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Clinton on Trump's handling of coronavirus: 'I would have done a better job'

  • The comment from a former rival, which came during a wide-ranging interview on a documentary released this year about Clinton's life, hits Trump on an issue that has depressed his reelection hopes and frustrated his administration.
  • The coronavirus pandemic has dominated the last four months of American life, including altering every aspect of the presidential campaign.
  • Clinton's latest round of interviews comes months after the release of "Hillary" and as the documentary begins to get awards consideration.
  • But Clinton's most pointed comments came in response to questions about the tumult facing the country, both over the ongoing pandemic, the nation's reckoning with racism and police brutality, and the way voters and top companies are approaching the 2020 campaign.

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America is running out of fireworks

  • But imports from China, which supplies more than 90% of the world's fireworks, stalled earlier this year, and industry leaders expect a supply shortage in coming days.
  • America's sudden obsession with fireworks came after the pandemic led to mass cancellations of weddings, sports events and Independence Day shows.
  • Compared to 2019, demand for consumer fireworks is up at least 115%.
  • Now, Zoldan, whose consumer fireworks company is among the largest in the United States, said he could play soccer in his 1.2 million square foot distribution center, which was completely full four weeks ago.
  • China normally ramps up production for fireworks in winter — but this year, the pandemic forced most of the factories to close.
  • Chinese exports fell to essentially zero in January, and in the first four months of 2020, the United States imported 35% fewer fireworks than during the same period in 2019.

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With a worsening pandemic, California bans singing in places of worship

  • The state, to curb a rapidly worsening pandemic, has temporarily banned singing and chanting in places of worship.
  • California has had more than 24,000 coronavirus cases.
  • On Tuesday, it announced 6,367 cases, the second highest total for the state since the pandemic began.
  • Covid patients make up for about 30% of all hospitalizations, according to state data.
  • Singing at services has proven to be one way to spread a virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • While the California Department of Public Health strongly recommends places of worship should continue to facilitate remote serves, in-person services are currently permitted in California if proper measures are followed.
  • Offering plates and similar items that move between people at places of worship have also been temporarily discontinued.

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Horseshoe crab blood is key to making a COVID-19 vaccine—but the ecosystem may suffer.

  • In 2016, a synthetic alternative to crab lysate, recombinant factor C (rFC), was approved as an alternative in Europe, and a handful of U.S. drug companies also began using it.
  • But on June 1, 2020, the American Pharmacopeia, which sets the scientific standards for drugs and other products in the U.S., declined to place rFC on equal footing with crab lysate, claiming that its safety is still unproven.
  • But she and other conservationists fear that without rFC or other alternatives available, the ongoing burden on horseshoe crab blood for COVID-19 vaccines and related therapeutics may imperil the crabs and the marine ecosystems that depend on them.
  • According to the statement from Lonza, Charles River Laboratories and another lysate maker, Associates of Cape Cod, Inc., raise horseshoe crabs in hatcheries and release them into the ocean.
  • Lonza’s statement says the company would also prefer to use lysate alternatives and has trademarked its own rFC, called PyroGene.

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Take a quick breath, 2020 is only half over

  • The pandemic caused economic calamity, which helped spark massive social justice protests in the space of six months.
  • We could have seen the pandemic coming, because pandemics happen and scientists and good government types have been warning for a long time that the big one was just around the corner.
  • President Donald Trump, rather than asking Americans to wear masks to stop the spread of the disease, is using old-fashioned racism to try to brand the coronavirus as a Chinese import.
  • In the meantime, face masks cover our expressions in public, distance governs our social lives, most of our interactions are online and so much of the world is on hold as we wait for a vaccine.
  • He's actively trying to undermine Black Lives Matter at a time when the country has warmed to the movement's message, trying to paint over frustration caused by coronavirus with a coat of ugly racial anger.

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Newly identified swine flu could become a human pandemic

  • Researchers in China have identified an influenza virus called G4 that can infect both pigs and humans.
  • While G4 is not yet able to spread from person to person, the scientists say that it has “all the essential hallmarks” of a future pandemic virus.
  • Scientists have likened pigs to “mixing vessels” for generating pandemic influenza viruses because they host both mammalian and avian flu viruses.
  • Research led by Honglei Sun at China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing has identified such a strain in pigs that has already begun to infect humans.
  • In the lab, the researchers showed that the virus was able to infect cultures of human epithelial cells that line the airways of the lungs.
  • The virus also had the ability to infect ferrets, which researchers often use to model human influenza, and to transmit from animal to animal via tiny airborne droplets called aerosols.

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Vale Is Financially Able to Resume Dividends But Watching Covid: CFO

  • SÃO PAULO—Brazilian iron-ore mining giant Vale SA is financially ready to resume making divided payments after an almost two-year halt following the deadly dam failure in Brumadinho, but it is waiting to see how the coronavirus pandemic advances before making a decision, Chief Financial Officer Luciano Siani said Friday.
  • Vale’s policy was to pay a dividend twice a year, in March and September, and it last distributed cash to shareholders in September 2018.
  • After the Brumadinho disaster in January 2019, which killed 270 people,...

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During Covid-19 Pandemic, the Used-Car Lot Is Hot

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has dinged the auto sector, but one part of the industry is faring better than it was before the crisis: used cars.
  • Sales of used vehicles in the U.S. have roared back after dropping 38% in April, when states were shut down and some dealerships were forced to close.
  • In June, used-vehicle sales rose 17% above the pre-pandemic forecasts, according to research firm J.D. Power.

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These 6 charts break down the June jobs report, economic recovery - Business Insider

  • The report released Thursday from the labor department showed that the economy added 4.8 million jobs during the month, and that the unemployment rate declined to 11.1% from 13.3% in May. The June report also marks the second month in a row that nonfarm payrolls have exceeded economists' expectations, showing just how swiftly the US economy has recovered since starting the reopening process.
  • Economists had expected 3 million jobs added, and the unemployment rate to decline to 12.5% in June.
  • In May, economists expecting a dismal report were shocked when the US added a revised 2.7 million jobs, and saw the unemployment rate declined to 13.3% from 14.7%.
  • While the report shows that the economic recovery from the pandemic recession progressed in June, there is still a long way to go before the labor market is at pre-crisis levels.

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These 6 charts break down the June jobs report, economic recovery - Business Insider

  • The report released Thursday from the labor department showed that the economy added 4.8 million jobs during the month, and that the unemployment rate declined to 11.1% from 13.3% in May. The June report also marks the second month in a row that nonfarm payrolls have exceeded economists' expectations, showing just how swiftly the US economy has recovered since starting the reopening process.
  • Economists had expected 3 million jobs added, and the unemployment rate to decline to 12.5% in June.
  • In May, economists expecting a dismal report were shocked when the US added a revised 2.7 million jobs, and saw the unemployment rate declined to 13.3% from 14.7%.
  • While the report shows that the economic recovery from the pandemic recession progressed in June, there is still a long way to go before the labor market is at pre-crisis levels.

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