They also have the potential to transform the way governments react to the pandemic, enabling officials to more quickly detect and respond to outbreaks before they spread.
“High-quality rapid tests show us where the virus is hiding, which is key to quickly tracing and isolating contacts and breaking the chains of transmission,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, said. “The tests are a critical tool for governments as they look to reopen economies and ultimately save both lives and livelihoods.”
The news, which came as the world eclipsed 1 million Covid-19 deaths, is a small ray of hope in the fight against the virus.
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WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Turmoil plagues Trump’s pandemic response teams on eve of debate
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, who has been marginalized by Trump, was asked by CNN’s Brian Stelter at an event on Monday whether there was acrimony behind the scenes. “Most are working together. I think you know who the outlier is,” Fauci said.
Pre-Election Day push for stimulus deal is underway
Pelosi and Mnuchin have spoken several times in recent days, including Monday night, and plan to again on Tuesday. And while most on Capitol Hill are deeply skeptical a deal can be reached, both Pelosi and Mnuchin have aligned interests: The speaker is facing growing pressure from vulnerable House Democrats, particularly freshmen, to cut a deal immediately, while President Donald Trump wants a legislative accomplishment to tout in the final weeks of the campaign. l
FDA pauses Inovio’s vaccine trial
Some context: Inovio’s Covid-19 vaccine is being funded, in part, by the US Department of Defense, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. The company has not received funding from Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s initiative to fast-track the development and delivery of a Covid-19 vaccine.
ON OUR RADAR
- A former top adviser to Vice President Mike Pence has said the CDC was pushed by the administration to play down the risks of the coronavirus pandemic in reopening schools for in-person classes.
- Florida is opening up and its students are itching to party. Police broke up a massive gathering of more than 1,000 people near Florida State University last weekend.
- Thousands of students across the UK have been forced into isolation within weeks of arriving for the start of the academic year after mass outbreaks were confirmed at university campuses.
- Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with state leaders Tuesday to discuss tougher restrictions to curb rising coronavirus numbers. On the table: A 25-person limit for private gatherings, and a ban on alcohol sales for bars in hard-hit areas.
- Moscow has extended the fall school break from one to two weeks due to seasonal illnesses and the rise in coronavirus cases in the Russian capital.
- Shingles, maskne, migraines and quarantine fatigue: The stress of the pandemic has manifested in a variety of physical ailments. The latest evidence of this is a rise in cracked teeth.
TODAY’S TOP TIP
- Virtual schooling can offer kids a break from social pressure.
- There’s no one “talk.” Instead, invite your child to ask questions where and when they feel comfortable.
- Books can help. Pick up a volume with expert advice for your child (and maybe yourself).
- Be honest about what’s happening in the world. At the same time, remind your child of the things — such as your love — that will stay the same.
- Work to establish new family routines, including essential time for self-care.
- Follow your kid’s lead on their social life, whether they’re yearning for in-person hangouts or happy to keep it virtual on TikTok.
“Now is really the time. In fact, Dr. Anthony Fauci told me you should get your shot no later than the end of October.” — CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta