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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The United States confirmed 57,097 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with 7.8 percent of the 735,197 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 457 deaths were attributed to the virus on Monday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 140,957.
A new vaccine developed by the University of Oxford was found to trigger an immune response in more than 1,000 human patients participating in a trial, and all side effects—fever, headaches, muscle aches, and injection site reactions—were only mild or moderate. The vaccine has already entered Phase 3 trials.
The GOP’s next coronavirus relief package is starting to take shape after meetings between President Trump and Republican congressional leaders Monday. It will likely come in at around $1 trillion, include a payroll tax cut, and tie school funding to reopening efforts.