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The number of coronavirus cases reported in the United States is rapidly approaching 6 million, while the U.S. death toll is nearing 180,000. Over the past week, infections have trended upward in parts of the Midwest, including Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Here are some significant developments:
- FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told the Financial Times that the agency would be open to granting emergency approval for a vaccine before final large-scale trials are complete.
- Iowa, which had averaged about 500 cases a day until last spring, has now reported daily totals of more than 1,000 cases for several days straight. Outbreaks at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University are probably major contributing factors, epidemiologists say.
- Infighting among some of the nation’s top scientists around the use of convalescent plasma preceded a stunning debacle for the FDA.
- Infections in the Mexican beach resorts of Cabo San Lucas and neighboring San José del Cabo are on the rise as the fragile tourism sector struggles to recover.
- Despite having the world’s oldest population, Japan has successfully dodged a crisis at nursing homes.