Moderna’s Promising Vaccine Data

Moderna announced Monday that its coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective against the virus, according to preliminary results from a late-stage trial. It is the second such announcement, following Pfizer’s last week. Moderna hopes to receive federal approval for the vaccine by December. The U.S. has reported over 11 million coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data. More than 245,000 Americans have died from the virus.

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  • New Mexico’s governor announced a two-week stay-at-home order, starting Monday; Oregon’s governor imposed a partial lockdown for two weeks, starting Wednesday.
  • North Dakota’s governor reversed course and announced new measures, including a mask mandate and capacity limits on indoor dining, after cases spiked. They will be in place until Dec. 14.
  • Schools in Boston, Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and other U.S. cities are closing classrooms or suspending in-person classes due to the pandemic.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said schools will be open Monday, as the city has stayed below its 3% positivity rate threshold, but advised parents to “have a plan for the rest of the month of November” in case circumstances change.
  • United Airlines has started running a COVID testing pilot scheme throughout the month of November for flights from New York to London.

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