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DeVos: No more virtual schooling

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/07/20, 04:44 pm

Some local school districts have considered offering a mix of in-person and virtual classes in the fall because of the coronavirus. But in a call with governors on Tuesday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said schools must be “fully operational.”

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Long shots, moonshots, and your shots

Medicine | Checking in on the global effort to create a COVID-19 vaccine
by Charles Horton, M.D.
Posted 7/07/20, 09:53 am

In the race to defeat the coronavirus, the finish line is the mass production of a safe, effective vaccine.

Just as Jonas Salk’s vaccine helped transform polio from feared menace to historical curiosity in most countries, a good vaccine against today’s coronavirus would restore the world’s confidence, both socially (potlucks! concerts! sports!) and economically. So where does the vaccine race stand now?

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U.S. revelers vexed by virus

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/04/20, 11:58 pm

With the daily number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases trending up in 38 states, Americans held subdued Fourth of July celebrations across the country. Numerous beaches, bars, and restaurants have closed or reduced their capacity in tourist spots like California, South Florida, South Carolina, and Texas. Families and friends scaled back their barbecue plans as more than two dozen states required residents to wear masks in certain public settings.

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