The Evening: Vaccine Prospects, GOP Bill, Workingman’s Dead and More
July 20, 2020
The prospects of successfully developing a coronavirus vaccine as soon as this year were buoyed today when three of the world’s leading candidates reported positive early trial data. Vaccines being developed by University of Oxford researchers and AstraZeneca PLC, Pfizer Inc. and German partner BioNTech and China’s CanSino Biologics all reported fresh updates showing their shots generated immune responses and were safe to use, as the WSJ reports.
GOP Coronavirus Bill
A new coronavirus relief bill being crafted by Senate Republicans and the White House would tie school funding to classrooms reopening and is likely to include a version of the payroll tax cut sought by President Trump, as the Washington Post reports.
India recorded at least 40,000 cases on Monday, its highest single-day total, and researchers at MIT now estimate that India will be the worst-hit country in the world by the end of next year. India, with 1.1 million confirmed cases, now falls behind only the United States, with 3.7 million, and Brazil, with two million, as the NYT reports.
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In That Number
More than six million people signed up for food stamps in the first three months of the pandemic.
“I was doing them and we had a lot of people watching, record numbers watching in the history of cable television. There’s never been anything like it.”
— President Donald Trump on resuming daily White House coronavirus briefings
Nigeria’s security forces have confronted armed non-state actors in northeast Nigeria for over a decade. New satellite imagery shows the humanitarian hub of Monguno, which insurgents attacked in June, resulting in the deaths of several civilians.
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(Photo credit: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images.) A young boy lays a candle at a memorial for Representative John Lewis in Atlanta.
“The United States Has Gotten Tough on China. When Will It Get Strategic?” by CSIS’s Jude Blanchette.
This Town Tomorrow
At 4:00 p.m., Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) will discuss U.S.-China relations and great power competition with guest host Nina Easton in the latest episode of CSIS's Schieffer Series.
And, at 11:00 a.m., the Carnegie Endowment will host a panel discussion exploring the future of Israel-Palestine negotiations and the U.S. role in the region.
Later, at 1:30 p.m., the Atlantic Council will host Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett to launch the department's Arctic strategy.
The CSIS Africa Program convened a panel of foreign policy professionals to discuss how racial justice movements within the United States can be reflected in broader diplomatic relations. Watch the discussion here.
In the latest episode of "The Reopening," Scott Miller and I talk with former EPA administrator Bill Reilly on the post-Covid-19 renewal of American cities.
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I’ve been smiling for several weeks now because the Grateful Dead released their 50th Anniversary package album of “Workingman’s Dead,” the band’s quintessential 1970 record. The anniversary version is special because it contains a previously unreleased live show from the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY from ’71. The Cap Theatre is an incredibly intimate venue. And this recording sounds like you are right there with them. “Bird Song” wasn’t one of the tracks on “Workingman’s Dead,” but it’s a standout from this Port Chester show.