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The White House is blocking new FDA guidelines that would stiffen requirements for authorizing COVID-19 vaccines, after manufacturers reportedly objected to the guidance. (New York Times, Politico)
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Pastor Greg Laurie of the Harvest Christian Fellowship megachurch were the latest attendees at a recent White House event to report a positive coronavirus test. MedPage Today has a running list here.
Perhaps the most at risk White House staffers, however, are the 100 members of the White House’s residence staff. (The Atlantic)
Finally: the CDC acknowledges the potential for airborne SARS-CoV-2 transmission.
As of 8:00 a.m. ET Tuesday, the estimated U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 7,459,102 cases and 210,196 deaths — up 40,364 and 462, respectively, since the same time Monday.
The Northeast and Midwest are experiencing surges, and new cases have risen