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After one week, UNC Chapel Hill reverts to online cases; a look at how COVID-19 symptoms usually progress

One of the first major universities to welcome students back on campus, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is reversing course after outbreaks of the coronavirus and going to online classes only.

The change came after at least four clusters had been identified on campus. The experience at UNC could serve as an early warning sign for other campuses around the country as they contemplate reopening classes. 

It’s not just classes that are a problem but socializing, President Donald Trump’s top expert said Monday. Dr. Deborah Birx, on Monday said families and friends holding parties are a big cause of outbreaks.

On the national front, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling back the House to weigh action on U.S. Postal Service changes that Democrats fear could slow mail delivery, including mailed-in ballots in the presidential election.

And a new study shows the order in which most people get COVID-19

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Johnson & Johnson announces US vaccine deal; progress toward $1 trillion stimulus package; US nears 5M cases

Another pharmaceutical giant announced a vaccine deal with the U.S. on Wednesday, and a second round of coronavirus stimulus checks could soon be in the mail.

Johnson & Johnson said it has a $1 billion agreement to supply 100 million doses of its vaccine candidate to the U.S. government. Also Wednesday, Moderna said it expects to fully enroll 30,000 people for a trial of its vaccine candidate next month. And a day earlier, Novavax released promising results of an early trial. 

While the nation waits for a vaccine that could fully reopen schools and businesses, Democrats and negotiators from the White House say another stimulus deal could be reached by the end of the week. That could be good news for tens of millions of unemployed Americans whose $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits has expired.

“We have to have an agreement, and we will have an agreement,” House Speaker

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Joe Biden Urges Trump To Keep Coronavirus Vaccine Progress ‘Free From Political Pressure’

Former Vice President Joe Biden urged the Trump administration to take steps to ensure the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus will be “free from political pressure” and asked the White House to respect science as the nation reels from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The presumptive Democratic nominee for president made the comments in a blog post Monday amid news that several potential coronavirus vaccines were entering large-scale trials.

“It’s great news that scientists are making progress in the search for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine,” Biden wrote in the blog entry. “We all hope the next phases of clinical trials will yield positive results to support an approval based on the scientific evidence, but the development of a new vaccine requires a dedication to science, coordination, transparency, truth, and fairness to all — and we have a President who stands for none of these things.”

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