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protests that have gripped the nation.
Experts had previously said the case presented a number of legal tangles that would make it difficult for prosecutors to prove officers acted with excessive force.
J&J Reaches Phase 3
Pharmaceutical and consumer goods giant Johnson & Johnson announced yesterday its COVID-19 vaccine candidate has entered Phase 3 clinical trials, becoming the fourth company to reach the final stage of testing. Officials said 60,000 volunteers will receive the single-shot drug—an advantage over Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, whose Phase 3 candidates each require two staggered doses. The approach uses an engineered version of a much weaker bug, adenovirus 26—a technique also being used to fight Zika and Ebola. Results are expected by early 2021.
Separately, new data provide cautious optimism ($$, WashPo) for K-12 school reopenings. A new nationwide dashboard released its first batch of tracking data, showing two-week infection rates at 0.08% for students and 0.15% for staff, at or below the surrounding community rates. Figures are expected to rise as bigger school districts begin shifting to in-person schooling; find the continuously updated dashboard here.
The US has reported 6.93 million total COVID-19 cases as of this morning, with 201,909 deaths. See rolling averages for both here and here.
Justice Targets 230The Justice Department submitted a proposal to Congress yesterday that would modify longstanding protections for a number of internet behemoths including Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others.
The draft legislation targets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (see overview), which effectively treats internet companies as publishing intermediaries not responsible for lawful content posted by others. The law also protects companies from editing or deleting content broadly defined as objectionable—if done in good faith—even if otherwise protected by the First Amendment. The changes would narrow the protections, potentially opening up companies to lawsuits for moderating anything not explicitly illegal.
Nearly 75% of Americans believe platforms exhibit bias in content moderation, though experts say users often misunderstand policies and fail to distinguish between legitimate content and mis- or disinformation.
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