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Officials in Collin County, Texas, added a “no confidence” disclaimer to the COVID-19 dashboard, reflecting the officials’ skepticism about the accuracy of state health department data. (Becker’s Hospital Review)
As of 8:00 a.m. ET Friday, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll included 5,576,089 cases and 174,290 deaths, increases of 45,842 and 1,097, respectively, since Thursday and 321,211 and 7,037 from a week ago.
COVID-19 cases increased by 10% or more in a dozen states this week as compared with last week, and colleges in 17 states have reported COVID-19 cases, most related to off-campus social gatherings. (CNN)
Italy has seen a resurgence of COVID-19 cases for the first time since the country’s lockdown ended in May. (New York Times)
Pfizer and BioNTech said their COVID-19 vaccine is “on track to seek regulatory review of BNT162b2 as early as October 2020,” and published phase I trial data in a medRxiv preprint manuscript. The firms added that more than 11,000 people have been dosed in the ongoing pivotal phase II/III study, out of a planned total of 30,000.
Russian officials accused other countries of launching an “information war” against its vaccine. (Newsweek)
Walgreens and CVS are encouraging early flu vaccination because of expected high demand and potential complications from COVID-19. (UPI)
Whether a person lives or dies of COVID-19 infection depends more on social factors — particularly race — than on medical or scientific factors. (CNN)
American Airlines asked a federal judge to dismiss a class-action lawsuit by passengers seeking refunds for flights they canceled because of COVID-19, instead of waiting for the airline to cancel them. (Fox News)
Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-La.), is the latest member of Congress to test positive for the novel coronavirus. (CNBC)
NPR takes a look at how the pandemic has “upended the daily work of Congress” since the first members tested positive in March.
Even imperfect COVID-19 tests may help control the pandemic. (STAT)
A surgeon’s reflection on his COVID-19 infection confirms once again that doctors make the worst patients. (JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery)
In other news:
- GlaxoSmithKline launched a direct-to-consumer campaign for its shingles vaccine. (Fierce Pharma)
- The number of breast implant-related cases of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma increased to 733 and the number of deaths to 36 in the FDA’s latest update on the topic.
- Bayer will pay $1.6 billion to settle U.S. lawsuits related to its Essure birth-control device. (Reuters)
- Randomized trials are still needed to determine which patients will benefit from robotic surgery for benign gynecologic conditions, according to an updated opinion from the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.
- Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera confirmed that he has squamous cell skin cancer but still plans to coach during upcoming NFL season. (ESPN)