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UN warns against herd immunity; virus in spotlight at Supreme Court hearings
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UN warns against herd immunity; virus in spotlight at Supreme Court hearings

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The head of the World Health Organization warned against the idea that herd immunity might be a realistic strategy to stop the pandemic, dismissing such proposals as “simply unethical."

At a media briefing Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said health officials typically aim to achieve herd immunity by vaccination. Tedros noted that to obtain herd immunity from a highly infectious disease such as measles, for example, about 95% of the population must be immunized.

“Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it,” he said. Read the full story here:

Meanwhile, the coronavirus took center stage at the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

The disease that's killed more than 213,000 people in the United States dominated the Senate hearings that opened Monday in Washington. Read the full story here:

In other developments:

  • President Donald Trump’s White House doctor says Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days using a newer rapid test from Abbott laboratories. The assessment comes as Trump is traveling to Sanford, Florida, to headline his first campaign rally Monday since becoming infected with the coronavirus. Just a week after his release from the hospital, Trump's Florida rally is the first stop in a busy week that will include events in Pennsylvania, Iowa, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

  • Stocks marched higher again on Monday as Wall Street extended its gains from last week's rally, the market's best in three months. The S&P 500 rose 1.6%, following up on strengthening in stock markets around the world.

  • The British government carved England into three tiers of coronavirus risk on Monday in a bid to slow a resurgent outbreak, putting the northern city of Liverpool into the highest risk category and shutting its pubs, gyms and betting shops.
  • Veterinarians and farmers have begun culling at least 2.5 million minks in northern Denmark after coronavirus has been reported in at least 63 farms.
  • All of the schedule juggling the NFL is doing due to COVID-19 outbreaks feels like a Tilt-A-Whirl gone mad. And it’s almost certainly not over.

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