COVID-19 vaccine testing put on pause
A pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company that was conducting human trials of its COVID-19 vaccine paused them after a volunteer came down with an unexplained illness.
According to CNN, this is a standard precaution in vaccine trials to ensure patients experience no further serious reactions.
The company, AstraZeneca, has one of three COVID-19 vaccines that are currently in “late-stage, Phase 3 trials” in the U.S.
President Trump said he believes at least one of the vaccines could be ready for Election Day on Nov. 3.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and other groups working on the vaccine said this is “extremely unlikely.”
NFL admits it was wrong, expands players’ right to demonstrate
The NFL announced details of its social justice awareness campaign this week.
The league will inscribe two slogans in the end zones: “It Takes All Of US” and “End Racism.” The league will also allow the visuals on helmets and caps. Players can wear decals on the back of their helmets or patches on team caps displaying names or phrases to honor victims of racism and/or police brutality, according to FOX News.
The decisions were made after the league and commissioner Roger Goodell admitted they were wrong by not supporting Colin Kaepernick when he began protesting during the 2016 season.
COVID-19 numbers among children continue to rise
New data released Tuesday shows more than 500,000 US children have tested positive for COVID-19.
Over the past two weeks, there were 70,630 new cases among children, a 16% increase in that time, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The death toll for US children due to COVID-19 is 103. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new data about a “deadly and mysterious pediatric illness” that potentially has links to COVID-19.
The AAP report has many parents and educators worried about their children, according to CBS News.
Hikers rescued as California fires continue to grow
Some hikers trapped by wildfires in California have been rescued as crews continue to try to put out the flames.
The National Guard rescued nearly 150 people and six dogs from the projected path of the Creek Fire, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Three helicopters were sent out to the area early Tuesday, where hikers lined up to board the aircrafts.
Col. David Hall of the California National Guard told NBC News an earlier attempt was suspended on Monday night due to heavy smoke.
Those still stranded are not in the fire danger area but could be at risk if the fire continues to grow, Hall said.