May 30, 2017

Experimental Ebola vaccine approved in DRC

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has approved an experimental Ebola vaccine this week to help address the slew of recent Ebola cases announced earlier this month, the first outbreak since the 2014 epidemic.

Note: The vaccine, known as rVSV-ZEBOV, isn't yet licensed. But it's a promising experimental drug. It has shown positive movement in a clinical trial in Guinea, leaving 5,837 subjects who received the vaccination free of Ebola virus 10 days after receiving the vaccination. Compare that to 23 cases in 6,004 subjects who weren't vaccinated.

Médecins San Frontières arrived this week to go over protocol with the technical teams, although it may be difficult transporting the drug to the rural Bas-Uélé province where the recent cases have been recorded.

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U.S.-China trade tensions are escalating again

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As the coronavirus pandemic appears to be subsiding in China, it's becoming clear that its targets for the phase one trade deal with the U.S. are unrealistic and there is so far no sign of a plan for renegotiation.

What's happening: White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Thursday the trade deal was "intact, and China has every intent of implementing it."

Husband of deceased Scarborough staffer asks Twitter to delete baseless Trump claims

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The husband of Lori Klausutis, an aide to Joe Scarborough when he was member of Congress who died in 2001, asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to take down President Trump's tweets baselessly accusing the MSNBC host of murdering her, according to a letter obtained by the New York Times' Kara Swisher.

The state of play: Timothy Klausutis asked Dorsey to delete the tweets because Trump "has taken something that does not belong him — the memory of my dead wife and perverted it for perceived political gain."

The polarized pandemic election

A Trump supporter protests Pennsylvania's stay-at-home order, during a May 15 rally outside the Capitol in Harrisburg. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

President Trump is going all-in on pushing for a rapid, robust return to normal life, creating a visual, visceral contrast with Joe Biden and other Democrats who are more reticent to rip the masks off.

The state of play: Business friends have been urging Trump from the beginning to keep the lockdowns short. He's listening more and more.