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WHO Report: Cases In Younger People Are Soaring

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Unlike when the pandemic started, more cases are being seen in young adults, teens, young children and babies. Research news on asymptomatic people, the immune system and DIY tests, as well.

Johns Hopkins Reverses — Classes Online Now

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Johns Hopkins University says fall classes will be online but other universities are proceeding with plans for students to migrate during a pandemic to attend classes on campus.

July Jobs Rise Higher Than Expected Though Unemployed Suffer

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July’s job report beat estimates, growing to 1.8 million. But economists worry hiring is stalling while millions still without work suffer hardship with relief aid expiring and some jobs disappearing forever.

Stimulus Talks Edge Toward Breakdown With Sides Still Far Apart

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With Democratic lawmakers and White House negotiators both pointing fingers at each other, hours of tense negotiations on overdue coronavirus relief measures end Thursday with little progress and an uncertain path forward.

Federal Government Must Buy Some Drugs From US Makers, Trump Orders

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President Donald Trump signed a “Buy American” executive order aimed at boosting domestic production of prescription drugs and medical supplies that are vital in an emergency like the current pandemic. Also, the president’s announced action on drug pricing has yet to be released.

Health News From Around The Globe: Americans Sneak Around Travel Bans

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Global pandemic developments are reported out of Europe, Australia, Japan, Brazil, China, North Korea and other countries. Also: The health legacy of the atomic bomb blasts in World War II and Cold War testing is noted as the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing is marked.

Study: No Significant Benefits From Vitamin D On Depression

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The results were clear, researchers said. The “Sunshine Vitamin” doesn’t improve mood either. Public health news is on STD diagnostics, tear gas dangers, climate news, food insecurity and mental health, as well.

Stop Partying Or We’ll Shut Off Your Utilities, LA Mayor Warns

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened to shut off power and water to residents who hold big parties. In other states, large gatherings continue to spread the coronavirus to large numbers of people. But in Fargo, N.D., an outdoor festival goes on.

Moderna Floats COVID Vaccine Pricing

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The vaccine maker’s CEO said it will use a tiered pricing system and charge less for high-volume buyers. In other vaccine news, Johnson & Johnson secures a $1 billion deal with the federal government.

Another Congressman Contracts COVID

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Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Illinois) announced he tested positive. Davis had made more of an effort than many other Republican Congress members to wear a mask, reports Politico.