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Enter a name please see our why news headlines are coming up next at seven o'clock good morning scientists and health officials are racing to create a vaccine for covert nineteen which probably won't have one for months and once we do who gets it first and who makes that decision it's morning edition from NPR news the White House and the Biden campaign each accuse the other of being too close to China I'm David Greene and I'm no well king if the pandemic forced you to cancel your travel plans will your airline give you a refund more men appear to be dying from covert nineteen than women a researcher explains why that might be happening Vermont says it'll start opening back up carefully and health workers who don't have protective masks give snorkels I tried it's Thursday April twenty third the actor Dev Patel is thirty today in the news is next live from NPR news I'm korva Coleman stocks opened modestly higher this morning despite a fresh wave of unemployment claims and beer Scott Horsley reports the Dow Jones industrials rose more than one hundred points in the opening minutes of trading the labor department says another four point four million Americans filed claims for unemployment last week as the coronavirus lockdown continued that's down from the previous week though still extremely high by historical standards over the last five weeks more than twenty six million people filed jobless claims that's about one out of every six people who had jobs in February investors were unfazed by the news which was in line with forecasts stock indexes rose in early trading a handful of states have begun the process of relaxing stay at home orders issued in response to the pandemic other states however are proceeding more cautiously it's got worse the NPR news Washington congressional Democrats are postponing a vote that would let lawmakers vote by proxy during the pandemic and peers winter Johnston has more house speaker Nancy Pelosi had drafted a proposal that would permit lawmakers to cast their votes by proxy allowing them to function from home while the crisis plays out but house Republicans argue the rule change would undercut legislative tradition now pelo see says instead she's forming a bipartisan committee to review options for re opening the chamber during the pandemic members of the house are expected to return to Washington on Thursday to approve the next round of corona virus relief funding NPR's Windsor Johnston that funding is worth nearly half a trillion dollars it's intended to replenish a program that aids small businesses and will offer some relief to hospitals as well for many states lack of wide scale testing for the corona virus remains a key obstacle for re opening their economies as NPR's Eric Westervelt reports California has pledged to expand testing especially in low income and minority communities Dr mark galli California's health and Human Services Terry said Wednesday California will soon open eighty six new testing sites in what he called testing desert's to serve people who've been disproportionately affected by the corona virus those are brown and black communities those are lower income communities where people are still going to essential work to ensure that they are knowledgeable of their status with covered nineteen and that they can continue to do their job and protect their family California has a goal of testing twenty five thousand residents a day by month's end and up to eighty thousand a day in coming months right now the nation's most populous state is testing just sixteen thousand people a day Eric Westervelt NPR news San Francisco suspected tornadoes have crashed through the Midwest and south yesterday and today killing at least six people the deaths range from Oklahoma to Louisiana on Wall Street the Dow Jones industrials are up one hundred eighteen points or about half of a percent you're listening to NPR news from the David Barnett foundation news from here at KCRW I'm Terry Glaser LA mayor Eric Garcetti says corona virus tests will be available for all essential workers in the area starting today health care professionals grocery store workers first responders and critical government personnel can get a test even if you don't have symptoms the region is expected to have its first heat wave over the weekend with temperatures in some spots heading into the nineties both the mayor and LA police chief Michael Moore are warning people to stay away from parks and beaches to slow the spread of covert nineteen Garcetti says the city will open cooling centers if needed several nearby counties have allowed some public spaces to remain open said he says he respects that some communities are different by an outbreak that happens in a neighboring county will affect us it'll come here Garcetti says the protest open up businesses don't factor into his decisions and that he's relying on science and the guidance of county health officials the only city council is moving ahead with a plan to protect rental units in the city covered by rent stabilization from rent increases for a full year initially some members of the council wanted to extend a rent freeze to all residential units in the city but the legality of that came into question the ordinance the council seeking would prevent rent hikes on units built in nineteen seventy eight or earlier LA tenants are currently protected from no fault evictions until the end of the health emergency once the crisis eases residential renters will have a year to pay back rent that may have been missed as a result of the pandemic the city attorney's office has a month to draft the ordinance preventing rent increases on certain older units it would then go back to the council for a vote the California department of public health is quietly released guidelines to answer the troubling ethical question of who lives and who dies if California experiences a new surge in the corona virus outbreak case you're Debbie cerise council has the details on how hospitals could address that medical dilemma officials say the California's limited hospitalization compared to other states is a good sign that the plan will never be implemented but some counties have experienced a second wave of infections which means the state could be vulnerable if social distancing restrictions are eased prematurely the guidelines advise hospitals to develop a team to make determinations on who receives care if necessary younger people and workers who are quote vital to the acute care response will receive care before others workers will be given priority if there's a tie between patients who can't be treated hospitals could eventually also turned to a random lottery system of ties persist California officials have sought an additional fifty thousand beds and ten thousand ventilators in anticipation of a peak of infections next month for KCRW I'm cerise castle and if you look at the waters off of Long Beach you might think there was some kind of ship graveyard floating near the coast with corona virus driving the demand for oil to record lows a fleet of tankers is Idoling in California waters with nowhere to go storage facilities are nearly full refineries both here and in northern California stop processing crude oil estate home orders put a lid on the demand for gasoline the only times reports more than twenty million barrels worth of oil is parked in tankers along the west coast support for NPR comes from the corporation for public broadcasting and the estate of Joan Kroc whose request serves as an enduring investment in the future of public radio it's seven of seven this is morning edition from NPR news I'm David Greene and I'm no well king good morning when will a covert nineteen vaccine be ready some vaccine developers are already testing on humans but it's probably going to be many months still experts say we need to plan now for the day of vaccine is available NPR science correspondent Joe Palca has been talking to them Hey Joe Hey Noel still experts say we need to plan now what sort of planning needs to be happening right now well there's a lot to consider maybe we can start with manufacturing okay so let's say a vaccine sales through testing great okay we need a billion doses of it well you can't wait till the end of the testing and say oh yeah now what you thought of that they're thinking about it now and the interesting thing is that we are building capacity but companies now and people who are investing in them now Hey we may never days our candidate may never make it so we're building this capacity and it may never be used so it's kind of an interesting conundrum yeah it really is it once we have a vaccine what will early distribution look like who gets it well I talk with the Bruce callin about that he's the head of global immunization at the Sabin vaccine institute when vaccines first available the supplies we limited the demand will be a lot more and then how do you manage that going used to be in government he says when there was a threat of a major flu pandemic they discussed how to prioritize who goes first clearly among the top where healthcare workers and people who provide community services the things that keeps society going there's the security sector whether that's international security or other military and then there's people who are part of society's critical infrastructure and as we've been learning they may not be the people who necessarily spring to mind as critical but I'm talking about people like grocery store employees and delivery truck drivers and people whose stock shelves and then you've got to think about in health terms so do you give it to people who are most vulnerable to give it to the elderly they're they're just not a whole raft of interesting issues that have to be grappled with okay so let's say we get to a day where we've got the vaccine we've gotten to the point where we can mass produce it and then it has to get to people all across the world how is that going to work yeah well you can imagine it's it's a low just tackle challenging of a enormous dimensions but it's also a financial challenge I mean this is not going to come for free and the question is okay so developed countries like the United States maybe we can spend billions of dollars but what about low resource countries well we have to figure that out and you know part of it is equity and doing the right thing and part of it is just then lighten self interest because this virus doesn't know anything about global borders and when air travel opens back up again all right you can bring a virus from anywhere in the world anywhere else in the world pretty quick and so it's important to take this as a global problem say experts are talking to you about this they're talking to each other about this are these kinds of discussions happening with governments with our governor mint well absolutely absolutely there are NGOs are involved the international financial organizations of all governments are involved we just had a monkey wrench thrown into the works here a bit it's a little hard to say what the impact will be but a federal scientist named Richard bright who is focused on vaccine development says he was removed from his post a key post in the vaccine development and he said in a statement that his lawyer has specifically cited push back he was pushing back against unproven potential treatments that president trump had repeatedly advocated for during White House briefings now you would think that in a global pandemic situation the World Health Organization might be the coordinating agency for taking care of this but this administration has shown the disdain our lack of faith in WHL a lot of hurdles and Pierce Joe Palca thanks to you're welcome the US China relationship has become a.

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