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Live updates: Scientists express doubts about coronavirus treatment touted as breakthrough by Trump

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The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to give emergency authorization for convalescent plasma as a treatment for novel coronavirus patients — touted as a historic breakthrough by President Trump on Sunday — is raising doubts among some experts who say the therapy hasn’t been adequately tested.

“The urgency of the crisis has elided with a false sense we should skip over rigorous studies of interventions because we don’t have enough time,” Peter Bach, director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, told The Washington Post.

Here are some significant developments:.

  • Two tropical storms threaten to complicate the coronavirus response in the Gulf Coast. Meanwhile, Northern California residents struggle to safely evacuate as wildfires rage.
  • A Maine wedding reception has been linked to 53 coronavirus cases and one death, according to the Bangor Daily News.
  • University of Alabama President Stuart Bell said that the Tuscaloosa flagship campus was experiencing an “unacceptable rise” in coronavirus cases less than one week after reopening.
  • At least thirteen people died in a stampede after police raided a nightclub in Peru for violating lockdown restrictions, the Associated Press reported.

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