The Trump administration awarded a $456 million order with Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) pharmaceuticals arm to develop a new vaccine for COVID-19 through the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, who have also contracted with pharmaceutical firm Sanofi for a parallel vaccine track. The J&J vaccine project is the largest reported amount spent to date.

In pre-market trading this morning both J&J and Sanofi were early movers.

On Sunday evening President Trump extended recommended guidelines for 30 additional days to help slow coronavirus, urging Americans to continue staying home and avoiding large groups. This announcement was a pivot from previous guidelines. While states chart their own paths, Trump said the country is expected to peak in about two weeks, but could see a rebound by the beginning of June. On Monday morning, there are approximately 723,000 cases worldwide with the U.S. accounting for almost a fifth of those confirmed cases.

U.S. stock index futures fluctuated Monday morning following Trump’s extended guidelines following last week’s strong recovery. Analysts suggest the outbreak will result in advanced countries suffering a recession this year as restrictions continue to be put in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. 

Presidential candidates are finding themselves navigating new terrain as they campaign amid coronavirus. Fundraising efforts may be hindered by limited dollars and a possible recession. Voters are also left wondering how they will cast their ballot in future elections following delayed primaries. Democrats are pushing efforts to expand absentee voter options and vote by mail. 

Shutdown orders and travel restrictions have led to a “new chapter of tensions regarding civil liberties,” as the country navigates an emergency that is unlike natural disasters or past health crises. A slowdown in Seattle suggests restrictions imposed early in the outbreak are working for now as declines in street traffic show people continue to stay home. Social distancing and increased hygiene efforts could impact our behavior well beyond the pandemic, making us wary of hugs and handshakes, scientists say. 

The Mathematics of Predicting the Course of the Coronavirus – Wired – 3/30/2020
Murray is the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. With about 500 statisticians, computer scientists, and epidemiologists on staff, IHME is a data-crunching powerhouse. Every year it releases the Global Burden of Disease study—an alarmingly comprehensive report that quantifies the incidence and impact of every conceivable illness and injury in each of the world’s 195 countries and territories.

Moderate social distancing yields $8 trillion in economic benefits, study finds – Washington Post – 3/30/2020
A new working paper from Michael Greenstone and Vishan Nigam of the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute for Economics underscores that the two goals are complementary. A regimen of moderate social distancing, like what many areas of the country are doing now, has the potential to save well over a million lives. And those saved lives are worth $8 trillion to the U.S. economy.

“We’re all in this together”? Why brands have so little to say in the pandemic – Fast Company – 3/30/2020
The world advertising typically reflects back to us—beautiful people in close contact, high-fives, face-touching, and generally having good times in public—is a life that feels far, far away right now. Even if most of the time that ad image was fake or at best highly idealized (has anyone ever had that much fun at an Applebee’s?), the world being sold at least seemed in the broad realm of possible. Now what?

In the fight against coronavirus, antivirals are as important as a vaccine. Here’s where the science is up to – The Conversation – 3/30/2020
While many scientists are working on developing a coronavirus vaccine, others are busy testing antiviral drugs. Vaccines are generally only effective when administered prior to infection, but antiviral agents are important because they can treat people who already have COVID-19.

Researchers see sharp rise in fake Zoom domains as hackers target remote workers – SiliconANGLE – 3/30/2020
Researchers found 1,700 new domain names containing the word “Zoom” since January with 25% of the domains registered in the last week. Seventy of the domain names were found to be suspicious. Fake sites impersonating the genuine Zoom domains led the pack, with hackers attempting to capture users’ personal details.


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TODAY @TODAYshow 30 Mar Cruise ships are heading toward the US with many passengers suffering from coronavirus-like symptoms. One of them set sail from Argentina on March 7, just one day before the State Department urged Americans not to travel by cruise ship, @kerrynbc reports.

AFP news agency @AFP 29 Mar Passengers queue to check-in at Yichang Sanxia Airport in China’s central Hubei province as travel restrictions are loosened. Chinese government figures now routinely show no new domestic #coronavirus infections

U.S. News @usnews 30 Mar As the pandemic causes a clampdown on international travel, U.S. students abroad are feeling the effect. Study abroad programs are being canceled, colleges have recalled students and some Americans remain stranded overseas in countries on lockdown.

CNN International @cnni 28 Mar While the majority of the world’s population is at home until the threat of the virus has passed, some wealthier people are buying out small hotels, renting homes in remote locales or fleeing to vacation homes with extended family members

Condé Nast Traveler @CNTraveler 29 Mar Postpone, don’t cancel.


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