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Donald Trump and Trump Jr. spread a conspiracy theory that Pfizer deliberately waited until after Election Day to release its COVID-19 vaccine trial results
  • President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. on Monday accused Pfizer of deliberately waiting until after the election to announce the promising early results of its COVID-19 vaccine trials.
  • Trump said that both the US Food and Drug Administration and the Democrats "didn't want to have me get a Vaccine WIN, prior to the election, so instead it came out five days later."
  • Trump Jr. suggested the timing of Pfizer's results, which suggested the vaccine was more than 90% effective, was "nefarious."
  • But Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Monday told CNN that Pfizer had simply released the results "when the science told us the data was available."

Limiting Indoor Capacity Can Reduce Covid Infections Significantly, New Study Shows
It’s scary indoors. A new study using cellphone mobility data in 10 U.S. cities found that crowded indoor venues like restaurants, gyms and cafes, accounted for eight out of 10 infections in the spring.

The study, a collaboration between scientists at Stanford, Northwestern University, Microsoft Research and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, also offered an explanation of why so many low-income neighborhoods were hard hit. Residents in those communities were more mobile than residents in more affluent neighborhoods, likely because of work demands, and public venues in low-income neighborhoods were more crowded. Grocery stores in low-income neighborhoods, for example, typically have around 60 percent more people per square foot, on average, than in more affluent areas, and shoppers stay inside longer.

Nebraska’s governor goes into quarantine as cases spike in his state.
Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska said on Tuesday that he would go into quarantine after dining with someone who tested positive, just a day after announcing new measures to halt an alarming spike in virus cases and hospitalizations.

Mr. Ricketts’s office said in a statement that he and the state’s first lady, Susanne Shore, had dinner outdoors with three other people on Sunday night, and that one person from their party tested positive on Monday.

Since the virus takes a few days to incubate before its presence in the body is detectable, Gov. Ricketts said at a news conference Tuesday that his wife had gone on the website for Test Nebraska, the state’s free testing program, and had signed the couple up for Thursday.

He was already being tested weekly, he said, and got a negative result last Wednesday. Given the recent contact, though, he said the couple planned to stay in quarantine through Nov. 22 as a precaution.

The governor said he was “feeling great,” and that he had ridden the equivalent of 23 miles on his stationary bicycle earlier in the day.

The fact that the risk of exposure emerged from an outdoor dinner with a few friends at his private residence in Omaha demonstrated “that we all need to be careful with regard to social interactions,” Mr. Ricketts told reporters.

... At a news conference on Monday, Mr. Ricketts announced new measures to halt the spread of the virus, including requiring masks in businesses where people are in close contact for more than 15 minutes. But restaurants, bars and places of worship remain open, albeit with six feet of distance required between parties. Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 percent of capacity. The new measures will go into effect on Wednesday through Nov. 30.

Some critics said the measures were too little, too late. Over the weekend, some Nebraska doctors had pleaded for help to lessen the pressure on hospitals.