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Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff
18 minutes ago
An ambulance is parked at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 12, 2020. Spikes of the coronavirus are hitting spots around the United States, forcing public health officials to scramble to ensure there are enough hospital beds to accommodate the sick. (AP Photo/John Locher)
22 minutes ago

Whitmer: Michigan at 'dangerous moment' as virus cases spike

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is warning that Michigan on average has more confirmed daily cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month
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In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The governor is warning that Michigan has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month. Since the court decision on Oct. 2, the seven-day case average is up to 1,818 — nearly double. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)
25 minutes ago

Court orders California to cut San Quentin inmates by half

A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world’s most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world's most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity, citing officials' "deliberate indifference" to the plight of inmates during the coronavirus pandemic. State prison officials said Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, that they are deciding whether to appeal the order, which otherwise will force them to parole or transfer about 1,100 inmates serving time in San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
29 minutes ago

Court orders California to cut San Quentin inmates by half

A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world’s most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity
29 minutes ago
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world's most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity, citing officials' "deliberate indifference" to the plight of inmates during the coronavirus pandemic. State prison officials said Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, that they are deciding whether to appeal the order, which otherwise will force them to parole or transfer about 1,100 inmates serving time in San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
35 minutes ago

The Latest: CDC official sees 'distressing' rise in cases

The CDC's deputy director for infectious diseases says the U.S. is seeing a “distressing trend” with coronavirus cases increasing in nearly three-quarters of the country
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A man holds up banner in support of hotel industry and the job reading," I search for work", in Pamplona, northern Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, while protesting with others against the new measures against the coronavirus in the Navarra province where all bar and restaurants will be closed for 15 days from midnight Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
1 hour ago

CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

U.S. health officials are redefining what it means to have close contact with someone with COVID-19
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Medical personnel prepare to administer a COVID-19 swab at a drive-through testing site in Lawrence, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. U.S. health officials are redefining what it means to have close contact with someone with COVID-19. On Wednesday, the CDC changed it to a total of 15 minutes or more, so briefer but repeated contacts that add up to 15 minutes now count. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
7 minutes ago

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it’s clear that the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks towards the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. New virus relief will have to wait until after the November election. The architect of the Senate measure, McConnell, isn’t claiming the vote will advance the ball. Once the measure fails, he plans to turn the chamber's full attention to cementing a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court by confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
1 hour ago

Honda, Arizona reach $5 million settlement over air bags

Honda has agreed to a $5 million settlement with Arizona over allegations it failed to disclose defects in air bags that led to two deaths in the state
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2 hours ago

US surgeon general to plead not guilty in Hawaii virus case

A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Wednesday that his client will plead not guilty to illegally entering a Hawaii public park that was closed because of the coronavirus
2 hours ago
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams speaks during a press conference on the second day of surge COVID-19 testing, at Kalakaua District Park in Honolulu. Adams who was cited for being in a closed Hawaii park in August while in the islands helping with surge testing amid a spike in coronavirus cases, appears for a virtual arraignment in a Hawaii court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP,File)
3 hours ago

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

The Justice Department says Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion
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FILE - This Tuesday, May 8, 2007, file photo shows the Purdue Pharma logo at its offices in Stamford, Conn. Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of over $8 billion, Justice Department officials told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)
3 hours ago

Nonprofit app aims to help unblock global air travel

Could a secure health app help get international air travel out of the pandemic dumps
3 hours ago
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 1, 2020 file photo, United Airlines planes are parked at gates at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. A nonprofit software developer is testing a smartphone app and data framework that could make it easier for international airline passengers to securely show they've complied with COVID-19 testing requirements. It's an attempt to help get people back to flying after the pandemic sent global air travel down by 92%. The Switzerland-based Commons Project Foundation was conducting a test Wednesday, Oct 21 of its CommonPass digital health pass on United Airlines Flight 15 from London's Heathrow to Newark Liberty International Airport, using volunteers carrying the app on their smartphones. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file)
3 hours ago

Poland faces restriction upgrade, but no lockdown, PM says

Poland’s prime minister has signaled that the whole country faces being placed on the highest restriction level short of a full lockdown, as health authorities registered a record in new confirmed COVID-19 infections
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An ambulance brings a COVID-19 patient to a specialized hospital in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Poland is seeing a sharp spike in new cases daily of coronavirus infections, filling up hospital beds. Poland's government is transforming the National Stadium in Warsaw into a field hospital to handle the surging number of people infected with the coronavirus, and expects it to be operational within days, officials said. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
3 hours ago

Pope reverts back to mask-less old ways at indoor audience

Pope Francis is back to his mask-less old ways a day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service
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Pope Francis meets with bishops in the Paul VI hall on the occasion of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
October 21

What to expect from the official COVID-19 vaccine committee

The group, mostly doctors and researchers, also includes a member of the public.
October 21
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.
October 21

Spain 1st in western Europe to hit 1 million virus cases

Spain has become the first country in western Europe to accumulate more than 1 million confirmed infections, as the nation of 47 million struggles to contain a resurgence of the coronavirus
October 21
People hold up banners in support of the hotel industry that read: "I search for work", in Pamplona, northern Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, while protesting with others against the new measures against the coronavirus in the Navarra province where all bar and restaurants will be closed for 15 days from midnight Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
October 21

Preparing for a pandemic winter

How to cope with potential mental health challenges brought on by the pandemic as winter months force more people to socialize indoors.
October 21
VIDEO: Preparing for a pandemic winter
October 21

Belgium limits care home visits as COVID-19 cases increase

Authorities in Belgium fear another deadly wave of coronavirus cases could soon hit care homes as the country confronts the risk of seeing its hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients
October 21
Health care workers wait to administer nose-swab tests at the mobile COVID-19 testing site in Antwerp, Belgium, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Bars and restaurants across Belgium have been shut down for a month and a night-time curfew entered into force Monday, as health authorities warned of a possible sanitary "tsunami" in the hard-hit corona country. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
October 21

Czechs impose more restrictions as virus cases surge

The Czech government has announced further restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic, including limits on free movement
October 21
A woman wearing a face mask walks in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Facing a record surge of coronavirus infections, the Czech Republic returns to a recipe that was believed to work well to contain the pandemic in the spring. Starting Wednesday, face masks will be again mandatory outdoors. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
October 21

Czechs impose more restrictions as virus cases surge

The Czech government has announced further restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic, including limits on free movement
October 21
A woman wearing a face mask walks in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Facing a record surge of coronavirus infections, the Czech Republic returns to a recipe that was believed to work well to contain the pandemic in the spring. Starting Wednesday, face masks will be again mandatory outdoors. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
October 21

Officials tell AP that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to federal charges, agree to $8 billion-plus deal

Officials tell AP that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to federal charges, agree to $8 billion-plus deal
October 21
October 21

Coronavirus spreads in Nagorno-Karabakh amid heavy fighting

As fighting rages in the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, people infected with the coronavirus pack into cold basements alongside the healthy to shelter from artillery fire
October 21
Coronavirus patients lie in an infectious diseases clinic in Stepanakert, in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces since a war there ended in 1994, faces an outbreak of the coronavirus amid the largest outbreak of hostilities in more than a quarter-century. (AP Photo)
October 21

Asia Today: Philippines allows foreign travel to resume

The Philippines has lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau didn't immediately see many departures
October 21
A man holds a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus look as they wait to cross a street in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
October 21

Another chunk of England faces tight virus restrictions

The South Yorkshire region of northern England is being placed under the country’s tightest restrictions to curb the coronavirus
October 21
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham speaks to the media outside Bridgewater Hall, following last-ditch talks with the Prime Minister aimed at securing additional financial support for his consent on new coronavirus restrictions, in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. The British government appeared poised Tuesday to impose strict coronavirus restrictions on England's second-largest city after talks with officials in Greater Manchester failed to reach an agreement on financial support for people whose livelihoods will be hit by the new measures (AP Photo/Jon Super)
October 21

Spain's parliament debates no-confidence vote to oust govt

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is facing a no-confidence debate in parliament brought by the nation’s far-right Vox party
October 21
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left and 2nd deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias talk during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faces a no confidence vote in Parliament put forth by the far right opposition party VOX. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, Pool)
October 21

Lives Lost: Hawaii football coach who prepped kids for life

Honolulu football coach Willie Talamoa bought his players cleats, drove them to practice and often stayed late to talk with those having trouble in school
October 21
October 21

Donors pledge $1.7 billion for Burkina Faso, Mail and Niger

The United Nations says more than 20 donors have pledged nearly $1 billion for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region for this year and over $700 million for 2021 and beyond
October 21
File-This June 4, 2020, file photo shows Women and children walk in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso. The U.N. humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, is hoping a major ministerial meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, will not only raise a billion dollars for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region -- Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger -- but spur leaders to address the underlying drivers including increasing conflict and insecurity, weak governance, and a lack of development (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)
October 20

Fishing crews arriving in New Zealand have virus

Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free
October 20
A woman wearing a face mask walks in Manchester, England, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Britain’s government says discussions about implementing stricter restrictions in Greater Manchester must be completed Monday because the public health threat caused by rising COVID-19 infections is serious and getting worse. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
October 20

CDC: Nearly 300,000 ‘excess deaths’ in U.S. this year

Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses the CDC's reports that there will be nearly 300,000 "excess deaths" in the U.S. this year.
October 20
VIDEO: CDC: Nearly 300,000 ‘excess deaths’ in U.S. this year
October 20

El Paso hospitals, funeral homes pushed to the brink by COVID-19 surge

ABC News’ Matt Gutman reports from El Paso, Texas, where there’s been a 500% increase in coronavirus cases in the past two weeks.
October 20
VIDEO: El Paso hospitals, funeral homes pushed to the brink by Covid surge
October 20

In this small Alaskan town, 5 COVID cases meant an immediate lockdown

"It's a pandemic. It's going to seep into every nook and cranny."
October 20
People walk down Main Street in Skagway, Alaska, June 22, 2009.
October 20

Environmental groups sue over Portland tear gas use

Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices have enveloped protesters and bystanders in airborne chemicals that settle on the ground, later to be washed into storm drains
October 20
FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices enveloped protesters and bystanders in aerosolized compounds that then settled on the ground and wound up washed into storm drains. Test samples from those storm drains have turned up heavy metals and chemicals at much higher levels than samples collected from control sites elsewhere. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
October 20

Man charged with threatening Wichita mayor over mask mandate

A 59-year-old man who prosecutors say threatened Wichita's mayor because he was upset about a mask mandate has been charged
October 20
This booking photo released by the Sedgwick County, Kan., Sheriff's Office shows Meredith Dowty, who was charged Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, with three counts of criminal threat. Dowty, 59, of Wichita, is accused of sending text messages to a city employee threatening to kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple because of his role in the passage of a mask mandate to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office via AP)
October 20

Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

Virus cases are surging across Europe and many U.S. states but responses by leaders are miles apart
October 20
FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2020, file photo, people gather during a "Trash Your Mask Protest" rally hosted by the Utah Business Revival at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Virus cases are surging across Europe and many U.S. states, but responses by leaders are miles apart, with officials in Ireland, France and elsewhere imposing curfews and restricting gatherings even as some U.S. governors resist mask mandates or more aggressive measures. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 20

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

A new study shows that older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers amid the coronavirus pandemic
October 20
FILE - In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a study released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from the New School. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
October 20

DC debuts smartphone-based COVID-19 exposure alert system

The nation’s capital has become one of the first jurisdictions in the country to employ a new COVID-19 notification system
October 20
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a press briefing Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 20

COVID-19 cases on the rise

Dr. John Brownstein breaks down the federal government’s response as cases surge.
October 20
VIDEO: COVID-19 cases on the rise
October 20

Front-line worker urges people to take the virus seriously

A nurse from the University of Utah Health talks about the emotional and physical toll COVID-19 is taking on front-line workers.
October 20
VIDEO: Front-line worker urges people to take the virus seriously
October 20

Doctor asks court to dismiss murder indictment in 25 deaths

An Ohio hospital doctor who pleaded not guilty alleges misconduct by prosecutor.
October 20
FILE - This June 5, 2019 file photo, provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, shows former critical care doctor William Husel. Lawyers for the fired hospital doctor, who has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in 25 patient deaths, have accused the prosecutor of misconduct and asked that the court dismiss the indictment handed down by a grand jury. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP)
October 20

McConnell says any Pelosi-Mnuchin deal would get Senate vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he’ll schedule a vote if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration are able to seal an agreement on a huge COVID-19 relief bill
October 20
FILE - In this May 22, 2020, file photo the Dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible through heavy fog in Washington. New virus relief will have to wait until after the November election. Congress is past the point at which it can deliver more coronavirus aid soon, with differences between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump proving insurmountable. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
October 20

In the face of rising infections, Texas funeral home directors prepare for the worst

More than 550 residents have died from COVID-19 since El Paso's outbreak began.
October 20
Nurses conduct coronavirus testing at a mega drive-thru site at SISD Student Activities Complex on July 21, 2020, in El Paso, Texas.
October 20

CDC: 'Strong recommendation' but no rule for masks on planes

The CDC is strongly recommending that passengers on planes, trains and buses wear masks, but it's still stopping short of requiring face coverings to prevent spreading COVID-19
October 20
FILE- In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, passenger Cari Driggs, right, from Provo, Utah, waits to board a United Airlines flight to Hawaii for vacation at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. The CDC is strongly recommending that passengers on planes, trains and buses wear masks, but it's still stopping short of requiring face coverings to prevent spreading COVID-19. All leading U.S. airlines require passengers other than small children to wear masks during flights, but enforcement can be spotty. The Federal Aviation Administration has declined to require masks. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
October 20

European nations mixed in their response to virus spikes

Countries across Europe are battling coronavirus infection spikes with new lockdowns, curfews, face mask orders and virus tracking smart phone apps
October 20
A restaurant closed due to a sharp resurgence of the coronavirus in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Regional authorities across Spain continue to tighten restrictions against a sharp resurgence of coronavirus infections that is bringing the country’s cumulative caseload close to one million infections, the highest tally in western Europe. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
October 20

Judge considers challenge to CDC order halting evictions

A federal judge in Atlanta is weighing a challenge to a federal order that halts the eviction of certain renters through the end of the year in an effort to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus
October 20
October 20

US overdose deaths appear to rise amid coronavirus pandemic

Available information suggests U.S. drug overdose deaths are on track to reach an all-time high this year
October 20
FILE - In this May 6, 2019 photo file photo an injection drug user, deposits used needles into a container at the IDEA exchange, in Miami. National data is incomplete, but available information suggests U.S. drug overdose deaths are on track to reach an all-time high. Addiction experts blame the pandemic, which has left people stressed and isolated, disrupted treatment and recovery programs, and contributed to an increasingly dangerous illicit drug supply. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, Fie)
October 20

UK sets deadline for Manchester to accept virus restrictions

The British government appears poised to impose strict coronavirus restrictions on England’s second-largest city after talks with officials in Greater Manchester failed to reach an agreement on the new measures
October 20
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street after attending a Cabinet meeting in London, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
October 20

Italy probes why women's names mark aborted fetuses' graves

Italian prosecutors and the government’s privacy watchdog are investigating how the names of women who miscarried or had abortions ended up on crosses over graves for the fetuses in a Rome cemetery
October 20
Crosses bearing tags with names are seen a graveyard of the Flaminio Cemetery, in Rome, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Italian prosecutors and the government’s privacy watchdog are investigating how the names of women who miscarried or had abortions ended up on crosses over graves for the fetuses in a Rome cemetery. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
October 20

AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

A new poll finds Americans' trust in the people and institutions giving them information about the coronavirus has fallen across the board
October 20
October 20

Chinese drugmaker setting up vaccine production lines

A state-owned Chinese drugmaker says it is setting up production lines to supply 1 billion doses of two possible coronavirus vaccines that are being tested on 50,000 people in 10 countries
October 20
Liu Jingzhen, chairman of the SinoPharm Group, gestures as he is surrounded by reporters after a news conference of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council at the National Health Commission in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. The state-owned Chinese drugmaker is setting up production lines to supply 1 billion doses of two possible coronavirus vaccines that are being tested on 50,000 people in 10 countries, Liu said. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
October 20

Coronavirus cases surging across the country

The CDC is now recommending Americans wear masks on public transportation. ABC's Faith Abubey reports.
October 20
VIDEO: Coronavirus cases surging across the country
October 20

Controversial vaccine trials to launch in UK, volunteers to be infected with COVID-19

Only people ages 18 to 30, proven to be healthy, will be taken as volunteers.
October 20
A medical syringe is inserted into a small bottle labeled "Vaccine COVID-19" in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.