabad as Government across the country has imposed locking as a step-by-step measure against the COVID-19 corona virus in Allahabad , India on April 27, 2020.
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7:00 a.m. – India’s health ministry has reported that the country has recorded the highest single-day spike of new Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began.
The country of approximately 1.3 billion people reported a total of more than 118,000 cases on Friday, an approximately 5% increase from Thursday’s figures.
To date, India has recorded 3,583 deaths from the virus, according to the health ministry. —Sam Meredith
Read the previous coronavirus live coverage of CNBC here: Russia reports daily jumps to death; Soros warns the EU may not survive