Coronavirus Updates: Russia falling behind on COVID vaccine trials

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Russia is reporting falling behind on its coronavirus vaccine trials.

According to the Sputnick V makers, only 6,000 participants have finished the necessary doses needed to achieve complete immunization.

That's far behind some of U.S.'s western trials, where nearly 30,000 participants have completed the two doses.

At the current rate of development, it could take up to a year for the majority of Russians to get shots.

Also, children are also volunteering in clinical trials in the quest for a COVID-19 vaccine.

At Cincinnati Children's Hospital, a 12-year-old and his dad are both volunteering in a Pfizer vaccine trial.

Despite the pressure to reopen schools, officials say most of the vaccines being developed will go to senior citizens first.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said his city will be "taking serious measures" starting on Monday. Baraka said Newark had more COVID-19 cases than every other city in Essex County combined on Sunday.



MTA distributes almost 15M masks
The MTA announced it reached a significant milestone this week with nearly 15 million masks distributed to customers and employees across New York City Transit, MTA Bus Company, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, MTA Bridges and Tunnels, MTA Police Department and MTA Construction & Development since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

Dozens found inside illegal warehouse party in Queens
New York City sheriff's deputies shut down an illegal party inside a warehouse in Queens early Sunday morning.

The party was busted inside a warehouse at 47-02 Metropolitan Ave. at 2:30 a.m. Authorities found more than 68 people inside the establishment and said it had no liquor license, had illegal liquor storage and was in violation of emergency orders.

Cuomo on Trump administration COVID policy: 'They surrendered
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the White House Chief of Staff revealed the Trump administration's coronavirus policy when he said that "we're not going to control the pandemic."

Cuomo said Mark Meadows' comment on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning amounted to a preemptive "surrender." The governor said the statement was telling and basically admitted the way the administration has handled the pandemic since the start.

US surpasses 225,000 deaths

The United States has surpassed 225,000 deaths from COVID-19. There have been 225,061 deaths from COVID-19 as of Sunday afternoon, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

Italy closes gyms, shuts eateries early to fight COVID-19
Italy's leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country Sunday to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters, putting an early curfew on cafes and restaurants and mandating that people keep wearing masks outdoors.

Worried about crippling Italy's stagnant economy, especially after 10 weeks of a severe lockdown earlier in the pandemic, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte opted against another heavy nationwide lockdown. The new decree goes into effect Monday and lasts until Nov. 24.

Dad's Zoom Halloween costume
With the global pandemic moving most if not all of our social interactions online, it seems appropriate to add "Endless Zoom Meetings" to the list of spooky things. Iowa father Greg Dietzenbach is taking the 2020 "Zoom scaries" to a whole new level this Halloween.

US reports second-highest day of COVID cases
As the fall surge continues, the United States has reported its second-highest day of new COVID-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Surging coronavirus cases color White House race in closing days
President Donald Trump assured supporters packed shoulder to shoulder at weekend rallies that "we're rounding the turn" on the coronavirus and mocked challenger Joe Biden for raising alarms about the pandemic, despite surging cases around the country and more positive infections at the White House.

Trump's remarks came Saturday, hours before the White House announced that a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence had tested positive for the virus. Pence has been in close contact with the adviser, the White House said, but still planned to keep traveling and holding rallies around the country.

The revelation of another high-ranking administration official testing positive for the virus coupled with the administration's decision to continue business as usual punctuated a day that marked the starkly different approaches that Trump and Biden are taking to campaigning in the age of the novel coronavirus.

Spain orders nationwide curfew to stem worsening outbreak
Spain declared a second nationwide state of emergency Sunday and ordered an overnight curfew across the country in hopes of stemming a resurgence in coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said.

The Socialist leader told the nation in a televised address that the extraordinary measure will go into effect on Sunday night. Sánchez said that his government is using the state of emergency to impose an 11 p.m.-6 a.m. nationwide curfew, except in the Canary Islands.

Longtime NYC barbershop closing due to the pandemic
A longtime barbershop in the East Village is closing because of the pandemic. Astor Place Hairstylists says it has been impossible to turn a profit, even since reopening in July.

The shop has weathered tough times before during its 75-year history, but with added expenses and fewer customers, the plan now is to shut down before Thanksgiving.

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