Live updates: CDC asks states to prepare to distribute coronavirus vaccine as soon as Nov. 1

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The CDC is telling state health officials to be ready to distribute a coronavirus vaccine to health-care workers and other high-priority groups as soon as Nov. 1, heightening fears that the agency is under pressure to approve a vaccine before Election Day. Some scientists warn that granting emergency authorization to a vaccine before clinical trials are complete could pose safety dangers and inflame anti-vaccination sentiment — but others say that doing so could save thousands of lives.

Here are some significant developments:

  • A Minnesota biker who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has died of covid-19 — the first fatality traced to the 10-day event that drew more than 400,000 to South Dakota. At least 260 cases have been linked to the rally.
  • By the end of 2020, the amount of debt owed by the United States will roughly equal the nation’s gross domestic product — reaching its highest level since the end of World War II, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
  • Cheap, widely available steroids reduced the number of deaths in patients with severe cases of covid-19, according to three newly published clinical trials.
  • United Airlines will furlough more than 16,000 employees once a federal payroll support program expires at the end of September.
  • After facing criticism for visiting a San Francisco hair salon that was not cleared to reopen, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) maintained that she had been “set up.”
  • More than 6,073,000 coronavirus infections and 182,000 fatalities have been reported in the United States since February.

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