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US Virus Updates: Oxford Vaccine Trial Enters Phase II

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US Virus Updates: Oxford Vaccine Trial Enters Phase II

As lockdowns ease across the United States, millions of Americans are set to take tentative steps outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day. But public health officials are still concerned that if people congregate in crowds or engage in other risky behavior, the long weekend could cause the coronavirus to come roaring back.

The CDC continues to recommend that people stay home, avoid crowds and connect with family and friends by phone or video chat. But for the tourism and hospitality industry hit hard by the pandemic, there is modest hope that Memorial Day will mark the start of a return to something resembling recovery.

The U.S. has confirmed 1.5 million cases and nearly 95,000 deaths from the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University . Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis in the U.S.: Experimental Coronavirus Vaccine Moves Into Next Phase of Human Trials

British researchers testing an experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus are moving into advanced studies of human trials and aim to immunize more than 10,000 people to determine if the shot works.

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Last month, scientists at Oxford University began vaccinating more than 1,000 volunteers in a preliminary study designed to test the shot’s safety. Those results aren’t in yet but on Friday, the scientists announced they’re expanding to 10,260 people across Britain, including older people and children.

If all goes smoothly, "it’s possible as early as the autumn or toward the end of the year, you could have results that allowed use of the vaccine on a wider scale," predicted Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford Vaccine Group.

AstraZeneca received more than $1 billion from the U.S. Department […]

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