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When even death is a political litmus test, and more coronavirus news this week

When even death is a political litmus test, and more coronavirus news this week


In a deeply divided America, even death is a political litmus test. To Joe Biden and Democrats, crossing 200,000 U.S. coronavirus deaths will be a reminder of the Trump administration’s inaction and indifference to the pandemic. To President Donald Trump and his supporters, it’s a reminder that the toll could have been much worse.

Democrats are balancing their support for scientific advancement toward a vaccine against concerns about President Donald Trump politicizing the process. They risk undermining public confidence in a vaccine.

What's ahead this weekend

TODAY: A special team of federal health officials went to South Carolina starting Saturday to try and test thousands of people for COVID-19 to stop a spike in cases around Columbia.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still circling the globe, world leaders are skipping their annual gathering in New York and will make pre-recorded speeches on the state of a deeply divided world turned topsy-turvy. Says U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: “The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis unlike any in our lifetimes, and so this year’s General Assembly session will be unlike any other, too.”

SUNDAY: Thousands of demonstrators are expected to gather in Dusseldorf, Germany, to protest against restrictions put in place in order to better control the spread of the pandemic.

MONDAY: In a year full of sorrowful statistics, the U.S. is expected to record one more by Monday: 200,000 dead of the coronavirus. They were loyal partners, illuminating scholars, crowd-pleasing chefs, pillars of business. And many were something more: parents. For the children left behind, life is forever changed. And for grandparents, surviving parents and others now stepping in, it is a balancing act of new responsibility while mourning the dead.

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