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Numerous vaccines are in development to immunize humans from COVID-19, the rapidly spreading respiratory virus that's upended daily life across the globe.

Scientists at the National Institute of Health (NIH) are among them.

A new report from the Washington Post details the work of Kim Hasenkrug, an NIH immunologist in its Montana laboratories, has a plan for how to most efficiently create and test a viable vaccine that could significantly curb the spread of the virus.

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Leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, the constant false claims and misinformation spread by President Donald Trump was troublesome to many.

But his comments now can legitimately prove deadly if someone follows his advice.

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Toward the end of February, there were about 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. President Donald Trump vowed that those cases would be down to zero by the following week.

Since then, there are over 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and the death toll has surpassed 100. Both of those numbers are expected to sharply increase in the coming weeks.

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COVID-19—or Novel Coronavirus—cases have skyrocketed in the United States, with over 8,000 confirmed cases and nearly 150 deaths. That number is expected to rise exponentially as more people experiencing symptoms finally gain access to tests.

With President Donald Trump's leadership leaving a lot to be desired, governors across the country have largely taken the lead, shuttering schools, restaurants, bars, and other non-essential gatherings in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus.

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CNN

President Donald Trump's COVID-19 task force gave a presser on Wednesday afternoon, where reporters were asked for updates on the virus's spread and what the Trump administration's plans would be moving forward.

Trump was also asked about some of his and his officials' rhetoric.

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As COVID-19 confirmed cases in the United States rose to nearly 6,000, with over 100 deaths, President Donald Trump spent his morning touting his approval rating and attacking the press.

In just a few tweets, the President dashed the hopes that his words and actions would rise to a level that met the leadership and moral clarity Americans look to in a President at times of crisis like these.

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Fox News

Little more than a week ago, far-right Fox New host Tucker Carlson made the rare move of diverting from the script tacitly assigned to him by President Donald Trump.

Carlson's primetime hour, normally dedicated to hailing the President is a mead-drinking beacon of masculinity and common sense, urged Americans to take the growing number of COVID-19 cases more seriously, even as Trump said it was no big deal.

Now that Trump has turned to racism, repeatedly referring to the virus as "Chinese Virus" instead of its actual name, Tucker Carlson can't stop praising him.

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