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The worldwide Coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic.
Part 6.
2020-JUL-26 until AUG-10:

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This is a continuation of the previous article:

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2020-JUL-26: The first Phase 3 trial of a Coronavirus vaccine is scheduled to begin on JUL-27:

A vaccine developed by the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is scheduled be tested on 30,000 volunteers on JUL-27. An earlier study found that the vaccine successfully triggered an immune response in all the volunteers who received it.

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2020-JUL-27: Largest U.S. COVID-19 vaccine study begins:

Moderna and the National Institutes of Health started a 30,000 person trial of a new vaccine. Half of the volunteers will receive a placebo. The hoped-for goal of the study is to reduce the risk of infection by over 60%.

A candidate vaccine developed by the University of Oxford will be the next trial.

As of NOV-29, the U.S. reported 4.3 million total cases, and 148,056 deaths. 1

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2020-JUL-29/30: Pandemic outbreak numbers, worldwide, U.S. and Canada:

Globally: 16,797,288 cases; 661,724 died.

U.S.: 4,405,932 cases; 150,283 died.

India: 1,639,350 cases; 35,786 died.

UK: 301,301 cases; 45,999 died.

Canada: 115,246 cases; 8,913 died.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization's, said that Canada, China, Germany, and the Republic of Korea were countries that have "done well" in bringing large outbreaks under control. 2,3

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2020-AUG-06: Study to determine the best way too control COVID-19:

Michael Barber, a former advisor to the Prime Minister of UK did a study of how different countries have responded to the pandemic. He concluded that the best approach would involve the:

  • testing policy of New Zealand,

  • contract tracing of South Korea,

  • the communications strategy of Uganda, and

  • the schools policy of Denmark

Robert Hutton of Bloomberg.com wrote:

"Among the examples they pick out are New Zealand’s extensive testing, which has seen more than 7,000 tests for each confirmed case, and South Korea’s contact-tracing, which uses data from security cameras and credit card transactions to follow people’s movements. Uganda’s use of radio call-in shows to engage the public in a country with poor Internet access is praised, along with Denmark’s successful reopening of schools. 4

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2020-AUG: Ed Young of The Atlantic discusses "How the Pandemic Defeated America: A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees." 5

In his article in the September issue of The Atlantic's September edition, he writes:

"How did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation. America has failed to protect its people, leaving them with illness and financial ruin. It has lost its status as a global leader. It has careened between inaction and ineptitude. The breadth and magnitude of its errors are difficult, in the moment, to truly fathom. ..."

"... the United States, which has just 4 percent of the world’s population but a quarter of its confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. These numbers are estimates. The actual toll, though undoubtedly higher, is unknown, because the richest country in the world still lacks sufficient testing to accurately count its sick citizens."5

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2020-AUG-05: Mayor of Los Angeles threatens to shut off power and water to churches that meet:

The mayor, Eric Garcetti, has authorized the department of water and power to shut off utilities at homes, businesses and other "large gatherings" where health orders related to COVID-19 are violated. Presumably, this involves churches.

At a news conference, he said:

"Tonight I'm authorizing the city to shut off Los Angeles Department of Water and Power service in the egregious cases in which houses, businesses and other venues are hosting unpermitted large gatherings.

Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, said that Christians:

"Now have  a choice -- serve the Lord or have their basic utilities cut off. Did you ever dream that Americans would have their water and power cut off if they dared worship God? It’s happening right now in California. As it stands right now in California, Gov. Newsom has banned all worship for 80 percent of the population, including home Bible studies and fellowship. ... I have never seen such outrageous attacks on religious liberty. Liberty Counsel is working to bring these cases to the Supreme Court of the United States so that we can set the precedent once and for all – that no governor will be able to ignore the fact that religious freedom is free in the United States of America." 6

Of course, if people "serve the Lord," through mass gatherings in churches, an unpredictable number of people will be infected by COVID-19, and a few percentage of them will die.

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2020-AUG-10: Pandemic cases in the U.S. exceed 5 million:

The total cases in the U.S. exceeded 5 million, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. That is one out of every 66 residents.

The number of those who have died has approached 163,000. However, the trends in some parts of the country are down.

Some infectious disease officials hope that an effective disease will be available by the end of 2020. President Trump predicts that there should be a vaccine by the time of the NOV-03 elections. 7

A study found that racial minorities were overrepresented among those U.S. children who were hospitalized with the virus. 30% of those children who were hospitalized with the virus were Black, while only 13% of the general population is black. Also 46% were Hispanic, while only 18% of the general population is Hispanic. 8

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2020-AUG-10: Vaccines:

The U.S. has entered a contract with a potential vaccine developer to purchase over 500 million doses, which is more than the current population of 328 million. The UK has reserved 200 million doses which is more than their population of 67 million. India, China, and other emerging economies are making their own vaccines. African countries may not have access for their population to vaccines until long after they become available. In the past, African countries have relied on the World Health Organization (WHO) for vaccines. However, the WHO is underfunded at this time. 9

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This topic continues in Part 7

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The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyper links are not necessarily still active today:

  1. From the 1440 Daily Digest for 2020-JUL-28.
  2. "The COVID-19 Brief, CTV News, 2020-JUL-29, via email.
  3. "Coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics," Bing, 2020-JUL-30, at: https://www.bing.com/
  4. "The Least You Can Do," "This is True" email, 2020-JUL-26.
  5. Robert Hutton, "A Picture Emerges of the Ideal Covid-19 Response," Bloomberg, 2020-AUG-06, at: https://www.bloomberg.com/
  6. Diane Craft, "U.S. sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million," Reuters News, 2020-AUG-08, at: https://www.reuters.com/
  7. Chelsea Janes, "Hispanic, Black children at higher risk of coronavirus-related hospitalization, CDC finds," Washington Post, 2020-AUG-07, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  8. Ed Young, "How the Pandemic Defeated America," The Atlantic, 2020-SEP issue at, https://www.theatlantic.com/
  9. Michael Foust, "LA Mayor Threatens to Shut Off Electricity and Water to Churches that Meet," Christian Headlines, 2020-AUG-07, at: https://www.christianheadlines.com/

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