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Fauci says he has serious doubts Russia's COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective
Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty Images By CATERINA ANDREANO, ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC News' Deborah Roberts that he seriously doubts the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V and touted by President Vladimir Putin, has been proven safe and effective.Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, shared the comments exclusively with National Geographic in a virtual panel discussion hosted and moderated by Roberts. The discussion is scheduled to air Thursday at 1 p.m. ET."I hope that the Russians have actually, definitively proven that the vaccine is safe and effective," Fauci said. "I seriously doubt that...
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Coronavirus updates: Florida reaches new record daily death toll
Ovidiu Dugulan/iStock By MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 737,000 people worldwide.Over 20 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China...
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Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate
ABC News BY: ALISA WIERSEMA(WILMINGTON, Delaware) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden named his former campaign trail rival, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his running mate.Biden announced the decision in an email to supporters."I know a thing or two about being Vice President. More than anything, I know it can’t be a political decision. It has to be a governing decision. If the people of this nation entrust me and Kamala with the office of President and Vice President for the next four years, we’re going to inherit a nation in crisis, a nation divided, and a world in disarray....
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Russia’s vaccine rollout: 4 takeaways from the controversial development
iStock/ipopba BY: LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN(MOSCOW) -- In the global race for a coronavirus vaccine, Russia declared it just claimed the gold medal. But some Western scientists worry it's far too early to know if they’re seeing only fool’s gold.President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Russia had registered the world’s first vaccine, with plans in place for mass injections by October, despite reportedly scant testing.The announcement was swiftly and roundly dismissed in the West, where experts decried the rollout as reckless and accused Moscow of prioritizing political expediency over responsible science.In his effort to return Russia to the glory days of Soviet...
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California judge orders Uber and Lyft to classify drivers as employees
iStock/Andrei Stanescu BY: CATHERINE THORBECKE(LOS ANGELES) -- A California judge on Monday said Uber and Lyft cannot classify their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, delivering a major blow to the rideshare giants that have fought to block their drivers from receiving employee protections such as sick leave and overtime pay.The preliminary injunction compelling the new classification is on hold for 10 days until the companies have a chance to appeal. Uber and Lyft have already vowed to fight the ruling, arguing that drivers want the flexibility that comes with contractor status.Uber and Lyft have argued that their businesses...
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Disney+ 'Rogue One' prequel series reportedly casts '6 Underground' star
Ajona in "6 Underground" - Christian Black/Netflix (LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Adria Arjona, recently seen in Netflix's hit Ryan Reynolds action film 6 Underground, will soon be going to that galaxy far, far away, according to a report from Deadline. The publication says Arjona has been cast opposite returning player Gabriel Luna in the Disney+ prequel series Star Wars: Rogue One. The series centers on Luna's Rebel spy character Cassian Andor, introduced in the 2016 film. Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote Rogue One, is returning to write the pilot for the show, and direct some episodes as well. Alan Tudyk, who...
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Big Ten college sports league postpones fall season
iStock/DavidPrahl BY: KARMA ALLEN(NEW YORK) -- The Big Ten college sports conference announced Tuesday it is postponing its 2020 fall season, which includes football, soccer, cross country and other sports."The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward," Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. "As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty...
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