The airline trade had hoped for a bustling vacation journey season. It might not occur.

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The Meals and Drug Administration has granted emergency authorization for the experimental antibody remedy given to President Trump shortly after he discovered he had the coronavirus, giving medical doctors one other choice to deal with sufferers as instances throughout the nation proceed to rise.

The remedy, made by the biotech company Regeneron, is a cocktail of two highly effective antibodies which have proven promise in early research at conserving the an infection in verify, lowering medical visits for sufferers who get the drug early in the midst of their illness. An analogous remedy, made by Eli Lilly, was given emergency approval earlier this month.

The emergency authorization for Regeneron’s drug is restricted in scope: It’s for individuals who have examined constructive for the coronavirus and who’re at excessive danger for growing extreme Covid-19. And proof thus far means that Regeneron’s antibody remedy, like Eli Lilly’s, works greatest early in the midst of the illness, earlier than the virus has gained a foothold within the physique. Like Eli Lilly’s remedy, Regeneron’s just isn’t licensed to be used in people who find themselves hospitalized or who want oxygen.

The emergency authorization raises speedy questions on who will get entry to the remedies as an average of more than 168,000 coronavirus cases are reported every day in america and hospitals are working out of beds in some areas of the nation. Regeneron has stated it can have sufficient of the drug for less than about 80,000 folks by the top of November, and sufficient for 200,000 sufferers by the primary week of January, and 300,000 by the top of January. After that, the corporate stated it is going to be in a position to ramp up manufacturing because of a partnership with the Swiss producer Roche.

Regeneron has obtained greater than $500 million from the federal authorities to develop and manufacture the remedies. Though the primary 300,000 doses can be supplied free of charge, sufferers could also be charged for having the remedy administered; it have to be infused in a clinic or a hospital. For some Medicare beneficiaries, that price would most probably be $60, relying on the affected person’s protection plan.

Antibody remedies have gotten much less consideration than vaccines, however well being officers have lengthy held out hope that they might function a attainable bridge till a coronavirus vaccine is extra broadly out there. Two vaccines, one made by Pfizer and another by Moderna, have been lately proven to be greater than 90 p.c efficient in early analyses. Pfizer, which has accomplished its trial, submitted an application on Friday for emergency authorization of the vaccine, and Moderna stated it additionally deliberate to use quickly. Nonetheless, it is going to be weeks earlier than a vaccine is on the market, and even then, entry can be restricted to folks in high-risk teams.

Dr. George D. Yancopoulos, Regeneron’s president and chief scientific officer, stated in an announcement that he was inspired by the current vaccine outcomes, however “there stays a have to deal with sufferers who develop Covid-19, particularly as some could not have had entry to or weren’t protected by vaccination.”

Regeneron loved a burst of publicity in October, when Mr. Trump obtained an infusion of its cocktail after which enthusiastically promoted the drug as one thing that had lent him a superpower-like feeling. In a video released on Oct. 7, the president claimed with out proof that it had cured him, and that he had licensed it — one thing he doesn’t have the ability to do.

It stays unattainable to know whether or not the Regeneron remedy helped Mr. Trump. He was given a number of medication whereas at Walter Reed Nationwide Navy Medical Heart, and many individuals get well from the virus on their very own.

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The most recent wave of the coronavirus has inundated Europe after a summer season during which lots of its international locations appeared to have introduced the pandemic underneath management extra successfully than the Americas did.

The tide in Europe seems to have crested in current days, however not earlier than setting data that prompted one other collection of shutdowns and, for the primary time for the reason that spring, stretching hospitals to their limits. And the wrestle there in opposition to the virus is way from over.

From late September to early November, the speed of recent instances reported throughout the continent quintupled, to about 300,000 a day, accounting for about half the worldwide complete, earlier than declining a bit, in accordance with information compiled by The New York Times and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Deaths have shot up from about 700 a day to virtually 5,000, and a transparent sample of receding has but to emerge. Hospitalization numbers have begun to flatten, however at a degree that’s almost as excessive because the spring peak.

As lately as late August, Austria and the Czech Republic every had fewer than 30 Covid-19 sufferers in intensive care models. Earlier this month, they reported document highs — 599 in Austria and 1,244 within the Czech Republic. Belgium had fewer than 60 Covid-19 intensive-care sufferers in early September; that determine peaked two months later at 1,474. These numbers at the moment are receding in all three international locations.

When the primary wave peaked in April, it was concentrated in a number of western European international locations, however the newest disaster has struck almost each a part of Europe, together with international locations that have been largely spared within the spring.

Whereas some international locations are displaying progress, many — together with Italy, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria — are recording new instances and Covid-19 deaths quicker than america, relative to their populations. Many others, together with France, Britain, Spain, Romania and Belgium, have decrease case charges however greater fatality charges.

Montenegro is main the world with the very best every day common of instances per individual, in accordance with Times data, which exhibits a world high 10 of fully European international locations. Montenegro is underneath a two-week curfew, with residents barred from leaving their properties from 11 p.m. to five a.m. aside from important work and desires.

On Friday, Patriarch Irinej, the chief of the Serbian Orthodox Church, died of Covid-19, the church confirmed, after he attended a funeral in neighboring Montenegro for the nation’s senior bishop. 1000’s have been in attendance, lots of whom are proven unmasked in a video.

Virtually a 3rd of Portugal’s complete instances have come within the final two weeks, the quantity rising to greater than 250,000 from simply over 170,000 on Nov. 7.

On Saturday, Prime Minister António Costa of Portugal stated the nation would prohibit home journey round two upcoming nationwide holidays, on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, Reuters reported. Journey between municipalities can be banned from 11 p.m. on Nov. 27 to five a.m. on Dec. 2, and from 11 p.m. on Dec. 4 to five a.m. on Dec. 9. Colleges may even be closed the Mondays earlier than each holidays, and companies can be required to shut early.

In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has continued to quarantine after coming into contact final week with a lawmaker who had examined constructive for the coronavirus.

Mr. Johnson, who had the virus in March, announced on Oct. 31 that robust measures can be ordered in England, together with shutting down pubs and retail outlets whereas permitting eating places to serve solely takeout meals. The measures are set to run out on Dec. 2 and can be changed with a tiered regional system, during which every tier carries a special set of restrictions. Mr. Johnson is ready to announce particulars of a “Covid winter plan” on Monday.

However talking on the Group of 20 summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, European leaders confused the necessity for a world response to the pandemic, not one which focuses simply on the wants of wealthier international locations like theirs.

President Emmanuel Macron of France warned in opposition to “a two-speed world the place solely the richer can defend themselves in opposition to the virus and restart regular lives.”

As extra international locations return to shutdowns, governments are straining to seek out methods to assist furloughed and unemployed workers, and to maintain eating places and different companies from going bankrupt. This week, in a unprecedented transfer, the European Central Bank all however promised to unleash new aid measures by December on the newest.

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As america continues breaking document after document — over 198,000 new cases in a single day on Friday, greater than 82,000 folks hospitalized — some states and cities are hoping nightly curfews will assist cease the coronavirus from leaping from individual to individual at bars, events and different nocturnal occasions.

California is the most recent to issue an overnight curfew, a measure extra usually imposed to calm public unrest than for the sake of public well being.

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, a Democrat, issued the order for many of the state’s counties on Thursday, requiring that, starting Saturday, folks not go away their properties from 10 p.m. to five a.m. aside from important causes, and that eating places shut for eating then as properly. Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio, a Republican, issued an analogous curfew that went into impact on Thursday.

In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, ordered that bars and eating places within the state shut at 10 p.m. Some native governments have additionally imposed curfews, comparable to in Pueblo, Colo., and Miami-Dade County, Fla. Chicago additionally ordered that eating places and bars shut at 10 p.m.

The measures additionally present how extensively the response to the virus can vary by state. Not one of the states the place the virus is spreading at the fastest rates — South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa and Nebraska — have issued curfews, whilst governors of a few of these states have begun to require face masks indoors for the first time.

The adjustments come as the virus has, in the past week, killed greater than 1,900 folks and contaminated greater than 168,000 new folks every day, on common as of Friday.

Public well being officers have repeatedly warned that the virus can unfold extra simply at late-night gatherings as folks shout, sing, get nearer to at least one one other or, maybe, flout the foundations as they drink. In June, well being officers in Ada County, Idaho, which incorporates Boise, decided that half of the world’s newly contaminated have been individuals who had doubtless gotten the virus from bars and nightclubs.

“The principles for when bars are open are alleged to be that you could come down together with your group and also you don’t work together with others,” stated Mayor Nick Gradisar of Pueblo, Colo., a metropolis of about 112,000 folks the place a curfew has been prolonged to Nov. 27. However folks generally don’t comply with these guidelines after they’ve been ingesting, he added. “That’s how this virus spreads.”

Public well being specialists additionally warning that it will possibly take a number of weeks for measures like masks mandates, restaurant closings and restrictions on gatherings to affect folks’s conduct and begin to flatten the epidemic curve. The impact could also be delayed as a result of the incubation interval for the illness is as much as 14 days, so some proportion of the general public is already contaminated.

A spokesman for Mr. DeWine stated he believed Ohio’s three-week curfew “could make a dent” within the state’s rising instances whereas letting bars and eating places proceed to generate profits by serving folks earlier within the night.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, the secretary of California Well being and Human Providers, stated that the state’s curfew was focused to cease probably the most dangerous behaviors.

“We’ve seen prior to now that Covid goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in a short time,” he stated at a information convention on Thursday. “We all know that those that are out, who is perhaps partaking in higher-risk behaviors, that these infections can shortly unfold to different settings.”

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Discussions on the right way to sort out the coronavirus pandemic and cope with the worldwide financial harm it has wrought dominated the Group of 20 summit, which began on Saturday and is being hosted nearly by Saudi Arabia.

In personal periods, heads of state of the world’s 19 richest international locations and the European Union spoke about how to make sure the equal distribution of vaccines and potential debt aid for poor international locations hit onerous by the virus.

“We should work to create the circumstances for inexpensive and equitable entry to those instruments for all peoples,” King Salman of Saudi Arabia, 84, stated of vaccines and coverings throughout his opening deal with. “On the identical time, we should put together higher for any future pandemic.”

The pandemic has reached new ranges world wide and killed greater than 1.3 million folks. The seven-day common of recent every day infections topped 578,000 as of Friday, double what it was two months in the past. Main economies collapsed within the first half of the 12 months, improved in the late summer after which tumbled once more in a brand new surge of virus instances. The strains of the disaster — from failed companies and elevated joblessness to disrupted training and growing international poverty — seem likely to endure, doubtlessly for years.

Talking from New York a day earlier than the summit, the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, called on the leaders to make sure that vaccines be made out there to folks world wide, not simply the wealthy international locations which have already reserved a lot of the vaccine provides. He stated $28 billion can be wanted to attain that objective, along with the $10 billion already invested.

“This funding is important for mass manufacturing, procurement and supply of recent Covid-19 vaccines and instruments world wide,” Mr. Guterres stated. “G20 international locations have the sources.”

President Trump briefly participated in the summit from the White Home State of affairs Room. However he was not listed as a participant at a sideline occasion on pandemic preparedness, as an alternative following his current weekend routine of tweeting assertions of election “fraud” and heading to his Virginia nation membership for a spherical of golf.

The virus reworked the annual summit, lowering an occasion that was supposed to permit Saudi Arabia to play host to the world’s nice powers to an enormous webinar.

The shift disadvantaged Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a son of the king and the dominion’s de facto ruler, the chance to mingle with different international leaders, which may have helped revive his worldwide fame.

Saudi Arabia and Prince Mohammed, 35, have confronted harsh criticism for the Saudi navy intervention in Yemen, the arrest of peaceable activists and the killing and dismembering of the dissident Saudi author Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018.

Saudi critics lobbied G20 members to boycott the summit or to make use of the platform to talk out about human rights. None did. Diplomats stated the assembly was too essential to overlook, however that they usually raised rights considerations with Saudi leaders privately.

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Identified coronavirus instances in america have now surpassed 12 million, and the every day routines of an unlimited variety of Individuals at the moment are formed by their ZIP codes and governors and beliefs concerning the virus. Do they put on masks? Go to highschool in individual or on-line? Eat out? Get uncovered to the virus?

The pandemic and the nation’s disjointed response have taken the notion of two Americas to a brand new excessive. The contrasts are significantly seen in South Dakota and New Mexico, states which can be residing two completely different economies: one wide-open, the opposite bolted shut.

In South Dakota, the place a conservative frontier philosophy dominates, the economic system has fared comparatively properly, with unemployment at 3.6 p.c, properly under the 6.9 p.c nationwide common. Some cities, shops and faculty districts require masks or social distancing, however, as an entire, the state has the fewest restrictions of any, with neither a masks mandate nor important limits on companies.

However hospitalization charges have been the very best within the nation, and greater than 7 p.c of the inhabitants has examined constructive. The state has the nation’s second-highest fee of recent instances.

Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, sees her strategy as a badge of freedom, criticizing restrictions as ineffective and economically damaging.

“You wouldn’t even know there’s a pandemic occurring,” stated Heidi Haugan, a mom of 4 younger kids in Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s greatest metropolis.

New Mexico has fewer instances per capita, however a extra alarming development line. Each day case numbers have greater than doubled over the previous two weeks. On Monday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, put the state’s two million residents underneath among the hardest restrictions within the nation, issuing a two-week stay-at-home order, banning restaurant eating, setting capability limits on grocery shops and shutting indoor malls, film theaters and gymnasiums.

And the virus has been pummeling the economic system. Unemployment in New Mexico has risen to eight p.c — roughly the identical as neighboring, Republican-led Arizona — and small-business house owners voice widespread fears about closing down.

In each South Dakota and New Mexico, persons are hurting in comparable methods — not solely struggling financial and well being woes, however rifts with members of the family and pals over the virus and the right way to battle it.

Allison Byington, who lives in South Dakota, stated her mom lately known as her a assassin for refusing to put on a face masks. “We don’t have a relationship anymore,” Ms. Byington stated.

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The governments of Hong Kong and Singapore have briefly scrapped a plan for a journey bubble, as Hong Kong grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections. The delay underscores the challenges of reopening worldwide journey routes as efforts to regulate the virus stay unstable the world over.

The association between the 2 Asian monetary facilities, which might enable vacationers to bypass quarantine, was set to start on Sunday. However Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s secretary of commerce, stated on Saturday that the 2 cities have been pushing again the plan for 2 weeks due to a “current upsurge in native instances” in Hong Kong.

“For any scheme to achieve success, it should fulfill the situation of securing public well being and in addition ensuring that each side can be comfy and really feel secure concerning the scheme,” Mr. Yau stated, describing the delay as a “accountable” resolution. Additional bulletins concerning the plan can be made by early December, he added.

The journey bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore would have allowed one designated every day flight into every metropolis, carrying as much as 200 passengers who examined unfavourable for the virus.

After a interval of comparatively few infections, Hong Kong recorded 43 new instances and was verifying extra attainable ones on Saturday, the town’s well being authorities stated, up from 26 new instances on Friday. Singapore on Saturday recorded 5 infections, and stated that every one of them had been introduced in from overseas.

Hong Kong has additionally additional tightened its social distancing guidelines, banning dwell performances and dancing at bars and nightclubs, and banning room leases for personal events.

In different information from world wide:

  • Two of China’s largest port cities, Shanghai and Tianjin, are conducting main testing efforts after saying a handful of regionally transmitted coronavirus infections, renewing worries about whether or not the nation can proceed to maintain out the virus after coming close to eradicating it over the summer. Tianjin stated on Friday that it had found 4 instances, all in its port space, and it sealed off the residential neighborhood there. Shanghai stated on Saturday that an airport cargo safety officer and his spouse, a nurse, had each been contaminated.

  • A day after Japan reported a document 2,427 new instances, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated on Saturday that the nation would reduce a subsidy program for home tourism in locations the place an infection charges are excessive. The roughly $16 billion “Go to Journey” program was meant to stimulate the economic system, however many questioned its wisdom. Mr. Suga instructed the Japanese parliament on Friday that about 40 million journeys had been taken by this system thus far, and that 176 of the vacationers had contracted the virus. Toshio Nakagawa, the pinnacle of the Japan Medical Affiliation, has stated that whereas there isn’t a concrete proof linking this system to the nation’s current surge in infections, “there isn’t a mistaking that it acted as a catalyst.”

  • Portugal’s prime minister, Antonio Costa, stated on Saturday that home journey can be banned and faculties closed round two upcoming holidays in a bid to cut back the unfold of the coronavirus forward of Christmas, Reuters reported. Journey between municipalities can be banned from 11 p.m. on Nov. 27 to five a.m. on Dec. 2, after which once more from 11 p.m. on Dec. 4 to five a.m. on Dec. 9, to forestall motion round nationwide holidays on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. Colleges will shut on the Mondays earlier than each holidays, and companies should shut early.

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The household of 1 epidemiologist plans to have a good time Thanksgiving in a storage, with tables 10 toes aside and the doorways rolled up. One other epidemiologist’s household is forgoing a conventional meal for an out of doors scorching cider toast with neighbors. A 3rd is eating in an out of doors tent, with a heater, humidifier and air air purifier working.

And, in accordance with an informal survey of 635 epidemiologists by The New York Times, the big majority will not be celebrating with folks exterior their family. Public well being specialists from a variety of backgrounds answered our questionnaire. Not all of them research Covid-19, however all have skilled coaching about how to consider illness unfold and danger.

Seventy-nine p.c stated they have been having Thanksgiving dinner with members of their family or in no way. Simply 21 p.c stated they might be eating with folks exterior their family — and generally, they described going to nice lengths to take action in a secure approach. Their solutions have been comparable for the opposite winter holidays, like Christmas and Hanukkah.

About 8,000 epidemiologists have been invited to take part in our survey, which was circulated by e mail to the membership of the Society for Epidemiologic Analysis and to particular person scientists.

The vacation season is arriving because the coronavirus spreads with renewed energy throughout america, with cases up 67 percent and deaths up 63 percent in the last 14 days. On Thursday, officers on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention urged Individuals to keep away from journey and have a good time the vacation solely with members of their family. Epidemiologists are making these identical private choices, with added experience.


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Lengthy traces, some forming earlier than coronavirus testing websites opened for the day, grew exterior places throughout New York Metropolis forward of the Thanksgiving vacation, as instances of the virus continued to soar nationwide.Credit scoreCredit score…Peter Foley/EPA, through Shutterstock

This 12 months, as they put together to let turkeys brine and pie crusts thaw, folks throughout the nation are ready for one thing additional: a coronavirus take a look at they hope can clear them to mingle with family members.

As a result of a constructive take a look at filters out individuals who ought to undoubtedly not be out with others, many individuals take into account a unfavourable coronavirus take a look at to be a ticket to freely socialize with out precautions. However scientists and medical doctors say this is dangerously misguided.

The primary purpose is {that a} take a look at offers details about the extent of the virus on the time of the take a look at. An individual could possibly be contaminated however not have sufficient virus for it to register but. Or, an individual could change into contaminated within the hours or days after taking a take a look at. Additionally, the assessments shouldn’t have 100% accuracy.

“In case you require your whole friends to e mail you a unfavourable take a look at outcome earlier than your Thanksgiving dinner, it can undoubtedly lower the chance of an outbreak — however not utterly,” stated Dr. KJ Seung, chief of technique and coverage for the Covid response at Companions in Well being. But it is a frequent misperception contact tracers hear when speaking to folks, he stated.

Laboratory assessments that depend on a way known as polymerase chain response, or P.C.R., can detect the virus when it’s current even at very low ranges. Nevertheless it would possibly take a few days to return outcomes, leaving time for somebody to be uncovered.

Antigen assessments are quicker, inexpensive and extra handy — they’ll ship leads to a matter of minutes — however are additionally extra susceptible to lacking the virus when it’s scarce. And that might give somebody a false sense of safety en path to Thanksgiving dinner, stated Paige Larkin, a medical microbiologist at NorthShore College HealthSystem in Chicago, the place she makes a speciality of infectious illness diagnostics.

“A unfavourable result’s a snapshot in time,” Dr. Larkin stated. “It’s telling you that, at that precise second you might be examined, the virus was not detected. It doesn’t imply you’re not contaminated.”

In abstract, as Dr. Esther Choo, an emergency medication doctor and a professor at Oregon Well being and Science College, put it: “Testing unfavourable principally adjustments nothing about conduct. It nonetheless means put on a masks, distance, keep away from indoors if you happen to can.”

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The drug maker Pfizer stated on Friday that it had submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, setting in movement an accelerated regulatory course of that might enable some Individuals to get a vaccine by the center of December.

Regulators on the F.D.A. plan to take about three weeks to evaluation Pfizer’s vaccine earlier than an out of doors panel of specialists meets to evaluation the applying the second week of December. That assembly has been scheduled for Dec. 10.

The company usually, although not at all times, follows the recommendation of its advisory committees. If committee members attain a consensus concerning the effectiveness of Pfizer’s vaccine, the corporate may obtain emergency clearance by mid-December.

One other front-runner, Moderna, can be on the verge of submitting its vaccine for evaluation, and the skin panel may evaluation the corporate’s vaccine quickly after Pfizer’s. Each use an artificial model of coronavirus genetic materials, known as mRNA, to program an individual’s cells to churn out many copies of a fraction of the virus, instructing the immune system the right way to construct a protecting response.

Pfizer and its German associate, BioNTech, announced on Wednesday that their vaccine was 95 p.c efficient. Moderna said on Monday that its vaccine was 94.5 p.c efficient.

You would possibly assume that implies that these vaccines will defend 95 out of 100 individuals who get them. However exactly how the vaccines perform out in the real world will rely on a number of elements we simply don’t have solutions to but.

Listed here are some issues to contemplate concerning the vaccines’ precise effectiveness.

What’s the distinction between efficacy and effectiveness?

Efficacy is a measurement made throughout a medical trial, whereas effectiveness describes how properly it really works in actual life. If earlier vaccines are any information, effectiveness could show considerably decrease than the spectacular efficacy present in medical trials.

That’s as a result of the individuals who be a part of medical trials will not be an ideal reflection of the inhabitants at giant. Out in the actual world, folks could have a bunch of persistent well being issues that might intrude with a vaccine’s safety, for instance.

What precisely are these vaccines efficient at doing?

The medical trials run by Pfizer and different firms have been particularly designed to see whether or not vaccines defend folks from getting sick from Covid-19. So solely volunteers who developed signs like a fever or cough have been examined for the coronavirus. Nevertheless it’s attainable that some individuals who received vaccinated within the trials received contaminated with out growing signs. If these instances exist, none of them are mirrored within the 95 p.c efficacy fee, and the actual fee would really be decrease.

Will these vaccines put a dent within the epidemic?

Even a vaccine with extraordinarily excessive efficacy in medical trials can have a small impression if only some folks find yourself getting it. A. David Paltiel, a professor on the Yale Faculty of Public Well being, modeled completely different vaccines primarily based on their efficacy charges, and in addition how shortly and extensively they are often distributed.

“Infrastructure goes to contribute no less than as a lot, if no more, than the vaccine itself to the success of this system,” he stated.

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President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris met on Friday with Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority chief, the first in-person gathering of the Democratic leaders since the election.

In a one-minute picture alternative with reporters, Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have been seated in a convention room at a big desk with Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer. All have been masked and sat a number of toes from each other.

“In my Oval Workplace, me casa, you casa,” Mr. Biden joked, drawing chuckles from the others. “I hope we’re going to spend so much of time collectively.”

Ms. Pelosi gave Mr. Biden a white orchid to have a good time his 78th birthday, in accordance with an aide.

In a joint assertion afterward, the 4 Democrats stated the assembly was centered on the necessity “to move a bipartisan emergency support package deal within the lame duck session,” one which included cash to battle the coronavirus and supply monetary aid to the unemployed, companies, and state and native governments.

Mr. Biden additionally mentioned his agenda for the primary 100 days of his presidency, in accordance with the assertion, together with his plans to comprise the coronavirus and restore the economic system, primarily based on “the American folks’s mandate for motion.”

Jen Psaki, a transition spokeswoman, instructed reporters earlier within the day that the 4 leaders have been “going to be working in lock step and they’re in lock step settlement that there must be emergency help and support in the course of the lame duck session to assist households, to assist small companies.”

“There’s no extra room for delay,” she added.

The assembly got here because the nation continues to be led by a president who refuses to concede the election and is utilizing lawsuits, divisive language and strain ways to attempt to overturn the outcomes.

Mr. Biden, Democrats and a small variety of Republicans have been urging the president to give attention to combating the surging pandemic and bolstering financial restoration.

In current days, Mr. Biden has spoken repeatedly concerning the pressing want for Congress to agree on a brand new stimulus spending package deal, saying that Senate Republicans ought to drop their opposition to a measure handed by Home Democrats final month. He has made no public suggestion that Democrats ought to change their place or provide new compromise laws.

Past his assembly with Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer on Friday, Mr. Biden was talking with “elected officers from each side of the aisle” concerning the situation, Ms. Psaki stated, however didn’t provide extra specifics.

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Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, examined constructive for the coronavirus at first of the week and has been isolating since Monday, a spokesman for Mr. Trump stated on Friday.

He added that Mr. Trump has proven no signs and is following virus protocols.

Mr. Trump is the most recent individual near the president who has examined constructive for Covid-19. Barron Trump, the president’s youngest son, examined constructive final month. Melania Trump, the primary girl, additionally examined constructive in October. In July, Mr. Trump’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, had examined constructive for the virus.

President Trump examined constructive for the virus in October and was hospitalized as his signs worsened. The president underwent a collection of invasive therapies usually reserved for folks significantly sick with Covid-19.

Donald Trump Jr.’s announcement comes hours after Rudolph W. Giuliani’s son, Andrew Giuliani, a particular assistant to the president, introduced on Twitter that he had examined constructive. This week, two Republican senators, Rick Scott of Florida and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, additionally stated that they had the virus.

After an publicity to the virus, signs can take as much as 14 days to seem, in the event that they ever seem in any respect. In that point, the virus can nonetheless unfold from individual to individual.

In response to tips from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Mr. Trump ought to isolate for no less than 10 days following his constructive take a look at. The spokesman didn’t point out which take a look at Mr. Trump had taken.

In current months, Mr. Trump has questioned the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic, saying in a Fox Information interview that since deaths from the virus had dropped to “virtually nothing” the outbreak had come underneath management. That day deaths in america topped 1,000.

Mr. Trump’s prognosis, reported earlier by Bloomberg, comes because the virus is surging throughout the nation. As of Thursday, no less than 1,962 new coronavirus deaths and 187,428 new instances have been reported in america.

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That is an excerpt of Farhad Manjoo’s latest column for Instances Opinion.

In any case that has occurred this 12 months, the concept of skipping Thanksgiving has introduced me low. I’m blessed to not have misplaced anybody near me to the coronavirus. For my household, the pandemic’s most crushing hardship has been its enforced isolation, particularly the merciless approach it has cleaved us aside at generational seams, separating my youngsters from their grandparents.

If 2020 has taught me something, it’s to withstand taking the longer term without any consideration and to impose an actuarial frankness on all of our planning. Positive, we may skip Thanksgiving this 12 months — however what number of future Thanksgivings will all of us have collectively, anyway?

To seek out some empirical foothold in a debate mired in uncertainty, I made a decision to research my very own potential lethality to the older folks in my life. Amongst different issues, I contact-traced myself — an train that ended up being almost as vulgar because it sounds. I went to all of my common shut contacts, then I went to all of their contacts, and so forth, asking everybody about their potential publicity to the virus.

What I discovered floored me.

I believed my bubble was fairly small, however it turned out to be far bigger than I’d guessed. My solely shut contacts every week are my spouse and children. My youngsters, alternatively, are in a studying pod with seven different kids, and my daughter attends a weekly gymnastics class.

I emailed the mother and father of my youngsters’ pals and classmates, in addition to their academics, and requested how giant every household’s bubble was. Already, my community was as much as virtually 40 folks.

Seems a number of of the households in our studying pod have kids in day care or preschool. And one classmate’s mom is a health care provider who comes into contact with about 10 sufferers every week.

As soon as I had counted everybody, I noticed that visiting my mother and father for Thanksgiving can be like asking them to take a seat right down to dinner with greater than 100 folks.

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With coronavirus instances in New York surging and well being officers pleading with folks to put on masks, social distance and keep residence forward of the vacation season, one group of Democratic energy brokers in New York didn’t appear to get the message.

Photographs revealed by the New York Daily News on Thursday present some metropolis leaders at a birthday celebration for the chief of an influential commerce group, sipping drinks at a non-public residence in Brooklyn, talking whereas standing shut to at least one one other and rubbing shoulders, with few masks in sight. The group appeared to exceed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s restrict of 10 people for gatherings in homes,

In response to an official aware of the gathering, the celebration, for Carlo Scissura, president of the New York Constructing Congress, was held on Nov. 14 — a day when the town reported 1,800 coronavirus instances, and shortly earlier than Mayor Invoice de Blasio closed faculties. It prompted cries of hypocrisy, requires resignations and, finally, a spherical of apologies.

“It is a significantly making an attempt time and there have been shortcomings that I remorse,” Mr. Scissura stated in an announcement. “I enormously admire the gesture of my pals to throw me a shock celebration, however all of us should comply with strict protocols so we are able to get previous this pandemic.”

On the celebration, friends got masks, every individual’s temperature was taken and the occasion was primarily held exterior, in accordance with somebody who attended the celebration. However the pictures present Frank Seddio, the previous chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Get together, chatting intently with Ingrid Lewis-Martin, the deputy Brooklyn borough president, whose boss has simply introduced his intention to run for mayor. Neither wore masks.

“I apologize for my lapse in compliance with Covid-19 precautions,” Ms. Lewis-Martin stated in an announcement. “As a public determine in Brooklyn, I do know it’s my duty to steer by instance.”

Mr. Seddio gave The Each day Information two estimates from that night time; he put the celebration’s attendance at roughly a dozen, and, oddly, the variety of occasions he handed fuel at 4. He didn’t reply to a request for remark.

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Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, a Republican who’s campaigning in a high-stakes runoff election that might decide management of the Senate, is isolating after testing constructive for the coronavirus on Friday night after which receiving an inconclusive outcome on Saturday, a marketing campaign spokesman stated.

Ms. Loeffler has worn masks whereas interacting with folks, however was indoors and unmasked amongst unmasked crowds at an occasion on Thursday. She wore a masks whereas greeting voters who lined as much as meet her.

On Friday morning, she took two coronavirus assessments, in accordance with her marketing campaign spokesman, Stephen Lawson.

A type of was a speedy take a look at, which got here again unfavourable, and Ms. Loeffler “was cleared to attend” occasions on Friday, together with a rally with Vice President Mike Pence and Senator David Perdue of Georgia, Mr. Lawson stated. However the second take a look at, a polymerase chain response, or P.C.R., take a look at — which is taken into account extra correct — got here again with a constructive outcome after her occasions on Friday night, he stated.

Ms. Loeffler, 49, was examined as soon as once more on Saturday morning and obtained an “inconclusive” outcome on Saturday night, Mr. Lawson stated.

The senator adopted C.D.C. tips by notifying these with whom she had had sustained contact whereas she awaits additional take a look at outcomes, he stated.

Ms. Loeffler has held current occasions with distinguished Republicans, together with Mr. Pence, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Mr. Perdue, who can be engaged in a runoff election that might decide management of the Senate.

“She has no signs and she is going to proceed to comply with C.D.C. tips by quarantining till retesting is conclusive and an replace can be supplied at the moment,” Mr. Lawson stated in an announcement.

Ms. Loeffler, a businesswoman who’s the Senate’s richest member, was briefly appointed to her Senate seat late final 12 months. She faces the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a Democrat, in an election on Jan. 5, when Georgia voters may even resolve between Mr. Perdue and his opponent, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.

Astead W. Herndon contributed reporting.

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Coronavirus instances are climbing shortly in Japan and South Korea, two international locations which have managed to keep away from the worst of the pandemic.

Japan has had its worst-ever bounce in new instances, breaking data on 4 consecutive days, with no less than 2,508 new instances on Sunday. Its earlier worst spike dropped off after peaking at almost 2,000 instances in early August.

On Saturday Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga introduced that government-funded home journey stipends meant to assist kick-start the economic system can be suspended for among the hardest hit areas of the nation.

South Korea has had a smaller enhance, with 5 straight days of greater than 300 instances. Final week new restrictions were announced for Seoul and surrounding areas, together with limiting the variety of folks in mass occasions comparable to concert events, conferences and festivals to 100.

South Korea was significantly onerous hit at first of the pandemic in February and March. On March 1 it peaked at greater than 1,000 new instances. Since then the nation has earned reward for bringing its outbreak underneath management, earlier than enduring one other surge in late August.

A South Korean well being official warned that the most recent surge may change into the county’s worst if it’s not shortly introduced underneath management.

“We’re at a crossroads as we expertise an enormous nationwide wave that will outclass the earlier tides,” Lim Sook-young, a Korean Illness Management and Prevention Company official, stated Saturday, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

Greater than 500 folks have died within the outbreak in South Korea this 12 months.

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Thanksgiving week was shaping as much as be one of many busiest intervals for U.S. air journey for the reason that pandemic introduced it to a near-standstill within the spring. However a renewed surge in virus instances and more and more alarming warnings from public well being officers are rattling travelers and threatening airlines’ hopes for the vacation weekend and the months forward.

Airways argue that flying is mostly secure due to the varied insurance policies put in place to restrict contagion, high-end air filtration aboard planes and the comparatively few revealed instances of coronavirus unfold in flight. However the science is way from settled, vacationers are nonetheless in danger all through their journey, and lots of would-be passengers have been discouraged by lockdowns and outbreaks within the locations they hoped to go to.

Airways are already noticing that prospects for passenger demand within the weeks forward are dimming:

  • On Thursday, United stated that bookings had slowed and cancellations had risen in current days due to the surge in virus instances.

  • Southwest Airways said last week that reserving momentum appeared to be slowing for the remainder of the 12 months.

  • American Airways, which has additionally seen demand dip because of the virus, has slashed December flights between america and Europe, leaving simply two every day flights out of Dallas-Fort Value Worldwide Airport, to London and Frankfurt.

To some extent, the unevenness of the journey restoration comes as little shock, stated Helane Becker, managing director and senior airline analyst at Cowen.

“We at all times knew that it will be uneven, however that stated we expect that individuals need to journey and so they’re searching for methods to get out,” Ms. Becker stated throughout a Thursday panel on the Skift Aviation Discussion board.

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The drug maker Pfizer stated on Friday that it had submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, setting in movement an accelerated regulatory course of that might enable the primary Individuals to get a vaccine by the center of December.

Pfizer and its German associate, BioNTech, announced on Wednesday that the vaccine was secure and 95 p.c efficient, and that it additionally labored properly in older folks and in stopping extreme Covid-19. One other front-runner, Moderna, said on Monday that its vaccine, which makes use of comparable expertise, was 94.5 p.c efficient and that the corporate additionally anticipated to use quickly for emergency authorization.

The 2 vaccines use an artificial model of coronavirus genetic materials, known as mRNA, to program an individual’s cells to churn out many copies of a fraction of the virus.

An emergency authorization would enable restricted teams of Individuals to get the vaccines earlier than the F.D.A. has accomplished the standard monthslong approval course of. Company officers have made clear by new guidelines that their bar for emergency authorization can be excessive.

The F.D.A. regulators plan to take about three weeks to evaluation Pfizer’s vaccine, which spans 1000’s of pages, earlier than an out of doors panel of specialists meets to evaluation the applying. That assembly has been scheduled for Dec. 10.

The company usually, although not at all times, follows the recommendation of its advisory committees. If committee members attain a consensus concerning the effectiveness of Pfizer’s vaccine, the corporate may obtain emergency clearance by mid-December.

As a result of Moderna can be on the verge of submitting its vaccine for emergency approval, the skin panel may evaluation the corporate’s vaccine quickly after Pfizer’s.

If each vaccines are licensed for emergency use, federal and firm officers have stated, there could possibly be sufficient doses to immunize about 20 million Individuals earlier than the top of the 12 months, a gaggle that will most probably embody well being care staff and nursing residence residents. There are an estimated 17 million to 20 million health care workers in america, and about a million people residing in nursing properties.

In a video message Friday, Pfizer’s chief government, Dr. Albert Bourla, known as it a “historic day,” and stated, “It’s with nice pleasure and pleasure — and even slightly aid — that I can say that our request for emergency use authorization for our Covid-19 vaccine is now within the F.D.A.’s arms.”

Pfizer stated on Friday that the corporate has begun regulatory submissions in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and Britain, and that it deliberate to use in different international locations “within the speedy future.”

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