The Morning Dispatch: Is TikTok Running Out of Time?

Happy Wednesday! Your Morning Dispatchers have never related to anything more than Kanye West making a big pronouncement (that he was running for president), finding out actual work was involved (gathering enough signatures to qualify for state ballots), and immediately giving up (announcing, via a spokesman, that “he’s out” of the race).

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Tuesday night, 3,431,574 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 68,518 from yesterday) and 136,466 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 861 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 4 percent (the true mortality rate is likely much lower, between 0.4 percent and 1.4 percent, but it’s impossible to determine precisely due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 41,764,557 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (761,681 conducted since yesterday), 8.2 percent have come back positive.

  • A study run by the National Institutes of Health found that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine “induced anti–SARS-CoV-2 immune responses in all participants, and no trial-limiting safety concerns were identified.” Moderna plans to begin a Phase 3 trial with 30,000 patients on July 27.

  • Following a lawsuit brought by Harvard and MIT, the Trump administration reversed itself on a recently announced rule that would have required international students on visas to leave the country if their schools offered only online courses in the fall.

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