Georgia News Anchor Becomes First Person to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Shot in Phase 3 Trial



Dawn said that her injection was "painless" and she was not informed whether she was given the placebo or the vaccine.

Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci shared that this prospective vaccine is being developed at a speed like never before.

It's "the fastest from the time a virus, a pathogen, was identified to the time it actually goes into a Phase 3 trial, literally in the history of vaccinology in the United States at least, and maybe even throughout the world," he explained during an NIH event on Facebook Live on Monday.

In mid-July, early test results from Phase 1 of the trial reflected potential success, with Fauci calling the trial "very good news."

According to the National Institutes of Health, the vaccine, mRNA-1273, was "generally well tolerated and prompted neutralizing antibody activity in healthy adults."

The vaccine is "designed to induce neutralizing antibodies directed at a portion of the coronavirus 'spike' protein, which the virus uses to bind to and enter human cells," according to a press release.

Phase 2 of the trials began in May, with the third round set to continue into the fall. "We’re going to start the Phase 3 trial in the third or fourth week of July. That is going to take place over the rest of the summer and into the fall. If all goes well and there aren’t any unanticipated bumps in the road, hopefully, we should know whether the vaccine is safe and effective by the end of this calendar year, or the beginning of 2021," Fauci told InStyle.

As of July 30, there have been more than 4.4 million cases of the coronavirus and at least 151,194 deaths, according to recent data from the New York Times.

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Alexa Chung Opens Up About Her Endometriosis Diagnosis: ‘It Can Be Excruciating’


Model and fashion designer Alexa Chung is opening up about her endometriosis diagnosis and trying to raise awareness about the painful disorder.

Chung, 36, shared her story on Instagram Tuesday, posting a photo of her feet in hospital socks and revealing that she underwent laparoscopic surgery one year ago to receive her diagnosis.

“Endometriosis is a long-term condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes,” she began in the lengthy post. “It can be excruciating. The pain can effect [sic] your mental health, ability to work, relationships, your fertility, the list goes on. The only way to officially diagnose that you have it is by performing a laparoscopy. A year ago I put on these snazzy socks in preparation for my laparoscopic surgery.”

Chung then thanked friends Aimee Phillips and Pixie Geldof “for accompanying me to the hospital that day" as well as "family who nursed me back to health with action movies and nourishing food.”

“Also thank you to the doctors who spotted the problem and acted on it,” she continued. “I understand I had the privilege of being believed and listened to. On average it takes seven years to diagnose and it’s a disease that affects one in ten women.”

Though endometriosis is common — affecting about 1 in 10 women, as Chung notes — the root causes of the disorder are largely unknown and there is no long-term cure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Chung went on to promote raising awareness of endometriosis for this reason.

“Anyway, maybe by raising some #endometriosisawareness I might be able to help someone recognise what they have sooner. 💛 ,” the Next in Fashion co-host wrote. “PS. Also not funny but sort of is because if you don’t laugh you’ll cry, this is what the top google answer says: “It's not clear what causes endometriosis. It may be linked to things like your genes or a problem with your immune system.” Maybe let’s get some research going into this women’s health issue so it can go from something “not clear” aka myssssttterrrrious to known about and treatable. :)”

Chung is one of many high-profile women who have opened up about their endometriosis diagnosis, including Julianne Hough, Amy Schumer and Padma Lakshmi.

Lakshmi recently told Women’s Health that she was "pissed" after realizing she could have been saved years of pain had a doctor recognized her endometriosis symptoms sooner.

"At first, I was relieved. It wasn’t until a year after the surgery that I started getting really pissed," the Top Chef host admitted. "Like, ‘Wait a minute, I lost a week of my life every month of every year since I was 13 because of this shit, and I could have had this operation at 20 rather than 36?' " she added. "I’m shocked that a health professional didn’t say, 'This is weird. Your cramps are above and beyond what they should be.' "

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At Least 29 New Jersey Lifeguards Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus, Health Officials Say


At least 29 lifeguards from two New Jersey beaches have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending social gatherings together outside of work, health officials say.

On Friday, Daniel J. Krupinski, the Long Beach Island Health Department director said the lifeguards are from Harvey Cedars and Surf City, neighboring boroughs on Long Beach Island, according to the radio station WHYY.

“The health department started receiving reports of COVID-19 activity among Surf City lifeguards on Saturday, July 18 and Harvey Cedars lifeguards on Sunday, July 19,” Krupinski said. “We have reason to believe the case activity stems from common social gatherings outside of work on July 12 and 14.”

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At least 12 lifeguards from Surf City tested positive and 17 lifeguards from Harvey Cedars tested positive, according to WHYY and the Associated Press.

Mayor Jonathan Oldham of Harvey Cedars told the AP that the boroughs were alerted to the cluster on Thursday, adding that area lifeguards were being quarantined until cleared by doctors.

"Please be aware that when Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol Lifeguards have been on duty, since the beginning of the season, they have been instructed to follow a strict protocol of social distancing, and were each staffed with a Personal Protection Fanny Pack, including ample disinfectant wipes and face coverings," Harvey Cedars shared on its website. "Lifeguards sat in separate chairs, six feet or more apart, with their own equipment,  and with a perimeter of at least 6 feet between the Lifeguard chairs and beachgoers."

The website also noted the town has approximately 73 lifeguards on staff. "So our beaches will remain fully staffed with all safety protocols in place."

In the last two weeks, New Jersey has seen a 27 percent increase in the daily average number of new confirmed cases, according to a New York Times database. As of Monday morning, there have been at least 181,283 cases and 15,787 deaths from the virus in the state.

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California’s 2 Largest School Districts Will Remain Online-Only This Fall Due to Coronavirus


California’s two largest school districts — Los Angeles and San Diego — will remain closed for the fall semester and continue to have online-only instruction, they announced Monday.

The two districts, which serve around 825,000 students, said that the risk of spreading COVID-19 is too high to have students, teachers and staff back in schools by the end of the summer, as they had originally hoped.

The school districts had to scrap their reopening plans as COVID-19 cases soared in California. The state has seen record numbers of new daily infections, with their highest yet — 9,897 — on Tuesday. Los Angeles county has seen the most cases in the state, with 133,830 of the 331,626 in California since the start of the pandemic.

With cases surging, school officials said that they could not safely reopen.

“There’s a public health imperative to keep schools from becoming a petri dish,” said Austin Beutner, the superintendent for Los Angeles Unified School District, according to The New York Times.

In a joint statement, the two districts said that they don’t know yet if this is the right decision, but it’s “clear” that their areas do not have the virus well enough under control to reopen.

“Those countries that have managed to safely reopen schools have done so with declining infection rates and on-demand testing available. California has neither. The skyrocketing infection rates of the past few weeks make it clear the pandemic is not under control.”

Los Angeles is the second largest school district in the country, after New York City, which serves more than 984,400 students. On Wednesday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said that schools would not fully open this fall and instead bring students back on a staggered schedule. Students will come in to the classroom one to three days a week, and spend the rest of the time doing online learning.

On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that schools in the state can reopen if their area has 5 percent or less infection rate over the last 14 days.

The school announcements come after President Donald Trump threatened to cut off federal funding to schools that do not reopen for on-campus learning, which he urged along with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Trump’s push goes against recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, and Vice President Mike Pence later said that the CDC would issue new guidance on reopening schools that reflect Trump’s position.

Democratic lawmakers decried Trump and DeVos’ comments, along with several child and school advocacy groups. In a joint statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Federation of Teachers, the School Superintendents Association and the National Education Association said that the decision to reopen should be “based on evidence, not politics.”

“We should leave it to health experts to tell us when the time is best to open up school buildings, and listen to educators and administrators to shape how we do it,” they said.

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Calvin Harris Says His Heart Stopped in 2014: 'Interesting Year for Me'


Calvin Harris needed lifesaving help in 2014 after his heart stopped.

The DJ and singer revealed on Twitter that he had to have his heart “restarted” in the emergency room.

Harris retweeted a video on Tuesday night from his June 2014 performance at the Electric Daisy Festival, and added that it was an “interesting year.”

“Started with me knocking myself off number 1 in the UK and ended with my heart getting restarted in the ER…this sort of stuff happened in between,” he said.

Harris had hinted at his condition that year, but hadn’t previously said that his heart had stopped. Rather, the “Slide” singer said that he had “some heart problems” that needed to “be fixed” and were the reason why he canceled several shows.

He later clarified that he had an arrythmia, a heart condition that causes an irregular heartbeat and can lead to chest pain, fainting and dizziness.

That pushed him to give up drinking, he said on Twitter in 2018.

“Haven't drank in 4 years big man,” Harris told a fan who asked why he was abstaining from alcohol. "Aye things are a bit less fun but haven't had an arrhythmia since 2014.”

But Harris said he’s happy with the decision.

“The last thing I want to do is down 2 bottles of jack daniels a night, live on greggs pasties and sleep on an absolutely stinking bus all year, scream down a mic for 55 minutes and pretend to play a keyboard 5x a week those days are behind me son,” he added to the fan.

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