The Trump administration, which has minimize funding to the worldwide well being company, dismissed China’s pledge as an try to forestall scrutiny over its dealing with of the outbreak. Addressing a web-based W.H.O. discussion board, Mr. Xi stated China had “turned the tide on the virus and protected lives.”
U.S. response: A senior Trump administration official known as China’s promise of support “a token to distract from calls from a growing number of nations demanding accountability.”
The total bloc can be chargeable for the fund’s compensation, which might primarily profit the poorer south — an financial method Germany has resisted for many years.
What it means: If accredited, the plan would sign a extra unified Europe forward. In nations like Italy, the place many really feel deserted by their neighbors, anti-European and populist sentiment has spiked.
The vaccine, given to eight volunteers who every obtained two doses, is now on an accelerated timetable to be examined on tons of extra. If profitable, doses may very well be accessible for the general public by the top of this yr or early 2021, the corporate stated.
Details: Moderna’s expertise, which makes use of genetic materials from the virus known as mRNA, is comparatively new and has not but produced an accredited vaccine. One potential power: Its genetic framework will be shortly tailored for every new viral menace.
Context: Dozens of firms world wide are engaged on vaccines. Experts say the world will want a couple of, as a result of demand will outstrip the manufacturing capability of any single producer.
If you have some time, this is worth it
Finding joy in unexpected places
These are not, on the surface, joyful times. Not in the slightest. Which is why you deserve some relief. Our Styles desk asked 14 writers what was bringing them joy right now; their answers ranged from the mundane, like deleting mediocre photos, to big-picture joys like caring for others.
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Al Qaeda: U.S. investigators linked Al Qaeda to last year’s deadly shooting at a military base in Pensacola, Fla. They said the gunman, a Saudi cadet training there, communicated with a Qaeda operative who had encouraged the attacks.
Snapshot: Above, the stands at a spectator-free FC Seoul game in the South Korean capital on Sunday. Yes, those are sex dolls. The team, which had been trying to maintain a festive atmosphere with what it thought were ordinary mannequins, apologized.
What we’re reading: This Brain Pickings essay about “the extraordinary and enduring love between Emily Dickinson and Susan Gilbert, who ended up marrying her brother, Austin Dickinson.” Steven Erlanger, our chief diplomatic correspondent in Europe, says it “is beautifully told and helps the lockdown.”
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And now for the Back Story on …
The honorific ‘Mrs.’
What does marriage mean for a woman’s identity? What does it mean for her name? Those questions are at the center of The Mrs. Files, a new project from The Times.
The Mrs. Files looks at what it means, and what it has meant, for a woman to be identified by her partner’s last name — regardless of her accomplishments. Tell me what your name has meant to your career.
Sarah: I take names very seriously. When I meet someone, it’s always important to me that I check with them about what they would like to be called. So much of who we are is what we get called by in the world, so defining what we would like to be called is this moment of potential agency. That agency is taken away when the world calls us something we don’t want to be called.
Denice: Growing up, I lived most of my adolescence solely with my mother, who’s Puerto Rican. My father is Jewish. A lot of children of multicultural families have hyphenated names but I don’t, and it’s not lost on me that I have my father’s last name solely because of a patriarchal idea. So much about writing is pointing at the world and pointing at yourself and finding language for what someone else has named.
When you were a child, did you dream of a traditional wedding?
Denice: I was very invested in a traditional wedding. My parents split up when I was very young. So I’d never seen a happy marriage and, with no model or example, I had to create one, so I pulled from pop culture. As I got older and stepped into my sexuality, I had to unpack that. I was trying to conform to an expectation instead of living a life that was in my own handwriting.
Helen: I started thinking recently about who weddings are for. I always assumed that if I got married it would just be for me and for my partner. But then you start thinking about relatives and it becomes a difficult negotiation between the public and the private.