In an effort to head off a possible shortage of meat, President Donald Trump will issue an executive order requiring that meat processing plants remain open and operating during the coronavirus crisis.
According to the Associated Press, the president will invoke the Defense Production Act to declare that the industry is a “critical infrastructure” and continue to supply the consuming public with beef, chicken, pork and other meats.
The move may come with opposition from the 1.3 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents food and retail workers. The union says that 20 workers have died from the COVID-19 virus and 6,500 are sick or have been exposed to the virus by working near someone who has tested positive for it.
Two major plants have closed down, and Tyson Foods, Inc. said “The food supply chain is breaking” in a full-page ad in the New York Times on Sunday, reported the AP.
Virus vaccine ready by September?
A vaccine to battle the coronavirus is showing good results in testing and could be available in large numbers by September.
CBS Evening News is reporting that Oxford University in England is close to devising a way to defuse the COVID-19 virus. The process is to inject a common cold virus that has been “neutralized” so it cannot spread in people. It will trigger the body’s immune system to fight both the de-fanged cold virus and protect against the coronavirus.
“I have a high degree of confidence about this vaccine because it’s technology that I’ve used before,” said Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at Oxford.
Pfizer, Inc., a U.S. firm, is also testing a vaccine that could be ready “for emergency use in the fall.”
Highs turn to lows on Wall Street
Four straight days of gains turned south in the stock market on Tuesday.
Three major U.S. stock exchanges fell on Tuesday, according to Reuters. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 32.23 points (0.13 percent), the S&P 500 lost 15.09 points (0.52 percent), and NASDAQ was down 122.43 points (1.4 percent).
The biggest losers were healthcare stocks, while gainers included 3M, Harley Davidson and PepsiCo.
U.S. now has 1/3 of corona cases worldwide
The United States, with 1,012,399 cases out of the world’s 3,114,659 total confirmed coronavirus cases, now has about one-third of all the COVID-19 infections.
The latest tally by Johns Hopkins University has the U.S. with 58,915 deaths out of 216,989 worldwide. Of the American total, the New York-New Jersey area has over 23,000 deaths and almost 500,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Biden wins another primary
He will pick up 89 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Bernie Sanders polled 15.1 percent of the vote and will get one delegate. The other candidates on the mail-in ballot – Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bloomberg – received a combined 6.2 percent of the vote and no delegates.
Donald Trump, running unopposed in the Republican presidential primary, won all 82 delegates.
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