‘There’s no question that the virus is surging’


A pedestrian wearing a protective mask passes in front of a vacant storefront displaying graffiti that reads “Unmask Maui” in Paia, Maui County, Hawaii, U.S., on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020.

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige will reinstate restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus as cases in the state continue to climb and state health officials predict more deaths and hospitalizations in the weeks to come. 

“There is no question that the virus is surging in our state, and I know that many are worried about their health,” Ige said at a press

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Dr. Fauci says chance of it being highly effective is not great


Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine COVID-19, “focusing on lessons learned to prepare for the next pandemic”, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 23, 2020.

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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that the chances of scientists creating a highly effective vaccine — one that provides 98% or more guaranteed protection — for the virus are slim.

Scientists are hoping for a coronavirus vaccine that is

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Pfizer agrees to manufacture Gilead’s coronavirus drug remdesivir


A lab technician visually inspects a filled vial of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, California.

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Pfizer has agreed to manufacture and supply Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir, the pharmaceutical giant announced Friday. 

The multi-year agreement will support efforts to scale up the supply of the intravenous drug, which has shown to help shorten the recovery time of some hospitalized coronavirus patients, the company said. Pfizer will manufacture the drug at its McPherson, Kansas facility.

“From the beginning it was clear that no one company or

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UPS tacks on additional fees as it faces a flood of packages during pandemic


In this April 25, 2011 photo, United Parcel Service (UPS) driver Albert Palafox finishes his deliveries in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo)

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With the pandemic, the number of packages has spiked — and so have the shipping surcharges at United Parcel Service.

The shipping company said Friday in a memo that it’s tacked on additional fees for some packages shipped within the U.S. and others shipped internationally. In the memo, it listed the shipping surcharges, which depend on the item’s weight, when it is sent and whether a customer ships a high volume of packages.

The charges,

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