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12 AUGUST 2020

Nearly 400,000 American children have tested positive for COVID-19, late-stage clinical trials for a vaccine are now being tested on Mexicans, and Kamala Harris has become the first African American to ascend the Vice Presidency of the United States of America.



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COVID-19 surged among American kids this summer. On July 9 there were approximately 200,000 cases, and by Aug 6 that number had risen by 180,000 — an approximately 90% increase in a single month. The report, from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, counts more than 380,000 total confirmed cases in children as of August 12, 2020.

“Children carry as much of the virus in their noses and throats as adults do,” according to JAMA Pediatrics, a medical journal published by the AMA, “even if or when they have mild or moderate symptoms.” The report published on July 30 has prompted fears that students who become ill at school may invariably spread the virus to their homes and communities.

North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, reopened for in-person learning August 3. But when a video went viral of crowded hallways, and both students and teachers subsequently tested positive, in-person learning and extracurricular activities were suspended.

America’s schools began re-opening in August. The absence of federal guidelines leaves the power to choose in-person or virtual classrooms entirely to the states.

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Mexico Conducts Late-Stage Trials for China, US COVID-19 Vaccines.

More than 150 vaccines are being developed and tested around the world to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, with 25 in human clinical trials, according to the World Health Organization.

Mexico is conducting the majority of late-stage clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines in development by Johnson & Johnson, according to Mexico’s Foreign Ministry. Mexico is also conducting the late-stage clinal trials for Chinese companies CanSino Biologics and Walvax Biotechnology, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Johnson & Johnson kicked off U.S. human safety trials in July for its COVID-19 vaccine after releasing details of a study in monkeys that showed its best-performing vaccine candidate was now reasonably ready for human trials.

Latin America’s second largest economy has suffered more than 50,000 deaths from COVID-19, following Brazil with 101,000, and the United States with 170,000 deaths as of August 11.

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First Generation American Ascends U.S. Vice Presidency

Months after her own presidential dreams sputtered to a halt, Kamala Harris got another shot at the Democratic ticket.

The racial-justice movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd has had two quite different effects on Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. It intensified the pressure on Biden to choose a Black woman as his running mate, and it has also intensified the pressure on him to choose a running mate with a history of challenging police brutality. Those two political imperatives both collide and crescendo in the first African American woman for Vice President of the United States.

The California Democrat was born in Oakland, California, to two immigrant parents: an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father. She went on to attend Howard University, one of the nation's preeminent historically black colleges and universities, and then to the University of California, Hastings to earn her law degree. She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

She became the district attorney for San Francisco in 2003, before being elected the first woman and the first African American to serve as California's Attorney General. In her nearly two terms in office as AG, Harris gained a reputation as one of the Democratic party's rising stars, using this momentum to propel her election as California's junior US senator in 2017.

"For the People” was the phrase she used to formally announce her appearances as a prosecutor in the California superior courts as implicitly required by California law, and her campaign slogan when she ran for President.

The Biden Harris democratic nominees are the first interracial presidential ticket in U.S. history, and the couple enters and ultimately leads the final 10 weeks of a historic campaign.


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