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    1. US to Pay Novavax $1.6B for COVID-19 Vaccine

      US to Pay Novavax $1.6B for COVID-19 Vaccine

      The federal government will pay the vaccine maker Novavax $1.6 billion to expedite the development of a coronavirus vaccine. It’s the largest deal to date from Operation Warp Speed, the sprawling federal effort to make coronavirus vaccines and treatments available to the American public as quickly as possible.

      The deal would pay for Novavax to produce 100 million doses of its new vaccine by the beginning of next year — if the vaccine is shown to be effective in clinical trials. That’s a significant bet on Novavax, a Maryland company that has never brought a product to market. With this deal, the federal government has now invested nearly $4 billion in companies pursuing vaccines, but has provided little ...

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    2. Study Warns of New Swine Flu Virus Amid Pandemic

      Study Warns of New Swine Flu Virus Amid Pandemic

      A new strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus is spreading silently in workers on pig farms in China and should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another pandemic, a team of scientists says in a new study.

      H1N1 is highly transmissible and spread around the world in 2009, killing about 285,000 people and morphing into seasonal flu.

      The newer strain, known as G4 EA H1N1, has been common on China’s pig farms since 2016 and replicates efficiently in human airways, according to the study published on Monday. So far, it has infected some people without causing disease, but health experts fear that could change without warning.

      “G4 viruses have all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus ...

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    3. Broadway to Remain Closed Through 2020

      Broadway to Remain Closed Through 2020

      Broadway will remain closed for at least the rest of this year, and many shows are signaling that they do not expect a return to the stage until late winter or early spring.

      The Broadway League said Monday that theater owners and producers will refund or exchange tickets previously purchased for shows through Jan. 3. Given the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic that has prompted the shuttering of Broadway, the League said it was not yet ready to specify exactly when shows will reopen.

      “Returning productions are currently projected to resume performances over a series of rolling dates in early 2021,” the League said in a statement. Among the logistical issues industry leaders are discussing with government and medical officials ...

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    4. Paranoid Hallucinations Plague Many COVID-19 Patients

      Paranoid Hallucinations Plague Many COVID-19 Patients

      Kim Victory was paralyzed on a bed and being burned alive. Just in time, someone rescued her, but suddenly, she was turned into an ice sculpture on a fancy cruise ship buffet. Next, she was a subject of an experiment in a lab in Japan. Then she was being attacked by cats.

      Nightmarish visions like these plagued Ms. Victory during her hospitalization this spring for severe respiratory failure caused by the coronavirus. They made her so agitated that one night, she pulled out her ventilator breathing tube; another time, she fell off a chair and landed on the floor of the intensive care unit. “It was so real, and I was so scared,” said Ms. Victory, 31, now back home ...

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    5. Study Shows Pregnant Women Are More Likely to be Hospitalized from COVID-19

      Study Shows Pregnant Women Are More Likely to be Hospitalized from COVID-19

      Pregnant women infected with the coronavirus are more likely to be hospitalized, admitted to an intensive care unit and put on a ventilator than are infected women who are not pregnant, according to a new government analysis.

      Pregnant women are known to be particularly susceptible to other respiratory infections, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has maintained from the start of the pandemic that the virus does not seem to “affect pregnant people differently than others.”

      The increased risk for intensive care and mechanical ventilation worried experts. But the new study did not include one pivotal detail: whether pregnant women were hospitalized because of labor and delivery. That may have significantly inflated the numbers, so it is unclear ...

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    6. Study Shows Flushing Toilet Could Cause COVID-19 Transmission

      Study Shows Flushing Toilet Could Cause COVID-19 Transmission

      Here’s one more behavior to be hyper-aware of in order to prevent coronavirus transmission: what you do after you use the toilet.

      Scientists have found that in addition to clearing out whatever business you’ve left behind, flushing a toilet can generate a cloud of aerosol droplets that rises nearly three feet. Those droplets may linger in the air long enough to be inhaled by a shared toilet’s next user, or land on surfaces in the bathroom.

      This toilet plume isn’t just gross. In simulations, it can carry infectious coronavirus particles that are already present in the surrounding air or recently shed in a person’s stool. The research, published Tuesday in the journal Physics of Fluids ...

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    7. The Oscars Postponed Amid Pandemic

      The Oscars Postponed Amid Pandemic

      The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Monday that it would push back the next Oscars ceremony to April 25 from Feb. 28, citing the coronavirus pandemic. The postponement, the fourth since the Academy Awards were introduced in 1929, could prompt the Golden Globes and other entertainment award shows to recalibrate.

      The eligibility window for best picture consideration at the coming Academy Awards was extended to Feb. 28 instead of Dec. 31. to make up for the closing of theaters between March and June. The academy did not say whether the April 25 show on ABC would involve the usual red carpet and live audience.

      “Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our awards date, is ...

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    8. Other Diseases Spreading Among COVID-19 Slowing Efforts

      Other Diseases Spreading Among COVID-19 Slowing Efforts

      As poor countries around the world struggle to beat back the coronavirus, they are unintentionally contributing to fresh explosions of illness and death from other diseases — ones that are readily prevented by vaccines.

      This spring, after the World Health Organization and UNICEF warned that the pandemic could spread swiftly when children gathered for shots, many countries suspended their inoculation programs. Even in countries that tried to keep them going, cargo flights with vaccine supplies were halted by the pandemic and health workers diverted to fight it.

      Now, diphtheria is appearing in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

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    9. Coronavirus Patient Receives Successful Double Lung Transplant

      Coronavirus Patient Receives Successful Double Lung Transplant

      A young woman whose lungs were destroyed by the coronavirus received a double lung transplant last week at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, the hospital reported on Thursday, the first known lung transplant in the United States for Covid-19.

      The 10-hour surgery was more difficult and took several hours longer than most lung transplants because inflammation from the disease had left the woman’s lungs “completely plastered to tissue around them, the heart, the chest wall and diaphragm,” said Dr. Ankit Bharat, the chief of thoracic surgery and surgical director of the lung transplant program at Northwestern Medicine, which includes Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in an interview.

      He said the patient, a woman in her 20s who had no serious underlying ...

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    10. Pandemic is Far from Over, Fauci Warns

      Pandemic is Far from Over, Fauci Warns

      In a wide-ranging talk to biotech executives, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci delivered a grim assessment of the devastation wrought around the world by the coronavirus.

      Covid-19 is the disease that Dr. Fauci always said would be his “worst nightmare” — a new, highly contagious respiratory infection that causes a significant amount of illness and death.

      “In a period of four months, it has devastated the whole world,” Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Tuesday during a conference held by BIO, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. “And it isn’t over yet.”

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    11. Comeback of Major Sports Leagues Poses Risk During Pandemic

      Comeback of Major Sports Leagues Poses Risk During Pandemic

      Once more, the pronouncements arrived in a torrent, though this time they were about rebirth rather than cancellation.

      The N.B.A. was planning to start up again in late July. The N.H.L. announced a playoff tournament would take place through the summer. Major League Baseball was continuing negotiations with its players for a shortened season. The N.F.L. was moving toward opening training facilities. Soccer leagues for both men and women in North America were working toward finalizing plans for summer tournaments. Top-tier soccer leagues in England, Italy and Spain announced they would resume play in June.

      After months filled with pessimism, hesitation, quiet planning and uncertainty about whether major sports would happen again in 2020 ...

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    12. Trump Threatens to Leave W.H.O. and Permanently End Funding

      Trump Threatens to Leave W.H.O. and Permanently End Funding

      The president said the organization had made missteps during the pandemic that “have been extremely costly for the world.” A claim he takes hydroxychloroquine was criticized by doctors.

      President Trump told the director-general of the World Health Organization he would permanently end all funding to the organization if it did not “commit to substantive improvements within the next 30 days,” according to a copy of a letter he posted to Twitter late Monday night. Mr. Trump also wrote that the United States would reconsider its membership in the W.H.O. because it was “so clearly not serving America’s interests.”

      “It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organization in responding to the pandemic have been extremely ...

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    13. Trump Administration Plans to Extend Virus Border Restrictions Indefinitely

      Trump Administration Plans to Extend Virus Border Restrictions Indefinitely

      Orders that have effectively sealed the United States to migrants seeking protection from persecution would remain in place until a health official declared the virus no longer a threat.

      The Trump administration is moving to extend its coronavirus border restrictions indefinitely, advancing the crackdown through broad public health authorities that have effectively sealed the United States to migrants seeking protection from persecution, according to officials and a draft of a public health order.

      On March 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention imposed a 30-day restriction on all nonessential travel into the United States from Mexico and Canada, closing legal points of entry to tourism and immediately returning immigrants who crossed the border illegally to Mexico or their home ...

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    14. At Senate Hearing, Government Experts Paint Bleak Picture of the Pandemic

      At Senate Hearing, Government Experts Paint Bleak Picture of the Pandemic

      Two of the federal government’s top health officials painted a grim picture of the months ahead on Tuesday, warning a Senate panel that the coronavirus pandemic was far from contained, just a day after President Trump declared that “we have met the moment and we have prevailed.”

      The officials — Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — predicted dire consequences if the nation reopened its economy too soon, noting that the United States still lacked critical testing capacity and the ability to trace the contacts of those infected.

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    15. King County in Washington Agrees to $2.25M Settlement in Teen’s Shooting

      King County in Washington Agrees to $2.25M Settlement in Teen’s Shooting

      King County in Washington State has agreed to a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a teenager who was fatally shot by officers in a sting operation in 2017. The settlement, which was made public on Monday, also includes a promise by the county Sheriff’s Office to pursue a new policy that would require deputies to use body and dashboard cameras.

      In January 2017, MiChance Dunlap-Gittens, 17, who lived in a suburb of Seattle, was helping a friend, 16, deliver alcohol to a 15-year-old girl in an unmarked van.

      The transaction, which was arranged on social media, had been set up as part of an undercover operation that turned fatal, court documents say.

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    16. Some Trump Officials Take Harder Actions on China During Pandemic

      Some Trump Officials Take Harder Actions on China During Pandemic

      Some top Trump administration officials are moving to take a more aggressive stand against China on economic, diplomatic and scientific issues at the heart of the relationship between the world’s two superpowers, further fraying ties that have reached their lowest point in decades.

      White House aides this week have prodded President Trump to issue an executive order that would block a government pension fund from investing in Chinese companies, officials said — a move that could upend capital flows across the Pacific. Mr. Trump announced on Friday that he was restricting the use of electrical equipment in the domestic grid system with links to “a foreign adversary” — an unspoken reference to China.

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    17. Executive to Pay $1.8M to Settle California Harassment Suit

      Executive to Pay $1.8M to Settle California Harassment Suit

      A former Northern California business executive and his companies will pay $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit by the state accusing him of sexually harassing a female employee, according to a newspaper report.

      California officials announced the settlement last week with Lee William “Bill” McNutt and the firms Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate and International Direct Mail Consultants, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. 

      The state Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleged in its lawsuit that McNutt took the woman, the companies’ vice president for operations and communications, on a number of trips in 2017 where he touched her under her clothes without her consent. 

      The woman’s lawyer sent McNutt a complaint alleging violations of California laws and ...

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    18. J. Crew Files for Bankruptcy in Virus’s First Big Retail Casualty

      J. Crew Files for Bankruptcy in Virus’s First Big Retail Casualty

      J. Crew, the mass-market clothing company whose preppy-with-a-twist products were worn by Michelle Obama and appeared at New York Fashion Week, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. It is the first major retailer to fall during the coronavirus pandemic, though other big industry names including Neiman Marcus and J.C. Penney are also struggling with the toll of mass shutdowns.

      J. Crew announced that its parent company, Chinos Holdings, had filed for Chapter 11 protection in federal bankruptcy court for the Eastern District of Virginia. As part of its financial reorganization plan, it will hand over control to top creditors, including the hedge fund Anchorage Capital, by converting $1.65 billion of its debt into equity. The company also plans ...

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    19. Trump Says Harvard Must Pay Back Relief Money He Signed Into Law

      Trump Says Harvard Must Pay Back Relief Money He Signed Into Law

      President Trump joined mounting criticism of Harvard on Tuesday, saying the richest university in the country would pay back $8.6 million in relief money from a coronavirus stimulus package that the president himself signed last month.

      “Harvard’s going to pay back the money,” Mr. Trump said at his evening news briefing, adding, “They have one of the largest endowments anywhere in the country, maybe in the world, I guess, and they’re going to pay back that money.”

      But the president appeared to conflate the source of the funds allocated to Harvard with a set of federal loans meant for small businesses, and the university said it would keep the money and distribute it entirely to students in ...

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    20. New Immigration Limits Cause Anxiety in Families and Businesses

      New Immigration Limits Cause Anxiety in Families and Businesses

      President Trump’s move to suspend some green cards could make it harder for many immigrants to reunite with loved ones or work in the United States.

      Families that have waited years to be reunited, businesses that rely on foreign workers, universities that recruit international students with the promise of high-paying American jobs — all of their plans faced new uncertainty on Tuesday as the Trump administration announced new temporary restrictions on permanent residency in the United States.

      President Trump signaled that a 60-day ban on most green cards, which could be imposed as early as Wednesday, was intended to protect work opportunities for the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic. But, if it is ...

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    21. Italy Likely to Begin Easing its Lockdown In Early May

      Italy Likely to Begin Easing its Lockdown In Early May

      Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy said on Tuesday that the country was likely to begin easing lockdown measures from May 4, but added that the measures would be cautious and calculated.

      Italy has been one of the countries hit hardest by the virus, and was the first in Europe to experience an influx in cases that overwhelmed its health care system. Its lockdown has been among the most restrictive in the world.

      The announcement comes a day after the Italian authorities reported the country’s first decline in current positive cases. The number of recoveries reported on Monday outpaced the number of new cases; the overall total fell by 20, to 108,237 from Sunday’s 108,257.

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    22. Trump Says He Will Halt Immigration; States Start to Reopen Businesses

      Trump Says He Will Halt Immigration; States Start to Reopen Businesses

      President Trump said on Monday that he intended to close the United States to people trying to immigrate into the country to live and work, a drastic move that he said would protect American workers from foreign competition once the nation’s economy began to recover from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

      “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter, “I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!”

      In recent weeks, the Trump administration has said health concerns justified moving swiftly to bar asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants from entering the ...

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    23. Trump Says States Can Start Reopening While Acknowledging the Decision Is Theirs

      Trump Says States Can Start Reopening While Acknowledging the Decision Is Theirs

      The guidelines released by the president effectively mean that any restoration of American society will take place on a patchwork basis.

      President Trump told the nation’s governors on Thursday that they could begin reopening businesses, restaurants and other elements of daily life by May 1 or earlier if they wanted to, but abandoned his threat to use what he had claimed was his absolute authority to impose his will on them.

      On a day when the nation’s death toll from the coronavirus increased by more than 2,000 for a total over 30,000, the president released a set of nonbinding guidelines that envisioned a slow return to work and school over weeks or months. Based on each ...

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    24. Trump Announces His ‘Opening the Country’ Council

      Trump Announces His ‘Opening the Country’ Council

      He read off dozens of prominent names from Wall Street, Silicon Valley and the sports world. At least one person on the list was surprised to be on it.

      President Trump stood in the Rose Garden on Tuesday evening and recited a list of dozens of prominent business and labor leaders who he said would be advising him in deciding when and how to reopen the country’s economy, even as governors made it clear they will make those decisions themselves.

      The president’s announcement came after days of confusion about the makeup of what Mr. Trump has described as his “Opening the Country” council. Some business leaders were reluctant to have to defend Mr. Trump’s actions and risk ...

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