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1. The Trump administration’s coronavirus testing czar supplied a sober evaluation of speedy testing within the U.S.
Adm. Brett Giroir, above, informed Congress that getting all coronavirus test results back between 48 and 72 hours, which many well being officers say is crucial, “is not a possible benchmark we can achieve today given the demand and the supply.”
Dr. Giroir stated the nation is now averaging about 820,000 assessments every day, up from 550,000 earlier this month, and that the majority outcomes have been coming again shortly. But that doesn’t replicate what many public well being specialists are seeing on the ground. One consequence of delayed testing: contact tracing is failing in many states.
At the identical listening to, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s prime infectious illness professional, stated the U.S. would probably have a protected and efficient coronavirus vaccine by the top of 2020 or early in 2021.
With the addition of Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline to Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration has invested greater than $Eight billion in coronavirus vaccine initiatives. We’re tracking them all here.
2. How dangerous will in-person training be this fall?
Researchers on the University of Texas at Austin have new estimates that present a tough gauge of the chance that college students and academics may encounter in each county in the U.S.
More than 80 % of Americans dwell in a county the place, if faculty began right now, at the least one contaminated particular person might be anticipated to point out up to a college of 500 college students and workers members within the first week of lessons. (One large caveat: The researchers’ evaluation treats adults and youngsters as equally more likely to be contaminated.)
And do you have to journey this 12 months? A new interactive tool from our Travel desk helps you consider your danger and make the perfect choice.
3. Microsoft is in talks to purchase TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app, in keeping with a supply with information of the discussions, because the Trump Administration threatens to power its father or mother firm, ByteDance, to divest its U.S. operations.
U.S. officers have questioned whether or not TikTok is vulnerable to affect from the Chinese authorities and poses a nationwide safety menace. India banned TikTok and a number of other different Chinese apps earlier this summer season.
4. Joe Biden is getting nearer to picking a operating mate. He’s more likely to announce his choice in the course of the second week of August.
As lobbying for the place intensifies, two ladies who had gotten scant early consideration are now in the top tier: Representative Karen Bass of California, above left, and Susan Rice, the previous nationwide safety adviser underneath former President Barack Obama, proper.
One doable benefit for Ms. Bass: She has assured Democratic officers that she has no real interest in searching for the presidency herself, in keeping with lawmakers.
5. A day after the U.S. introduced its staggering financial downturn, Europe seems to have fared no higher.
From April to June, financial exercise fell by 12.1 percent from the previous quarter among the many nations that use the euro forex — the worst contraction since document retaining started in 1995.
But in contrast to within the U.S., there are indicators that a tentative recovery is gaining some traction after European governments unleashed monumental stimulus spending — and commenced to get a deal with on the unfold of the coronavirus.
In one other signal of hope, Italy has gone from being a global pariah to a model of viral containment that holds classes for its neighbors (and the U.S.). Above, Naples final month.
6. Hong Kong delayed its September election by a 12 months, citing the pandemic. Pro-democracy politicians known as it an effort to sideline them.
Opposition politicians had hoped to journey to victory within the fall, propelled by a wave of deep-seated dissatisfaction with the federal government and issues a few sweeping new nationwide safety legislation imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong.
In the final week alone, the authorities have ousted a pro-democracy chief, arrested 4 activists and barred a dozen candidates. The breadth of the actions replicate Beijing’s intentions to not solely intimidate, but to crush Hong Kong’s opposition.
And in Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe’s successor is clamping down by arresting opposition activists — together with an writer simply nominated for the Booker Prize.
7. We’re monitoring the doable departure of federal brokers from Portland, Ore., pictured above on Wednesday.
Gov. Kate Brown stated the groups would begin to withdraw on Thursday, yesterday, however federal officers cautioned that they might withdraw solely once they have been assured that the federal courthouse might be secured.
Tear gasoline, burning fires and federal brokers in riot gear have spurred debate over the authority of the federal authorities to reply to demonstrations. We broke down how many recent nights of protest and confrontation have unfolded.
8. When Beyoncé took a talking position within the 2019 remake of “The Lion King,” she determined to delve past Disney’s Hollywood model of Africa.
The result’s “Black Is King,” a visible album on Disney+ meant to accompany her full-length album, “The Lion King: The Gift.”
We asked six Times critics to talk about the imagery, like that of the infant Moses, above, and implications of the brand new movie.
“Beauty is a reason this film exists,” writes Wesley Morris, our critic-at-large. The trend — an awesome feast — is “dazzling, but also carefully calculated,” says Vanessa Friedman, our trend critic. And Gia Kourlas, our dance critic, calls it a “celebration of the Black Body” with “music worthy of a thousand dances.”
9. New month, new books.
Tomorrow is the primary day of August, and with it comes a slew of latest titles: novels from Akwaeke Emezi and Daisy Johnson; a well timed re-examination of William Faulkner by Michael Gora; and an astrophysicist’s (surprisingly soothing) information to the top of the universe as we all know it. Here are 13 books to watch for.
Our reviewer Dwight Garner is very enthusiastic about Isabel Wilkerson’s new guide, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” about how brutal misperceptions about race have disfigured the American experiment. He calls it “an instant American classic” and “one of the most powerful nonfiction books” he’s ever encountered.
10. And lastly, lizard Popsicles, anybody?
Many members of the reptilian genus Liolaemus can supercool their our bodies, tolerate full-body freezing and dwell farther south and at larger elevations than some other recognized lizard species. Scientists are nonetheless figuring how they survive such chilly climates, however one factor is evident: The lizards are indisputably the coolest on the planet.
Scientists discovered some species of the lizard can face up to temperatures as little as 21.2 levels Fahrenheit. Most Liolaemus are present in Argentina and Chile, though one researcher has even heard tales of them strolling on a glacier in Patagonia.
Hope this blueberry Popsicle recipe helps maintain you cool tonight.
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