Good morning. If you’re stuck inside yearning for an adventure, just know you’re not alone. One daring goat in San Jose rounded up a few hundred pals and flew the coop for a night out on the town. Dare we say the G.O.A.T. among goats?
“If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.”
– Steven Wright
The Crusade For A Cure
Global cases of COVID-19 rose to nearly 4.40 million yesterday, with over 296,000 deaths. Billions of people are currently under some form of restriction as scientists work to develop a treatment for the virus.
A Shot In The Arm The WHO Director-General on Monday said there are around seven or eight unspecified “top” candidates for a vaccine, out of more than one hundred currently being researched around the world.
The furthest-along candidate is a repurposed tuberculosis vaccine created by medical institutions from the U.S., Australia, and the Netherlands, which is currently recruiting volunteers for a Phase 3 trial in Australia.
Moderna is recruiting volunteers for a Phase 2 study of its vaccine candidate after the FDA successfully reviewed its Phase 1 trial on COVID-19 patients in Washington state.
Sinopharm – a state-owned Chinese pharmaceutical giant – last month said its vaccine candidate received approval for concurrent Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials following a review by China’s version of the FDA.
Treat Yo’ Self On Monday, the FDA issued two new guidances intended to accelerate the development of products designed to treat or prevent COVID-19. The agency said there are currently 144 active clinical trials of potential COVID-19 treatments, and more than 450 additional programs still in the development stages.
Gilead is currently conducting two separate Phase 3 clinical trials of its failed Ebola drug, remdesivir, and released initial study results on April 29. The FDA issued emergency use authorization for remdesivir earlier this month.
Researchers on Monday published a study on malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, showing no noticeable advantage for patients that took the drug paired with the antibiotic azithromycin. The FDA had issued emergency use authorization for the drug back in March but later cautioned against its use outside of clinical trials due to heart complications.
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The number of confirmed U.S. cases rose past 1.43 million with 85,197 confirmed deaths.
113-year-old Maria Branyas – believed to be the oldest person in Spain – has recovered from COVID-19 after testing positive back in March.
Los Angeles county beaches reopened on Wednesday for the first time in two months, though some restrictions remain in place.
The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced they will investigate reports of hackers linked to the Chinese government attempting to steal U.S. COVID-19 vaccine research.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released from prison to serve the remainder of his 7.5 years from home due to COVID-19 fears. Manafort was arrested in 2019 and convicted as part of the Mueller investigation into Russian election meddling. (Left Center – BBC | Right Center – Detroit News)
Washington D.C. on Wednesday extended its stay-at-home order until June 8. See where all 50 states stand on lockdowns and reopenings here.
The FBIseized the phone of Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) after serving a search warrant at his residence on Wednesday. Burr is under investigation for violating Congressional insider trading laws.
Intelligence Director Releases Information List
More than a dozen Obama-era government officials – including Joe Biden – are on a list of people who, before leaving office, requested intelligence information that may have potentially been connected to former national security advisor, Michael Flynn. The list of names was provided to Senate Republicans on Wednesday by acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell.
More: The DOJ recently dropped the case against Michael Flynn, stating that a key interview was unjustified. Flynn was one of the subjects of the Mueller investigation, and in 2017 pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI.
Even More: A U.S. District Court judge last night released an order appointing a former federal judge to present arguments against the DOJ’s bid to drop the case.
Special elections were held over the past two days to replace vacant House seats in Wisconsin and California previously occupied by Democrats. Tom Tiffany (R) claimed victory in WI’s 7th district on Tuesday, while Mike Garcia (R) won CA’s 25th district on Wednesday.
Major U.S. stock indicesfell across the board Wednesday (Dow -2.2%, S&P -1.7%, Nasdaq -1.5%) but futures rose slightly in after-hours trading.
Venture capitalist datashows a 25% decrease in investment activity over the past month-and-a-half, though the average deal size has remained relatively constant.
Uberannounced a set of new safety features to take effect starting Monday, including a tool that checks if drivers are wearing face masks before the beginning of each trip. The company also committed $50 million to obtain and provide PPE to its drivers.
Condé Nast, a multinational media publisher, announced plans to lay off 100 U.S. employees and furlough about 100 more, a combined ~7% of its American workforce.
Officials in Alameda County, CA late Tuesday said they had reviewed Tesla’s reopening plan for its factory located there, and held “productive discussions” with the company’s representatives. The factory opened on Monday in defiance of county ordinance.
Join The Club, Grubhub
According to the WSJ, Uber is discussing a takeover offer with Grubhub that values the delivery company at roughly $6 billion. The two companies are reportedly considering an all-stock deal that would value each Grubhub share at ~1.9 Uber shares, after previous reports indicated Grubhub was seeking a price of 2.15 Uber shares.
More: The meal delivery industry by market share: Doordash – 42%, Grubhub – 28%, Uber Eats – 20%, Postmates – 9%.
Trial by Fire
Amazon announced two new tablets yesterday: a Fire HD 8 entry model starting at $89.99, and an upgraded Fire HD 8 Plus model for $109.99. Amazon’s strategy is to sell the tablets – which start shipping June 3 – at low prices, and then profit once customers purchase digital content like books, movies, and TV shows on its platform.
You’ve Got A Friend In Me
Kevin Alton and Martel Hedge have been best friends since they were nine years old. Thirty years later, the two pals have teamed up to provide food support to their local Pittsburgh community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Kevin and Martel started in March, making a few dozen lunch bags with sandwiches, chips, and juice for local youths in need. The two friends now lead a staff of 10 who provide the community with several hundred lunch bags each day, along with more than 100 hot meals for seniors.
I’m Lovin’ It
Two-year-old Marekura’s absolute favorite meal is a cheeseburger from McDonald’s, so naturally, she requested it for her birthday dinner last month. Unfortunately, all McDonald’s locations are closed in New Zealand, where Marekura lives with her brother and parents.
Marekura’s parents devised a plan to give their daughter her special birthday treat. They recreated an entire McDonald’s drive-thru experience for their two kids, featuring entirely homemade food served in bags wrapped with the iconic golden arches.
Left To Their Own Devices
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most hospitals and healthcare facilities, such as nursing homes, are restricting visitor access for the near future. While these measures help prevent the spread of the virus, they may also lead to feelings of isolation among some patients.
New Jersey resident John Lynch’s father recently passed away in isolation. Following his death, John and his “Lunch with Lynch Foundation” collected and donated over 60 iPads and other devices to local healthcare facilities so residents can virtually visit with friends and family they’ve been restricted from seeing.
How are you managing stress?
Modern Holistic Health focuses on addressing the root causes of physiological illness and mental health imbalances. During this difficult time, we’re working overtime to help calm our clients and the community.
And community is more important than ever. So we want to share some stress-management tips to help you get through this time:
• Help others. This simple – yet powerful – act can empower you in times of uncertainty. • Practice Sleep Hygiene. Eight hours of sleep each night ensures your body and brain have the time they need to regenerate, manage stress, and keep your immune system strong. • Exercise daily. Whether it’s taking time out for yoga, dancing, running, or walking – just be consistent and do something every day. Not only will this help manage stress, but it also helps support your immune function, healthy sleep cycles, and your mindset.
🌪️ My Name Is… the World Meteorological Organization approved the first named storm of 2020 – Typhoon Vongfong – located just east of the central Philippines.
🏹 Straight As An Arrow… a study published last week in the Antiquaries Journal found that some medieval arrows inflicted wounds similar to those caused by modern-day bullets.
🧻 Wipe Out… supply has caught up with the demand for products such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer, but disinfectant wipes are still selling out within minutes at locations across America. Find out why.
📈 Let There Be Life… experience the rise in life expectancy by country from 1950 to 2015 through this interactive graphic.
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