Elon Musk speaking in Chicago. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Elon Musk has promised to fund fixes to the water supplies of homes in Flint, Michigan "that has water contamination above FDA levels" amid the city's struggle to work its way out of an economic depression and find clean water sources for its citizens.

The backdrop: Flint's water supply was contaminated with lead in 2014, when officials changed the city's water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in a cost-saving measure. The water from the new source was not treated properly, and ate into lead-containing pipes, causing the contamination.

Threat level: Lead is highly toxic and can affect the heart, kidneys and nervous system. Children are especially at risk since lead exposure can impair cognition and cause disorders that can last a lifetime.

Though the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates the water contamination levels (as opposed to the FDA as Musk mentioned,) announced last month, the city "currently meets regulatory criteria for lead and copper" in its water, city residents and homeowners say it remains undrinkable and thus unsafe.

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Deadly Hurricane Zeta slams U.S. Gulf Coast

A satellite image of Hurricane Zeta. Photo: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a 55-year-old man was "electrocuted by a downed power line" in Louisiana as the storm caused widespread power outages Wednesday night, per AP.

What's happening: Zeta made landfall south of New Orleans as a Category 2 hurricane earlier Wednesday before weakening to Category 1. But it was still "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi with life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain" late Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, testifies during a September Senate hearing on COVID-19 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Graeme Jennings/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday he doesn't expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be ready until January 2021 or later.

What he's saying: Fauci said during the interview that the U.S. was in a "bad position" after failing to keep case numbers down post-summer. "We should have been way down in baseline and daily cases and we’re not," he said.

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