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Gottlieb says worst of outbreak will pass by January


Efforts to fully reopen the U.S. economy are faltering as 19 states pause or reverse plans to ease restrictions on business as new cases spike across the country. Despite the surge of infections, Vice President Mike Pence told CNBC the White House wants to press ahead with reopening after job numbers came in better than expected. Pence defended the administration’s position on masks, saying there’s no need for a national mandate. Nearly half of all states have implemented mask mandates in one form or another, though hotspots such as Florida and Texas have not done so. 

This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks. 

  • Global cases: More than 10.76 million
  • Global deaths: At least 517,647
  • U.S. cases: More than 2.7 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 128,421

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Moderna vaccine trial reportedly delayed

1:52 p.m. ET — Shares of Moderna fell as much as 9.4% on a report the company’s late-stage trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine will be delayed.

Moderna, which is working with the National Institutes of Health, was expected to begin a phase 3 trial with 30,000 participants for its vaccine candidate later this month, pending the results from its mid-stage trial.

However, the company is pushing back the expected start date, according to health-care publication STAT News.

Moderna’s experimental vaccine contains genetic material called messenger RNA, or mRNA. It became the first candidate to enter a phase 1 human trial in March. —Berkeley Lovelace 

These states are requiring people to wear masks

12:45 p.m. ET — Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C. are mandating people wear masks in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The regulations vary from state to state, with some governments requiring people to wear masks in all public spaces while other states require masks only in certain circumstances. 

Here’s a list: 

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii (essential businesses)
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky (employees in essential businesses)
  • Maine
  • Maryland (indoor stores, public transit)
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan (grocery stores, pharmacies)
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey (indoor businesses, public transit, construction)
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon (indoor spaces)
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia (indoor businesses)
  • Washington D.C.
  • Washington state

Vice President Mike Pence, in an interview with CNBC, reiterated the Trump administration’s position that a national mandate for people to wear masks is not necessary, even though coronavirus cases are surging. —Spencer Kimball 

NIH says it’s possible Americans will be able to attend sports events this fall

12:23 p.m. ET — National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins said it’s possible Americans will be allowed to attend sporting events in time for the fall football season.

Sports fans and players across the world have been frustrated by canceled games as…



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