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COVID-19 update: SC adds 67 confirmed deaths, including Greenwood County's 15th, Laurens County's 41st

State health officials announced Saturday that Greenwood County had its 15th confirmed COVID-19 death. The patient

Industrial recruitment, retention atop Greenwood County's economic development priorities

How Greenwood County intends to pursue economic development has been largely unknown since County Council voted in May to pull its membership and funding in the Greenwood Partnership Alliance."

Horry County shows increase in COVID-19 deaths, reports eight new deaths

After COVID-19 deaths declined for two days in Horry County

Horry County reports three new COVID-19 deaths, more than 50 new cases

More than 50 new coronavirus cases and three deaths were reported in Horry County on Thursday

Masks, shields and spread out jurors as trials resume in SC

The first trial in a South Carolina courtroom since the COVID-19 pandemic began included spread out jurors

SC health officials report 52 more COVID-19 related deaths, 1,168 new cases | Raleigh News & Observer

South Carolina health officials reported Tuesday that 52 more people have died after contracting the coronavirus

South Carolina announces latest COVID-19 update for Aug. 10

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Monday 718 new confirmed cases and 6 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus spread is slowing in SC, health officials say as 1,265 test positive

South Carolina health officials confirmed Friday that the coronavirus' spread is slowing after they announced 1

Masks, shields and spread out jurors as trials resume in SC | Charlotte Observer

The first trial in a South Carolina courtroom since the COVID-19 pandemic began includes spread out jurors

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Doubts Emerge as Russia Prepares to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

The final clinical trial phase of a vaccine candidate to protect against SARS-CoV-2 is underway in Russia, and the Gamaleya Institute expects to gain approval for mass production later this week.
Russian virologists who have previously worked with public health agencies are concerned by how little Gamaleya has published in terms of scientific research related to their work; moreover, the scant information about the vaccine's mechanism, which is based on the adenovirus that causes the common cold, suggests that this candidate could be risky for patients who have already developed antibodies that can protect them against the novel coronavirus.

Russia becomes first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccinePresident Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.

The development paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population, even as the final stage of clinical trials to test safety and efficacy continue.   

The speed at which Russia is moving to roll out its vaccine highlights its determination to win the global race for an effective product, but has stirred concerns that it may be putting national prestige before sound science and safety.

U.S. COVID-19 deaths drop for first time in four weeksThe U.S. death toll from COVID-19 fell 16% to about 7,200 people last week, the first decline in deaths after four weeks of increases, according to a Reuters tally of state and county reports.

The country posted more than 376,000 new COVID-19 cases for the week ended August 9, or an average of roughly 53,000 per day. New cases have now fallen for three straight weeks, though the United States still accounts for a quarter of the global total of 20 million cases.

Trump weighs blocking U.S. citizens coming home if coronavirus infection fearedThe administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is considering a measure to block U.S. citizens and permanent residents from returning home if they are suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, a senior U.S. official confirmed to Reuters.

The official said a draft regulation, which has not been finalized and could change, would give the government authorization to block individuals who could "reasonably" be believed to have contracted COVID-19 or other diseases.

Lebanese government quits amid fury over Beirut blastLebanon's prime minister announced his government's resignation on Monday, saying a huge explosion that devastated Beirut and triggered public outrage was the result of endemic corruption.

The Aug. 4 detonation at a port warehouse of what authorities said was more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate killed at least 163 people, injured more than 6,000 and destroyed swathes of the Mediterranean capital, compounding months of political and economic meltdown.

Big U.S. companies form group to boost hiring of minorities in New YorkLeaders from major U.S. companies, including banks and tech giants, have formed a group aimed at increasing the hiring of individuals from minority communities in New York.

The New York Jobs CEO Council, which counts chief executives from 27 firms among its members, aims to hire 100,000 people from low-income Black, Latino and Asian communities by 2030.

Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co <JPM.N>, IBM <IBM.

More active weather in the East

Tuesday will follow a familiar pattern for those in the eastern third of the U.S. with showers and pop-up storms throughout the afternoon. In the east, an area of severe weather will develop with powerful storms and straight-line winds moving through Arkansas and Missouri.
The second area of severe weather to develop will arrive on Tuesday afternoon in the Texas Panhandle stretching north into Colorado.

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