Coronavirus updates: Stimulus package deal expected by end of week; US nears 5M cases; Clorox wipes shortage could stretch into 2021
A second round of coronavirus stimulus checks? Maybe.
Top Democrats and negotiators from the White House say a stimulus deal could be reached by the end of the week and approved as early as the following week, That could be good news for tens of millions of unemployed Americans whose $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits has expired.
“We have to have an agreement, and we will have an agreement,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Novavax Inc., of Gaithersburg, Maryland, became the fifth vaccine developer to release promising results of an early trial. The federal government is paying $1.6 billion to Novavax for 100 million doses.
Here are some significant developments:
Democrats, White House optimistic stimulus deal could be reached this week after both sides make concessions.
A group of voters backed by Republican lawmakers sued Minnesota state and local officials to try to block a face mask requirement at polling places.
Attorneys general from more than 30 states asked the federal government to allow more manufacturing of a crucial drug, remdesivir.
New York City’s health commissioner, who clashed with city officials on their COVID-19 response, has resigned, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.
Democrats, White House report progress on stimulus negotiations
Top Democrats and White House negotiators expressed optimism on Tuesday that a deal on a second coronavirus stimulus package could be done by the end of the week.
The movement followed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meeting for another day with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
“Even though there remains a number of unresolved issues, I would characterize the conversations as productive and a step in the right direction,” Meadows said after the meeting. “Probably the most productive meeting we’ve had.”
– Christal Hayes