US Expected To Pass 100k Deaths Sunday; Oxford Vaccine Trial Faces Major Setback: Virus Updates

Sunday, May 24, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Sun, 05/24/2020

Summary:

US nears 100k deaths
Russia sees new cases below 10k for 9 straight days
Brazil sees new cases, deaths rise at alarming rate
Mexico reports another daily record jump of ~3,300
UK furor over Dominic Cummings grows
Oxford vaccine trial sees new obstacles
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Sunday’s New York Times front page says it all…

…By midnight ET on Sunday, many expect the number of confirmed coronavirus-linked deaths in the US will have passed the critical 100k milestone, a number that’s represents not only a critical psychological milestone but an upper limit on the death toll promised by President Trump.

With the growing focus on the death toll and doubts emerging about the effectiveness of remdesivir and the progress made by Moderna, the Telegraph published a report in Sunday’s paper claiming that an Oxford University-affiliated vaccine trial, which one overly-enthusiastic scientist once claimed might produce substantial quantities of a “safe” vaccine by the fall – potentially enough to start administering the vaccine to the most vulnerable health-care workers, actually hasn’t made much progress at all, and only has a ~50% chance of success, according to scientists affiliated with the project.

This is the same vaccine that AstraZeneca struck a $1.2 billion deal with the US government to produce 400 million doses of the unproven vaccine as part of President Trump’s operation “Warp Speeds”, which is looking increasingly like a moonshot, big-swing on a few untested therapies and vaccines in the hope that at least one might pan out.

Elsewhere, in the UK, the press remains fixated on the scandal over whether Boris Johnson senior advisor Dominic Cummings violated quarantine rules to visit several family members. As calls for Johnson to fire Cummings over the transgression intensify, Cummings and the administration have insisted that he acted “reasonably” and have so far refused to set him adrift, even amid growing backlash to Johnson’s leadership as deaths continue to pile up.

Johnson has announced that he will host Sunday’s Downing Street press conference, replacing Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. The briefing has also been delayed to 5pm London Time (12pmET). Watch it live below:

This is the same vaccine that AstraZeneca struck a $1.2 billion deal with the US government to produce 400 million doses of the unproven vaccine as part of President Trump’s operation “Warp Speeds”, which is looking increasingly like a moonshot, big-swing on a few untested therapies and vaccines in the hope that at least one might pan out.

Elsewhere, in the UK, the press remains fixated on the scandal over whether Boris Johnson senior advisor Dominic Cummings violated quarantine rules to visit several family members. As calls for Johnson to fire Cummings over the transgression intensify, Cummings and the administration have insisted that he acted “reasonably” and have so far refused to set him adrift, even amid growing backlash to Johnson’s leadership as deaths continue to pile up.

Johnson has announced that he will host Sunday’s Downing Street press conference, replacing Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. The briefing has also been delayed to 5pm London Time (12pmET). Watch it live below:

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