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Virus update: Dr. Fauci says 'it will be when not if' for a vaccine

Virus update: Dr. Fauci says 'it will be when not if' for a vaccine

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The government’s top infectious disease expert told a House committee on Tuesday he believes “it will be when and not if” there will be a COVID-19 vaccine and that he remains “cautiously optimistic” that some will be ready at the end of the year.

Dr. Anthony Fauci returned to Capitol Hill at a fraught moment in the nation’s pandemic response, with coronavirus cases rising in about half the states and political polarization competing for attention with public health recommendations. Read the full story here:

Meanwhile, top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday after taking part in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia — the fourth player who participated to test positive.

Djokovic has been criticized for organizing the tournament and bringing in players from other countries amid the virus pandemic, which is seeing a surge of infections as lockdowns are eased. Read the full story here:

Here's an update on developments. Scroll or swipe further for in-depth coverage.

  • Rapid increases in cases across the U.S. South and West are raising fears that progress against the virus is slipping away, as states reopen and many Americans resist wearing masks for political reasons and refuse to limit contacts to social-distancing bubbles. The United States has the most infections and deaths by far in the world, with 2.3 million cases and over 120,000 confirmed virus-related deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
  • A study suggests that as many as 8.7 million Americans came down with coronavirus in March, but more than 80% of them were never diagnosed. A team of researchers looked at the number of people who went to doctors or clinics with influenza-like illnesses that were never diagnosed as coronavirus, influenza or any of the other viruses that usually circulate in winter, and there was a giant spike in these cases in March.
  • Stocks opened higher on Wall Street Tuesday following gains in Europe, where markets rose following some encouraging economic data. The S&P 500 rose 0.8% in the early going. European markets were up even more.
  • Atlantic City's top casino won't be opening its doors to the public until July 6, four days after most of its competition. The Borgata will host an invitation-only trial period starting July 2 — the first day Atlantic City casinos can reopen.
  • English pubs will be able to serve warm beer again from July 4, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Tuesday, as part of the most significant relaxation of coronavirus restrictions since they were imposed three months ago.
  • A Saudi official said Tuesday that the hajj pilgrimage, which usually draws up to 2.5 million Muslims from all over the world, will only see at the most a few thousand pilgrims next month due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

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