Drug could be ready by summer’s end; Florida orders ‘brick and mortar’ schools to open; 130,000 US deaths
The U.S. coronavirus death toll has surpassed 130,000 but a U.S. pharmaceutical company says it could have initial doses of a drug ready by the end of summer that could treat or even prevent COVID-19.
A $450 million federal awarded Regeneron Pharmaceuticals could help get the drug to “many people quickly, hopefully helping to change the course of this deadly and still-raging pandemic,” the company said in a statement.
The news comes as confirmed cases surge across most of the U.S. – Dr. Anthony Fauci said the country is “still knee-deep in the first wave of this.” Arizona is one hot spot: The state reported over 100,000 cases Monday, and more than 62,000 of the 101,441 reported cases involve people younger than 44, state officials said.
In Florida, another hot spot, the fall semester begins next month for public schools. The state’s education chief ordered school boards to “open brick