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News Wrap: WHO says vaccine distribution must be global effort

In our news wrap Friday, the World Health Organization warned vaccines for the novel coronavirus may not be widely available until mid-2021. The agency said it would not recommend any vaccine until its safety was proven -- and stressed distribution must be a global effort. Also, Cleveland authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a police detective during an undercover drug operation.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: Authorities in Cleveland Ohio are investigating the fatal shooting of a police detective who had just joined the FBI's Violent Crime Task Force.

    He was killed last night in his car, along with an informant, during an undercover drug operation. Officials arrested three people and are looking for more suspects.

    The U.S. has now recorded more than 187,000 COVID-19 deaths. That comes amid fears of a rise in new cases going into the Labor Day weekend.

    In Geneva, the World Health Organization warned that vaccines may not be widely available until mid-2021. The agency warned that it would not recommend any until proven safe, and stressed their distribution must be a global effort.

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus:

    The first priority must be to vaccinate some people in all countries, rather than all people in some countries. Using vaccines as a global public good is in the national interest of each and every country.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Also today, scientists in Russia belatedly published results from early trials of their COVID vaccine. Its developers said it appeared to be safe and triggered a sufficient immune response. The government approved it last month without undergoing large-scale trials.

    The Department of Homeland Security has warned that Russia is working to undermine the American public's trust in voting by mail. A new intelligence bulletin said that the Kremlin is spreading false claims that mail-in ballots are vulnerable to fraud and manipulation.

    Many of those unfounded claims have been echoed by President Trump and his attorney general, William Barr.

    In Massachusetts, former Marine Jake Auchincloss won the primary to be the Democratic nominee to fill the seat of U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III. Results from Tuesday's election were delayed after cities were inundated by nearly a million mail-in ballots.

    Kennedy decided not to seek reelection, so that he could challenge incumbent Senator Ed Markey, but Kennedy lost that race on Tuesday.

    Crews in Beirut spent the day searching for a possible trapped survivor one month after the devastating blast. Rescue workers painstakingly removed debris after a search dog flagged a possible body and rescue teams detected a pulsing signal from beneath a destroyed building.

    The massive explosion killed some 190 people and injured 6,000 others.

    And on Wall Street today, stocks added to their losses on the heels of yesterday's sell-off. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 159 points to close at 28133. The Nasdaq lost 145 points, and the S&P 500 shed 28.

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